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newsclips -- Newsclips for April 30, 2014

Posted: 30 Apr 2014 14:09:13
ARB Newsclips for April 30, 2014. 

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Germany Levies Fines on Aircraft Operators Over Emissions.
Germany ordered 61 aircraft operators from countries including
Russia and the U.S. to pay fines for breaching European Union
emissions-trading rules.  The penalties are the first since the
EU included aviation in its carbon market, the world’s largest,
in 2012, drawing protests from the U.S. and emerging countries.


China says could add big-polluting regions to carbon market.
China is developing plans to expand its pilot carbon trading
schemes into more of its key industrial regions, a top climate
official said, as the country continues its drive to curb
emissions. China, the world's biggest emitter of climate-changing
gases, has over the past 10 months launched pilot carbon markets
in six cities and provinces with a view to rolling out a national
market later in the decade. Posted.


Valley truckers, farmers fear effects of pollution-credit
auctions. Representatives of trucking and agriculture want state
legislators to delay air-quality regulations that they say will
create unpredictable spikes in gasoline and diesel prices
starting next year. State regulators say those fears are
overblown, and continue to aim at a Jan. 1 date for including
fuel distributors in California's controversial cap-and-trade
program. Posted.

Inslee Calls For New Cap And Trade Program.  “This is the time to
act,” said Inslee, a Democrat, at a news conference Tuesday
inside the Automotive Training Center at Shoreline Community
College near Seattle.  Acknowledging that Washington is already a
low carbon-emitting state, Inslee said "we may be a small
fraction of the world’s pollution, but we own 100 percent of our
own moral commitment to our own children and our grandchildren.” 



L.A., Central Valley have worst air quality, American Lung Assn.
says. Los Angeles has again topped a list of the cities with the
worst smog in the nation, violating federal health standards for
ozone an average of 122 days a year. The annual air pollution
rankings, being released Wednesday by the American Lung Assn.,
were dominated by the Los Angeles Basin and California's Central






Permits will be needed for outdoor burning in areas of Calaveras,
Tuolumne counties.  Burn permits will be required beginning
Thursday for all outdoor burning within California Department of
Forestry and Fire Protection coverage areas in Calaveras and
Tuolumne counties as well as the eastern edges of San Joaquin and
Stanislaus counties. The Tuolumne-Calaveras Unit of Cal Fire
issues the burn permits at its stations, including the unit
headquarters at 785 Mountain Ranch Road in San Andreas. Posted.

Pollution's victims: 92,903 S.J. residents face higher risk than
95 percent of rest of state. More than 100,000 Stockton residents
are among the most vulnerable in California to pollution, new
data show. Those residents, many of whom live in some of the
city's poorest neighborhoods, shoulder a disproportionately high
level of risk compared to almost all other regions of the state.


South Africa Publishes Plan for Carbon Offsets. South Africa has
published proposals for businesses to lower carbon-tax liability,
which includes proposalsto reduce greenhouse gas emissions. 
Public comments on the carbon offets paper must be submitted by
June 30, according to an e-mailed statement by the National
Treasury in Pretoria. The carbon offsets program is meant to
complement the carbon tax that South Africa plans to introduce
from 2016, it said. Posted.

EPA’s Powers Upheld by Court With Climate Rules on Deck.  The
U.S. Supreme Court yesterday strengthened the Environmental
Protection Agency in its drive to cut air pollution, a result
critics warned would lead to costly regulations as the agency
moves to curb global warming. The justices, voting 6-2 to
overturn a lower court, backed the EPA’s so-called Good Neighbor
rule, which targets air pollution that crosses state lines.

U.S. Greenhouse Emissions Tied to Aging Nuclear, Coal Plants. Is
Natural Gas No Better than Coal? New projections from the Energy
Information Administration find that the trajectory of U.S.
greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) is highly sensitive to the
operation of the nation's nuclear and coal-fired power plants.
The rate and timing of retirements from these aging plants could
dramatically impact how much carbon pollution the U.S. will emit
decades from now. Posted.

Scientific ‘buried treasure’ may yield data about shorelines’
future. Deep beneath the ocean floor off the New Jersey coast lie
secrets that could help scientists predict how climate change
might affect one of the most popular shorelines in the country.
Gregory Mountain, with a name that befits his expertise, teaches
Earth and planetary sciences and has spent a lot of time in
recent years sailing those waters to uncover the answers. Posted.

Climate change: Pacific Ocean acidity dissolving shells of key
species.  In a troubling new discovery, scientists studying ocean
waters off California, Oregon and Washington have found the first
evidence that increasing acidity in the ocean is dissolving the
shells of a key species of tiny sea creature at the base of the
food chain.  Posted. 

