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ARB Newsclips for September 19, 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. LOW CARBON FUEL STANDARDS Court upholds Calif.'s low carbon fuel standard. A panel of federal judges on Wednesday upheld California's first-in-the-nation mandate requiring fuel producers to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday rejected arguments from fuel makers that California's "Low Carbon Fuel Standard" discriminated against out-of-state producers. Posted. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_LOW_CARBON_FUELS?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT OTHER RELATED STORIES http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-09-18/california-fuel-standard-doesn-t-discriminate-court-says.html http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/09/18/us-california-emissions-idUSBRE98H0Y620130918 http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324492604579083474010303010.html?KEYWORDS=low+carbon+fuel http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/19/us/california-court-upholds-emissions-curbs.html?_r=0 http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-carbon-footprint-20130919,0,646250.story http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/State-s-low-carbon-fuel-standards-upheld-4826006.php http://www.sacbee.com/2013/09/18/5747485/court-upholds-califs-low-carbon.html http://www.fresnobee.com/2013/09/18/3504687/court-upholds-califs-low-carbon.html http://www.modbee.com/2013/09/18/2927760/court-upholds-califs-low-carbon.html http://www.insidebayarea.com/ci_24123183/court-upholds-calif-s-low-carbon-fuel-standard?IADID=Search-www.insidebayarea.com-www.insidebayarea.com http://www.mercurynews.com/business/ci_24123259/ninth-circuit-upholds-californias-low-carbon-fuel-standard http://www.recordnet.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20130918/A_NEWS/130919879&cid=sitesearch http://www.vcstar.com/news/2013/sep/18/court-upholds-califs-low-carbon-fuel-standard/ http://www.chron.com/business/energy/article/Court-upholds-Calif-s-low-carbon-fuel-standard-4824874.php AIR POLLUTION Officials Near Deal on Aviation Emissions. World aviation officials are "very close" to resolving a long-running fight over airplane pollution that has threatened to spark a global trade war, said European Union Transport Commissioner Siim Kallas. Air-transport officials from across the globe meet in Montreal Tuesday to tackle issues including airline security, air-traffic control modernization and flight safety. Their top priority, though, is striking a deal to limit aircraft emissions of greenhouse gases. Posted. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324492604579085012307454226.html#printMode Exide ordered to cut production after lead emissions exceed standards. The battery recycler's latest infraction stuns activists and officials, who have been calling for the Vernon plant's closure. Air quality regulators have ordered the embattled Vernon battery recycler Exide Technologies to cut production after an air monitor revealed lead emissions had exceeded health standards over a 30-day period. The excessive lead emissions occurred even as…Posted. http://www.latimes.com/local/la-me-exide-20130919,0,144482.story Democrats, state AGs ready to challenge new EPA anti-coal regulation. Democrats from coal states, along with 17 state attorneys general, are ripping the Environmental Protection Agency's forthcoming New Source Performance Standards regulation that would essentially ban all new coal-fired power plants. The NSPS, which EPA will officially propose Sept. 20, will require new coal plants to be built with expensive carbon capture and storage technology that has only been tested at small scales. Posted. http://washingtonexaminer.com/democrats-state-ags-ready-to-challenge-new-epa-anti-coal-regulation/article/2536074 Black-carbon researcher wins highest U.N. environmental award. A scientist at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego, has won the United Nations' highest environmental award. The United Nations last night in New York gave its Champions of the Earth prize to Veerabhadran Ramanathan, a distinguished professor of climate and atmospheric sciences. The accolade was bestowed for his work on research showing that cutting emissions of black carbon…Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059987485/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY CLIMATE CHANGE Warming lull haunts authors of key climate report. Scientists working on a landmark U.N. report on climate change are struggling to explain why global warming appears to have slowed down in the past 15 years even though greenhouse gas emissions keep rising. Leaked documents obtained by The Associated Press show there are deep concerns among governments over how to address the issue ahead of next week's meeting of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Posted. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/E/EU_CLIMATE_CHANGE?