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ARB Newsclips for October 11, 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. AIR POLLUTION Chinese mock official for blaming cooking fumes for pollution. A Chinese official's remarks that cooking fumes must share the blame for Beijing's choking pollution drew ridicule from many microbloggers, who mocked the government for not addressing the root causes of smog that can blanket the city for days on end. The government has announced a series of plans over the years to tackle pollution in its cities that has been blamed for a series of health crises, generating widespread public anger, but none has worked. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/10/11/us-china-pollution-idUSBRE99A08320131011 Burning of debris, winds cause smoky air quality. The burning of debris from a rice field in south Sutter County and uncooperative winds were blamed for the smoky air on Thursday in the Edgewater, Linda and Olivehurst areas, an official with the Feather River Air Quality Management District told the Appeal-Democrat. "It's rice (field) burning season and every day, it's part art and part science," said Chris Brown, an air pollution control officer with the district. Posted. http://www.appeal-democrat.com/articles/smoke-128142-brown-air.html CLIMATE CHANGE New Jersey Reconsiders Carbon Trading a Year After Sandy. What a difference a year makes. In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, which blew ashore last Oct. 29, New Jersey residents have warmed up to the threat that climate change poses to their beach-loving state and want politicians to address it more boldly. That’s one reason state lawmakers are holding a hearing today about rejoining Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative Inc.’s carbon-trading program…Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-10-09/new-jersey-reconsiders-carbon-trading-a-year-after-sandy.html Corn harvest above expectations due to weather. Harvest is in full swing across the country, and farmers in many states are surprised at the abundance of corn they're getting from their fields. Dairy farmer Ben Steffen, who also grows corn, soybeans and wheat on 1,900 acres near the southeastern Nebraska town of Humboldt, said his first corn field brought in 168 bushels an acre, above the average of 140. Posted. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_HARVEST_SURPRISE?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT Despite Climate Concern, Global Study Finds Fewer Carbon Capture Projects. The number of large-scale projects to capture and bury carbon dioxide has fallen to 65 from 75 over the last year, a worldwide survey has found, despite a consensus among scientists and engineers that such projects are essential to meet international goals for slowing the buildup of climate-changing gases. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/11/science/earth/study-finds-setbacks-in-carbon-capture-projects.html?_r=0&pagewanted=print FUELS Oil near $102 as US nears short-term budget fix. Oil retreated to below $102 a barrel Friday as political leaders in Washington neared an agreement that would allow a short-term extension to the U.S. borrowing limit and as global oil supplies were seen rising next year. By early afternoon in Europe, benchmark crude for November delivery was down $1.25 to $101.76 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Posted. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/O/OIL_PRICES?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT France upholds ban on hydraulic fracturing. France's constitutional council upheld a ban on the energy extraction process known as fracking on Friday, two days after the European Parliament voted to require full environmental reports from companies that want to establish hydraulic fracturing sites. The decision comes the same day the International Energy Agency predicted the United States would overtake Russia next year to become the world's largest oil producer outside OPEC…Posted. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/E/EU_FRANCE_FRACKING?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT OTHER RELATED STORIES http://www.sacbee.com/2013/10/11/5813838/news-summary-france-upholds-fracking.html http://www.fresnobee.com/2013/10/11/3547332/french-high-court-upholds-ban.html http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/News-Summary-France-upholds-fracking-ban-4888143.php Analysis: Lawsuits likely as EPA declares US ethanol blend wall a 'reality' With two words, the U.S. environment regulator may be handing oil refiners the biggest win of a long battle to beat back the seemingly inexorable rise of ethanol fuel. In a leaked proposal that would significantly scale back biofuel blending requirements next year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says the blend wall - the 10 percent threshold of ethanol-mixed gasoline that is at the crux of the lobbying war - is an "important reality". Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/10/11/us-ethanol-blendwall-analysis-idUSBRE99A09420131011 U.S. soon to overtake Russia as top oil producer. The United States will become the world's largest oil producer next year - overtaking Russia - thanks to its shale oil boom which has transformed the global energy landscape, the West's energy watchdog said on Friday. The prediction comes only days after estimates by the U.S. government showed the United States, the world's largest oil consumer, has ceded its ranking as top global oil importer to China, thanks to the shale revolution cutting import needs. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/10/11/us-oil-iea-idUSBRE99A08N20131011 http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/markets/2013/10/11/us-to-be-top-energy-producer/2965025/ Corn Futures Fall to Three-Year Low on U.S. Crop Outlook. Corn futures fell to a three-year low and soybeans dropped the most this month on signs of increasing supplies in the U.S., the world’s biggest producer. Wheat rose, heading for the fourth straight weekly gain. Beneficial rain in September helped fill pods with bigger soybeans, while allowing corn to mature late in the season, improving yields, Macquarie Bank said in a report. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-10-11/corn-trades-near-3-year-low-as-u-s-demand-for-ethanol-may-drop.html EPA Considers U.S. Ethanol Mandate Cut Amid Complaints. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is considering scaling back legal requirements on the use of ethanol next year amid complaints from refiners that statutory mandates would exceed their ability to blend it into fuels without putting engines at risk. A proposal from the agency would cut the mandate to 15.21 billion gallons for renewable fuels in 2014 instead of the 18.15 billion gallons established by a 2007 law…Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-10-10/epa-considers-u-s-ethanol-mandate-cut-amid-complaints.html Middle East Oil Fuels Fresh China-U.S. Tensions. Beijing Depends on U.S. Military to Secure Middle East Imports. China is overtaking the U.S. as a buyer of Middle East oil, adding fuel to diplomatic tension between the nations over security in the region. China surpassed the U.S. as importer of Persian Gulf crude several years ago, by some measures. Now it is on track to overtake the U.S. this year as the world's No. 1 buyer of oil from the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, the largely Middle Eastern energy-exporting bloc. Posted. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324755104579073283948517714.html Next-Generation Biofuels Are Inching Towards Reality, Gallon by Gallon. Advanced biofuels have been on the cusp of commercialization for years, but high prices and technological challenges have held them back. Is that starting to change? Whatever happened to next-generation biofuels? Made from sources like corn stalks or what straw that don’t compete with food, unlike current biofuels, next-generation biofuels were going to be greener and more efficient than corn-based ethanol, which is still the dominant source of biofuel in the U.S. Posted. http://science.time.com/2013/10/11/next-generation-biofuels-are-inching-towards-reality-gallon-by-gallon/#ixzz2hQwmXRAI VEHICLES Toyota says slashes fuel cell costs by nearly $1 million for new hydrogen car. Toyota Motor Corp said it has slashed the cost of the fuel cell system in its next hydrogen-powered car by almost $1 million, putting it on course to launch a mid-sized sedan in 2015 with a price ticket below $100,000. The world's best-selling auto manufacturer and maker of the Prius gas-electric hybrid car says the fuel cell system will cost about 5 million yen ($51,000) compared with prototype costs of over $1 million. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/10/10/us-toyota-fuelcell-idUSBRE99912520131010 Utah-based WAVE nabs $1.4M to bring wireless electric buses to a dozen cities (exclusive) If batteries weren’t so expensive, most cities would have invested in electric buses by now. Batteries are also notoriously heavy, and slow to recharge. But a new startup called WAVE has developed a wireless transfer system that can be used by by bus manufacturers to operate electric buses with vastly reduced battery sizes. WAVE, which is one of Utah’s hottest startups, is powering the state’s first wireless electric bus. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/10/10/idUS206335134920131010 Continue subsidies to shore up industry, economy. It would be very unwise to "pull the plug" on electric-car subsidies at this time. Without the subsidies, the auto industry would be forced by unavoidable regulation to sell electric vehicles at huge financial losses. One of the few bright spots in the current American economy, a thriving auto industry, would be thrown into turmoil. That regulation presents a huge challenge to automakers:…Posted. http://www.fresnobee.com/2013/10/10/3545330/continue-subsidies-to-shore-up.html#storylink=cpy Study finds biodiesel blend reduces total particle mass in emissions but may have greater adverse health effect per mass than diesel. Findings from a study by researchers from the Department of Medicine and the School of Engineering at the University of Vermont suggest that the addition of biodiesel to diesel fuels will reduce the total particle mass of PM emissions—but that the biodiesel blend particles may contribute to greater biological effects per mass than B0, leading to potentially greater health risks. Posted. http://www.greencarcongress.com/2013/10/20131010-b20.html GREEN ENERGY How to blunt effect of higher heating bills. After two years of flat or lower fuel prices, many residents will pay sharply more to heat their homes this winter, according to government forecasts out this week. There are a number of ways residents can blunt the expected rise in heating bills - beyond putting on a turtleneck. Staying warm is expected to cost more because fuel prices are rising and forecasts call for cooler weather in some areas than the last two relatively warm winters. Posted. