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ARB Newsclips for August 9, 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 Cap-and-trade system issues new types of carbon credits. California’s controversial cap-and-trade system may be fighting two different lawsuits, but the state is still forging ahead with important changes to the program. Earlier this week the American Carbon Registry issued the state’s first compliance offset credits to a company called Environmental Credit Corp. Each offset credit counts toward one metric ton of carbon dioxide removed from the atmosphere. Posted. http://www.bizjournals.com/sacramento/news/2013/08/08/cap-and-trade-new-carbon-credits.html AIR POLLUTION Pa. county paying bounty for wood-burning boilers. The Allegheny County Health Department is offering a "bounty" to residents of Pittsburgh and surrounding towns who surrender wood-burning stoves and outdoor boilers that don't meet new air pollution rules. A county ordinance that took effect two months ago has stricter emissions limits for wood-burning devices than a state law passed in 2010. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/Pa-county-paying-bounty-for-wood-burning-boilers-4720181.php http://www.sacbee.com/2013/08/09/5636810/pa-county-paying-bounty-for-wood.html Tribe files lawsuit over Vegas-area coal plant. Environmentalists and Native Americans filed a lawsuit Thursday asking a federal court to order utility company NV Energy Inc. to clean up land and water they say has been contaminated by an aging coal-fired power plant slated for closure outside Las Vegas. Sierra Club and the Moapa Band of Paiutes officials said they want a judge to declare that for years the publicly traded company endangered the public health…Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/Tribe-files-lawsuit-over-Vegas-area-coal-plant-4718803.php http://www.sacbee.com/2013/08/08/5635432/tribe-files-lawsuit-over-vegas.html Louisville air monitoring fails state audit. A state audit has found serious flaws in how the Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District monitored soot, leading Mayor Greg Fischer to order a review of the agency. The Courier-Journal (http://cjky.it/11Ou4k7 ) reports the Kentucky Division for Air Quality audit found issues with data handling, lab operations and other procedures dating back to 2009. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2013/08/08/5634156/louisville-air-monitoring-fails.html#storylink=cpy County hears from public on emissions. A sparse crowd turned out Thursday for a public hearing on Santa Maria Energy’s proposed oil and gas drilling project in the Orcutt hills. The hearing, held by the Santa Barbara County Planning and Development Department, focused on the recirculation of the air quality section of the proposed final environmental impact report for Santa Maria Energy’s oil and gas drilling and production plan for its project on the Careaga Lease south of Orcutt. Posted. http://santamariatimes.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/county-hears-from-public-on-emissions/article_994025a6-00bb-11e3-a4aa-001a4bcf887a.html Power fire raising health concerns. Smoke permeates the skies over Calaveras as firefighters in Tuolumne County battle the Power Fire that is roaring up the steep, brushy canyon near Beardsley Reservoir. As of Thursday, it had scorched 881 acres and was 32 percent contained. “The terrain is pretty much just straight up and straight down. We’re getting falling rocks and falling trees on these guys,” said Jim Wilkins, U.S. Forest Service spokesman. Posted. http://www.calaverasenterprise.com/news/article_59065c3e-0107-11e3-a0db-0019bb2963f4.html New technology uses fire to gain emission cuts, efficiency. Utility, industrial and commercial companies are likely to spend billions of dollars on technology over the next few years to meet new U.S. EPA and state emission standards -- not even including new greenhouse gas emission regulations. Despite the prize, "criteria" air pollution technology has not changed much in the past decade or so, staying focused on capturing pollution on the back end with most research dollars going to greenhouse gas emissions instead. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/greenwire/stories/1059985856/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY CLIMATE CHANGE Carbon cycle gets more extreme as climate changes. Forests in Earth's northern latitudes have been thickened by migrating plant species and younger growth, driving a stronger gyration in the amount of carbon that cycles between land and the atmosphere each year, a new study suggests. The net rise in seasonal exchange of carbon between land and air cannot be explained solely by increased burning of fossil fuels…Posted. http://www.latimes.com/news/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-forests-carbon-20130808,0,524320.story Sen. Barbara Boxer on L.A.-area wildfires: Climate change to blame. As wildfires rage across Southern California, Sen. Barbara Boxer offered a solution: Address climate change and such devastating fires won’t occur. “Open your eyes, breathe the air and see what’s going on,” she said to climate-change deniers during a press conference Thursday. She also lamented the limited number of firefighters available to help combat fires — a shortage she said is an effect of federal spending cuts. Posted. http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/aug/9/barbara-boxer-calif-wildfires-climate-change-blame/#ixzz2bV1gLV4q State suffers from multiple symptoms of climate change – report. California is experiencing many symptoms of climate change already, according to a new state report that officials are using to sound the alarm about economic, social and health effects. The evidence presented includes decreasing spring snowmelt runoff, rising sea levels, shrinking glaciers, increasing wildfires, warming lake and ocean waters, and the gradual migration of many plants and animals to higher elevations. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059985824/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY Global warming 'drying up' Indian monsoon. Global warming has "effected a drying up" of the Indian monsoon in the past few decades but has anchored a rainfall increase over the tropical western Pacific Ocean, according to new research from scientists at the University of Hawaii, Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology and International Pacific Research Center (IPRC). Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059985810/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY DIESEL EMISSIONS California Energy Commission hears latest on clean-diesel technology. The increasing market acceptance of advanced clean diesel technology heavy-duty trucks and passenger vehicles will play a major role in helping California achieve future fuel savings and climate objectives, according to new research presented by the Diesel Technology Forum (DTF) to the California Energy Commission. "As California policymakers evaluate future transportation fuels and technologies…Posted. http://fleetowner.com/running-green/california-energy-commission-hears-latest-clean-diesel-technology FUELS Report says Keystone pipeline would not up U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. A new study has backed an earlier finding by the U.S. State Department that the proposed Keystone XL pipeline will have "no material impact" on U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, a crucial factor the White House is expected to weigh when it decides whether to approve the project. The report, produced by consulting and research firm IHS CERA Inc, after consultation with industry, policymakers and non-government organizations…Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/08/08/us-usa-keystone-carbon-idUSBRE97716F20130808 Cut Emissions? Congress Itself Keeps Burning a Dirtier Fuel. As part of the climate change agenda he unveiled this year, President Obama made a commitment to significantly reduce the federal government’s dependence on fossil fuels. The government, he said in a speech in June at Georgetown University, “must lead by example.” But just two miles from the White House stands the Capitol Power Plant, the largest single source of carbon emissions…Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/09/us/politics/just-across-town-a-test-of-obamas-emissions-goals.html?_r=0 Natural gas vehicles' fleet success props open door to consumer market. Natural gas is attempting to muscle its way into a sector long considered out of reach: consumer vehicles. Several state governments and private companies have championed natural gas fuels as a cleaner-burning alternative to their oil-based counterparts. But the road to widespread adoption has been littered with obstacles, from a lack of refueling stations to clunky fuel storage tanks and unconvincing economics. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/energywire/stories/1059985825/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY Climate scientists divided over Keystone XL. The proposed Keystone XL pipeline, a 1,179-mile link between Alberta and Gulf Coast refineries, has divided the scientific community. Climate and energy researchers oppose what is by all accounts a dirty source of petroleum: Emissions from extracting and burning oil sands oil in the United States are 14 to 20 percent higher than the country's average oil emissions. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059985812/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY GREEN ENERGY Report says states and cities need more private investors to scale up clean energy. Clean energy, especially solar, is a swiftly growing part of both the U.S. and global energy portfolio, but zero-emissions electricity still has a long way to go before it becomes mainstream. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, renewable energy made up 12 percent of the nation's total electricity generation in 2012, and most of this came from hydroelectric dams. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059985813/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY MISCELLANEOUS L.A. County liable for storm-water pollution, court rules. A federal appeals court deals L.A. County a blow in a long-running lawsuit after the U.S. Supreme Court sent the case back. A federal appeals court dealt Los Angeles County a blow on Thursday in a long-running lawsuit over storm-water pollution when it issued an opinion that the county is liable for excessively high levels. Environmental groups sued the county and its flood-control district in 2008 over pollution in the Los Angeles and San Gabriel rivers…Posted. http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-stormwater-20130809,0,170136.story OPINIONS Analysis: Obama's Keystone stand deepens impasse with Canada. With his blunt assertion that Canada could do more to cut emissions, President Barack Obama raised doubts about whether the United States will approve the Keystone XL pipeline. The question is: What exactly does Canada need to do? As Obama seeks to revitalize his climate agenda, he has said he will evaluate TransCanada Corp's oil pipeline project on whether it will significantly raise greenhouse gas emissions. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/08/09/us-usa-keystone-canada-analysis-idUSBRE9780SH20130809 Don’t Leave Climate Change to a Partisan Congress. Re “A Republican Case for Climate Action,” by William D. Ruckelshaus, Lee M. Thomas, William K. Reilly and Christine Todd Whitman (Op-Ed, Aug. 2): Americans don’t need to wait for partisan consensus to start “dealing” with climate change. They can start by taking action in their own homes. Twenty-two percent of our energy consumption and 21 percent of our carbon dioxide emissions are from heating, cooling and powering our homes. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/09/opinion/dont-leave-climate-change-to-a-partisan-congress.html?_r=0&pagewanted=print Letters: What the drought is telling us Re "A dry and desperate state," Aug. 6 Thank you for the gripping article on the effects of persistent drought in the Southwest, especially New Mexico. This is a dramatic example of the types of extreme weather events that are occurring much more frequently now than half a century ago. Scientific evidence suggests that these events are a consequence of the gradually rising global temperatures which…Posted. http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/letters/la-le-0809-friday-southwest-drought-20130809,0,3880338.story Action needs to be taken now to address air pollution - GUEST OPINION. As Glenn Gilbert pointed out in the July 19 editorial, Governor Snyder is to be commended for seeking input from various groups in developing a bipartisan energy policy that will serve Michigan residents now and in the future. As we move towards broadening Michigan's renewable energy reach, it is imperative that the need to rein in carbon pollution from coal-fired power plants not be missed…Posted. http://www.theoaklandpress.com/articles/2013/08/09/opinion/doc5202aeceb6b30998518703.txt Taking a deep breath. Among the first impressions a visitor to the North County might have is, with this much farming, there must be pesticides in the air — along with the insistent aroma of ripening broccoli. This is, after all, a relatively semi-arid part of the country. Oh, we have that nagging marine layer to contend with, but by and large our average daily humidity and limited rainfall leave the air quite dry at times. The near-perfect medium for air-borne pesticides. Posted. http://santamariatimes.com/news/opinion/editorial/taking-a-deep-breath/article_2e4ffc8e-ffe5-11e2-a637-0019bb2963f4.html BLOGS Could Canada’s Foot-Dragging on New Greenhouse-Gas Rules Threaten Keystone? In February, then-environment minister Peter Kent told Canada’s parliament the Conservative government was “very close” to unveiling new rules governing greenhouse-gas emissions from oil and gas producers. Six months later, there’s a new environment minister in Ottawa, and no sign that those rules–first promised by the Conservatives back in 2008–are about to emerge. Posted. http://blogs.wsj.com/canadarealtime/2013/08/09/could-canadas-foot-dragging-on-new-greenhouse-gas-rules-threaten-keystone/ Cuomo primes the pump on alternative trucks. Yes, that’s a mixed metaphor, but Gov. Cuomo is authorizing $19 million incentives for truck users to switch to battery, compressed natural gas, hybrid or low-pollution diesel technology. The incentives are for all sizes of truck, from pickups to tractor-trailers. Much of the incentives are based in New York City but there also is money for western New York and the Capital Region, which are air pollution trouble spots. Posted. http://blog.timesunion.com/capitol/archives/192890/cuomo-primes-the-pump-on-alternative-trucks/ California Cap And Trade Isn’t A Game – Except When It Is. California’s cap-and-trade market is serious business, with high stakes for the future of our planet – it’s no game. Except when it is. Gamification is often used to simplify complex concepts and make them easily understood, and that’s just what the San Francisco Public Press has done with cap-and-trade. Posted. http://cleantechnica.com/2013/08/08/california-cap-and-trade-isnt-a-game-except-when-it-is / Electric roads could make plugging in your EV a thing of the past. One major barrier to bringing electric vehicles to the masses is range anxiety — not the fear that you left the stove on at home, but the fear that your EV will run out of juice before you can get to the next charging station. But creative solutions are in the works. This week, South Korea debuted the world’s first electric road, 15 miles of city streets with underground cables that charge EVs parked or driving above — no plug-in stations necessary. Posted. http://grist.org/news/electric-roads-could-make-plugging-in-your-ev-a-thing-of-the-past/ The Third Carbon Age. Don’t for a Second Imagine We’re Heading for an Era of Renewable Energy. When it comes to energy and economics in the climate-change era, nothing is what it seems. Most of us believe (or want to believe) that the second carbon era, the Age of Oil, will soon be superseded by the Age of Renewables, just as oil had long since superseded the Age of Coal. President Obama offered exactly this vision in a much-praised June address on climate change. Posted. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michael-t-klare/renewable-energy_b_3725777.html