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ARB Newsclips for September 20, 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 Carbon Trade Seen Losing Globally in Aussie Vote: Energy Markets. Australia is at risk of breaching a global agreement to cut greenhouse gases as power markets signal Prime Minister Tony Abbott will exploit the widest election victory in nine years to repeal the nation’s carbon system. Electricity futures prices show the implied costs of emitting a metric ton of carbon in Australia plunged 18 percent in the two days following the Sept. 7 election, bringing its monthly decline to 55 percent, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/print/2013-09-19/carbon-trade-seen-losing-globally-in-aussie-vote-energy-markets.html AIR POLLUTION Obama takes on coal with first-ever carbon limits. Linking global warming to public health, disease and extreme weather, the Obama administration pressed ahead Friday with tough requirements to limit carbon pollution from new power plants, despite protests from industry and from Republicans that it would mean a dim future for coal. The proposal, which sets the first national limits on heat-trapping pollution from future power plants, would help reshape where Americans get electricity…Posted. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_OBAMA_CLIMATE_CHANGE?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2013-09-20-10-08-00 OTHER RELATED STORIES http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/09/20/usa-energy-emissions-idUSL2N0HG0DM20130920 http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-09-20/new-coal-plants-must-capture-carbon-dioxide-output-epa.html http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323308504579086983430436084.html?KEYWORDS=carbon http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/21/us/politics/obama-administration-carbon-limits.html?hp&_r=0&pagewanted=print http://www.latimes.com/nation/politics/politicsnow/la-pn-epa-power-plant-emissions-20130920,0,4425244.story http://www.sacbee.com/2013/09/20/5752123/administration-set-to-propose.html http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/Obama-takes-on-coal-with-first-ever-carbon-limits-4828972.php http://www.greencarcongress.com/2013/09/20130920-epa.html http://www.modbee.com/2013/09/20/2930882/obama-takes-on-coal-with-first.html http://green.autoblog.com/2013/09/20/new-epa-clean-coal-plant-rules-would-cut-co2-emissions-in-half/ Citgo to pay penalty resolving environmental violations. Citgo Petroleum Corp has agreed to reduce air pollution and pay penalty to resolve environmental violations at refineries in Louisiana and Illinois, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said on Thursday. The company would pay $737,000 as a civil penalty and implement projects designed to reduce toxic emissions over the next five years at its 427,800 barrel per day (bpd) refinery in Lake Charles, Louisiana, and 174,500 barrel per day (bpd) refinery in Lemont, Illinois. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/09/19/us-refinery-operations-citgo-idUSBRE98I0WF20130919 Wood smoke, heavy industry, power generators: air pollution study. A study into the sources of air pollution in the Upper Hunter has been released to the public this afternoon. The fine particle characterization study revealed that domestically produced wood smoke, emissions from heavy industry and power generation are all contributing factors. Posted. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-09-20/wood-smoke2c-heavy-industry2c-power-generators3a-air-polluti/4971942 CLIMATE CHANGE Global warming "hiatus" unlikely to last - draft U.N. report. A "hiatus" in global warming so far this century is partly caused by natural variations in a chaotic climate and is unlikely to last, a draft United Nations report by leading climate scientists says. The 127-page draft, and a shorter summary for policymakers that is due for release in Stockholm on Sept. 27 after editing, say factors including a haze of volcanic ash and a cyclical dip in energy emitted from the sun may also have contributed to a slower warming trend. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/09/20/us-climate-ipcc-idUSBRE98J0EB20130920 Europe weighing 40 percent 2030 carbon-cutting goal-EU sources. European Union regulators are considering doubling the bloc's target to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and setting a tougher binding goal for renewable energy use, EU sources said. The European Commission, the EU's executive, outlined new targets earlier this year but has yet to follow up with a firm legislative proposal. That is expected around the end of the year. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/09/19/eu-climate-idUSL5N0HD3JH20130919 Global warming slows - but scientists not reassured. 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 show there are deep concerns among governments about how to address the issue ahead of next week's meeting of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/science/article/Global-warming-slows-but-scientists-not-4828479.php FUELS France must cut reliance on oil and gas, says Hollande. France should aim for a 30 percent cut in fossil fuel use by 2030, President Francois Hollande said in a speech on Friday which included plans for a carbon tax from 2014 and a tax break on home insulation to help consumers save energy. Hollande faces a delicate balancing act as he reconciles demands for more binding environmental targets from his Green Party coalition partners with French households and businesses increasingly wary of tax rises. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/09/20/us-france-environment-idUSBRE98J08Z20130920 California’s Low-Carbon Fuel Standard Upheld. A three-judge federal panel on Wednesday upheld California’s controversial and first-in-the-nation law requiring fuel-makers to reduce carbon, that detractors say will lead to much higher prices for diesel and gasoline. The 2-1 ruling over the low carbon fuel standard, by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco, came as the judged rejected arguments by fuel producers that it was discriminatory against out-of-state fuel makers. Posted. http://www.truckinginfo.com/news/story/2013/09/california-s-low-carbon-fuel-standard-upheld.aspx VEHICLES Green Cabs Appear as Bloomberg Prepares to Depart. The waning days of any political administration are typically given over, in large part, to a trumpeting of its successes, real and perceived, and so it has been in New York, as Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg prepares to depart with all the reluctance of a 6-year-old leaving Great Adventure. Last week, city officials invited reporters on a tour of more than 20 schools that ranked highly on state tests last spring to show that the Education Department has done a better job than many believe. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/22/nyregion/green-cabs-appear-as-bloomberg-prepares-to-depart.html?_r=0 GREEN ENERGY White House Renews Support for Energy-Panel Nominee Ron Binz. The White House said it stands by President Barack Obama’s nominee to lead the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, who is facing an uphill battle for confirmation in the Senate. The administration “absolutely” supports nominee Ron Binz, Josh Earnest, deputy White House press secretary, told reporters traveling with Obama to a speech in Missouri today. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/print/2013-09-20/white-house-renews-support-for-energy-panel-nominee-ron-binz.html U.S. Revives Aid Program for Clean Energy. The Obama administration has decided to revive a controversial loan guarantee program at the Energy Department, administration officials said on Thursday, even as the program remains under Congressional scrutiny after losing hundreds of millions in taxpayer money on investments in failed green energy start-ups like the solar module maker Solyndra. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/20/business/energy-environment/us-revives-aid-program-for-clean-energy.html MISCELLANEOUS California Air Resources Board (CARB) publishes paper on Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) testing. California Air Resources Board (CARB) has published a paper on Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) performance during real-time driving conditions. The research team used four vehicles, one with Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) technology and three with SCR technology. In typical highway driving conditions, emissions from the vehicle equipped with EGR technology were found to be higher than the legal limit while NOx levels from vehicles equipped with SCR met the standard. Posted. http://www.discoverdef.com/news/2013/9/20/california-air-resources-board-%28carb%29-publishes-paper-on-selective-catalytic-reduction-%28scr%29-testing/ OPINIONS Born-Again Fracker. Ron Binz faced the Senate Energy Committee on Tuesday, and the event was something of a miracle. President Obama's nominee to run the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) declared heretofore undetected devotion to natural gas and regulatory restraint. Mr. Binz's nomination is in trouble because of a record and philosophy hostile toward fossil fuels of any kind. As recently as March he derided natural gas as a carbon-heavy "dead end,"…Posted. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324492604579083041465236968.html?KEYWORDS=fuels Flooding proves we need climate change planning. Two months before my Colorado community was overwhelmed this week by epic rains, our state's chief oil and gas regulator, Matt Lepore, berated citizens concerned about the ecological impact of hydraulic fracturing and unbridled drilling. During his speech, Lepore insinuated that those advocating a first-do-no-harm posture toward fossil fuel development are mostly affluent and are therefore unconcerned with the economic impact of their environmental advocacy. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/opinion/article/Flooding-proves-we-need-climate-change-planning-4828383.php BLOGS Emissions Rules Unleash Flurry of Indignation, Cheers. Right on schedule, the Environmental Protection Agency announced strict new emissions standards for new power plants, one of the centerpieces of the Obama administration’s plan to curb greenhouse-gas emissions. (We reported on this last week, and have a closer look today.) And right on cue, the EPA rulemaking unleashed a flurry of indignation from Republicans and some business groups and huzzahs from environmentalists and other business groups. Posted. http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2013/09/20/emissions-rules-unleash-flurry-of-indignation-cheers/?KEYWORDS=climate+change Everything you need to know about the EPA’s carbon limits for new power plants. On Friday, the Environmental Protection Agency proposed new limits on carbon-dioxide emissions for all new coal and gas-fired power plants built in the United States. It's the first major piece of the Obama administration's second-term plan to tackle climate change. The regulations aren't likely to have a huge impact in the near future…Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/09/20/everything-you-need-to-know-about-the-epas-carbon-limits-for-new-power-plants/