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newsclips -- Newsclips for February 14, 2014

Posted: 14 Feb 2014 12:13:53
ARB Newsclips for February 14, 2014. 

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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. 


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. 


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. 


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. 

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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. 

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. 


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. 


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. 


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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

California is in a drought emergency.
Visit www.SaveOurH2O.org for water conservation tips.

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