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ARB Newsclips for January 28, 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 Chevron, Southwest Gas Fined $1M for Not Reporting GHG Emissions. Chevron and Southwest Gas have been fined about $1 million for violating California’s mandatory greenhouse gas emissions reporting rule in 2011. This is the second time the California Air Resources Board (ARB) has issued fines for late or inaccurate reporting under the regulation, which mandates utilities and industrial facilities emitting more than 10,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide annually report their GHG emissions. Posted. http://www.environmentalleader.com/2014/01/28/chevron-southwest-gas-fined-1m-for-not-reporting-ghg-emissions/ http://www.examiner.com/article/more-environmental-trouble-for-chevron-as-arb-fines-it-for-ghg-violations http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059993552/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY AIR POLLUTION Republicans, Democrats unite in bid to save California beach bonfires. It may be January, but Southern California beach-goers could be forgiven for breaking out the marshmallows early, as lawmakers moved to protect a classic rite of summer - the seaside bonfire. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/01/28/us-usa-california-bonfires-idUSBREA0R06N20140128 http://www.latimes.com/local/political/la-me-pc-assembly-bills-advance-20140127,0,7817264.story#axzz2rirA5dsA http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/jan/27/assembly-oks-bill-to-allow-calif-beach-bonfires/ http://www.mercurynews.com/california/ci_25003580/assembly-oks-bill-allow-calif-beach-bonfires http://www.vcstar.com/news/2014/jan/27/beach-bonfires-in-southern-california-are-still/ Imperial County Board of Supervisors to hear presentation on air pollutions issues, State Implementation Plan. General air pollution updates as well as future plans for a particulate matter 2.5 State Implementation Plan will be presented to the Imperial County Board of Supervisors at its regular meeting today. Air Pollution Control Officer Brad Poiriez will speak on behalf of the district as he explains what the State Implementation Plan is and why the Federal Environmental Protection Agency requires it. Posted. http://www.ivpressonline.com/news/local/imperial-county-board-of-supervisors-to-hear-presentation-on-air/article_ad0bcc02-87e3-11e3-8be7-001a4bcf6878.html Study Suggests Air Pollution in the Santa Monica Mountains Is Harming Native Plants, Increasing Fire Risk. Initial results from experiments conducted in the Santa Monica Mountains by a botanist at the University of California, Riverside and her colleagues indicate that high levels of nitrogen may adversely impact native plants and, by extension, increase the risk of wildfire. Posted. http://ucrtoday.ucr.edu/20098 Pro-EPA group argues carbon should be regulated like all other pollutants. The Institute for Policy Integrity, based at New York University, filed a friend-of-the-court, or amicus, brief this morning, saying EPA's treatment of carbon dioxide as a pollutant does not violate the Clean Air Act. The group asserted that U.S. EPA was right to give carbon dioxide equal weight to other pollutants in the agency's first greenhouse gas regulations…Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059993555/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY EPA advisory panel schedules discussion of ozone standard. U.S. EPA is set to move forward with its oft-delayed plans to revise its limits on ozone pollution, scheduling a meeting of a scientific review board this spring to discuss the standards. In a notice set to be published in the Federal Register, EPA said that its Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee will meet from March 27-29 in Raleigh, N.C., to review revisions to the National Ambient Air Quality Standards for ozone. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/greenwire/stories/1059993573/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY CLIMATE CHANGE Obama Urged to Act Alone on Climate If Congress Unwilling to Pass Legislation. As President Barack Obama prepares to give his Jan. 28 State of the Union address, advocates of greenhouse gas reductions are urging the president to turn up pressure on Congress to pass climate legislation while demonstrating his willingness to act alone in the face of congressional inaction. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/print/2014-01-28/obama-urged-to-act-alone-on-climate-if-congress-unwilling-to-pass-legislation.html FEMA: Caught Between Climate Change and Congress. Thanks to climate change, extreme weather disasters have hammered the United States with increasing frequency in recent years—from drought and wildfires to coastal storms and flooding. It is perhaps surprising, then, that the U.S. agency in charge of preparing for and responding to these disasters, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)…Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/print/2014-01-27/fema-caught-between-climate-change-and-congress-.html UofL's greenhouse gas emissions down 27 percent. The University of Louisville says its greenhouse gas emissions have dropped by more than 27 percent in seven years. The school says its annual carbon emissions dropped by 68,000 metric tons during the period. It says that amount is equal to taking 14,167 cars off the road. The numbers are in a report UofL submitted to a national organization working on climate change issues. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/news/science/article/UofL-s-greenhouse-gas-emissions-down-27-percent-5181030.php Who Has Dirtier Air: China or India? On an average day, the view out the window of a New Delhi apartment is even smoggier than out the window of a Beijing high-rise, as the New York Times recently reported. (The 7.5 million cars on New Delhi’s roads, up from 800,000 in the early 1970s, certainly hasn’t helped air quality.) But on a country-to-country basis, China still ranks dead last globally in terms of average exposure to PM 2.5—fine particulate air pollution that poses a severe threat to human health…Posted. http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2014-01-28/smog-in-new-delhi-is-worse-than-in-beijing Polar bears can expand diet to survive climate change. New research has found that, despite popular belief, Arctic polar bears may actually adapt well to climate change by altering their diet. Evidence suggests polar bears have turned to other food sources due to a lack of seals, their preferred prey. Scientists tracked the bears' eating habits while they hunted and published their findings last year in various ecology journals. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059993522/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY CALIFORNIA DROUGHT Cachuma Lake, a crystalline mountain resource, is disappearing. The Central Coast lake, one of the area's most popular outdoor playgrounds, has become an emblem of California's crushing drought. When Jeff Bozarth retired after 20 years as a police officer and signed up as a park ranger here last spring, he knew what to expect and relished every bit of it. Hidden in the folds of the Central Coast mountains…Posted. http://www.latimes.com/local/la-me-cachuma-drought-20140128,0,2738862,print.story California’s drought means some ranchers can’t afford to feed their cattle. In January, business at the 101 Livestock Market’s cattle auction on California’s Central Coast is usually slow. The busy season is normally in June or July, when ranchers have had time to fatten their animals for weeks on spring grasses. This year, however, business is bustling, with packed pens of moaning cattle and cowboys standing on tip-toe to get a glance at their potential prizes. Posted. http://www.dailynews.com/article/20140127/NEWS/140129535 As California drought continues, feds could seize water. Farmers from California’s San Joaquin Valley set aside precious water last year, like money in a bank. But now someone else might claim the investment. With the state extremely dry, the farmers fear federal officials could effectively seize for other purposes the water set aside primarily in San Luis Reservoir on the valley’s west side. Posted. http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2014/01/27/215912/as-california-drought-continues.html#storylink=cpy FUELS U.S. Ethanol Exporters Search for a Port. U.S. ethanol makers are banking on export markets as they grapple with Obama administration plans to cut U.S. consumption requirements, but the industry is hampered by a distribution structure built almost exclusively around the domestic market. Archer Daniels Midland Co. , Green Plains Renewable Energy Inc. and other ethanol producers are trying to boost sales to Brazil, Mexico…Posted. http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304856504579336871048197710#printMode BY SUBSCRIPTION Calif. environmental efforts headline 'Eye on Biodiesel' awards. Few states have as significant of an impact on environmental regulations as the state of California. As the industry honors champions and those who have made significant impacts on the biodiesel industry during the National Biodiesel Conference & Expo in San Diego it is fitting that multiple award winners reside within the Golden State. Posted. http://biodieselmagazine.com/articles/9521/calif-environmental-efforts-headline-eye-on-biodiesel-awards VEHICLES Strong U.S. and China business fuels big gain in Ford profit. Continued strong business in North America and growth in sales in China powered Ford Motor Co. to a big gain in fourth-quarter profit. Ford said Tuesday that its profit for the three months ended Dec. 31 jumped 90% to $3 billion from the $1.6 billion of the same period a year earlier. That represented its 18th consecutive quarterly profit. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/business/autos/la-fi-hy-ford-fourth-quarter-profit-20140128,0,6397311,print.story California Energy Commission to award up to $10.8M in incentives for new natural gas vehicles. The California Energy Commission is soliciting (PON-13-610) applications for a total of $10.8 million in funding for natural gas vehicle incentives to reduce the purchase price of new on-road natural gas vehicles. The incentives are available on a first-come, first-served basis and at varying levels depending on the gross vehicle weight. Posted. http://www.greencarcongress.com/2014/01/20140128-cec.html Tesla owner completes first coast-to-coast trip in electric vehicle via supercharging network. Traveling across the country by electric vehicle is now possible for owners of the Tesla Model S performance sedan. Even better, it costs nothing. Using the all-electric vehicle maker’s exclusive supercharging network, John Gleeney made the trip with his adult daughter, Jill Glenney, from New York to Los Angeles in less than a week, utilizing 28 supercharging stations, according to Silicon Beat. Posted. http://www.chicagotribune.com/classified/automotive/chi-tesla-first-coast-to-coast-electric-vehicle,0,6037507.story Smart ForTwo EV tops list of greenest vehicles. With more and more hybrid and electric vehicles coming to market, earning the title of most eco-friendly car is becoming more competitive than ever. This year, the Smart For Two Electric Drive tops the list of greenest vehicles ranked by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE). The zippy two-seater not only has a combined U.S. EPA fuel economy rating of 107 mpg…Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059993536/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY GREEN ENERGY Solar industry employment up 20% in 2013. The number of jobs tied to the U.S. solar energy sector increased by nearly 20 percent in 2013, according to an annual survey by the Solar Foundation released Monday. The foundation, a nonprofit educational and statistical arm of the industry, found an estimated 142,628 solar workers in the U.S. economy -- defined as those who spend 50 percent or more of their time supporting solar-related activities -- as of November 