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT OTHER RELATED STORIES http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/Warming-lull-haunts-authors-of-key-climate-report-4826829.php http://www.sacbee.com/2013/09/19/5749570/warming-lull-haunts-authors-of.html http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_24129568/warming-lull-haunts-authors-key-climate-report?IADID=Search-www.contracostatimes.com-www.contracostatimes.com http://www.insidebayarea.com/ci_24129568/warming-lull-haunts-authors-key-climate-report?IADID=Search-www.insidebayarea.com-www.insidebayarea.com Watsonville enlists community for climate action plan: City develops plan to meet state requirement to reduce greenhouse emissions. As Watsonville's residents suffered through the economic recession in recent years, the city's environment may have benefitted. As business activity declined, so did greenhouse emissions -- about 15 percent from 2005 to 2010, according to a city study released Wednesday. That's enough to meet a 2020 state requirement for reductions of the carbon dioxide emissions tied to climate change. Posted. http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/watsonville/ci_24127888/watsonville-enlists-community-climate-action-plan-city-develops Despite cooler year, ominous long-term melting trend to continue – experts. This year's Arctic sea ice cover currently is the sixth-lowest on modern record, a ranking that raises ongoing concerns about the speed of ice melt and the effects of ice loss on global weather patterns, geopolitical fights, indigenous peoples and wildlife, scientists said yesterday. In an analysis, the National Snow and Ice Data Center said the sea ice extent as of Sept. 16 was 2 million square miles, an amount just below revised estimates for 2009…Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059987507/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY FUELS U.S. charges 6 people, 3 firms with $100 million biofuels fraud. Six people and three companies, including an Indiana operation claiming to make biofuel from chicken fat and vegetable oils, were charged with defrauding investors and consumers out of more than $100 million, prosecutors in Indianapolis said on Wednesday. The indictment alleged four men operating E-Biofuels of Middletown, Indiana and two others with New Jersey-based Caravan Trading Co and CIMA Green conspired to exploit a government incentive program that offers tax credits for biofuel use. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/09/18/us-usa-biofuels-fraud-idUSBRE98H16W20130918 http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-09-18/imperial-petroleum-executive-charged-with-fraud-over-biofuels.html http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2013/09/18/feds-allege-more-than-100m-biofuels-scam/2834487/ http://www.biodieselmagazine.com/articles/9332/feds-charge-e-biofuels-imperial-cima-egren-and-others-in-scheme http://www.truckinginfo.com/news/story/2013/09/truckers-supposedly-aware-of-biodiesel-scheme-six-indicted.aspx Tribunal finds Ecuador released Chevron from pollution liability. In a dispute stemming from a lengthy legal battle over Amazon rain forest pollution, arbitrators ruled that Chevron had already settled claims for damages in agreements with Ecuador despite a $19 billion award against the oil company. The international tribunal, acting under The Hague's Permanent Court of Arbitration, said in a ruling on Tuesday that Ecuador opted not to pursue damages beyond the country's 1995 and 1998 release agreements with Texaco…Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/09/18/us-chevron-ecuador-idUSBRE98H15P20130918?feedType=RSS&virtualBrandChannel=11563 Ethanol Advances on Lower Supply and Federal Reserve Decision. Ethanol rose the most in more than a week after a government report showed stockpiles of the fuel declined and after the Federal Reserve unexpectedly left intact its level of bond buying. Futures jumped 3.3 percent after the Fed said it would continue buying $85 million in Treasuries each month. Separately, an Energy Information Administration report showed record-low ethanol supply and below-average production levels for this time of year. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/print/2013-09-18/ethanol-s-discount-to-gasoline-narrows-as-discount-spurs-use.html Pacific Ethanol buys time with preferred shareholders. Sacramento-based Pacific Ethanol Inc. secured an agreement with holders of the company’s Series B convertible preferred stock to take 196,784 shares of common stock in lieu of $731,492 in cash. The conversion represents partial payment for accrued and unpaid dividends. In return for the exchange, the preferred stock shareholders have agreed to not exercise shareholder rights on unpaid dividends through March 31, 2015. Posted. http://www.bizjournals.com/sacramento/news/2013/09/18/pacific-ethanol-buys-time-shareholders.html Biofuels More Effective, ‘Cheaper Than EVs’ to Cut Emissions. Increasing the amount of biofuels blended into road transport fuels from 5 percent to 19 percent could cut the UK’s annual car emissions up to 27 percent, or 12 million metric tons, by 2030, according to a report by consultancy Element Energy and commissioned by oil company BP. The Role of Biofuels Beyond 2020 says increasing biofuel blends will push up yearly fuel costs for drivers by £13 ($20.77). Posted. http://www.environmentalleader.com/2013/09/18/biofuels-more-effective-cheaper-than-evs-to-cut-emissions/ Americans Want More E15, Other Ethanol Blends, New Poll Says. Policymakers may be fighting over it, but consumers seem to like E15. At least, that's what a new poll of 1,211 Americans from advocacy group Fuels America says. Of those people, 82 percent said they supported having E15--a blend of 15 percent ethanol and 85 percent gasoline--at their local gas stations. And 76 percent said they wouldn't mind seeing blends with even more ethanol, such as E20 and E30. Posted. http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1087045_americans-want-more-e15-other-ethanol-blends-new-poll-says USDA to buy more sugar for fuel production. The Department of Agriculture is planning another purchase of excess sugar for resale to ethanol producers in a bid to boost falling domestic sugar prices. USDA yesterday called for bids from sugar and bioenergy producers for the Feedstock Flexibility Program, a 2008 farm bill program that lets the government buy sugar to avoid loan forfeitures by sugar producers. