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ARB Newsclips for February 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 CARB seeking dismissal to portion of lawsuit challenging its emissions regulations. The California Air Resources Board has asked a federal court to dismiss portions of a lawsuit brought against its Truck and Bus Rule by the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association. The state’s attorney general, Kamala Harris, filed the motion to dismiss Jan. 27, asking that one of the three counts in OOIDA’s lawsuit be dismissed, due to immunity CARB employees have in their roles. Posted. http://www.ccjdigital.com/carb-seeking-dismissal-of-part-of-lawsuit-challenging-its-emissions-regulations/ CLIMATE CHANGE Obama appointees gather at Los Angeles City Hall for climate change discussion. California’s historic drought, extreme snowstorms in the Midwest and growing concern about climate change were the focus of an environmental summit on Thursday at Los Angeles City Hall. Members of President Barack Obama’s Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience attended an all-day, closed-door meeting on how cities and states can adopt to changing weather. Posted. http://www.dailynews.com/article/20140213/NEWS/140219698 DIESEL EMISSIONS Study finds diesel derived by pyrolysis of plastic grocery bags suitable for blending with petroleum diesel. High-density polyethylene (HDPE) grocery bags can be successfully pyrolyzed to alternative diesel fuel, according to a new study by a team from the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC) at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Research Service ARS. Posted. http://www.greencarcongress.com/2014/02/20140214-hdpe.html DROUGHT Obama turns attention to California drought. Opening a weekend trip to California, President Barack Obama on Friday will offer millions in federal aid for the drought-stricken state, then hold an unusual West Coast meeting with Jordan's King Abdullah II, a key U.S. partner in the Middle East. After wrapping up his official business, Obama will spend the weekend at Southern California's sprawling Sunnylands estate, where there's little on the agenda besides a few rounds of golf. Posted. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_OBAMA?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT Other related stories: http://www.pe.com/local-news/local-news-headlines/20140214-drought-obama-to-announce-180-million-in-relief-funds.ece http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/govbeat/wp/2014/02/14/drought-stricken-california-other-states-prepare-for-landmark-year-in-fires/ http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/Obama-turns-attention-to-California-drought-5234337.php GREEN ENERGY A Huge Solar Plant Opens, Facing Doubts About Its Future. The Ivanpah solar power plant stretches over more than five square miles of the Mojave Desert. Almost 350,000 mirrors the size of garage doors tilt toward the sun with an ability to energize 140,000 homes. The plant, which took almost four years and thousands of workers assembling millions of parts to complete, officially opened on Thursday, the first electric generator of its kind. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/14/business/energy-environment/a-big-solar-plant-opens-facing-doubts-about-its-future.html?partner=rss&emc=rss&_r=2 High-profile solar plant dedicated with fanfare. Amid the glow of 173,000 mirrors capturing the sun’s power, more than 100 government officials and energy executives Thursday celebrated the opening of the Ivanpah solar plant in northeast San Bernardino County and declared their intention to build more of them to combat global warming. Posted. http://www.pe.com/local-news/topics/topics-environment-headlines/20140213-mojave-desert-high-profile-solar-plant-dedicated-with-fanfare.ece VEHICLES Alternative Fuels, Cars Get Boost in San Diego. Alternative fuel vehicles and their devotees are getting a boost in San Diego, under a state grant awarded to the locally based California Center for Sustainable Energy. The California Energy Commission is funding the new program for developing resources for alternative fuel and advanced vehicles in Southern California. Posted. http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/feb/14/tp-alternative-fuels-cars-get-boost-in-san-diego/ OPINION Contra Costa Times editorial: Same old story, new HSR plan doesn't add up. Officials with California's high-speed rail boondoggle recently released a revised business plan. Anyone hoping that the new plan might offer some sort of flirtation with reality were sorely disappointed. In fact, the wildly unrealistic cost estimates to build and operate the system of so-called bullet trains from San Francisco to Los Angeles actually became just a touch more unrealistic. Posted. http://www.insidebayarea.com/editorial/ci_25136974/contra-costa-times-editorial-same-olf-story-new BLOGS Obama to stress climate change in Fresno. White House science adviser John Holdren, a Stanford-trained physicist who taught at UC Berkeley and has studied the effects of environmental change for much of his career, says President Obama will address climate change in his visit to Fresno on Friday. “You can certainly expect that the president will talk about the connection between the increasing frequency and intensity of droughts and climate change,” Holdren said Thursday in a conference call with reporters. Posted. http://blog.sfgate.com/nov05election/2014/02/14/obama-to-stress-climate-change-in-fresno/ Solar is keeping California’s lights on as hydro dries up. We told you recently that wind turbines kept the heaters working in Texas during a cold snap that shut down several natural-gas power plants. And now we have similar superhero news from that other great renewable energy source — the sun. The San Jose Mercury News reports that solar energy is helping to meet California’s power needs amid a drought that has caused hydroelectric supplies to shrivel. Posted. http://grist.org/news/solar-is-keeping-californias-lights-on-as-hydro-dries-up/ America’s natural gas system is super-leaky, and that’s bad news for the climate. Like a free-riding bus passenger whose expired ticket gets overlooked by the driver, the natural gas industry has been getting a free pass from the EPA for its global warming impacts for well over a decade. A new mega-analysis of 20 years worth of research suggests that the EPA is underestimating the fossil fuel’s climate impacts by 25 to 75 percent. Posted. http://grist.org/news/americas-natural-gas-system-is-super-leaky-and-thats-bad-news-for-the-climate/ CO2-neutral* Audi A3 G-Tron goes on sale in Germany. The Audi A3 Sportback G-Tron has been on our natural gas-powered radar since it was unveiled at last year's Geneva Motor Show. Just before the big show starts up again this year, Audi put the new G-Tron vehicle on sale in Germany today, starting at 25,900 euros ($35,400 US). Anyone who opts for the Audi e-gas fuel card will be able to cruise the Autobahn knowing that their emissions will be CO2-neutral. Posted. http://green.autoblog.com/2014/02/13/co2-neutral-audi-a3-g-tron-goes-on-sale-in-germany/ California is in a drought emergency. Visit www.SaveOurH2O.org for water conservation tips.