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newsclips -- ARB Newsclips for November 19, 2013.

Posted: 19 Nov 2013 13:02:36
ARB Newsclips for November 19, 2013. 

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Cap-and-Trade Is Not A Tax, California Court Says.  The
Sacramento Superior Court upheld California’s cap-and-trade
program last week against two affronts to its carbon auction
system. The decision is unsurprising given the tentative ruling
in the Air Resources Board’s (ARB) favor in August, but its
affirmation in the upper court is an important step in cementing
the legality of the United State’s first sub-national carbon
market.  Posted. 

California Issues First Forest Carbon Offsets.  The California
Air Resources Board (ARB) took a major step forward in the
development of its offset program by issuing the first forest
carbon offsets eligible for compliance with the state’s
cap-and-trade market.  The offsets come from two improved forest
management (IFM) projects: the Willits Woods project and the Farm
Cove Improved Forest Management Project. Posted. 

Developers of CCS-equipped power plant lock horns with Calif.
Regulators. A California power project that would demonstrate
commercial-scale carbon capture and sequestration technology is
sparring with state regulators over its emissions. The Hydrogen
Energy California (HECA) plant in oil-rich Kern County would be
the first plant in the state equipped with CCS technologies aimed
at preventing emissions of heat-trapping carbon dioxide. The
federal Department of Energy has provided $408 million to the $4
billion project. Posted.
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1 Way Shell Shouldn't Emulate ExxonMobil. It's often said that
the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over
again but expecting different results. So what should we make of
Royal Dutch Shell's decision to return to the Chukchi Sea? Is
this pure folly, or is there method in Shell's madness? Shell's
history in the Chukchi Sea reads like a rap sheet. Shell reached
a settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency this
September under which the company paid out $1.1 million for
violations of the Clean Air Act. Posted.

South Coast Air Quality Management District files petition over
EPA rule.  The government agency responsible for controlling
regional air pollution has asked a federal court to review a
recent decision by the Environmental Protection Agency that it
fears will worsen air quality in the Coachella Valley.  The EPA
ruled in September that the Morongo Band of Mission Indians
Reservation northwest of Palm Springs along Interstate 10 was
allowed to welcome heavier-polluting developments before offset
requirements take effect.  Posted. 


Carbon conundrum prompts some greens to think the unthinkable:
nuclear. The lack of progress at United Nations talks to agree a
deal to tackle global warming is calling into question the
insistence of many environmental groups that low-carbon nuclear
power can never be the answer. Japan dismayed many at the
195-nation conference last week by saying it would fail to reach
its greenhouse gas emissions targets for 2020 …Posted.

Ban says people feel "planet's wrath" over warming. People around
the world are feeling the "wrath of a warming planet", U.N.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Tuesday, urging almost 200
governments to take tougher action to reach a deal in 2015 on
fighting global warming. Ban told environment ministers at
climate talks in Warsaw they had a steep climb ahead to agree to
cut rising greenhouse gas emissions that scientists say fuel more
extreme weather. Posted.

Climate Change Makes Any Disaster Global. Historians may look
back at Typhoon Haiyan as a turning point in disaster journalism
and the politics of climate change. For the first time, an
extreme-weather catastrophe in the tropics has shrugged off its
“made in Asia” label and gone global. Coverage of storms, floods
and droughts usually begins and ends with war-zone style
reporting about dire conditions on the ground. Posted.

Slowdown in Carbon Emissions Worldwide, but Coal Burning
Continues to Grow. Global emissions of carbon dioxide are slowing
somewhat from the rapid pace of the last decade, new figures
show, but growth in coal burning continues to outstrip the growth
in other forms of energy, and experts said the world remains far
from meeting international goals on climate change. Posted.

UN chief says current climate pledges insufficient. U.N.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged governments to put forth
more ambitious plans to cut carbon emissions, saying "current
pledges are simply inadequate." Speaking Tuesday to a U.N.
climate conference in Warsaw, Ban said countries need to "set the
bar higher" as they negotiate a new global climate agreement that
is supposed to be adopted in 2015. Posted.

Aid needed for global warming. Americans are generous by nature.
About half of U.S. families contributed to earthquake relief in
Haiti in 2010, and millions of us have already supported typhoon
aid for the Philippines. But there's a golden opportunity for our
country to do much more. We can help generations of Filipinos
withstand the typhoon seasons that rock that island nation every
year from summer to fall. The most meaningful thing the United
States could do is take decisive action on climate change right
now. Posted.

A glance at coal and its role in climate change.  Coal took
center stage in the global warming debate on Monday as a
high-profile coal industry event kicked off on the sidelines of a
U.N. climate conference in Warsaw.  Environmental activists were
outraged, saying coal is the problem, not the solution to climate
change.  Poland, which is presiding over both conferences…Posted.

Some states ignore climate change in disaster plans, but coastal
states are on alert. When it comes to planning for climate change
disasters, some states are far ahead of others. That conclusion
came last week in a study from Columbia Law School finding that
many states -- particularly in landlocked areas of the country --
are not incorporating climate change into their state hazard
mitigation plans, which are required under federal law for
maximum amounts of disaster assistance. Posted.
http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059990687/print BY


Port Of Oakland Truckers Threaten Shutdown Over Emissions Rules. 
The Port of Oakland Truckers Association announced on Monday that
drivers will walk off the job as early as next week if they don’t
get financial help meeting new clean-air standards.  Truckers are
giving the port until Wednesday to agree to financial offsets to
help with new air quality rules—which require that trucks used
must have been built in 2007 or later to keep working. Posted. 

CARB confusion? Agency says low-use exemption can come two ways.
In late October, the California Air Resources Board considered a
plan that sounded as if it would exempt most long-haulers that
don’t often run in the state from its most expensive trucking
regulation. Rather than comply with CARB’s Truck and Bus Rule,
also known as the On-Road Rule, CARB staff proposed an exemption
for trucks that ran less than 5,000 miles annually. Posted.

Deadline Looms to Upgrade Trucks or Install Filters.  Truckers at
the Port of Oakland grabbed headlines last week when they
demanded an extension -- and extra funding -- to a January 1
deadline to upgrade their engines to meet California Air
Resources Board (CARB) pollution standards. Meanwhile, general
freight and construction truck drivers face a separate January
deadline to start replacing their vehicles or install filters
that can cost as much as a truck. Posted.

Big Rigs Traveling I-15 to Be Checked for Air Quality Compliance.
 Truckers traveling through Riverside County on Tuesday could be
stopped and their rigs checked for emissions control compliance,
according to state officials.  Representatives from the
California Air Resources Board, along with California Highway
Patrol officers, will be conducting random checks of big rigs
going north and south on Interstate 15, according to CARB
officials.  Posted. 


Colorado proposes reducing methane leaks from energy production.
Colorado proposed new rules Monday to reduce methane leaks from
oil and gas operations, the first effort in the country to
address emissions of the greenhouse gas that is a byproduct of
the domestic fossil fuel boom. Carbon dioxide from the combustion
of fossil fuels is the main driver of climate change, but while
less methane is emitted overall, it is an even more potent
heat-trapping gas than carbon. Posted.

International utility executives seek carbon price to help shun
fossil fuels. Executives responsible for 75 percent of the
world's electricity generation capacity are in agreement that
establishing a credible price for carbon dioxide is the most
important way to drive large-scale change among utilities away
from carbon-intensive fuels like coal and oil in favor of cleaner
sources like wind and solar power. Yet despite sustained efforts
to increase investment in renewable energy, fossil fuels will
continue to form the backbone of electric power generation
systems through 2035…Posted.
http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059990660/print BY


Regulator launches investigation into Tesla Model S fires. U.S.
auto safety regulators have launched an investigation into luxury
electric sports car maker Tesla Motors Inc's (TSLA.O) Model S
sedan after three car fires in six weeks. The U.S. National
Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened a preliminary
evaluation of the risks associated with highway debris striking
the underbody of the 2013 Model S, the agency said on its website
on Tuesday. Posted.



Hyundai to market hydrogen vehicle next year. For years, the joke
in the auto industry was that a mass-produced car that runs on
hydrogen was always a decade away. That will change next year
when Hyundai starts selling a Tucson SUV powered by a hydrogen
fuel cell. It will be the first mass-market vehicle of its type
to be sold or leased in the U.S. "These things are now ready for
prime time," John Krafcik, Hyundai's North American CEO, said
last week. Posted.


Three electrics lead 10 worst cars for depreciation. Three
electric cars and a raft of luxury models are likely to perform
the worst when it comes to resale value over the next five years,
Kelley Blue Book reports. KBB has already listed the models that
it thinks will hold the most of their value over the next five
years. The list was headed by Toyota's FJ Cruiser, an off-road
oriented model that's entering its last year of production. It is
expected to be worth 70% of its original value in five years
compared to today. Posted.


L.A. Auto Show: Will fuel cells make battery electric cars
obsolete? For decades, hydrogen fuel cell cars have been the
automotive technology of tomorrow: the big idea, for someday far
in the future. No longer. At auto shows in Los Angeles and Tokyo
this week, Toyota Motor Corp., Honda Motor Co. and Hyundai Motor
Co. will introduce hydrogen-powered cars. Hyundai’s will reach
U.S. showrooms next year, while the other models will begin
selling a year later. Posted.


Calif. needs to set 51% renewables target to keep market humming
– report. California risks stalling its renewable energy industry
if it does not mandate more renewables generation, according to a
new report by University of California law schools. For the
state's legal and energy policy experts, California's success in
reaching its near-term renewables targets underscores the risk of
complacency. "The success of state policies may ironically be
contributing to a stalled market for renewables… Posted.
http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059990689/print BY


Contest Aims for a Cleaner-Burning Wood Stove.  Only blocks away,
the Energy Department manages the search for quarks and NASA
scours the heavens for Earth-like planets. But inside a big white
tent on the National Mall, the focus is on something simpler:
oak, ash and elm, and how to make them heat a house with as
little pollution as possible.  It is not rocket science, but the
12 teams that are competing to solve the problem are finding ways
to get twice as much heat out of a log of firewood. Posted. 


RPT-COLUMN-Is there any future for coal? Kemp. Climate
campaigners reserve a special scorn for coal-fired power
generation. Coal has replaced nuclear as the form of energy that
environmentalists most love to hate. "The world needs to turn its
back on the fossil fuels of the past, like coal, which have
helped to create today's climate and instead look to the clean,
renewable energy sources of the future," the UK charity Christian
Aid said on Monday. Posted.

Big Ethanol Finally Loses. It's not often that the ethanol lobby
suffers a policy setback in Washington, but it got its head
handed to it Friday. The Environmental Protection Agency
announced that for the first time it is lowering the federal
mandate that dictates how much ethanol must be blended into the
nation's gasoline. It's about time. It's been about time from the
moment the ethanol mandate came to life in the 1970s. Posted.

Fracking’s Achilles’ Heel. It’s not very often that someone
starts his career as a geologist and then winds up as governor,
but John Hickenlooper, the governor of Colorado, can make that
claim. “We had fracking when I was a working geologist in 1981,”
he told me on Monday. “It was very primitive. What really changed
the world is when we got horizontal drilling. It was a technique
that allowed you to recover a lot more natural gas.” Posted.

Letters: An island nation's warning on climate change. Re "Rising
Pacific tides," Opinion, Nov. 13. How poignant to read of a man
from the Pacific island nation of Kiribati seeking asylum in New
Zealand because rising tides are swamping his homeland. If,
decades ago, oil companies had been required to internalize the
environmental cost of carbon dioxide emissions, we might not be
at this crisis point. Posted.

Editorial: Truckers still deserve answers. Our view: We hope the
state uses the one-year delay in emission regulations to address
problems with the diesel particulate filter. Likely no one was
surprised that a group of trucking companies and business owners
filed a lawsuit against the California Air Resources Board over
diesel regulations. Filed in Glenn County Superior Court last


The Lachrymose World of Old King Coal. Old King Coal was a merry
old soul, but now he’s looking glum. Displaced, frowned upon,
often unwanted and struggling to adapt, the black stuff is the
black sheep of the energy flock. In the U.S. coal has already
been squeezed out by the low, low price of natural gas and now is
being forced out by environmental rules that…Posted.

Role of Smoking Cited in China’s Rising Lung Cancer Deaths. As
fears grow among residents of China’s cities that heavy air
pollution is contributing to a rise in lung cancer, a major
conference on the disease over the weekend in Beijing focused on
a more familiar culprit: smoking. The number of deaths from lung
cancer in China has increased by 465 percent over the past 30
years, doctors said at the Sixth China North-South Lung Cancer
Summit, which brought together 300 experts. Posted.

California's Cap-and-Trade Program -- More Than Just a Solution
for California.  Throughout the world California has a
well-deserved reputation for leadership and innovation. Our
efforts to combat climate change continue this tradition of
leadership. In passing the 2006 Global Warming Solutions Act,
Californians committed to reducing their greenhouse gas emissions
to 1990 levels by 2020 and began implementing groundbreaking
policies to achieve this goal. Posted. 

Where Will Electric Vehicles Get Their Juice? Do you know where
the first automobile pulled up to get the first tankful of gas?
It was at a pharmacy in Wiesloch, Germany in 1888, where Bertha
Benz (yes, that Benz) stopped on her way from Mannheim to
Pforzheim in the first automobile. (She didn’t ask the pharmacist
to clean the windshield because there wasn’t one.) Other places
where people stopped in the early days included general and
hardware stores and blacksmith shops. Posted.

Port of Oakland Truckers Threaten New Work Stoppage. Several
hundred independent truckers at the Port of Oakland are serving
notice that they’ll stop work as early as next week unless state
and regional air regulators give them a break on rules for diesel
emissions. The Port of Oakland Truckers Association announced
that members voted unanimously to stop work if their demands
aren’t met. Posted.

Electric Vehicles Approach Tipping Point. When the first hybrid
cars hit the streets, people would point and stare, even stop
owners on the street to ask questions. Was it a fad? A novelty? A
toy for green enthusiasts?  Time has proven otherwise. In the
first quarter of last year, the hybrid Toyota Prius was the third
best-selling family car in the world. When the latest generation
of plug-in electric cars hit the mass market three years ago,
they evoked the same mix of reactions as hybrids did: enthusiasm,
curiosity, and some skepticism. Posted.

2014 BMW i3 Electric Car Drivers Can Opt For Solar Charging
Service. BMW's first full-scale production electric car isn't a
vehicle done by half measures. It's uniquely styled, features
high-tech carbon fiber reinforced plastic construction and the
minimalist interior is awash with sustainable materials. BMW
thinks its customers might want to continue that sustainability
through to the car's charging, so has teamed up with SolarCity to
offer i3 drivers an affordable solar electricity service to power
their vehicles. Posted.

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