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newsclips -- ARB Newsclips for January 6, 2014.

Posted: 06 Jan 2014 14:02:45
ARB Newsclips for January 6, 2014. 

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Jerry Brown wants to use pollution funds for bullet train.  Gov.
Jerry Brown will ask state lawmakers to use funds raised from the
sale of pollution credits to help pay for the state's beleaguered
high-speed rail program, according to sources familiar with the
proposal who were not authorized to speak publicly about the
plan.  Under its "cap-and-trade" credit system, the state has
generated millions from polluters who pay for the right to
release greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. Posted.

Capitol Alert: Jerry Brown eyes cap-and-trade money for
high-speed rail.  Jerry Brown plans to propose spending millions
of dollars in fees paid by carbon producers to aid the state's
controversial high-speed rail project, sources said. The proposal
- and the prospect of additional funding from the state's
cap-and-trade program in future years - could provide a
significant lift to a $68 billion rail project beleaguered by
uncertainty about long-term financing. Brown plans to propose
allocating several hundred million dollars this year. Posted. 

Quebec, Calif. team up on cap and trade. The Canadian province of
Quebec on Thursday officially linked its cap-and-trade system
with California's marketplace, in an effort to place a rising
price on carbon to curb emissions. Quebec-based companies can now
buy credits from California to meet Quebec's targets for emission
cuts. California companies can use Quebec's carbon market as
well. Posted.


New wood stoves may soon have to meet tougher EPA standards. 
Starting later this decade, new wood stoves sold in Wisconsin may
have to meet tougher air pollution requirements.  The
Environmental Protection Agency is proposing that new residential
wood stoves and heaters emit about 80 percent less air pollution.
The new rule would cover devices built in 2015 and later, but
some manufacturers would have five years to adapt emission
controls to particular models.  Posted. 

Unhealthy air quality affects some Valley sporting events. 
Unhealthy air is taking a toll on many Central Valley residents
and putting some sporting events on hold.  Clovis West was
hosting a club swim meet Saturday when it t was cut short by bad
air quality. Friday the air quality cancelled a high school
soccer game. And according to the San Joaquin Valley Air
Pollution Control District Sunday is expected to be another
unhealthy air quality day.  Clovis West Athletic Director Matt
Loggins said the morning started off with more than 300 swimmers
at the pool.  Posted. 


California's dry year is a chance to rethink water use.  It's a
fact of life in California that we have dry spells and wet years,
and living in this Mediterranean climate means figuring out how
to adapt when we don't get wet weather. Typically, our state
makes progress on evolving water management only in dry years,
and thus 2014 promises to be a banner year for innovation.
Snowpack, nature's water storage system that we rely on, so far
this year is 20 percent of average, according to Friday's
statewide survey. Posted.


U.S. EPA unlikely to step up fracking enforcement efforts for now
–analysts. Federal regulators are unlikely to step up enforcement
of potential water contamination cases linked to natural gas
drilling - despite new concerns about water safety - given a lack
of political will and limited resources to pursue such cases,
analysts said. A report quietly made public on Christmas Eve by
the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's internal watchdog
brought back into the spotlight concerns about the effects on
water quality from the drilling technique known as hydraulic
fracturing, or fracking. Posted.


Electric race car makes debut on Las Vegas Strip.  A new electric
race car is set to get the star treatment on the Las Vegas Strip.
Organizers of the FIA Formula E Championship, the first series
exclusively for electric cars, are giving racing aficionados
their first chance to see a fully-electric car in action.
Brazilian driver Lucas di Grassi is expected to show off the
capabilities of the Spark-Renault SRT_01E Formula E car during a
test drive at the Mandalay Bay hotel-casino Monday. Posted.

San Diego leads US in electric vehicles per capita.  San Diego is
one of the biggest markets in the nation for electric cars, and
the latest models were on display Friday at the San Diego
International Auto Show.  One area of the auto show is the Eco
Center, where visitors can learn more about ways to save money
while helping to save the environment. Electric vehicles come in
all shapes, sizes and colors.  Posted. 

Researchers call for major change in US policies supporting
plug-ins; failure of “mainstream consumer bias”.  Although sales
of plug-in vehicles (plug-in hybrid-electric and battery-electric
vehicles, collectively PEVs) in the US climbed more than 80% in
2013 to more than 96,000 units (Tesla has not yet released its
final figures) from 52,835 units in 2012 EDTA), the 2013 results
still reflect a meagre new light-duty vehicle market share of
~0.6% for PEVs.  Posted. 

Ford introduces solar-powered concept car. This week, Ford Motor
Co. will officially unveil the Ford C-MAX Solar Energi, a
first-of-its-kind concept car that could turn sunlight into a
viable transportation fuel without ever drawing from the grid.
Like the conventional C-MAX Energi it's modeled on, the Solar
Energi has a plug-in hybrid gasoline platform with a total range
of 620 miles, 21 of which are purely electric. Posted.
http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059992419/print BY


Spain’s Solar Pullback Threatens Pocketbooks.  Six years ago,
Justo Cruz Rodríguez, who runs a small business here designing
signs, was looking for a way to generate a steady, if modest,
pension for himself and his father. So when the government passed
a law offering attractive rates for solar energy — and guaranteed
them for the next 25 years — he mortgaged his house, his father’s
house and even his workshop to install half a dozen rows of solar
panels in his father’s garden, with the idea of selling his
excess electricity. Posted.


Editorial: It's a cloudy forecast for our climate change.  Just
how much will the Earth heat up over the next 100 or 200 years?
Climate scientists are not able to predict with high certainty.
They have estimated that average global temperatures will
increase by 1.5 to 4.5 degrees Celsius — 2.7 to 8.1 degrees
Fahrenheit — given a doubling of carbon dioxide in the
atmosphere. Posted.



Opinion: Just who is monitoring those who monitor the air
quality?  Of course it's great that we no longer have the smog of
the 1970s and we never will return to those days, but how clean
is "good enough"?  With beautiful blue skies (not trapped by fog
or bitter-cold misty days), the Bay Area Air Quality Management
District has again issued its Spare the Air alerts, complete with
criminal threats if any citizens even dare to have an
old-fashioned Christmas…Posted. 

Air-pollution solution could be as easy as funding woodsheds. 
Winter’s not messing around this year, and with the heating
season off to a frigid start, here’s a multiple-choice question
about wood heat and air pollution.  What’s the best way to cut
the smoke and lung-damaging particles coming from dirty-burning
wood stoves?  A. Force stove makers to produce super-clean
machines, even if it adds hundreds of dollars to the price. 

Moving California's green economy into the fast lane.  Did you
know that the state's 25 million passenger vehicles produce
nearly 40 percent of the state's greenhouse gas emissions?  These
figures convinced me that if we are going to meet the state's
clean air and emissions reduction goals by the 2050 deadline, we
need to take a hard look at how we can convert these vehicles to
zero- or near zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs).  Posted. 


In One Image: Cold Snaps In Global Context.  There is likely to
be a decline in the frequency of cold air outbreaks (i.e.,
periods of extreme cold lasting from several days to over a week)
in pNorthern Hemisphere] winter in most areas. Exceptions could
occur in areas with the smallest reductions of extreme cold in
western North America, the North Atlantic and southern Europe and
Asia due to atmospheric circulation changes. Posted.

Evatran, Bosch will sell wireless home charger for as low as
$1,998*.  At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas today,
the big news for plug in vehicles is that they can now start to
ditch the plug. As expected, the system costs around $3,000 and
is available for both the Nissan Leaf and the Chevrolet Volt. For
the first 250 customers, though, Evatran is offering $1,000 off
the standard price, a 30 percent discount. Deliveries start next
month and Evatran says it expects the discounted units to all be
snatched up in the first half of the year. Posted.

URB-e foldable trike is 'world's most compact electric vehicle'. 
How small can you go? We haven't measured all of the electric
vehicles on the planet, but we suspect the claim by Urban
Mobility that its Urb-e foldable electric ... um, seat? ... is
the "world's most compact e-vehicle" is at least close to
accurate. We haven't seen many other EVs that look like we could
fit them into a big backpack. The idea behind the Urb-e is to
make it ridiculously easy to use batteries and wheels to help you
get to work (and your gorilla/human lunch date, according to the
video below). Posted.

How global warming works, in 35 words, or 52 seconds.  Earth
transforms sunlight's visible light energy into infrared light
energy, which leaves Earth slowly because it is absorbed by
greenhouse gases. When people produce greenhouse gases, energy
leaves Earth even more slowly – raising Earth's temperature.  And
that, in an ultra-brief nutshell, is how global warming works. 
This 35-word description can be a powerful tool in helping people
understand the science behind global warming and climate

Carbon trading is booming in North America, no thanks to U.S. or
Canadian governments.  In most of the carbon-trading world, it
has been getting cheaper in recent years to buy the rights to
pollute the atmosphere with climate-changing carbon dioxide.
That’s largely because recession-afflicted Europe is awash with
too many carbon allowances for its trading scheme to have any
real bite, and because demand for U.N.-issued allowances has
crashed along with hopes of a meaningful international climate
agreement to replace the Kyoto Protocol Posted. 

How global warming can make cold snaps even worse.  The cold air
pushing toward America’s heartland is of a duration and magnitude
rarely seen since record-keeping began in the 1870s. In
Minneapolis, forecasters warned that all-time wind chill records
could be broken, with a stunning -65ºF predicted for Monday
morning.  As the record-setting cold spreads across the US, brace
yourself for this conversation: Your friend: “Sure is cold
outside, amirite? Minneapolis is as cold as Mars right now.

The quiet failure of climate denial in 2013.  The latest IPCC
report proves that scientists are unwavering in their view that
human carbon emissions are causing dangerous climate change.  In
the scientific world, climate denial has no traction.  It isn’t
gaining traction in the judicial or congressional worlds either.
First, the judiciary.  A three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit,
headed by a conservative judge, brushed aside objections to EPA’s
finding that carbon emissions endanger human health and welfare. 

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