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ARB Newsclips for July 16, 2013. This is a service of the California Air Resources Board’s Office of Communications. You may need to sign in or register with individual websites to view some of the following news articles. CAP AND TRADE Australian PM changes carbon tax ahead of election. Australia's Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said Tuesday a deeply unpopular carbon tax will be replaced by a less-severe emissions trading scheme a year ahead of schedule, in a bid to lower power bills for households as a tight national election looms. The carbon tax on Australia's worst industrial polluters, including its coal-reliant power producers, went into effect in July 2012 and was supposed to remain in place until 2015. Posted. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/A/AS_AUSTRALIA_CARBON_TAX?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT OTHER RELATED STORIES http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/07/16/australia-carbon-idUSL4N0FM05620130716 http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/17/world/asia/australian-leader-scraps-tax-on-carbon-emissions.html?_r=0 http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2013/jul/15/australian-pm-changes-carbon-tax-ahead-of-election/ http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-07-16/rudd-cuts-spending-to-accommodate-early-australian-carbon-trade.html Court sidesteps irony, upholds state’s greenhouse gas law. California’s greenhouse gas law – AB 32 – has been upheld in principal by the California 5th District Court of Appeal but implementation of aspects of the law needs to be fixed. To reduce emissions from transportation, the California Air Resources Board adopted a number of regulations, including the Low Carbon Fuel Standards that require the reduction of the carbon content of transportation fuels sold, supplied or offered for sale in California. Posted. http://www.centralvalleybusinesstimes.com/stories/001/?ID=23812 Appeals court orders Calif. to fix low-carbon fuel standard. A California appeals court yesterday ordered the state to fix its first-in-the-nation program to lower the carbon content of transportation fuels but allowed the rule to remain in force. The 5th District Court of Appeal ruled that the California Air Resources Board (ARB) violated the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and the state Administrative Procedures Act (APA) when it approved the program…Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2013/07/16/stories/1059984454 BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY AIR POLLUTION Car makers shrug off new China sale restrictions. China plans to restrict vehicle sales in eight more cities to curb traffic congestion and pollution, but car manufacturers are not worried, since they expect organic growth in the world's biggest auto market to outweigh any restrictions. And, environmentalists say, any such measures are unlikely to make much of a dent in air pollution. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/07/16/us-china-autos-idUSBRE96F09P20130716 Planners Claim Reduction in Car Pollution, But Details Show Overall Increase. Bay Area planning officials say efforts to encourage dense development will reduce greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles. But what they rarely mention publicly is that their goal, a 15 percent per capita reduction of carbon dioxide from cars and light trucks by 2035, actually represents an overall emissions increase. Essentially, it’s a math trick:…Posted. http://sfpublicpress.org/news/2013-07/planners-claim-reduction-in-car-pollution-but-details-show-overall-increase#sthash.m8InoOh1.dpuf Holliston Firm Clinches $3M For Clean Air Biz. Businesses often find federal standards for clean air cumbersome, but one Holliston company is thriving with them. Rypos, a clean air technology company that makes self-cleaning filters for diesel engines that provide backup power to large facilities, freight refrigerators and cargo port cranes , is a fairly young firm with a steep growth trajectory. Posted. http://www.wbjournal.com/article/20130715/METROWEST01/130719949 California assembly to consider six tire-related bills. The California legislature will consider a total of six tire-related bills when it reconvenes in August, according to the July 12 issue of "CA Tire Bulletin." The bills include: Assembly Bill 501, which would define a "tire broker" officially as "a person that arranges for the shipment of used or waste tires to or from a site located within the state, or through the state." Posted. http://www.rubbernews.com/article/20130715/NEWS/130719969/califorinia-assembly-to-consider-six-tire-related-bills REFINERY California panel urges stringent refinery safety oversight after Richmond Chevron fire. Firefighters douse a flame at the Chevron oil refinery in in