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ARB Newsclips for November 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. CAP AND TRADE 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. http://www.ecosystemmarketplace.com/pages/dynamic/article.page.php?page_id=10054§ion=news_articles&eod=1 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. http://www.ecosystemmarketplace.com/pages/dynamic/article.page.php?page_id=10055§ion=news_articles&eod=1 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. http://www.eenews.net/greenwire/stories/1059990713/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY AIR POLLUTION 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. http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/1-Way-Shell-Shouldn-t-Emulate-ExxonMobil-4992983.php 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. http://www.mydesert.com/article/20131118/NEWS07/311180028/South-Coast-Air-Quality-Management-District-files-petition-over-EPA-rule CLIMATE CHANGE 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. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/11/19/climate-talks-nuclear-idUSL5N0J34E320131119 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. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/11/19/climate-talks-idUSL5N0J43PE20131119 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. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-11-18/climate-change-makes-any-disaster-global.html 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. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/19/science/slowdown-in-carbon-emissions-worldwide-but-coal-burning-continues-to-grow.html?pagewanted=print 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. http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/UN-chief-says-current-climate-pledges-insufficient-4993196.php 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. http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/Aid-needed-for-global-warming-4991537.php 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. http://www.fresnobee.com/2013/11/18/3617094/a-glance-at-coal-and-its-role.html 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 SUBSCRIPTION ONLY DIESEL EMISSIONS 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. http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2013/11/18/port-of-oakland-truckers-threaten-shutdown-over-emissions-rules/ 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. http://www.landlinemag.com/Story.aspx?StoryID=26203#.UounXxCJT3U 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. http://www.californiareport.org/archive/R201311190850/b 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. http://murrieta.patch.com/groups/police-and-fire/p/state-officials-to-check-big-rigs-for-air-quality-compliance FUELS 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. http://www.latimes.com/nation/nationnow/la-na-nn-colorado-methane-leak-reduction-20131118,0,6584481.story#axzz2l6rYb0ZA 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 SUBSCRIPTION ONLY VEHICLES 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. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/11/19/us-autos-tesla-investigation-idUSBRE9AI0I220131119 http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-11-19/u-s-regulator-opens-probe-of-fire-in-tesla-electric-cars.html http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/20/business/us-safety-agency-opens-inquiry-into-tesla-fires.html?hpw&rref=business http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/Tesla-Model-S-Probed-by-U-S-After-Three-Fires-in-4993319.php http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/cars/2013/11/19/elon-musk-tesla-fire-changes/3637187/ http://www.foxnews.com/leisure/2013/11/19/us-safety-agency-opens-investigation-into-tesla-model-s-electric-car-fires/ 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. http://www.sacbee.com/2013/11/18/5923954/hyundai-to-market-hydrogen-vehicle.html#storylink=cpy http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/Hyundai-to-sell-hydrogen-powered-SUV-in-2014-4992555.php http://www.mercurynews.com/california/ci_24549088/hyundai-market-hydrogen-vehicle-next-year http://www.contracostatimes.com/business/ci_24553795/hyundai-market-hydrogen-vehicle-next-year?IADID=Search-www.contracostatimes.com-www.contracostatimes.com http://www.fresnobee.com/2013/11/18/3618186/hyundai-to-sell-hydrogen-powered.html 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. http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/cars/2013/11/19/worst-2014-cars-for-depreciation/3637497/ LA AUTO SHOW 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. http://www.latimes.com/business/autos/la-fi-hy-auto-show-fuel-cell-20131117,0,3678128.story#axzz2l6rYb0ZA GREEN ENERGY 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 SUBSCRIPTION ONLY MISCELLANEOUS 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. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/20/science/earth/contest-aims-for-a-cleaner-burning-wood-stove.html?_r=0 OPINIONS 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. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/11/19/coal-climate-idUSL5N0J338D20131119 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. http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303789604579198081681248494?KEYWORDS=emissions BY SUBSCRIPTION 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. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/19/opinion/nocera-frackings-achilles-heel.html?src=recg&pagewanted=print 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. http://www.latimes.com/opinion/la-le-1119-tuesday-kiribati-20131119,0,4718691,print.story 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 week…Posted. http://www.chicoer.com/editorials/ci_24552443/editorial-truckers-still-deserve-answers BLOGS 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. http://blogs.wsj.com/moneybeat/2013/11/19/the-lachrymose-world-of-old-king-coal/?KEYWORDS=emissions 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. http://sinosphere.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/11/18/role-of-smoking-cited-in-chinas-rising-lung-cancer-deaths/?_r=0&pagewanted=print 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. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/gary-gero/post_6160_b_4285205.html 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. http://www.forbes.com/sites/sap/2013/11/18/where-will-electric-vehicles-get-their-juice/ 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. http://blogs.kqed.org/newsfix/2013/11/18/port-of-oakland-independent-truckers-protest 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. http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/plehner/electric_vehicles_approach_tip.html 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. http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1088538_2014-bmw-i3-electric-car-drivers-can-opt-for-solar-charging-service