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ARB Newsclips for April 22, 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. AIR POLLUTION Earth Day look back: Global climate change overshadows success in cleaning up Los Angeles’ smog. Forty-four years ago today during the first Earth Day, skywriting planes inscribed the word “air” across the rust-colored skies of Los Angeles. Protesters and lawmakers came together in a miraculous kind of Kumbaya moment to solve the problem of L.A.’s dirty air that was damaging our lungs and lowering property values. Posted. http://www.presstelegram.com/environment-and-nature/20140421/earth-day-look-back-global-climate-change-overshadows-success-in-cleaning-up-los-angeles-smog After Declaring War on Smog, China Gets Around to Updating Its Environmental Laws. If there’s any country that needs new-and-improved environmental laws, it’s China. The pollution in Beijing and other cities is visible from space, and tourists worried about unbreathable air can now buy smog insurance. Pollution has left 16 percent of Chinese land unfit for use, according to a recent government report, and two-thirds of companies surveyed by…Posted. http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2014-04-22/after-declaring-war-on-smog-china-gets-around-to-updating-its-environmental-laws CLIMATE CHANGE Forty-Four Years of Earth Day. When environmentalists proclaimed the first Earth Day, on this date in 1970, the air was filled with doomsday predictions. At the initial rallies to mark the day, people warned of overpopulation, a denuded planet, hundreds of millions of people starving to death, a new Ice Age or the greenhouse effect. Many — though not all, obviously — of those forecasts were off. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/23/upshot/forty-four-years-of-earth-day.html There is no global warming, declare 25 percent of Americans. Americans have clustered into three broad groups on the issue of global warming, with the largest, currently describing 39 percent of U.S. adults, attributing global warming to human actions and are worried about it, according to a new survey by Gallup Inc. Almost as large is a group Gallup terms the "mixed middle" at 36 percent. Posted. http://www.centralvalleybusinesstimes.com/templates/print.cfm?ID=25686 Today’s Antarctic region once as hot as California, Florida. Parts of ancient Antarctica were as warm as today’s California coast, and polar regions of the southern Pacific Ocean registered 21st-century Florida heat, according to scientists using a new way to measure past temperatures. The findings, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, underscore the potential for increased warmth at Earth’s poles and the associated risk of melting polar ice and rising sea levels…Posted. http://www.rdmag.com/news/2014/04/today%E2%80%99s-antarctic-region-once-hot-california-florida DROUGHT Fields and farm jobs dry up with California's worsening drought. On a recent afternoon on the main drag of Orange Grove, Calif., about a dozen farm workers gathered on the sidewalk in front of a mini-mart. One man sits on a milk crate sipping a beer. A few others scratch some lotto tickets. Salvador Perez paces back and forth with his hands stuffed in the pockets of his jeans. If there is no water, there's no work, he says in Spanish. Posted. http://www.scpr.org/news/2014/04/22/43670/fields-and-farm-jobs-dry-up-with-california-s-wors/ DIESEL EMISSIONS Air quality board considers easing diesel rules. California air quality officials are considering giving small trucking operations more time to comply with new rules to clean up diesel emissions. The proposal would push back deadlines by a few years for small fleets, lightly used trucks and those in rural areas with cleaner air, and offer other adjustments to assist truck owners…Posted. http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/apr/21/air-quality-board-considers-easing-diesel-rules/#ixzz2zdYPCFbH http://www.scpr.org/news/2014/04/21/43657/air-quality-board-considers-easing-diesel-rules/ http://fleetowner.com/running-green/updated-carb-may-relax-compliance-certain-fleet-types http://www.ttnews.com/articles/basetemplate.aspx?storyid=34769 http://www.timescolonist.com/business/money/california-air-quality-officials-consider-relaxing-rules-for-some-diesel-trucks-1.978565 http://www.truckinginfo.com/news/story/2014/04/carb-to-consider-delaying-some-emissions-rules.aspx http://www.newsobserver.com/2014/04/21/3800345/air-quality-board-considers-easing.html http://www.thetrucker.com/News/Stories/2014/4/22/Airqualityboardconsiderseasingdieselrules.aspx http://fleetnewsdaily.com/california-air-quality-board-considers-easing-diesel-rules/ http://www.mantecabulletin.com/section/140/article/103806/ http://www.recorderonline.com/news/state_news/air-quality-board-considers-easing-diesel-rules/article_1b7ae807-9b1e-5ab3-89e9-4e5d38d703ba.html Ports to power a new kind of cleaning crew. A new war on air pollution in the twin seaports of Los Angeles and Long Beach is about to be launched. An armada of pelican-shaped barges with 100-foot-tall towers and booms could soon be navigating the ports, connecting their sleeves of ductwork to smokestacks of berthed container ships, and vacuuming out an alphabet soup of poisonous gases through a huge scrubber. Posted. http://www.ocregister.com/articles/long-610755-garcia-beach.html FUELS Keystone Pipeline May Be Big, but This Is Bigger. THE Keystone XL pipeline is a great political symbol. The proposed 1,700-mile pipeline, which would carry 830,000 barrels daily of carbon-heavy crude from Canada’s Alberta oil sands to Gulf Coast refineries, has galvanized environmental activists, who call it a litmus test for President Obama’s commitment to fighting climate change. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/22/business/energy-environment/us-emission-rules-would-far-outweigh-impact-of-keystone-pipeline.html?_r=0 We Could See You in the Gas Tank Later, Alligator. PRODUCTION of biodiesel as an alternative to fossil fuels is on the rise in the United States, and one reason, proponents say, is that it can be made from a long list of raw materials.“Biodiesel is made from all sorts of fats and oils,” said Ben Evans of the National Biodiesel Board, a trade group based in Washington. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/22/business/energy-environment/researchers-study-producing-biodiesel-from-alligators.html Alaska Lawmakers Back Natural Gas Plans. Alaska’s legislature on Monday approved Gov. Sean Parnell’s plan to join four energy companies in moving ahead on plans to build infrastructure to transport and market 35 trillion cubic feet of North Slope gas to be shipped by an 800-mile pipeline to a liquefied natural gas export plant. The project is valued at $45 billion to $65 billion for the line and gas treatment facilities. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/22/business/energy-environment/alaska-lawmakers-back-natural-gas-plans.html?ref=earth EPA's newly proposed targets are bad for climate, assert industry heads. For years, the biofuels industry has seen solid support from the federal government. But as the administration intensifies its message on climate change, the industry behind the one-time pillar of global warming mitigation -- replacing fossil fuels with biofuels -- is losing influence in the White House. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059998219/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY VEHICLES Tesla's Delays Upset Some China Customers. Electric-Vehicle Maker Plans Its First Model S Delivery in Country for Tuesday. A group of disgruntled Tesla Motors Inc. TSLA +4.66% customers in China is protesting delayed deliveries of their cars one day before the electric-vehicle maker is set to make its first China delivery. The furor underscores the challenges facing auto makers in marketing new-energy vehicles in China, which so far hasn't delivered on the promise of becoming a major new market for electric cars. Posted. http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304049904579515434271348994?mg=reno64-wsj Dealers not always plugged in about electric cars, Consumer Reports’ study reveals. Also, not all staff seemed enthusiastic about making EV sales; a few outright discouraged it. You would think that if you were to go to a car dealership that sold electric cars, a salesperson would want to sell you one. But that that’s true only some of the time, a months-long survey by Consumer Reports reveals. And that's the case with some brands more than others. Posted. http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/news/2014/04/dealers-not-always-plugged-in-about-electric-cars-secret-shopper-study-reveals/index.htm HIGH-SPEED RAIL FRA issues final environmental documents for portion of California's high-speed rail project. The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has issued the Final Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/EIS) for the Fresno-to-Bakersfield segment of the proposed California high-speed rail project. Posted. http://www.progressiverailroading.com/high_speed_rail/news/FRA-issues-final-environmental-documents-for-portion-of-Californias-highspeed-rail-project--40166 GREEN ENERGY Drones Are Becoming Energy’s New Roustabouts. THE egg white drone lifted off from its ground station at a hospital construction site here, hovered for an instant, then zoomed off, sounding like a five-pound bee as it buzzed around the cranes towering over the six-acre project. Capable of carrying a high-resolution camera and other sensors, the quadcopter, a helicopter with four rotors that resembles a spaceship from a 1950s science fiction movie…Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/22/business/energy-environment/drones-are-becoming-energys-new-roustabouts.html?