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ARB Newsclips for July 24, 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. AIR RESOURCES BOARD State fines firms for gas report violations. Nine companies have been fined nearly $300,000 by the California Air Resources Board for violations of the state's mandatory greenhouse gas reporting rule. The rule requires facilities, including those covered by California's cap-and-trade regulation, to report greenhouse gas emissions. Facilities that emit more than 10,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide annually must report. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2013/07/24/5590498/state-fines-firms-for-gas-report.html#storylink=cpy HIGH SPEED RAIL Watchdog questions ethics of Valadao's opposition to high-speed rail. A Washington watchdog organization wants the Office of Congressional Ethics to investigate Hanford Republican David Valadao over his moves to oppose California's high-speed rail project. Posted. http://www.fresnobee.com/2013/07/23/3402256/citizens-group-seeks-ethics-investigation.html#storylink=cpy AIR POLLUTION State fines firms for gas report violations. Nine companies have been fined nearly $300,000 by the California Air Resources Board for violations of the state's mandatory greenhouse gas reporting rule. The rule requires facilities, including those covered by California's cap-and-trade regulation, to report greenhouse gas emissions. Facilities that emit more than 10,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide annually must report. ARB said the reporting compliance rate for 2012 was 97 percent. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2013/07/24/5590498/state-fines-firms-for-gas-report.html#storylink=cpy Bakersfield pollution again ranked nation's worst. American Lung Association executives delivered perennial bad news Tuesday but with a dose of encouragement: Bakersfield and the San Joaquin Valley still have some of the nation's worst air quality, but there are points of improvement. Bakersfield-Delano ranked first in the nation for short-term and annual particle pollution, and third in ozone pollution in the Lung Association's "State of the Air 2013" report. Posted. http://www.bakersfieldcalifornian.com/health/x411129616/Bakersfield-pollution-again-ranked-nations-worst Indonesia Prepares Cloud Seeding as Haze Returns. Indonesia has prepared planes to artificially induce rain as neighboring Singapore and Malaysia raised concern that a resurgence in Sumatran forest fires has begun engulfing parts of Southeast Asia with haze again. Satellite images showed the number of fire hotspots in the Sumatran province of Riau rose to 185 today from 165 yesterday, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, a spokesman for Indonesia’s disaster management agency, said by text message. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-07-23/indonesia-prepares-cloud-seeding-as-haze-returns.html http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324144304578623484141089730.html?KEYWORDS=air+pollution Cleaner air, but Lafarge kiln project put off until 2017. Lafarge, which operates a large cement factory in Ravena, will be allowed to delay the construction of new pollution control systems in exchange for agreeing to cut emissions even more than it had previously promised. More than two years ago, Lafarge reached a legal settlement with both state and federal officials to dramatically reduce emissions of nitrogen oxide and sulfur dioxide at its plants in Ravena and elsewhere in the state. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/Cleaner-air-but-Lafarge-kiln-project-put-off-4682470.php CLIMATE CHANGE Arctic Ice-Melt Cost Seen Equal to Year of World Economic Output. The cost to the world from melting Arctic ice is equal to almost a year of global economic output as releasing methane trapped in the frozen continent leads to extreme weather, flooding and droughts, scientists said. The methane emissions are an “economic time-bomb” that may cost $60 trillion from effects on the climate, according to research published today by the University of Cambridge and the Rotterdam School of Management at Erasmus University. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-07-24/arctic-ice-melt-cost-seen-equal-to-year-of-world-economic-output.html 'Don't Fund Evil': Google HQ Targeted for Climate Change Protest. In the wake of recent revelations that Google, the Bay Area-based search engine giant, is supporting one of the most stubborn climate change denialists in the Senate, climate activists plan are planning a demonstration Wednesday at Google's headquarters in Mountain View. Their message will be a poke at Google's much-vaunted informal corporate credo: "Don't Fund Evil." Posted. http://www.kcet.org/news/rewire/climate-change/climate-protest-to-remind-google-dont-fund-evil.html China Weighs Environmental Costs. China is rethinking how it manages its economy, as mounting evidence reveals the heavy toll that unbridled growth has had on the environment and on health.The government said recently it would name and shame China's dirtiest cities as well as force factories to disclose environmental standards publicly, in an attempt to bring them into line. It also set a target of cutting emissions intensity in key industries by 30% by 2017's end. Posted. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324879504578597462908226052.html?KEYWORDS=air+pollution FUELS U.S. Natural Gas Futures Decline the Third Time in Four Days. Natural gas futures declined for the third time in four days in New York. Gas for August delivery fell as much as 0.7 percent to $3.717 per million British thermal units in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange and was at $3.720 at 11:31 a.m. Singapore time. The contract rose 1.8 percent yesterday to $3.743 on speculation that a heat wave last week reduced U.S. stockpile gains. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-07-24/u-s-natural-gas-futures-decline-the-third-time-in-four-days.html Chevron Draws Europe Toward Natural Gas Independence: Energy. Chevron Corp. (CVX) is betting it can win over eastern Europeans with the idea of energy independence even after dry wells and government delays led Exxon Mobil Corp. and Talisman Energy Inc. (TLM) to scrap efforts to tap natural gas deposits in Polish shale. Bringing shale drilling to Europe from North America promises to help the region ease years of dependence on Russian fuel and hurts the Kremlin’s ambition to secure the country’s future as an energy superpower. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-07-23/chevron-anticipates-europeans-prefer-fracking-to-putin-energy.html VEHICLES Ford plans own truck hybrid system after split with Toyota. Ford Motor Co., gaining on hybrid car sales leader Toyota Motor Corp., said Tuesday it will end a partnership with Japan's largest automaker to develop gasoline- electric systems for pickups and sport-utility vehicles. Posted. http://www.dailynews.com/ci_23722002/ford-plans-own-truck-hybrid-system-after-split?IADID=Search-www.dailynews.com-www.dailynews.com GREEN ENERGY Renewable Energy Systems Wins Approval for U.K. Biomass Plant. Renewable Energy Systems Ltd., a power plant developer, won approval from the U.K. government to build a 99.9 megawatt biomass facility at Blyth Harbor in Northumberland. The Department of Energy and Climate Change said the unit developed by the company’s subsidiary North Blythe Energy Ltd. will generate enough electricity for 170,000 homes a year, the equivalent of all the homes in Northumberland. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-07-24/renewable-energy-systems-wins-approval-for-u-k-biomass-plant.html Navy's Clean-Energy Push to Get Focus at Hearing. The Navy's efforts to wean itself off oil, boost renewable energy and deal with climate change will come under sharp scrutiny Thursday as the nominee to be in charge of Navy energy affairs goes before the Senate Armed Services Committee. Retired Vice Adm. Dennis McGinn was tapped in early July to become the Navy's assistant secretary of energy, installations and the environment. Posted. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323971204578626064086241422.html?KEYWORDS=climate+change Houses of the rising sun: Developers build homes that make more energy than they take. These “zero-net energy” homes will feature thick walls, solar panels and geothermal heating and cooling systems, meaning families should be able to generate more energy over a year than they consume. These homes under construction 70 miles north of New York City have costly green features. But the builders believe they are in tune with consumers increasingly concerned about the environment and fuel costs. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/technology/houses-of-the-rising-sun-developers-build-homes-that-make-more-energy-than-they-take/2013/07/24/ddf4d6da-f42a-11e2-81fa-8e83b3864c36_story.html O’Malley expected to propose aggressive new standards for renewable energy use. Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) will propose more-ambitious targets for renewable-energy use in a speech on climate change Thursday, according to people who have seen drafts of his plan. O’Malley is expected to propose boosting the state’s renewable portfolio standard, requiring utilities to make renewables 25 percent of their mix of electricity generation by 2020, up from the current target of 20 percent by 2022. Posted.http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/omalley-expected-to-propose-aggressive-new-standards-for-renewable-energy-use/2013/07/23/f8d55080-f3c9-11e2-aa2e-4088616498b4_story.html MISCELLANEOUS Louisiana Agency to Sue Energy Companies for Wetland Damage. Louisiana officials will file a lawsuit on Wednesday against dozens of energy companies, hoping that the courts will force them to pay for decades of damage to fragile coastal wetlands that help buffer the effects of hurricanes on the region. “This protective buffer took 6,000 years to form,” the state board that oversees flood-protection efforts for much of the New Orleans area argued in court filings, adding that “it has been brought to the brink of destruction over the course of a single human lifetime.” Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/25/us/louisiana-agency-to-sue-energy-companies-for-wetland-damage.html?ref=earth OPINION A Carbon Tax by Any Other Name. The headlines last week were dramatic: Australia abandons its carbon tax. The move seemed to confirm suspicions that putting a price on carbon dioxide emissions is politically toxic. The reality, experts say, is more nuanced. Australia has not abandoned its commitment to reducing climate-warming emissions. And carbon tax systems, while rare and rife with controversy, retain a firm foothold in a number of advanced economies. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/25/business/global/a-carbon-tax-by-any-other-name.html?_r=0 BLOGS Jim Hansen Presses the Climate Case for Nuclear Energy. I encourage you to watch this short video interview with climate scientist and campaigner James E. Hansen, posted by the folks who brought you “Pandora’s Promise,” the flawed but valuable film arguing for a substantial role for nuclear energy in sustaining human progress without disrupting the climate. Posted. http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/07/23/jim-hansen-presses-the-climate-case-for-nuclear-energy/?ref=earth SOLAR POWER: Local projects recognized. Western Municipal Water District unveiled 4,000 solar panels at its operations facility off El Sobrante Road in Riverside earlier this month. The system, which will produce almost 1 megawatt of electricity, is expected to save about $4.6 million over 20 years and eliminate annual carbon dioxide emissions equal to 3,560 cars. Posted. http://blog.pe.com/2013/07/24/solar-power-local-projects-recognized/ BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY