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newsclips -- ARB Newsclips for August 1, 2013.

Posted: 01 Aug 2013 13:45:13
ARB Newsclips for August 1, 2013. 

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California says no to linking emissions schemes. The head of the
Californian emissions trading scheme – which will ultimately
become the world's third largest – says the US state has no plans
to link with Australia's carbon price. Mary Nichols, chairman of
the California Air Resources Board and recently named one of TIME
Magazine's 100 most influential people in the world, said the
state introduced a scheme this year to place a limit on its
greenhouse gas emissions…Posted.


Air quality from California wildfire could deteriorate by
weekend, officials say. FRESNO, Calif.-Wildfire smoke continues
to drift into California's San Joaquin Valley, causing soot
levels to climb, but the problem could get worse by the weekend,
local air-quality leaders say.  A high pressure system is
expected to settle into the region by Saturday, possibly allowing
soot and ozone levels to spike as they did earlier this week,
according to the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control
District. Posted.

Oregon smoke affecting air quality. Air quality in San Luis
Obispo County is being affected by smoke from wildfires burning
in Southwestern Oregon, according to a warning issued Wednesday
by the County Air Pollution Control District. APCD officials said
smoke traveling down the coast from Oregon is impacting
California coastal communities. The greatest impacts in San Luis
Obispo County are along the coast, where the air quality index
was at the moderate…Posted.

Chevron fined $284K for pollution law violations.  Chevron has
agreed to pay a $284,000 fine and help buy four clean-running
school buses after inspectors found pollution law violations at a
Salt Lake City refinery. The Environmental Protection Agency
announced the settlement with the company Wednesday. Inspectors
say the refinery's equipment was producing higher levels of
nitrogen oxide, which contributes to acid rain and the
destruction of ecosystems. Posted.

US bank sued over pollution from coal exports. Environmental
activists sued the federal government Wednesday over the exports
of Appalachian coal to Europe and Asia, arguing it approved a $90
million loan guarantee to one company without considering the
implications for air and water pollution along the transportation
route. The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in San Francisco
says communities near the mines, ports and railways that connect
them are all affected…Posted.



A Climate Catch-22: How a Carbon Tax Could Save Coal. Here's
coal's Catch-22: A tax on carbon dioxide emissions, which are
driving global climate change, would raise the costs of
coal-fired power, negating the fuel's price advantage over
cleaner sources, like wind and solar power, and reduce its use.
On the other hand, a tax could provide the impetus for investing
in technologies to capture and store carbon that have largely
floundered in the marketplace. That could save coal. Posted.

Capitol Alert: Poll finds Californians back climate change fight,
skeptical on fracking. An overwhelming majority of Californians
believe the state should act to curtail greenhouse gas emissions,
according to a new poll, while residents narrowly oppose
hydraulic fracturing and support construction of the Keystone XL
pipeline. Climate change represents a concrete threat for a
majority of Californians…Posted. 




Report: Climate change and California's rising sea levels. More
Californians than ever say the state should take action
immediately on climate change, according to a new poll from the
Public Policy Institute of California. Many of those surveyed
believe the effects of climate change are already here, with a
quarter of Californians saying their biggest weather worry is
flooding or rising seas. Scientists studying sea level rising are
working hard to get the rest of society to pay more attention to
the issue. Posted.


Hollande Seeking $10.6 Billion From Diesel Irks Carmakers. As
heat waves blanket France this summer, pollution made worse by
diesel exhaust is adding to the woes of sweaty Parisians. For six
days in July, smog levels hit “highs,” according to Airparif,
which monitors air quality around the French capital. Among the
culprits: emissions from engines running on diesel, by far the
most widely used fuel for vehicles in France and the focus of
growing debate about whether it should continue to be taxed less
than gasoline. Posted.

Emission regulations classes offered in Lompoc.  During the month
of August, Allan Hancock College is offering two free courses at
the college’s Lompoc Valley center. The college and the Central
California Environmental Training Center are offering the classes
in collaboration with the California Air Resources Board. 
Fundamentals of Enforcement, or “Smoke School,” is a three-day
course that provides a basic overview of air pollution. Posted. 


As Keystone stalls, TransCanada OKs bigger East Coast line.
TransCanada Corp gave the green light to building a $12 billion
oil pipeline to ship Canada's Western oil sands crude to refiners
on its east coast and beyond, scaling up the project as its
U.S.-bound Keystone XL line remains stalled in Washington. The
company said it would move forward with building a 1.1 million
barrel per day Energy East Pipeline after "strong market
support." Posted.