_r=0 How Green Was Thy Norman Conquest? Crown Estate Tries to Jump-Start Britain’s Offshore Wind Sector. WHEN William the Conqueror invaded England in 1066, he could not have imagined what would happen to the land he seized from the Anglo Saxons. A thousand years after the Norman Conquest, the entity that resulted, the Crown Estate — which owns property across Britain and is now independent of the British monarchy — is at the heart of the country’s push into green energy. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/22/business/energy-environment/crown-estate-tries-to-jump-start-britains-offshore-wind-sector.html Ice or Molten Salt, Not Batteries, to Store Energy. ENERGY storage is crucial to transforming the electric grid into a clean, sustainable, low-emissions system, the experts say. And it’s happening already, just not the way most consumers would expect. The simplest idea for storage — charging up batteries at night when there is a lot of wind energy and not much demand for it, or at midday when the sun is bright — is years from being feasible, according to the experts. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/22/business/energy-environment/ice-or-molten-salt-not-batteries-to-store-energy.html Old World, New Tech. Barcelona is among a number of European cities adopting new forms of technology aimed at improving services. More important, the investments, including neighborhood wide high-speed Internet connections and electricity charge points for cars and motorbikes, offer ways to cut energy use and generate income. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/22/business/energy-environment/europe-remains-ahead-of-us-in-creating-smart-cities.html How conserving water, energy isn’t always about a ‘green’ lifestyle. Lorrie Ourada’s elegant desertscape of a yard stands out from the lush, green lawns that dominate her Porter Ranch neighborhood. Last fall, the Realtor installed drought-tolerant shrubs and succulents, decomposed granite pathways and large boulders in front of her Mediterranean-style home. Posted. http://www.sbsun.com/environment-and-nature/20140421/how-conserving-water-energy-isnt-always-about-a-green-lifestyle Top decisionmakers pledge to keep lowering energy emissions. A veritable who's who of U.S. business executives, including leaders of the nation's largest energy firms, have pledged to put their companies on a trajectory that promotes sound environmental decisionmaking and best practices to reduce or mitigate impacts to air and water in a new report released this week by the Business Roundtable. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059998207/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY MISCELLANEOUS Visions of cleaner, healthier Inland Empire. In recognition of Earth Day on Tuesday, April 22, we asked several experts who deal with environmental issues: What is your vision for Inland Southern California in the next decade?” Posted. http://www.pe.com/local-news/topics/topics-environment-headlines/20140421-earth-day-visions-of-cleaner-healthier-inland-empire.ece Think globally, act locally at Earth Day events in the Inland Empire. Inland Empire residents can expect to have almost a week’s worth of Earth Day activities to choose from, including community cleanups, e-waste collection events and a UC Riverside lecture on what ancient global warming might mean for today’s residents of planet Earth. Posted. http://www.sbsun.com/environment-and-nature/20140421/think-globally-act-locally-at-earth-day-events-in-the-inland-empire Green Prize Festival aims to make Long Beach greener. In commemoration of Earth Day, a few Long Beach organizations are hoping to make it easy for everyone to “be green” with the launch of the Green Prize Festival this Saturday. The daylong festival at Bixby Park is all about urban farmers, green artists, chefs, green technology and even a few chickens and some bees. The goal is to turn Long Beach into a greener city and… Posted. http://www.presstelegram.com/lifestyle/20140421/green-prize-festival-aims-to-make-long-beach-greener County district wants old mowers. The Calaveras County Air Pollution Control District is getting into the lawn mower business by assisting residents with the purchase of new electric mowers. The district announced that it’s starting