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_ON_THE_MONEY_WINTER_HEATING_COSTS?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT OTHER RELATED STORIES http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/How-to-blunt-effect-of-higher-heating-bills-4887877.php http://www.sacbee.com/2013/10/11/5813662/how-to-blunt-effect-of-higher.html REFILE-European utilities CEOs urge end to renewables subsidies. The CEOs of 10 utilities companies, which together own half of Europe's electricity generating capacity, are calling for an end to subsidies for wind and solar energy, which they say add too much power to a market already struggling with overcapacity. The CEOs in the so-called Magritte Group also call for a Europe-wide capacity mechanism that would pay utilities for keeping electric power generating…Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/10/11/utilities-renewables-ceos-idUSL6N0I106Y20131011 Gulf Coast Beckons Wind Farms When West Texas Gusts Fade. Fickle West Texas breezes are pushing wind power generators to the state’s 367-mile coast. Texas pulled ahead last decade in the U.S. race to develop wind power thanks to the hardy gusts sweeping across its vast prairies and energy-friendly landowners. Now it’s seizing the lead in building turbines along its shoreline as developers find the slower but steadier air currents there translate to bigger profits. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-10-10/gulf-coast-beckons-wind-farms-when-west-texas-gusts-fade.html Green energy entrepreneurs vie for awards, connections at 'Cleantech Open' in Fremont. Gordon Kingsley stood next to his exhibit in the Fremont Marriott grand ballroom on Thursday, explaining his brainchild that uses blimps and kites to harness wind energy that would produce electricity less expensively than coal-fired power plants or traditional wind turbines. Posted. http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_24284279/green-energy-entrepreneurs-vie-awards-connections-at-cleantech DOE releases draft of $8B loan guarantee solicitation for advanced fossil energy projects. The US Department of Energy (DOE) released a draft for comment of an $8-billion loan guarantee solicitation for innovative and advanced fossil energy projects and facilities that substantially reduce greenhouse gas and other air pollution. The program is part of President Obama’s climate action plan. (Earlier post). Posted. http://www.greencarcongress.com/2013/07/doe-20130703.html Government incentives begin to boost Canada's wind power. Canada's wind power industry is poised to add 4,500 megawatts of new generation -- the equivalent of building four large nuclear power plants -- over the next three years. Most of the new turbines will come online in four provinces: Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec, Canadian industry officials said this week. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059988698/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY Rumors continue to swirl about 2014 renewable fuel targets. The rumor mill is swirling around a set of numbers that appear to show U.S. EPA's plans for next year's renewable fuel targets. Some in the biofuels industry have speculated that the numbers originated from members of the oil industry in an attempt to discredit ethanol. One biofuels industry representative said that in a meeting about a month ago, an EPA official indicated that the agency was not considering putting a cap on the conventional ethanol target next year. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/greenwire/stories/1059988744/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY DOE lab finds no issues with E15. Gasoline containing 15 percent ethanol will not harm car engines or cause vehicles to become stranded on the side of the road, a Department of Energy laboratory has concluded after an exhaustive review of existing research on the fuel. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory report released yesterday found no significant difference between using E15 and using gasoline containing 10 percent ethanol. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/greenwire/stories/1059988740/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY 2 Cree LED bulbs receive Energy Star rating. Two household light-emitting diode bulbs produced by Cree Inc. have received Energy Star certification, the company said. As a result, the lamps, which are carried exclusively by Home Depot, qualify for as much as a $5 rebate from some utilities. Such a rebate would put the price of the Cree 6-watt household LED at $4.97 and the 9.5-watt bulb at $7.97. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/greenwire/stories/1059988726/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY MISCELLANEOUS FERC asks court to enforce energy fine after Barclays misses deadline. Barclays has failed to pay $488 million in fines and disgorgement demanded by the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission over allegations it rigged California electricity prices, the agency said in a court petition seeking to enforce the July order. The agency asked a federal judge in Sacramento to affirm the penalties after Barclays missed the deadline to pay. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-barclays-fine-20131010,0,3019199.story?track=rss Do Jupiter and Saturn have diamond 'rain'? Diamonds are forever, unless you’re on Saturn or Jupiter. Loads of the super-hard precious stones may be floating among the gas giants’ fluid layers and melted into liquid further into their depths, say a pair of planetary scientists. The research, being presented at the Division for Planetary Sciences conference this week in Denver, sprang from very humble beginnings — soot in Saturn’s atmosphere…Posted. http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-diamonds-saturn-jupiter-melted-liquid-20131010,0,6503695.story Toxic flame retardants under fire in California. Shortly after taking steps to phase out toxic flame retardants from furniture and other consumer goods, California officials are looking at removing the chemicals from building insulation as well. This month, Gov. Jerry Brown signed AB127, which directs the California State Fire Marshal to consider whether builders can meet fire safety standards without adding flame retardants to insulation. Posted. http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2013/oct/10/environment-toxic-flame-retardant-california/ OPINIONS A Chemistry Breakthrough That Could Fuel a Revolution. Now methanol can be made from natural gas and captured carbon dioxide. In the three weeks since the Obama administration issued its long-promised proposal to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, it has become clear the plan is far from perfect. By placing the burden of expensive new carbon capture and sequestration technology on the U.S. alone, and potentially requiring steep cuts in domestic energy to conform to carbon caps…Posted. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324577304579057623877297840.html?KEYWORDS=CLIMATE+CHANGE BY SUBSCRIPTION Fighting Climate Change by Killing Eagles. Why isn't the wind industry subject to the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act? For some environmentalists, the threat of climate change is so great that we must allow wind turbines to kill bald and golden eagles. The argument I've heard is that renewables, including wind energy, will reduce the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Less carbon dioxide reduces the threat posed by climate change, which benefits eagles and other wildlife. Posted. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303342104579099060830782406.html?KEYWORDS=climate+change Inconvenient Uncertainties. THE headline in The New York Times yesterday was succinct. “By 2047, Coldest Years May Be Warmer Than Hottest in Past, Scientists Say.” Not, say, “around 2050” or “within our lifetime.” The specificity makes the crisis feel real, imminent and terrible. Call it a convenient truth. The story was about a new study published this week in the journal Nature that calculated that by 2047, the average temperature will be hotter across most parts…Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/11/opinion/inconvenient-uncertainties.html?_r=0&pagewanted=print Michael Gerson: Our polarized warming debate. The fifth report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has provided undeniable proof of a remarkable phenomenon: a public debate even more bitter and polarized than the budget showdown. The intersection of science and policy, of climate and politics, has become a bloody crossroads. Blog-based arguments over ocean temperatures and the thickness of the Greenland ice sheet are as shrill and personal as any tea party primary challenge. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2013/10/11/5812242/michael-gerson-our-polarized-warming.html#storylink=cpy http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/michael-gerson-politics-is-poorly-suited-to-respond-to-climate-change/2013/10/10/870c1138-31d0-11e3-9c68-1cf643210300_story.html BLOGS Fracking Projects Approved Off Santa Barbara Coast, Opposition Swells. After a media investigation revealed that federal regulators quietly approved at least four fracking projects off the Santa Barbara coast without environmental review, a national environmental group is calling for an immediate end to the practice. "Oil companies are fracking California's beautiful coastal waters with dangerous chemicals, and federal officials seem barely aware of the dangers…Posted. http://www.kcet.org/news/rewire/petroleum/opposition-swells-to-fracking-off-the-california-coast.html The Deficit and Climate Change: Two Problems That Won't Go Away. Amid the dysfunction now paralyzing the federal government, here's some great news: The federal deficit has been falling dramatically. The most recent report shows that our current deficit is $200 billion dollars less than the Obama administration predicted just three months ago. In fact, since 2009, the deficit has been reduced more in percentage terms than in any four year period since the end of World War II. Posted. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/keith-gaby/the-deficit-and-climate-c_b_4079446.html