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ARB Newsclips for February 20, 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 Trading System Tackles Waste. Kevin Hollinger planted radishes and oats last fall in his corn and soybean fields, but he isn't planning to harvest them. Instead, he is letting the crops die over the winter to improve the soil and keep fertilizer and other nutrients from running into nearby waterways. "I could hardly go to town without someone asking: 'What's that in your field?' " said Mr. Hollinger, a fourth-generation farmer. Posted. http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304899704579391142078606468?KEYWORDS=air+pollution CLIMATE CHANGE California senators float post-2020 climate change bill. Two California state senators released a bill on Wednesday that would give regulators the authority to design a plan to meet the state's long-term greenhouse gas reduction goals and improve air quality in the state's poorest communities. The bill is an effort by Democratic senators Fran Pavley and Ricardo Lara to get the legislature's blessing for an extension of the state's pioneering climate change efforts beyond the end of the decade. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/02/20/us-california-climate-bill-idUSBREA1J04R20140220 As Obama Vows to Act on Climate Change, Justices Weigh His Approach. President Obama in recent days has been announcing muscular executive actions to address climate change, making good on his promise to act on pressing problems “with or without Congress.” On Monday, the Supreme Court will consider the limits of that approach, in a case on greenhouse gas emissions. The justices are poised to decide whether the Obama administration went too far in trying to regulate emissions from stationary sources like power plants. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/20/us/politics/in-emissions-case-supreme-court-to-consider-the-limits-of-obamas-authority.html?_r=0 High court could put brake on greenhouse gas rules. The Supreme Court weighs in Monday on one of the most intractable issues of our time: global warming. To hear environmentalists tell it, the health and welfare of Americans will be jeopardized unless the government can continue to combat climate change by regulating greenhouse gas emissions from all sources. Posted. http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/02/19/supreme-court-greenhouse-gas/5578749/ Scientists urge California to boost target for cutting emissions. A group of California scientists Wednesday urged state lawmakers to adopt a steeper target for cutting greenhouse gas emissions after 2020. "California's leadership is needed now more than ever to address the risks of a dangerously warming climate," the Union of Concerned Scientists said in a letter signed by more than 100 scientists, researchers and economists and sent to Gov. Jerry Brown and state legislators. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/science/la-me-greenhouse-gases-20140220,0,19556.story#axzz2tsgLa2sB DIESEL EMISSIONS CARB Working with Feds on New Truck Standards. The California Air Resources Board is applauding the announcement by NHTSA and EPA that they will start a rulemaking for Phase 2 fuel economy standards for heavy-duty trucks. "We look forward to teaming with the federal agencies and strongly support this effort. Posted. http://eponline.com/articles/2014/02/20/carb-working-with-feds-on-new-truck-standards.aspx DROUGHT Governor plans $687 million for California drought. Gov. Jerry Brown and the top Democratic lawmakers on Wednesday announced a $687 million plan to provide immediate help to drought-stricken communities throughout California, including $15 million for those with dangerously low drinking water supplies. Posted. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_CALIFORNIA_DROUGHT?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT Other related articles: http://www.fresnobee.com/2014/02/19/3780495/california-leaders-propose-687.html http://www.pe.com/local-news/politics/politics-headlines-index/20140220-drought-aid-on-fast-track-gov.-jerry-brown-says.ece GREEN ENERGY MOJAVE DESERT: Government approves two more big solar projects. The area around Primm, Nevada, is about to become even more of a hotspot for solar energy. The Obama administration has endorsed two big projects near the existing Ivanpah solar plant that went online in January. One of the new developments would be in San Bernardino County; the other would be east of Interstate 15 in Nevada, near a smaller plant in operation since 2012. Posted. http://www.pe.com/local-news/topics/topics-environment-headlines/20140219-mojave-desert-government-approves-two-more-big-solar-projects.ece Another solar plant wins approval in San Bernardino County. The U.S. Department of Interior has approved two more utility scale solar powerplant projects near here; one of those in San Bernardino County. Both facilities are within a few miles of the 392 megawatt Ivanpah Solar Thermal Powerplant, the largest operating solar plant in California, which drew U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz to speak at the remote northern San Bernardino County site during dedication last week. Posted. http://www.sbsun.com/environment-and-nature/20140219/another-solar-plant-wins-approval-in-san-bernardino-county Offshore Wind Industry Slowed by Birds, Bombs, Sharks. Birds, sharks and unexploded bombs from World War II are being blamed for holding up offshore wind farms, raising doubts about the costs of the technology. Three utilities yesterday scrapped an expansion of the world’s biggest offshore wind farm in the Thames estuary, east of London. That capped three months when each of the six largest U.K. utilities retreated from marine energy projects. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-02-20/offshore-wind-industry-thwarted-by-birds-bombs-sharks.html MISCELLANEOUS Air district workers must reapply. Dozens of employees at the Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District must reapply for their jobs after audits criticized the agency. “We are trying to get the right people in the right jobs,” executive director Keith H. Talley Sr. said Wednesday. Posted. http://www.courier-journal.com/article/20140219/NEWS01/302190094/Air-district-workers-must-reapply-for-their-jobs?odyssey=tab|mostpopular|text|FRONTPAGE&nclick_check=1 BLOGS U.S. tries to have it both ways with solar trade policy. Remember how the U.S. trade representative announced last week that he would haul India before the World Trade Organization to try to force the country to accept more solar-panel imports? It’s a reaction to India’s efforts to protect its own solar industry as it massively boosts its renewable energy capacity. Posted. http://grist.org/news/u-s-tries-to-have-it-both-ways-with-solar-trade-policy/ California is in a drought emergency. Visit www.SaveOurH2O.org for water conservation tips.