a grant program for people in Calaveras County to replace gasoline- and diesel-powered mowers with cordless, electric mowers that produce zero emissions. Posted. http://www.calaverasenterprise.com/news/article_c30aaf64-c9ab-11e3-a3f8-001a4bcf887a.html Ecology offers incentives to remove old wood stoves. In an effort to improve air quality, the Washington State Department of Ecology is offering incentives for homeowners to remove old wood stoves from their homes. Residents in Colville River Valley are eligible for a $200 voucher if they turn in their wood stoves on April 27th. Posted. http://colvillestevenscounty.kxly.com/news/environment/127061-ecology-offers-incentives-remove-old-wood-stoves No progress on move. The LA 2020 Commission was critical of the city’s lack of effort to convince the California Air Resources Board to build its new lab within Los Angeles and bring along with it the 250 jobs of engineers and technicians now based in El Monte. While the proposal looked good on paper, nothing is really in the works on moving the 40-year-old Haagen-Smit Labs, officials said. Posted. http://www.dailynews.com/government-and-politics/20140420/tipoff-future-options-are-open-for-molina-yaroslavsky Closing San Onofre could cost ratepayers $3.3 billion. Consumer watchdog groups plan to fight a proposed settlement over the closure of the San Onofre nuclear plant that could cost utility users in South Orange County and San Diego more than $3.3 billion. “Under California law, ratepayers don’t have many rights. But one cardinal right they do have is this: They only have to pay reasonable rates,”…Posted. http://www.ocregister.com/articles/san-610763-billion-settlement.html OPINIONS Warm water, cold reality. Big screen "Noah," the box office hit, presents the biblical story of near apocalypse and indifference to God's warnings. Small screen NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association, regularly warns of impending man-made environmental doom on its climate.gov website. Whether one is more susceptible to religious parables or scientific findings, the very real effects of contemporary climate change are happening at a stunning pace. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2014/04/22/6342823/warm-water-cold-reality.html#storylink=cpy Trucking rules: Don't delay clean air regulations on trucks, buses. The California Air Resources Board will meet Thursday in Sacramento to discuss a proposal to delay the Truck and Bus rule requiring the vehicles to meet higher standards for clean air. This would allow noncompliant companies to profit at the expense of good trucking businesses that have been proactive, compliant and environmentally responsible. Posted. http://www.mercurynews.com/opinion/ci_25608307/trucking-rules-dont-delay-clean-air-regulations-trucks?source=rss On fracking, can’t California get half a loaf? Thomas Elias When a city like Carson, home to one large oil refinery and next-door neighbor to another, hard by the junction of two major freeways and site of both a Cal State campus and a Major League Soccer stadium, slaps a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing because of environmental questions, you know fracking of California’s vast oil and gas reserves is no sure thing. Posted. http://www.presstelegram.com/opinion/20140421/on-fracking-cant-california-get-half-a-loaf-thomas-elias The deadliest environmental threat (it’s not global warming). Earth Day is a chance to take stock: What is the state of the world’s environment? Our knee-jerk reaction is that it’s getting worse. But that is not only mostly incorrect, it also prevents us from using Earth Day to help do the most good to make the environment even better. Many think the biggest global environment problem is global warming. Posted. http://nypost.com/2014/04/21/the-deadliest-environmental-threat-its-not-global-warming/ As nuclear power dies, solar rises. At long last, this Earth Day we celebrate the true dawn of the Solar Age. That sunrise is hastened, here and abroad, by the slow demise of the once-touted "too-cheap-to-meter" Atomic Age of nuclear power. As utilities find nuclear power less and less cost effective, new solar photovoltaic installations in the United States are springing up. New solar installations in 2013 reached a record 4.2 gigawatts, bringing the total to 10. Posted. http://www.cnn.com/2014/04/22/opinion/hayes-denman-solar-power/index.html Want green cities? Lose the cars. If you really want to strike a blow for the environment during Earth Day on Tuesday, do yourself and everybody else a favor and stop driving your car in town. Really -- who needs it? This is not a message for you if you're a farmer or live in a rural area, where it's 