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ARB Newsclips for August 12, 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 Lignite power revenues boosted by cheap carbon prices. European electricity revenues generated from lignite are now three times as high as from hard coal, boosted by a collapse in the price of carbon permits, undermining Europe's ambition to cut greenhouse gas emissions. The money will be welcome to German utilities, which are seeing their revenues squeezed by the government's 2011 decision to speed up its nuclear power exit, and by natural gas prices that are so high that electricity generated from the fuel is unprofitable. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/08/12/energy-coal-power-co-idUSL6N0GD2BJ20130812 Businesses soon may meet California air rules by paying someone else to slash emissions. It will be a lifeline of sorts for the cement factories, oil refiners and hundreds of other businesses struggling with California's stringent greenhouse-gas restrictions. Soon they'll be able to comply – in part – by paying other people to reduce their own carbon emissions. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2013/08/11/5640618/businesses-soon-may-meet-california.html Enviros not happy with California carbon offsets. A component of California's landmark offensive against greenhouse gas emissions is not sitting well with some environmental groups. Under the measure, companies would be able to meet the state's strict greenhouse gas restrictions in part by purchasing offsets, or credits that are generated when others achieve carbon emission reductions. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/business/energy/article/Enviros-not-happy-with-Calif-carbon-offsets-4724338.php http://www.siliconvalley.com/green-energy/ci_23843662/enviros-not-happy-california-carbon-offsets http://www.insidebayarea.com/politics-government/ci_23843662/enviros-not-happy-california-carbon-offsets?IADID=Search-www.insidebayarea.com-www.insidebayarea.com www.contracostatimes.com/politics-government/ci_23843662/enviros-not-happy-california-carbon-offsets?IADID=Search-www.contracostatimes.com-www.contracostatimes.com http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2013/08/11/california-carbon-offsets/ http://www.times-standard.com/ci_23840588/enviros-not-happy-calif-carbon-offsets http://www.news10.net/news/local/story.aspx?storyid=253751 Forrister And Bledsloe Misunderstanding The Difference Between Cap And Trade And A Carbon Tax. A small point in an otherwise rather good NYT Op/Ed on the various methods of taking action about carbon emissions and climate change. Their political argument, that regulation is very much a second best solution but if Congress won’t allow anything else then, well, whaddayagonnado I have some sympathy with. However, there’s a definite economic problem with this statement of theirs: Posted. http://www.forbes.com/sites/timworstall/2013/08/11/forrister-and-bledsloe-misunderstanding-the-difference-between-cap-and-trade-and-a-carbon-tax/ California Carbon Trading Would Counteract Emissions From Expanded Chevron Refinery, State Says. The hundreds of activists on hand earlier this month at Chevron’s Richmond refinery to protest its contribution to global warming might be surprised to learn that California says it has found a way to control the company’s carbon footprint within the state, despite its plans to expand. Posted. http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/18110-california-carbon-trading-would-counteract-emissions-from-expanded-chevron-refinery-state-says AIR POLLUTION China dumps pollution on California. China’s size, growth and prosperity have become legendary. With one-quarter of the world’s population and the second largest economy it is not surprising that China has pollution problems. The recent Olympics held in China prompted the Peoples Republic of China to cut smog by drastically reducing motor vehicle use in Beijing. China will spend $255 billion over the next five years to improve air quality. Posted. http://www.examiner.com/article/china-dumps-pollution-on-california Aspen Fire causing unhealthy air across SJ Valley. Air quality authorities say smoke from a wildfire east of Fresno and wildfires in Northern California and Oregon has the potential to cause serious health problems for people living in parts of California's Central Valley. The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District issued a health cautionary statement on Tuesday for the entire air basin. Posted. http://www.recordnet.