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newsclips -- ARB Newsclips for March 4, 2014

Posted: 04 Mar 2014 13:33:23
ARB Newsclips for March 4, 2014. 

This is a service of the California Air Resources Board’s Office
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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.


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.


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.


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.

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.


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.

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.


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.


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.

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.

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.


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.

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.


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.

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.


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.

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

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