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ARB Newsclips for January 14, 2014. 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 Brown’s budget proposes boosts of UC, ag research. State agencies that work with farmers and ranchers would get a boost under Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed budget. The California Department of Food and Agriculture would receive an extra $20 million in cap-and-trade revenue for nitrogen and dairy digester research and development of renewable fuels, Secretary Karen Ross explained on the agency’s website. Posted. http://www.capitalpress.com/article/20140113/ARTICLE/140119949 Calif. legislative analyst calls use of cap-and-trade money for bullet train 'legally risky' California's legislative watchdog yesterday blasted Gov. Jerry Brown’s (D) proposal to spend revenues from the state's carbon cap-and-trade program on high-speed rail, saying it was "unlikely to maximize greenhouse gas reductions" and could be "legally risky." The Legislative Analyst's Office (LAO) cautioned state lawmakers to look carefully at Brown's draft budget request to put toward the bullet train $250 million…Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059992849/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY AIR POLLUTION No Quick Fix for China's Air Quality. To control the pollution that's choking Beijing, demolition squads recently swooped down on this industrial city located two hours away by car and crippled a batch of coal-burning steel works. TV cameras caught the officially sanctioned saboteurs dismantling massive pieces of equipment in outdated steel facilities that had long resisted government orders to close. Some reports say they used explosives to blow up boilers in what was dubbed "Operation Sunday." Posted. http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303595404579319952865306072#printMode BY SUBSCRIPTION Gov's Budget Invests In Clean Air for Low-Income Communities. Governor Jerry Brown's budget proposal is getting high marks from those who want to see proceeds from cap-and-trade auctions go toward cleaning up pollution in low-income communities. The state borrowed against the carbon-pollution funds last year, but this time the governor wants to spend $600 million on sustainable communities and clean transportation. Posted. http://www.publicnewsservice.org/2014-01-14/climate-change-air-quality/govs-budget-invests-in-clean-air-for-low-income-communities/a36787-1 Red alert: The color purple declared as poor air impacts schools. If you thought a "red alert" was bad, try purple. Each day, scores of schools in Kern County hoist a color-coded flag to let parents, students and staff know what kind of air quality to expect that day. A green flag predicts good air quality, yellow signals moderate, orange indicates the air is unhealthy for sensitive groups and a red flag -- well, that's bad news for pretty much anyone who breathes. Posted. http://www.bakersfieldcalifornian.com/local/x1210656809/Red-alert-The-color-purple-declared CLIMATE CHANGE Top Global Emitter China Best on Climate Change, Figueres Says. China, the top emitter of greenhouse gases, is also the country that’s “doing it right” when it comes to addressing global warming, the United Nations’ chief climate official said. The nation has some of the toughest energy-efficiency standards for buildings and transportation and its support for photovoltaic technology helped reduce solar-panel costs by 80 percent since 2008, Christiana Figueres…Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-01-13/top-global-emitter-china-best-on-climate-change-figueres-says.html The Flood Next Time. The little white shack at the water’s edge in Lower Manhattan is unobtrusive — so much so that the tourists strolling the promenade at Battery Park the other day did not give it a second glance. Up close, though, the roof of the shed behind a Coast Guard building bristled with antennas and other gear. Though not much bigger than a closet, this facility is helping scientists confront one of the great environmental mysteries of the age. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/14/science/earth/grappling-with-sea-level-rise-sooner-not-later.html?