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20130731/A_NEWS/130739981/-1/a_news14 California fire sends smoke across Northern Nevada; Air Quality warning issued. A fire burning in Northern California has blanketed Reno-Sparks and much of Northern Nevada in thick smoke. The American fire is currently burning about 17 miles northeast of Foresthill, California. About 150 firefighters are battling the blaze in rugged terrain, and the fire has already consumed 800 acres. Posted. http://www.mynews4.com/mostpopular/story/California-fire-sends-smoke-across-Northern/9eprfD8RbkiCfgkTARSydQ.cspx CLIMATE CHANGE Effects of climate change in California are 'significant and growing' Environmental shifts, such as higher sea temperatures and shrinking glaciers in the Sierra Nevada, point to overwhelming evidence of climate change, state scientists say. California is feeling the effects of climate change far and wide, as heat-trapping greenhouse gases reduce spring runoff from the Sierra Nevada, make the waters of Monterey Bay more acidic and shorten winter chill periods required to grow fruit and nuts in the Central Valley, a new report says. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-0811-calif-climate-20130811,0,4664481.story Areas of Sacramento will be inundated as sea rises over the years, study says. It could take a few hundred years – or even 2,000 – but the eventual, permanent flooding of low-lying areas in Sacramento is guaranteed if greenhouse gases are not deeply reduced, according to new research. A rising sea level due to climate change is expected to dramatically alter the future landscape of many of the world's coastal areas around the world. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2013/08/11/5640779/areas-of-sacramento-will-be-inundated.html#storylink=cpy Satellite to track climate change. The world's first satellite dedicated solely to tracking atmospheric levels of carbon dioxide is being developed at a Gilbert, Ariz., manufacturing facility, as NASA scientists move to make space the next frontier in the study of global climate change. The satellite, estimated to cost about $468 million, promises to paint a more detailed picture of the environmental impact of global warming…Posted. http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/08/10/satellite-to-track-climate-change/2639053/ Monterey Bay affected by climate change. State study points to fish declines, ocean acidification. Monterey Bay is a microcosm of the "immediate and growing threat" of climate change in California, the state Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday. From rising sea levels and ocean acidity to declining populations of chinook salmon and sea lion pups, global warming is here, it said in a 258-page report, "Indicators of Climate Change in California." Posted. http://www.montereyherald.com/localnews/ci_23826835/monterey-bay-affected-by-climate-change California Documents the Damage Already Done by Global Warming. There is no need to worry about the approach of global warming. It is already here, and the California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA) has documented its effects in a new report. Indicators of Climate Change in California (pdf) updates a report from four years ago that, once you get past the self-congratulatory back patting, charts the state’s steady decline in resistance to global warming. Posted. http://www.allgov.com/usa/ca/news/california-and-the-nation/california-documents-the-damage-already-done-by-global-warming-130809?news=850821 Australia is the developed nation most threatened by climate change – report. Dangerous climate change threatens the health, security and prosperity of Australians, and voters are concerned about how it could drive up insurance premiums and food prices if left unchecked, according to the latest report from the Climate Institute of Australia. The report says Australians in particular have a lot to lose from worsening bushfires, droughts, heat waves and coastal flooding. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059985866/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY FUELS Oil-Sands Industry Turns to Algae to Appease Obama. Canada’s response to President Barack Obama’s challenge to reduce emissions of global-warming gases from the oil sands starts with sewage and algae. The paste-like crude extracted from oil sands is softened by heat and steam to make it flow though pipelines. Burning natural gas to process the fuel creates carbon dioxide that researchers say can be mixed with waste water and fed to algae, which can be processed into cattle feed and other products. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-08-12/oil-sands-industry-turns-to-algae-to-appease-obama.html http://www.businessweek.com/printer/articles/569014?type=bloomberg Ethanol’s Discount to Gasoline Narrows on Outlook Demand to Rise. Ethanol’s discount to gasoline narrowed on speculation that the lowest prices for the biofuel in almost 14 months will spur demand. The spread, or price difference, tightened 0.69 cent to 75.63 cents a gallon at 11:05 a.m. New York time as futures dropped 22 percent from their 2013 high of $2.744 in May. An Agriculture Department report scheduled for release at noon in Washington is expected to show farmers this year will harvest 14.036 billion bushels of corn…Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-08-12/ethanol-s-discount-to-gasoline-narrows-on-outlook-demand-to-rise.html 2 oil spills may hold Keystone XL lessons. As the Obama administration inches closer to a decision on whether to approve the construction of the much-debated Keystone XL pipeline, costly cleanup efforts in two communities stricken by oil spills portend the potential hazards of transporting heavy Canadian crude. It has been three years since an Enbridge Energy pipeline ruptured beneath this small western Michigan town, spewing more than 840,000 gallons of thick oil sands crude into the Kalamazoo River and Talmadge Creek…Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2013/08/11/5640890/2-oil-spills-may-hold-keystone.html#storylink=cpy The promise of advanced biofuels. Corn ethanol has gone a long way to reducing our oil use, Holland writes, but it's gone about as far as it can go due to the 'blend wall.' The next generation of biofuels can pick up the slack, with support from the EPA's Renewable Fuels Standard. This week, the EPA announced that it was adjusting the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) in order to reflect market realities. As originally proposed earlier this year…Posted. http://www.csmonitor.com/Environment/Energy-Voices/2013/0810/The-promise-of-advanced-biofuels Harnessing Corn Oil Power. It’s no secret that revenue from corn oil extraction has been key in keeping many ethanol plants producing in recent times of tight margins. It accounts for an increasing portion of total revenue as the majority of ethanol plants have now adopted and optimized the technology to extract the coproduct, also known as distillers corn oil. Bernie Hoffman, vice president of business development and minority owner of WB Services LLC, says that…Posted. http://ethanolproducer.com/articles/10144/harnessing-corn-oil-power REFINERY Chevron refinery fire one year later: Fallout, impact show no signs of waning. When the No. 4 crude unit at Chevron's century-old waterfront oil refinery burst into flames and sent black smoke billowing into a cloudless sky Aug. 6, 2012, it was easy for many to assume that the fallout from the accident would be fleeting. After all, fires of similar scope had occurred at the same refinery in 1999 and 2007, quickly drifting from the spotlight once the smoke had cleared. Posted. http://www.contracostatimes.com/news/ci_23833917/chevron-refinery-fire-one-year-later-fallout-impact VEHICLES Boost electric-car tax credit, say advocates. Clean-energy advocates are teaming up with legislators to boost a tax credit for people who buy electric cars. The credit would go from $605 to $2,500, the same for compressed natural gas-powered cars. Rep. Lowry Snow, R-Santa Clara, will sponsor a measure to equalize the tax credits for action by the Legislature in January. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/business/energy/article/Boost-electric-car-tax-credit-say-advocates-4723939.php Today’s Cleaner Electric Cars And Tomorrow’s Even Cleaner Electric Cars. Uncovering a fraud is uniquely satisfying, which is perhaps why news outlets continue to provide electric car deniers with a platform to proclaim they aren’t as green as they appear. But close examination reveals the latest round of skeptics to be lacking in substance. Numerous peer-reviewed articles have reached the same conclusion — from cradle to grave, electric cars are the cleanest vehicles on the road today. Posted. http://cleantechnica.com/2013/08/10/todays-cleaner-electric-cars-and-tomorrows-even-cleaner-electric-cars/ Price war rages on over electric cars. As the auto industry struggled to recover from the recession, it swore off the deep discounting that destroyed profits and led to disaster. Now, a price war has erupted in the industry’s smallest segment: electric cars. On Tuesday, General Motors cut $5,000 off the price of its Chevrolet Volt plug-in electric vehicle in response to rapid-fire discounting on battery-powered models this year. Posted. http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/business/2013/08/10/price-war-rages-on-over-electric-cars.html The New Diesel Cars For 2014. With an increasing number of diesel passenger cars appearing in showrooms, car buyers have more options for fuel-efficient driving than they did only a few years ago. After a brief hiatus several years ago, when new and tougher emissions standards came into effect for diesel vehicles, the number has steadily increased--and 2014 has a bumper crop of new diesel vehicles. Posted. http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1086181_the-new-diesel-cars-for-2014 Southern California Utility Girds For 350,000 Electric Cars. One of the long-standing concerns over electric cars is just how much demand the electricity grid would have to cope with should millions of people start plugging in every night. California will be a good test-bed for such concerns, with as many as 350,000 electric cars expected on the state's roads by 2020. That's according to Southern California Edison (SCE)'s white paper, "Charged Up" (pdf document), via KCET. Posted. http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1086187_southern-california-utility-girds-for-350000-electric-cars HIGH-SPEED RAIL 'Shovel-ready' bullet train construction delayed again. Serious construction could start in 2014 — when 2012 had been promised. Experts say officials underestimated the challenges of the $68-billion project. The start of construction on California's bullet train, one of the nation's largest "shovel ready" public work projects that was awarded stimulus funding three years ago by the Obama administration, is slipping past already-delayed target dates, interviews show. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-bullet-delays-20130812,0,4180504.story?track=rss Feds say environmental law does not apply to California high-speed rail. California's high-speed rail project is no longer subject to the state's rigorous environmental laws after a federal transportation board ruled that it has oversight of the project, the state attorney general's office argues in a brief filed Friday. The June decision by the federal Surface Transportation Board -- which was sought by opponents of the bullet train…Posted. http://www.contracostatimes.com/california/ci_23834195/feds-say-environmental-law-does-not-apply-california http://www.kpvi.com/business/story/Bullet-train-Calif-enviro-law-does-not-apply/GMBGAB2L90aw72yXzMrH7g.cspx http://www.insidebayarea.com/california/ci_23834195/feds-say-environmental-law-does-not-apply-california?IADID=Search-www.insidebayarea.com-www.insidebayarea.com www.contracostatimes.com/politics-government/ci_23843662/enviros-not-happy-california-carbon-offsets?IADID=Search-www.contracostatimes.com-www.contracostatimes.com&IADID=Search-www.contracostatimes.com-www.contracostatimes.com Bill before Calif. governor would allow high-speed rail officials to manage land internally. The California High-Speed Rail Authority could manage property it has bought for the bullet train without extra oversight under legislation now heading to the governor. The bill by Democratic Assemblywoman Bonnie Lowenthal, of Long Beach, allows rail officials to negotiate property access rights and sell excess land without getting approval from the state Department of General Services. Posted. http://www.tribtown.com/view/story/3ff0ad5ccf2143079feb3d9e5dd832f2/CA-XGR--California-High-Speed-Rai l GREEN ENERGY Insight: California aims to 'bottle sunlight' in energy storage push. California, whose green ambitions helped the solar and wind industries take root, is taking an essential next step by proposing a sharp rise in energy storage to better integrate renewable power with the rest of the grid. Power from sun and wind fluctuates dramatically, so capturing it for later use makes the supply more predictable. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/08/12/us-energystorage-california-insight-idUSBRE97B05T20130812 GREEN ENERGY: Schools anticipate energy grants. Inland Southern California schools could receive more than $35 million for energy-saving projects under the state formula to allocate money from last year’s Prop. 39. The November ballot measure, passed with 61 percent of the vote, ended a tax break for multistate corporations and set aside $2.5 billion for energy-efficiency projects over the next five years. Posted. http://www.pe.com/local-news/local-news-headlines/20130809-green-energy-schools-anticipate-energy-saving-grants.ece Near-loss of 35-year solar monitoring program shows key problems with satellite system. For Jeff Privette, a scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Climatic Data Center, 2011 was not a great year. Privette keeps track of climate sensors on satellites as part of his job, and one of the climate sensor programs he follows was having issues. This sensor, currently mounted on a satellite mission known as SORCE, tracks how much energy from the sun hits the top of Earth's atmosphere… Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059985871/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY Local wind power at heart of industry's 2012 growth – report. With the American wind market showing record growth and offshore wind farms gaining support, a new report commissioned by the Department of Energy shows that the bulk of this increased capacity is coming from a small-scale, local, decentralized sector known as distributed wind power. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059985874/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY MISCELLANEOUS Inventor Musk to share plans for high-speed travel. Twice as fast as an airplane, cheaper than a bullet train and completely self-powered: that's the mysterious transportation system that inventor and entrepreneur Elon Musk is promising to reveal design plans for Monday. Musk has been dropping hints about his "Hyperloop" system for more than a year during public events, mentioning that it could never crash, would be immune to weather and would move people from Los Angeles to San Francisco in half an hour. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/business/technology/article/Inventor-Musk-to-share-plans-for-high-speed-travel-4724911.php APCD study to be reviewed at meeting. Over the last year, implementation has been under way of the San Luis Obispo County Air Pollution Control District’s Rule 1001 that requires the Off-Highway Vehicle Division of State the California Department of Parks and Recreation to mitigate the silica dust coming from its park on the Dunes. Recently, APCD director Larry Allen told the board of directors the State Parks Department has not been complying with Rule 1001. Posted. http://www.theadobepress.com/articles/2013/08/10/columns/versaw/versaw.txt Poll shows strong support for action on climate, fracking, but will it trigger political moves? It took less than 48 hours for California's environmental advocates to start lobbying using new poll results that show residents want swift action on climate change and limits on unconventional oil drilling. Bill Magavern, policy director of Coalition for Clean Air, cited the poll from Public Policy Institute of California when he lobbied for S.B. 605, legislation that would direct proceeds from the state's carbon cap-and-trade auctions…Posted. http://www.eenews.net/greenwire/stories/1059985898/print OPINIONS Analysis: Mexico aims for NAFTA-style growth boost from energy reform. Mexico's plans to break a 75-year state monopoly on energy could boost flagging growth and double foreign investment, potentially providing the biggest leg-up to its economy since the North American Free Trade Agreement two decades ago. The government is finalizing proposals to lure private investors into the oil, gas and electricity industries in order to boost production and lower energy costs for manufacturers…Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/08/11/us-mexico-reforms-economy-idUSBRE97A06H20130811 A Clean-Car Boom. In a welcome development for the planet, the cars on American streets are becoming much more climate-friendly much sooner than many had expected. Consumers are increasingly buying fuel-efficient hybrid and electric vehicles thanks to breakthrough innovations and supportive government policies. The transportation sector accounts for 28 percent of American greenhouse gas emissions, the most after power plants. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/11/opinion/sunday/a-clean-car-boom.html?src=recg&_r=0&pagewanted=print The Inevitable Convergence: Corporations, Carbon, and Consumers. Extreme heat, recurrent nationwide weather anomalies, and intense wildfires resulting in catastrophic loss of life by fearless responders have refueled Administration policy announcements working to define a regulatory approach to control carbon dioxide. These shocking and tragic events drive media coverage and release a torrent of policy debates on just what America should do about climate change. Posted. http://www.environmentalleader.com/2013/08/12/the-inevitable-convergence-corporations-carbon-and-consumers/ BLOGS UPDATE: 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/ Why do Californians use less electricity than everyone else? The average Californian uses about 33 percent less electricity at home than the average American in the rest of the country. That shouldn’t be overly surprising, given the state’s mild weather. What is surprising, though, is that California’s electricity use has basically stayed flat for the past four decades, in stark contrast with the rest of the United States. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/08/12/why-do-californians-use-less-electricity-than-everyone-else/ Climate Change in California: Ready Or Not, It’s Here. A new State of California report released yesterday verifies what scientists have been telling us for some time—climate change is here, and it is now affecting the state’s water supplies, farm industry, forests, wildlife and public health. The alarm is being sounded by Cal/EPA’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) in a report that compiled 36 indicators of climate change…Posted. http://blog.ucsusa.org/climate-change-in-california-ready-or-not-its-here-201