2013. Posted. http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/jan/27/solar-jobs-accelerate/ MISCELLANEOUS Hazardous waste hauler fined $243,000 for abandoning drums of toxics. A man accused of illegally storing more than 200 drums of hazardous waste at a San Joaquin County truck stop has been fined $243,000 and barred for life from transporting such toxic materials, state regulators said Monday. In a civil complaint filed last year, the Department of Toxic Substances Control accused Jose G. Sosa of abandoning 228 drums filled with spent aerosol cans…Posted. http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-hauler-fined-toxic-20140127,0,2143315,print.story Much of old Irvine air base is removed from list of hazardous sites. More than 1,900 acres of the retired Marine Corps Air Station El Toro in Irvine have been cleaned up, the EPA announces. More than 1,900 acres of the retired Marine Corps Air Station El Toro in Irvine have been cleaned up and removed from the list of the nation's most hazardous sites after more than two decades…Posted. http://www.latimes.com/science/la-me-0128-el-toro-20140128,0,1767123,print.story OPINIONS Dire signs from a warming world. Another insane cold wave — not the infamous “polar vortex” but its evil twin — is bringing sub-zero and single-digit temperatures to much of the nation. And global warming may be even more extreme, and potentially more catastrophic, than climate scientists had feared. This is, of course, no contradiction. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/eugene-robinson-global-warmings-impact-cant-be-ignored/2014/01/27/b5917594-8792-11e3-a5bd-844629433ba3_story.html A climate change of heart by the European Union? If the EU shies away from its commitment to fighting global warming, similar efforts around the world are likely to suffer. Confronted by rising energy costs and international competition, the European Union's executive body has recommended relaxing rules on renewable energy with a plan that doesn't hold specific nations responsible for specific targets. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/opinion/editorials/la-ed-climate-change-eu-european-union-20140128,0,5391003,print.story Dan Walters: Gov. Brown increasingly desperate to save bullet train. Desperate times, it’s been said, call for desperate measures. The oft-quoted phrase originated with ancient Greek physician Hippocrates, who declared, “For extreme diseases, extreme methods of cure, as to restriction, are most suitable…” Gov. Jerry Brown, without uttering the words…Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2014/01/28/6106244/dan-walters-gov-brown-increasingly.html#mi_rss=Dan%20Walters#storylink=cpy Guest Viewpoint: Global warming is serious threat to U.S. A soon-to-be-published report (March 2014) by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warns that the food supply is at serious risk as global warming continues. In 2009, Robert Engelman of Worldwatch Institute, an environmental research group stated “In order to prevent collapse, human civilization would have to stop increasing emissions within a decade, regardless of the economy or population.” Posted. http://www.pressconnects.com/article/20140128/VIEWPOINTS02/301280054/Guest-Viewpoint-Global-warming-serious-threat-U-S- Letter: Climate change deniers grasp at straws. In his Jan. 13 Guest Viewpoint, Mike Morrongiello writes: “Rejoice — humanity is safe from global warming!” He asserts a research paper by climate scientists Judith Curry and Marcia Watt signals an end to the global warming “hoax.” In reality, their conclusion includes the line: “This research does not support or refute global warming but seeks to explain the natural component of climate variability.” Posted. http://www.pressconnects.com/article/20140128/VIEWPOINTS03/301280059/Letter-Climate-change-deniers-grasp-straws BLOGS Coca-Cola Climate Change Cavalry... May Be Too Late. "We've gotten the 'easy' part of the warming over with--the part where we have been poking sleeping giants, just not yet hard enough or long enough to awaken them." California is parched, Antarctic glaciers are now in 'irreversible decline', tennis players are having Snoopy hallucinations and fainting in the new normal of the "it's always been hot, but not this freakin' hot" Australian Open. Posted. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/davidgoldstein/cocacola-climate-change-c_b_4666482.html?view=print&comm_ref=false How EV savings rise as temperature falls. The Polar Vortex has created a bit of a mathematical optical illusion when comparing the effect of cold weather on gas-powered cars and electric vehicles. Cold weather reduces EV range by a greater percentage than it reduces gasoline fuel economy, but because EVs cost so much less to "fuel," the savings for EV drivers actually increase as the temperature drops. Got all that? Here's the math. Posted. http://green.autoblog.com/2014/01/27/ev-savings-rise-as-temperature-falls/ California’s LCFS: credit prices, court cases and controversy in the “other” Washington. The California Air Resources Board last week released its third quarter 2013 summary, and there were several key developments in there. First off, the ratio of credits to deficits generated was strongly in favor of credits, one of the biggest gaps ever. In the quarter, just over 1 million metric tons of credits were generated, while the deficits totaled 642,000 mt. Posted. http://blogs.platts.com/2014/01/28/lcfs-jan14/ Real Solutions for Meeting California's Water Needs. If Speaker Boehner were in search of real solutions to California’s ever-worsening drought, he may have noticed something startlingly green during his visit to the state last week. He spent part of that trip, as the Sacramento Bee put it, “doing a little rainmaking for the National Republican Congressional Committee amidst the lush, irrigated golf courses of Palm Springs.” Posted. http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/kpoole/real_solutions_for_meeting_cal.html California is in a drought emergency. Visit www.SaveOurH2O.org for water conservation tips.