_r=0 DIESEL EMISSIONS California Issues Reminder over Compliance with Reefer Rules. The California Air Resources Board is reminding brokers, forwarders, shippers and receivers that hire motor carriers to transport perishable goods on California highways to re-establish due diligence in their hiring practices with the start of 2014. That’s because Dec. 31 was the deadline for model year 2006 transport refrigeration unit and TRU generator set engines to meet state in-use performance standards. Posted. http://www.truckinginfo.com/news/story/2014/01/california-issues-reminder-over-compliance-with-reefer-rules.aspx FUELS Lab study cuts fracking waste's radioactivity. Researchers believe they have found an unlikely way to decrease the radioactivity of some hydraulic fracturing wastewater: Mix it with the hazardous drainage from mining operations. The wastewater is created when some of the chemical-laced water used to fracture thick underground rocks flows back out of the wellbore. Posted. http://www.vcstar.com/news/2014/jan/13/lab-study-cuts-fracking-wastes-radioactivity/#ixzz2qOWkMvqp New trend in gasoline prices: Stability. Wind back the calendar a week, a month or a year and the average price for gasoline in San Diego is nearly the same as today: $3.66 a gallon. The West Coast, like much of the United States, experienced a narrower range of price swings in 2013, the Energy Information Administration has announced. Plentiful gasoline reserves provide some assurance that the trend will continue, though world oil markets and smooth refinery operations are key to low consumer prices. Posted. http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/jan/13/gasoline-prices-flatline/ California Drivers Use Fuel Made From Trash. An innovative new fuel is now available here in Southern California. It’s clean, cheap, and made from an unlikely source -- trash. Trash that is thrown away generates pollution as it decomposes, releasing tons of methane gas into the atmosphere. Cars also spew out soot and smog that pollute the air. Now, a Southern California company has figured out a way of capturing methane that escapes from landfills and farms, and turning it into clean fuel. Posted. http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/California-Drivers-Using-Fuel-Made-From-Trash-240012971.html Petroleum-coke-to-gas plant gets financial boost from DOE. The Department of Energy will provide $261.4 million to a proposed project in Louisiana that would capture the majority of carbon dioxide emissions from a proposed gasification plant, according to new documents published in the Federal Register. The decision provides a financial boost to the $435.6 million Lake Charles Carbon Capture and Sequestration project, which envisions capturing 89 percent of the CO2 from a plant that converts petroleum coke into hydrogen gas, methanol and other projects. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059992832/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY VEHICLES Hybrid offers $55M for bankrupt Fisker in bid war. Hybrid Technology, led by Hong Kong billionaire Richard Li, has bid $55 million for Fisker Automotive's assets, just days after a bankruptcy judge in Delaware rejected Hybrid's plan to take over the failed electric-vehicle maker in a private sale. Hybrid said in court papers Monday that it's offering $30 million in cash and would cancel $25 million in debt that Fisker owes Hybrid as its senior secured lender. Posted. http://www.vcstar.com/news/2014/jan/13/fisker-bankruptcy-bidding-heats-up-quickly/ Automakers embrace renewable energy. It used to be the main intersection between automakers and clean energy was the development and deployment of fuel-sipping hybrid and electric-powered vehicles. Increasingly, though, automakers wanting to raise the bar for environmental performance are buying or even producing their own renewable electricity to run assembly lines and back-office operations. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059992821/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY GREEN ENERGY England’s Clouds Part for Solar as Panels Carpet Fields. Cloudy Britain is emerging as Europe’s hottest market to build solar parks. Cheaper equipment costs and steady subsidies are attracting developers of large-scale, ground-mounted projects from nations like Germany and Spain that pioneered solar on the continent. Britain may build more big plants -- 2 megawatts or larger -- than any European country, adding as much as 2,000 megawatts of capacity this year, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-01-14/england-s-clouds-part-for-solar-as-panels-carpet-fields.html Julian planners say 'no' to solar farm. If left to the people of Julian, an application to build a solar farm in Wynola would be relegated to the Dumpster. By a unanimous vote of 10-0, the Julian Community Planning Group recommended Monday night that the county planning department reject a proposal to place 4,660 solar panels on property just north of state Route 78 off Calico Ranch Road. Posted. http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/jan/13/julian-wynola-solar-farm/ OPINIONS High-speed rail in California runs into a low-speed process. Who is more powerful, the president of the United States or Michael P. Kenny of Sacramento? Before you answer, consider this sequence of events: In April 2009, President Obama announced his “Vision for High Speed Rail” in America, backed by $8 billion in stimulus funds. The president pitched the plan in subsequent State of the Union addresses, signaling his commitment and that of his administration. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/charles-lane-high-speed-rail-in-california-runs-into-a-low-speed-process/2014/01/13/4aebd266-7c75-11e3-95c6-0a7aa80874bc_story.html?wpisrc=nl_opinions Editorial: 'Coordination' push leaves city with a red face. Is the Redding City Council actually serious about “coordination”? Or is it just pandering to conservatives hoping a harmless token gesture will get the crowds to leave them alone? Because after an embarrassing snub by the California Air Resources Board, the councilors really ought to make up their mind. And if they’re not serious, they should quit wasting their time and precious credibility. Posted. http://www.redding.com/news/2014/jan/11/editorial-coordination-push-leaves-city-with-a/ BY SUBSCRIPTION. Exide plant a grim tale of harmful pollution: John Pérez. Sometimes when it comes to cleaning the air, stories come along that can muddy the waters. That’s what happened in two instances here in California: the fight against fire rings in Orange County and the complaints about health issues and noxious odors coming from the Sriracha plant in Irwindale. Those stories have received statewide and even national attention because they include components of broad media appeal…Posted. http://www.dailybulletin.com/opinion/20140113/exide-plant-a-grim-tale-of-harmful-pollution-john-pxe9rez BLOGS Climate Change Clouds Philippines’ Dream of Rice Self-Sufficiency. Climate change will complicate the Philippines’ efforts to become self-sufficient in rice, the country’s economic planning secretary said Monday. Arsenio Balisacan said preliminary data showed that 74% of the estimated damage from natural disasters in the country last year came in the farm sector, primarily affecting rice. The natural disasters include extreme weather caused by global warming, he said. Posted. http://blogs.wsj.com/searealtime/2014/01/13/climate-change-clouds-philippines-dream-of-rice-self-sufficiency/ Global warming? Public attitudes often at mercy of the weather, study finds. Human-triggered climate change is real, scientists agree, but only about half of the public concurs. Part of the reason, a study says, is how people process information when confronted with complex issues. When much of North America was caught in the grip of unusually cold weather in early January, images of ice-encased lighthouses on Lake Michigan and hunche…Posted. http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2014/0113/Global-warming-Public-attitudes-often-at-mercy-of-the-weather-study-finds Toyota FT-1 hints at Supra, more aggressive hybrids. Toyota showed off the new FT-1 performance concept at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show today, and the obvious story angle is that this is the new Supra. That's enough weight for most concept cars to carry, but then we thought about it a bit more - FT-1 stands for "Future Toyota 1," after all - and re-read the hints Toyota is dropping about how the FT-1 fits into the company's future. Posted. http://green.autoblog.com/2014/01/13/toyota-ft-1-hints-supra-more-aggressive-hybrids/ Superchargers power Tesla Model S EVs for over 8M miles. Ahead of the company's press conference at the Detroit Auto Show tomorrow, Tesla is talking up its Supercharger network with some impressive numbers. Tesla's Alexis Georgeson told AutoblogGreen that Tesla Model S EVs have driven more than eight million miles on Supercharger fill-ups. That's the equivalent of 33-and-a-half trips to the moon and back. Posted. http://green.autoblog.com/2014/01/13/superchargers-power-tesla-model-s-evs-for-over-8m-miles/ Tesla recalling 29,000 Model S wall chargers to prevent overheating. Tesla's big wall charger adapter replacement program is about to get a lot bigger. For one thing, the replacement has become an official recall. Secondly, the number of affected adapters is higher than expected: 29,222 units. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration officially announced the recall today. Tesla says that the problem lies in "certain NEMA 14-50 (240 volt) Universal Mobile Connector (UMC) adapters" and that the problem is that the adapter, cord, or wall outlet can overheat during charging. Posted. http://www.autoblog.com/2014/01/14/tesla-model-s-wall-charger-recall/ Climate Change Worsens Mercury Pollution. Summary of recent research shows climate change will increase our exposure to mercury, a toxic heavy metal that threatens fetal growth and development and targets the brains of children. Pregnant women hear a lot about mercury from their obstetricians, who emphasize the need to limit tuna consumption during pregnancy. New moms hear a lot about mercury from their pediatricians, who warn against feeding too much tuna to their toddlers. Posted. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/molly-rauch/climate-change-worsens-me_b_4576641.html?view=print&comm_ref=false