Deadly avalanche, 'closed' Everest blamed on climate change. The
deadly avalanche on Mount Everest earlier this month that killed
16 Nepalese sherpas and effectively ended the 2014 climbing
season wasn't technically an avalanche. Instead, it was a
collapse of a glacial serac in one of the mountain's most
dangerous areas. Posted.
http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059998678/print BY

Scientist probes weather risk that's like 'fire hose aimed at the
coast' On a 70-degree April day, scientist Marty Ralph looked out
his office window here toward a panoramic view of the Pacific
Ocean. The sky was clear, the ocean was calm, and paragliders
floated toward the water. It's what most people envision when
they think of California weather, said Ralph…Posted.
http://www.eenews.net/greenwire/stories/1059998738/print BY


Pipeline supporters seek quick Senate vote. In a struggle steeped
in election-year politics, supporters of the proposed Keystone XL
pipeline are seeking a swift Senate vote on legislation to
approve construction of the project that environmentalists oppose
strongly and the Obama administration has delayed indefinitely.


Oil price falls on supplies rise, Russia sanctions. The price of
oil fell to near $100 a barrel on Wednesday as a report showed an
increase in U.S. crude stockpiles and investors shrugged off the
impact of new sanctions on Russia. By early afternoon in Europe,
benchmark U.S. crude for June delivery was down 97 cents to
$100.31 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Posted.

Financial firms launch fossil-free investment fund. An
environmental group and two major financial firms are launching
an investment fund that excludes companies involved in the fossil
fuel business. The Natural Resources Defense Council says it
helped BlackRock Inc. of New York and FTSE Group of London to
develop a stock index for investors who want to avoid fossil fuel
related companies. Posted. 

Fracking-inspired moratorium on oil drilling to expire in Carson.
An effort to extend a moratorium on all oil drilling in the city
of Carson failed Tuesday night after the five-member City Council
failed to reach the four-fifths supermajority needed to keep the
ban in place. The temporary ban, passed last month, was initially
sought by the council to allow the city more time to study the
potential effects of oil extraction techniques… Posted.

China Can’t Quit Coal. China to Ban High Sulfur Coal Imports.
Despite enacting recent ambitious clean energy targets, coal will
likely remain a central pillar of the Chinese energy economy for
years to come, according to a new report from research and
consulting company Wood Mackenzie. China is in the midst of a
massive build out of all types of energy in an effort to
diversify away from coal…Posted.

California Joins H2 USA to Advance Hydrogen Transportation.  In
California’s latest effort to advance hydrogen transportation,
the Energy Commission and the Air Resources Board announced today
that California has joined H2 USA, a public-private partnership
led by the U.S. Department of Energy.  H2 USA is dedicated to
accelerating the commercialization of clean transportation

Effort to keep gas prices from increasing. With gasoline already
over $4.00 a gallon business interests are rallying to delay a
state law they believe will make prices go even higher, hurting
the economy. Michael Kelton is the CEO of Inland Star, a Fresno
trucking and warehouse company. "I believe that the working poor
will be impacted the greatest over this, it's all gonna be passed
down, all the costs will be passed on." Posted.

3 cellulosic producers eye 2014 start dates. Three big companies
that have placed bets on turning agricultural waste into
transportation fuel say they're on track to open production
facilities this year. Abengoa Bioenergy, POET-DSM Advanced
Biofuels and DuPont have invested millions of dollars in
facilities that would convert post-harvest corn debris into
cellulosic ethanol. Posted.
http://www.eenews.net/greenwire/stories/1059998744/print BY


Hydrogen is fuel of the future � and Southern Californians have
more access than others. As Hyundai readies its Tucson fuel cell
electric vehicle for market this spring, the hydrogen highway to
support those vehicles is beginning to get paved. The California
Energy Commission recently provided a map of the six existing
hydrogen fueling stations in Los Angeles and Orange



Mexico lays out energy reform rules. The Mexican government is
proposing bidding-based rules for the opening of its state-owned
oil and energy industry, saying contracts and production licenses
will be put out for public bid and will go to the company that
offers the best return. Posted.

For now, industry hangs its hopes on Texas -- AWEA report. Wind
power installation rates aren't what they used to be. But that
could change within the next two years, asserts the leading wind
energy industry group, largely thanks to a surge of construction
activity in Texas. The first quarter of 2014 saw 214 megawatts of
wind energy built, according to the American Wind Energy
Association's "U.S. Wind Industry First Quarter 2014 Market
Report," released yesterday. Posted.
http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059998702/print  BY

State regulators seek credit in new rule for efficiency programs.
The state regulators that will play a leading role in
implementing U.S. EPA's greenhouse gas rules for existing power
plants are putting the finishing touches on guidelines for how
the rule should handle state energy efficiency programs. Posted.
http://www.eenews.net/greenwire/stories/1059998736/print BY


Environment focus of Calif. governor's Mexico trip. California
Gov. Jerry Brown plans a trade and environmental mission to
Mexico this summer, in part to strike a deal reducing air
pollution. Brown's office announced the dates for the trip
Tuesday. The mission will take place the last week of July and be
organized by the California Chamber of Commerce. Posted.

Marine base trash finds a new beat with recycling message. 
Anyone walking through the Oceanside Earth Festival on Sunday
afternoon might have wondered why a trash heap of twisted metal
was piled up behind behind the stage on Tremont Street. As a jazz
band from Coastal Music Studios left the stage, however, it
became clear that the old pipes, auto parts and plastic boxes
weren’t trash, but the next act. Posted.


