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ARB Newsclips for March 4, 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 Begich doesn't support a carbon tax. U.S. Sen. Mark Begich says he does not support a tax on greenhouse gas emissions known as a carbon tax. The conservative group Americans for Prosperity last month announced an ad buy in Alaska in which it says Begich is on record supporting a carbon tax and urging Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to make it a priority. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/Begich-doesn-t-support-a-carbon-tax-5287884.php AIR POLLUTION Cal Fire lifts burn ban in San Bernardino County for now. Cal Fire officials lifted a burn suspension throughout the county effective Monday morning. Cal Fire will still require burn permits and property inspection, but state fire officials say even though the ban has been lifted they’ll eventually be implemented again as fire conditions change. “The drought is not over, and the effects of the precipitation will likely be relatively short lived in the vegetation,” Cal Fire Unit Chief Rod Bywater said in a written statement. Posted. http://www.sbsun.com/general-news/20140303/cal-fire-lifts-burn-ban-in-san-bernardino-county-for-now CLIMATE CHANGE Buffett: Climate change not causing more disasters. Warren Buffett says the rate of disasters that Berkshire Hathaway's insurance companies see hasn't changed because of extreme weather. Buffett said on CNBC Monday that he hasn't made any change in the way he calculates the likelihood of a catastrophe because of climate change. Berkshire Hathaway Inc. owns several insurance and reinsurance funds and often has to pay significant claims when natural disasters strike. Posted. http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/mar/03/buffett-climate-change-not-causing-more-disasters/ DROUGHT DROUGHT: Storms helped, but deficits remain. Last weekend’s storms coated local mountains with snow, boosted lake levels and allowed residents to turn off their sprinklers for awhile. But it wasn’t enough to end the drought. “The rain was certainly welcome, but we’re so far in the hole now that a single storm like that does not mean the drought is over,” said Jeanine Jones, deputy drought manager for the California Department of Water Resources. Posted. http://www.pe.com/local-news/local-news-headlines/20140303-drought-storms-helped-but-deficits-remain.ece Americans use twice as much water as they think they do, study says. President Obama on Thursday proposed a $7.9 billion fiscal 2015 budget for the Environmental Protection Agency, a spending plan that focuses on reducing carbon output from vehicles and power plants and preparing the country “for the unavoidable impacts of climate change.” The proposal is a $300 million reduction from the EPA’s 2014 budget of $8.2 billion, although the plan would increase the agency’s funding in coming years. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-americans-underestimate-personal-water-usage-study-says-20140227,0,3836890.story#ixzz2v1HlLN00 DIESEL EMISSIONS Tenneco's Selective Catalytic Reduction Technology Featured on Ram Heavy-Duty Trucks. Tenneco announced that it is supplying key emissions control technologies on the 2014 Ram Heavy Duty diesel truck series, which includes the 2500 and 3500 Heavy Duty diesel pickups and the 3500, 4500 and 5500 chassis cab trucks. Tenneco supplies after treatment components, including the diesel oxidation catalyst, diesel particulate filter and selective catalytic reduction (SCR) system on the full truck line. Tenneco has supplied the SCR after treatment system on the Ram chassis cab truck series since 2010 for both previous and current-generation designs. Posted. http://online.wsj.com/article/PR-CO-20140303-911907.html Diesel-powered vehicles leave New Delhi’s air worse than Beijing’s. George Easow’s move to India to start a clinical diagnostics business lasted just three weeks before he was persuaded to return to Britain. The persuading was done by his 7-month-old daughter, Fiona. Within days of moving to New Delhi, the child was wheezing and gasping for air because of smog. “She could hardly breathe,” her father said. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/diesel-powered-vehicles-leave-new-delhis-air-worse-than-beijings/2014/03/03/ba73e5d2-a089-11e3-9ba6-800d1192d08b_story.html GREEN ENERGY Western University in Pomona gets a boost from solar energy. With grid energy costs rising, institutions like Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona are installing solar energy systems on their properties for cheaper, reliable energy. The medical school and Washington Gas Energy Systems Inc. recently unveiled a new 672-kilowatt system, mounted on the university’s Health Sciences Center, Health Professions Center, and the Banfield Veterinary Clinical Center. Posted. http://www.sbsun.com/environment-and-nature/20140302/western-university-in-pomona-gets-a-boost-from-solar-energy VEHICLES Emissions cut ordered. The Obama administration is driving ahead with a dramatic reduction in smog-producing sulfur in gasoline and tailpipe emissions, declaring that cleaner air will save thousands of lives per year at little cost to consumers. Public health groups and automakers cheered the new rules, finalized Monday by the Environmental Protection Agency, with some insisting they could prove to be President Barack Obama’s signature environmental accomplishment in his second term. Posted. http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/mar/04/tp-emissions-cut-ordered/ Clean-car subsidies zooming down the road. Hold the presses. Did you know that low-income Californians tend to drive older, less-efficient cars that pollute more than newer cars, and that these folks “struggle to cover the costs of their basic transportation needs”? Did you know that poorer people’s budgets (and the air) could improve if they were provided help to buy newer, efficient cars? Those are conclusions from a report, “No Californian Left Behind,” published last week by a think tank called Next Generation. Posted. http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/mar/04/tp-clean-car-subsidies-zooming-down-the-road/ Carmakers Find Working With EPA on Smog Better Than Fight. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency drew up its rules limiting sulfur content in gasoline with automakers’ backing, reflecting a new way of doing business for an industry that’s often fought regulators. A General Motors Co. (GM) executive joined EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy in announcing the rule yesterday. Five car companies, five trade groups and the United Auto Workers union supplied statements of support distributed by the government. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-03-04/carmakers-find-working-with-epa-on-smog-better-than-fight.html MISCELLANEOUS Climbing Mt. Everest? Nepal Says Bring Back Garbage. Hoping to clean a trash-strewn pathway to the world’s highest peak, Nepal’s tourism authority declared Monday that those climbing Mount Everest must return from the trip with an extra 18 pounds of garbage. The rule is the government’s first concerted effort to eliminate an estimated 50 tons of trash that has been left on Mount Everest by climbers over the past six decades. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/04/world/asia/climbing-mt-everest-nepal-says-bring-back-garbage.html?ref=earth EPA would get $7.9 billion under 2015 budget. President Obama on Thursday proposed a $7.9 billion fiscal 2015 budget for the Environmental Protection Agency, a spending plan that focuses on reducing carbon output from vehicles and power plants and preparing the country “for the unavoidable impacts of climate change.” Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/federal-eye/wp/2014/03/04/epa-would-get-7-9-billion-under-2015-budget/ OPINION Bangladesh's Coal Delusion. Like most poor countries, Bangladesh needs a lot of energy to develop its economy, the cheaper the better. About 80 percent of its electricity now comes from natural gas. But with gas resources waning and an entrenched, inefficient subsidy system, the government has decided to promote coal instead. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/05/opinion/bangladeshs-coal-delusion.html?hp&rref=opinion&action=click&module=Search®ion=searchResults%230&version=&url=http%3A%2F%2Fquery.nytimes.com%2Fsearch%2Fsitesearch%2F%3Faction%3Dclick%26region%3DMasthead%26pgtype%3DHomepage%26module%3DSearchSubmit%26contentCollection%3DHomepage%26t%3Dqry475%23%2Fclimate%2Bchange%2F24hours%2F&_r=0 Climate change deniers need to be heard too. It is a happy conceit in the climate change community that true believers are sophisticated, fact-based practitioners of science and that skeptics essentially are a bunch of superstitious nitwits who refuse to respect the - all bow - climate change consensus. If that were true, you would expect the science-loving know-it-alls to welcome opportunities to challenge the arguments of "deniers" of global warming. Posted. http://www.recordnet.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20140304/A_OPINION0619/403040307/-1/A_OPINION BLOGS EPA says new Tier 3 emissions levels will clean the air, save lives. Almost one year after first proposing the stricter vehicle emissions standards known as Tier 3, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today finalized the new levels. These restraints on "harmful soot, smog and toxic emissions" should go a long way to cleaning up the air and reducing the negative health impacts of the cars and trucks we drive. Posted. http://green.autoblog.com/2014/03/03/epa-says-new-tier-3-emissions-levels-will-clean-air-save-lives/ California is in a drought emergency. Visit www.SaveOurH2O.org for water conservation tips.