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/greenwire/stories/1059987525/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY VEHICLES DOE-supported EV-charging station maker files for bankruptcy. ECOtality Inc., a prominent manufacturer of electric car chargers, filed for bankruptcy protection this week despite having received $114.8 million in federal funding over the last four years. The San Francisco-based company filed for Chapter 11 protection Monday at a U.S. bankruptcy court in Arizona, joining a growing list of clean technology companies to go belly-up. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059987509/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY GREEN ENERGY German industry group seeks green energy overhaul after election. Germany's BDI industry association has proposed a plan for a radical overhaul of government policy on renewable energy after Sunday's elections, including scrapping the feed-in-tariff system. The BDI has long warned that high energy prices, caused largely by the rising cost of incentives for green energy, threaten industry's competitiveness. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/09/19/us-germany-energy-idUSBRE98I0D420130919 Germany’s Effort at Clean Energy Proves Complex. It is an audacious undertaking with wide and deep support in Germany: shut down the nation’s nuclear power plants, wean the country from coal and promote a wholesale shift to renewable energy sources. But the plan, backed by Chancellor Angela Merkel and opposition parties alike, is running into problems in execution that are forcing Germans to come face to face with the costs and complexities of sticking to their principles. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/19/world/europe/germanys-effort-at-clean-energy-proves-complex.html?pagewanted=all Energy & Green Military buys San Diego-made solar. French semiconductor maker Soitec will provide solar modules from its San Diego factory to build a demonstration-scale power plant for the U.S. military at Ft. Irwin, the company announced Wednesday. The project is part of a broader Defense Department evaluation of innovative energy technologies to develop more secure power supplies, reduce its facility costs and meet renewable energy goals. Posted. http://www.utsandiego.com/news/business/energy-and-green-business/ MISCELLANEOUS Social costs of electricity from coal make it uneconomical, researchers assert. New research from a national environmental group finds that the cost of producing electricity from renewable resources like wind and solar is lower than that of conventional coal-fired generation when factoring for the adverse costs of climate change and human health impacts. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059987412/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY OPINIONS Our View: What's the sense in these diesel emission regulations? Some belated complaining and a note to self: The complaining is too late to do much good. It's just pure grousing about some questionable environmental regulations that are bound to vex a fair number of our area agri-businesses. Protestations would have had greater impact had they come months or years ago. Posted. http://www.appeal-democrat.com/articles/self-127688-note-communities.html#ixzz2fMLXt4Z1 Bill to open carpool lanes to solo drivers deserves signature. Building additional traffic lanes isn’t the only way to relieve congestion. Los Angeles Assemblyman Mark Gatto has a plan that we hope will be signed into law: a bill to open freeway carpool lanes to solo drivers before and after rush hours. Most everyone in San Diego who commutes by freeway has no doubt encountered an accident or road work that clogs the regular lanes during the middle of the day or at night while the carpool lanes are practically vacant. Posted. http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2013/sep/18/bill-to-open-carpool-lanes-to-solo-drivers/all/?print BLOGS Protecting Americans from Power Plant Pollution. On September 20, the Environmental Protection Agency will release new safeguards against carbon pollution that, if expectations are on target, will confirm something investors, governors, community leaders, and everyday Americans have been saying for a decade - in the 21st century, it just doesn't make sense to build new coal-fired power plants. To be specific, we've said that 179 times. Posted. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mary-anne-hitt/protecting-americans-from_b_3942416.html?view=print&comm_ref=false Delaying climate action will triple costs. If the world puts off cooperative efforts to fight climate change until 2030, they will be more than three times as expensive as they would be in 2015. That’s according to a study led by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, published Wednesday in the journal Environmental Research Letters. Posted. http://grist.org/news/delaying-climate-action-will-triple-costs/ How energy efficient is your city? Does your city have a plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions dramatically? Is it seeking to reduce car use through bikeshare programs and public transit subsidies? Does it partner with utility companies to help small businesses and homeowners save energy? And does it lobby for statewide energy-efficiency legislation? Posted. http://grist.org/climate-energy/how-energy-efficient-is-your-city/