20 miles to the grocery store and 100 miles to the nearest hospital. You can keep your car; it's a safety thing. Posted. http://www.cnn.com/2014/04/21/opinion/sanderson-earth-day-cars/index.html?iid=article_sidebar BLOGS GOP ties California Democrats to Keystone XL pipeline delays. The Republican Party sent an email blast Monday blaming California Democrats for delaying a controversial pipeline that even supporters acknowledge would bring little economic benefit to the state. The National Republican Congressional Campaign Committee sent the letter in response to President Barack Obama's decision Friday to extend the review period for the 1,700-mile Keystone XL pipeline, which would bring oil from western Canada to the Gulf Coast. Posted. http://blogs.sacbee.com/capitolalertlatest/2014/04/gop-tries-to-tie-california-democrats-to-keystone-xl-delays.html#storylink=cpy Exide lays off more than 120 employees at Vernon plant. A lead battery recycler with a plant in Vernon has announced layoffs for its California employees as problems with environmental regulators grow. Georgia-based Exide Technologies says it’s issuing temporary layoff notices to more than 100 hourly workers and 20 salaried workers at its Vernon facility. Posted. http://www.scpr.org/blogs/environment/2014/04/21/16427/exide-lays-off-more-than-120-employees-at-vernon-p/ Use This Earth Day to Urge Leaders to Take Biggest Step Possible on Climate Change. I plan to spend this Earth Day advocating for the single most important thing our nation can do to confront climate change: cutting carbon pollution from power plants. These plants kick out 40 percent of the carbon pollution in our country. Right now they are free to dump as much carbon pollution into our atmosphere as they want—intensifying climate change and endangering our health in the process. Posted. http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/fbeinecke/use_this_earth_day_to_urge_lea.html Three “Next Steps” for California Climate Action. California enacted its Global Warming Solutions Act (AB32) in 2006. Since then, an entire network of interacting, mutually-reinforcing legislation has evolved in the state, historic in how the different measures support one another. A solar roof mandate (one million by 2020) augments an electric vehicle mandate (also one million in 2020)…Posted. http://energyblog.nationalgeographic.com/2014/04/03/three-next-steps-for-california-climate-action/ Happy Earth Day. We Just Reached Another Scary Climate Change Milestone. In May 2013, it was big news when, for the first time, the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere hit 400 parts per million. Now, researchers say that number has been consistently above 400 for the last month. Posted. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/22/carbon-dioxide-climate-change_n_5187844.html Electric-Car Buyers Younger And Richer Than Hybrid Owners. While it might seem logical to expect the demographics for buyers of both electric and hybrid-powered cars to be similar, the former tend to skew considerably younger and more affluent than the latter according to a market analysis conducted by Experian Automotive in Schaumburg. Ill. Posted. http://www.forbes.com/sites/jimgorzelany/2014/04/22/electric-car-buyers-younger-and-richer-than-hybrid-owners/#./?&_suid=139819171946307654927198211496 Air pollution from China = stronger storms in the Pacific? While air pollution is now the world’s biggest environmental health risk with 7 million deaths per year, according to the World Health Organization, its effects aren't limited to your heart and lungs. According to a new paper published by researchers from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology…Posted. http://www.treehugger.com/natural-sciences/air-pollution-china-stronger-storms-pacific.html KBB Names 10 Best Green Cars of 2014. Just in time for Earth Day, Kelley Blue Book editors picked the 10 Best Green Cars of 2014 to assist eco-friendly drivers in the market for a new vehicle. Posted. http://www.autoremarketing.com/retail/kbb-names-10-best-green-cars-of-2014 Ford says C-Max mpg reduction has hurt sales. The Ford C-Max is having a rough time. Sales for the five-door hybrid hatchback were down 39.1 percent in March to 2,295 cars, and sales from January through March were down 42.5 percent to 5,566 units. In an interview with The Detroit News, Ford Americas boss Joe Hinrichs places the blame on lowering the model's fuel economy rating. "We're definitely seeing consideration on C-Max decline over time. Posted. http://www.autoblog.com/2014/04/22/ford-c-max-mpg-reduction-hurting-sales-report/ California is in a drought emergency. Visit www.SaveOurH2O.org for water conservation tips.