EDC launches high-speed rail business support program.  The
Economic Development Corporation serving Fresno County has
launched a program to give information and assistance to
businesses affected by California's high-speed rail project.  The
new High-Speed Rail Business Support Program comes out of a joint
effort by the EDC and both the city and county of Fresno. 


Wind farm back with fix for fallen blade. A desert wind farm
supplying electricity to San Diego is back online after the
conclusion of a probe into a fallen turbine blade. Turbine
manufacturer Siemens found that the detachment of a 170-foot
blade at the Ocotillo Wind power plant in May, along with a
second blade at an Iowa wind farm April, were the result of
insufficient adhesive bonding. Posted.

What's the state of solar energy in California? The future of
solar energy in California is bright and uncertain. As more and
more residential and commercial panels go up, increased energy
goes into the small solar-power grid. This has the state’s big
utilities worrying about how to pay for the big master grid in
years to come. Even though the market for solar power has never
been better, the future is still uncertain as the state’s energy
policy undergoes major reconstruction this summer. Posted.

U.S. concentrated solar technology launches in China.
BrightSource Energy Inc. announced a deal with multiple Chinese
groups yesterday to supply Shanghai with the country's first-ever
commercial-scale concentrated solar thermal power technology
(CSP) project. The deal forms partnerships between BrightSource,
located in Oakland, Calif., and the utility China Power
Investment Corp. (CPI) and the China Renewable Energy Engineering
Institute (CREEI). Posted.
http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059985444/print BY


Barbara Boxer pushes ahead on chemical safety law. Sen. Barbara
Boxer seized control of a major overhaul of chemical safety law
Wednesday, putting Republicans and moderate Democrats on the
defensive and demanding tougher regulation of thousands of
industrial chemicals blamed for rising rates of cancer, asthma,
early puberty and other maladies. Posted.


Methane Gas Emissions. To the Editor: Anthony R. Ingraffea’s most
recent attack on natural gas (“Gangplank to a Warm Future,”
Op-Ed, July 29) is based on flawed research. As Mr. Ingraffea
hangs onto his 2011 paper’s assertions about methane controls,
science has emerged and passed him by. He conveniently does not
mention the Environmental Protection Agency’s latest Greenhouse
Gas Inventory, released in April of this year, which confirms
that natural gas production-related methane emissions have
actually declined as shale production skyrocketed. Posted.

Viewpoints: Drill for energy? Yes, for more geothermal. The age
of natural gas fracking is upon us, and the debate about how
hydraulic fracturing will be done in California has begun. Even
assuming conservative estimates of natural gas reserves in the
lower 48 states, the United States could easily move from a
coal-based electrical portfolio to one that is based on natural
gas. So why invest in renewable energies when natural gas is so
cheap and for the time being, plentiful? Posted.

California energy efficiency efforts have saved billions. Re
"Economist eviscerates a big boast" (Dan Walters, July 29):
Citing a recent economic working paper, Dan Walters' column
asserts that California's energy conservation rules have had
relatively little to do with California's per-capita power use
remaining roughly unchanged since 1973, while United States per
capita use rose by 50 percent. Posted.

Two-Stroke Motorcycle Engines.  ON THE road, I often see
tricycles emitting smoke like an anti-dengue fogging machine.
Sometimes these polluters leave a cloud of smoke that result in
almost zero-visibility, making the road dangerous for motorists.
Worst, the drivers don’t seem to care. How in the world did they
pass the LTO emission test?  The pollution caused by tricycles
cannot be ignored. In fact, a study conducted by the World Bank
entitled “Improving Urban Air Quality in South Asia by Reducing
Emissions …Posted. 

Riding to the rescue.  ALL through Kings County, in central
California, signs cry out: “No to high-speed rail”. They reflect
the intensity of opposition across much of the San Joaquin Valley
to the $68-billion proposal, the largest-ever infrastructure
scheme in a state with a fondness for them, and one of America’s
last high-speed-rail plans to survive the age of austerity.  The
rail link, if completed, is meant to zip between Los Angeles and


The Daily Startup: Carbon Venture Partners to Ride California
Cap-and-Trade. Carbon Venture Partners, which opened its doors in
April, will aim to help startups and public companies alike
navigate the regulatory and legal landscape that has come about
with California’s changing environmental laws. The firm is
looking to provide funding rounds in return for equity in as many
as 20 startups with environmentally friendly technologies over
the next year…Posted.

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