Richmond, California in this file photo taken August 6, 2012. (Reuters / Josh Edelson)RICHMOND - A state panel convened in the wake of last year's Chevron refinery fire has recommended the creation of a refinery safety task force, with broad powers to impose stiffer penalties and improve air-quality monitoring standards. Posted. http://www.mercurynews.com/news/ci_23664107/california-panel-urges-stringent-refinery-safety-oversight-after http://www.contracostatimes.com/news/ci_23664107/california-panel-urges-stringent-refinery-safety-oversight-after http://www.thereporter.com/news/ci_23668197/state-panel-urges-more-refinery-safety-oversight http://www.ktvu.com/news/news/state-regional-govt-politics/state-panel-urges-more-oversight-oil-refineries/nYrRc/ CLIMATE CHANGE Seas may rise 2.3 meters per degree of global warming: report. Sea levels could rise by 2.3 meters for each degree Celsius that global temperatures increase and they will remain high for centuries to come, according to a new study by the leading climate research institute, released on Monday. Anders Levermann said his study for the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research was the first to examine evidence from climate history and combine it with computer simulations of contributing factors to long-term sea-level increases: …Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/07/15/us-climate-ice-study-idUSBRE96E0GQ20130715 News Summary: Tough task for Obama on climate plan. President Barack Obama has vowed to take climate change into his own hands. Now he has to deliver on a plan that is a complicated mix of rule-making and federal permitting. Posted. http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2013/jul/15/news-summary-tough-task-for-obama-on-climate-plan/ DIESEL EMISSIONS CARB explains how to legally use electric, hybrid reefer. Truck drivers using electric or hybrid reefers in California will want to be sure their refrigeration units meet specific standards set up by the California Air Resources Board. If they don’t, a series of checks has been set up to nab potential emissions offenders. CARB Board is warning reefer owners that they will be auditing companies that claim to use electric standby or hybrid electric reefer units to comply with the state’s Transportation Refrigeration Unit regulation. Posted. http://www.landlinemag.com/Story.aspx?StoryID=25455 FUELS Oil exec wants U.S. biofuel mandate reviewed as gas prices rise. As U.S. gasoline prices spike for the second time this year, oil industry officials will tell Congress on Tuesday that easing a mandate for the use of renewable fuels and other measures could help stabilize gas prices. Despite rising domestic oil production, the average U.S. regular gasoline price jumped nearly 15 cents from a week ago to $3.64 a gallon on Monday, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/07/16/congress-gasoline-hearing-idUSL1N0FL1BD20130716 Gasoline lifts U.S. consumer inflation in June. U.S. consumer prices rose more than expected in June as gasoline prices jumped, but underlying inflation pressure remain benign against the backdrop of lukewarm domestic demand. The Labor Department said on Tuesday its Consumer Price Index increased 0.5 percent, the largest increase since February, after nudging up 0.1 percent in May. Gasoline prices accounted for about two thirds of the increase in the CPI. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/07/16/usa-economy-prices-idUSL1N0FL1CQ20130716 http://www.latimes.com/business/money/la-fi-mo-consumer-price-index-cpi-inflation-gasoline-economy-20130716,0,2298597.story Keystone pipeline may add 40 cents to Midwest gas prices, report says. The fiercely debated Keystone XL pipeline could raise gasoline prices in the Midwest by as much as 40 cents a gallon, according to a new report by Consumer Watchdog. That’s because the pipeline would allow oil companies in Canada to export crude oil to a range of markets in the U.S. and abroad, leading to possible increases in the prices paid in areas that are already heavily dependent on that oil, according to the Santa Monica consumer group’s report released Tuesday. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/business/money/la-fi-mo-keystone-pipeline-20130716,0,6339875.story Dominion converts 1st of 3 coal plants to biomass. Dominion Virginia Power's Altavista power station is now running on renewable biomass as part of a previously announced plan to convert three of its coal-fired power plants in the state to burn mostly waste wood left from regional timbering operations as fuel, the energy provider said Monday. Posted. http://www.vcstar.com/news/2013/jul/15/dominion-converts-1st-of-3-coal-plants-02/#ixzz2ZDw9q6fY Canada has world's top reserves when risk is a factor. Canada, Australia and the United States lead the other nations of the world in the quantity of shale oil and gas that can be extracted with minimal risk, according to an analysis by PFC Energy. The analysis is a spin on the Energy Information Administration's earlier ranking of 42 nations in the world according to their shale oil and gas potential. The EIA ranked Russia first, since it has 75 billion barrels of technically recoverable shale oil. The United States was ranked second, with 58 billion barrels. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/energywire/stories/1059984423/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY Sapphire Energy and Linde Group Expand Partnership. Companies Partner to Commercialize Hydrothermal Treatment Technology Used to Upgrade Algae into Crude Oil. Sapphire Energy, Inc., one of the world leaders in algae-based Green Crude oil production, and the technology company The Linde Group today announced they will expand their partnership to commercialize a new industrial scale conversion technology needed to upgrade algae biomass into crude oil. Posted. http://www.marketwatch.com/story/sapphire-energy-and-linde-group-expand-partnership-2013-07-16 VEHICLES With i3 Electric Car, BMW Tries to Ease Range Anxiety. Since BMW began the slow debut of its battery-powered car more than two years ago, the engineers from Bavaria promised that the i3 would be as fun to drive as a conventional BMW. What if it was even more fun to drive? Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/16/business/with-i3-electric-car-bmw-tries-to-ease-range-anxiety.html GREEN ENERGY China pushes Europe to lower hurdles to solar deal – document. China is pushing hard for only limited restrictions on its solar panel exports to the European Union, complicating talks aimed at avoiding hefty tariffs on Chinese firms and a possible trade war, a document obtained by Reuters showed on Tuesday. The European Commission, the EU's executive, accuses China of flooding Europe with billions of euros of cheap solar panels sold at below the cost of production…Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/07/16/eu-china-solar-idUSL6N0FM1KD20130716 Sonoma council votes unanimously to join clean power authority. The Sonoma City Council overcame its previous division Monday and voted unanimously to join the Sonoma County Clean Power Authority.The vote is the latest in a series of 11th-hour decisions by cities on whether to join the county's fledgling public power program. Sonoma became the fifth city to join. Posted. http://www.pressdemocrat.com/article/20130715/ARTICLES/130719684?title=City-of-Sonoma-joins-county-power-agency CA Wins for Recycling, Renewable Energy. If you’re looking for real estate investments in states with high sustainability practices, you might consider California. The Golden State is the #1 state in the country for recycling and earned high ratings for both renewable energy and an overall “best” rating for “green” practices, according to mphonline.org, a website devoted to information about Master’s in Public Health degree programs. Posted. http://www.globest.com/news/12_648/orangecounty/asset_management/CA-Wins-for-Recycling-Renewable-Energy-335505.html MISCELLANEOUS Hazardous lead paint: Legal battle comes to trial in California. SETTING THE RECORD STRAIGHT (publ. 7/16/2013, page A2) A story on a legal battle against the lead paint industry incorrectly reported that California's attorney general is part of the challenge. The case is being brought by 10 cities and counties, not the attorney general. From old cottages in Berkeley and Palo Alto to ranch-style homes in Silicon Valley, the remnants of a hazardous past can lurk in the walls…Posted. http://www.mercurynews.com/health/ci_23660237/hazardous-lead-paint-legal-battle-comes-trial-california?source=rss OPINIONS COLUMN-How much back up does wind power need?: Wynn. Winds are notoriously footloose and hard to predict, but for grid operators keen to keep their customers' lights on and hold down costs, agreeing on a method to measure the reliability of the fast-growing electricity source is vital. Policymakers and operators around the world have come up with a range of ways to estimate wind power and a bunch of terms to measure wind power reliability, including capacity credit, capacity value and availability factor. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/07/16/column-wynn-wind-reliability-idUSL6N0FL11720130716 Time has come to ban plastic bags. “Paper or plastic?” It’s a question we hear from clerks just about anytime we go shopping. But before long, that question should change to “Did you bring a reusable bag?” Based on indisputable evidence showing that the proliferation of single-use plastic bags is doing substantial harm to the environment, city and county officials are finally poised to approve a countywide ban on carryout plastic bags at grocers and retailers. Posted. http://www.pressdemocrat.com/article/20130715/COMMUNITY/130719986?Title=Time-has-come-to-ban-plastic-bags