The Right Way to Develop Shale Gas. LISTENING to the polarized
energy debate in the United States, you might think natural gas
was an economic and geopolitical cure-all — or an environmental
curse. Too many oil and gas executives behave as if this newly
abundant resource, released from underground shale deposits by
the combination of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing,
has no environmental challenges. Opponents often act as if it has
no economic and environmental benefits. Posted.

Keeping Track: Air Pollution and Drones. In a victory for clean
air, the Supreme Court on Tuesday voted 6-to-2 to uphold the
authority of the Environmental Protection Agency to find the most
cost-effective way of reducing harmful air pollution that crosses
state lines. Because soot and ozone from power plants don’t
respect borders, states are required by the Clean Air Act to
establish plans to avoid “significantly” polluting their
neighbors. Posted.

Why 'cheap' coal is actually expensive Re "Sticker shock," April
26 Before bemoaning the fact that we are moving from coal to
renewable energy, it should be noted that coal-generated
electricity is no bargain. The hidden cost of coal is $345
billion a year, according to Harvard researchers. Given that,
coal is one of the most expensive fuels in the U.S. We all suffer
from climate change thanks in no small part to coal. Posted.

EDITORIAL: Court ruling on drifting air pollution makes sense.
Logic and laws don't always mix, but they did this week in a
decision by the U.S. Supreme Court. It ruled that the source of
air pollution can be held responsible even if its smog or soot
blows far away across state lines. The decision vindicates a long
effort by the Environmental Protection Agency to hold polluters
accountable even if they don't violate local standards. Posted.

Editorial: California’s leaders shrug off Toyota move. 
Occidental Petroleum. Raytheon. Legalzoom. Waste Connections.
Daegis and Revionics. And, this week, Toyota Motor Sales. The
list of major companies that have left California recently, or
are planning on leaving soon and taking their jobs with them, is
getting uncomfortably long. Toyota announced Monday it was moving
3,000 white-collar jobs from its sprawling campus in Torrance to
a new, consolidated headquarters in Plano, Texas. Posted.:

Kate Gordon and Cole Wheeler: Price of gas not as meaningful as
its bad impacts. We’re public policy advocates, so we’re always
happy to hear that legislators are discussing our work. But we
were less than pleased by the recent op-ed (“Hidden double-digit
gas tax would affect Central Valley the most,” April 25, Page
A13) on gas prices from Central Valley policymakers Sen. Anthony
Cannella and Assemblywoman Kristin Olsen…Posted.

OPINION: California should rethink water management practices.
The 2014 drought is unprecedented in modern times. It is also our
first glimpse into a future where climate disruption alters when
and how California gets water. But it won’t be the last. Within
35 years, projected temperature increases mean that rain is
likely to outpace snow in the Sierra Nevada. Average snowpack may
be reduced by as much as 40 percent and more rain will flow
quickly through western rivers in winter months. Posted.

As U.S. warms, dangerous mosquito thrives. Many Americans think
global warming is a distant risk that threatens faraway places
with ice caps and polar bears. Very few Americans link global
warming to infectious disease, but that could change. As the
climate of the northern United States warms, the Asian tiger
mosquito, one of the world's most invasive pests, continues
spreading northward from Texas to New York…Posted.

LOIS HENRY: Epic drought calls for epic solution: backward flow. 
Water does funny things in California. When there's a drought as
bad as the one we're in now, it does things you wouldn't think
were possible. Like flow backwards. As in south to north. Posted.

Joe Schwarcz: The high-stakes challenge of capturing carbon
dioxide. It is clear that no longer can we continue to spew
carbon dioxide recklessly into the atmosphere; and it is also
clear that eventually we will run out of fossil fuels. So, how
about killing two birds with one stone? (Only figuratively, of
course.) The challenge consists of capturing the carbon dioxide
formed in combustion processes before it is released into the


Car Makers Are Delivering Better Mileage, But How Much Is Real?
Auto makers are doing a better job of reducing fuel consumption
in their new cars than federal regulators predicted they would,
according to a new report today from the U.S. government. How
much of that progress is real is the subject of some debate. The
Environmental Protection Agency says major auto makers in the
U.S.—the Big Three and their major foreign rivals… Posted.

Put Down Your Pistols: Cap and Trade Isn't Dead Yet. The latest
U.N. report says that the darling climate strategy isn't working.
But that doesn't mean it's dead. For climate advocates, those are
fighting words. Cap-and-trade efforts to combat global warming
have often come under fire from politicians. And sometimes
literally. Posted.

Types of Carbon Pricing: Part 1 of 3. This post is the first of
three summarizing the differing features of carbon pricing
instruments – emissions trading (cap-and-trade), carbon taxes,
and hybrids – and commenting on some of the implications for
existing carbon pricing schemes.  The three together can be found
as a pdf file under the carbon pricing pages of this site. These
posts focus on the differences between types of carbon pricing. 

This man is on the hunt for California’s next climate leaders. 
Tom Steyer isn’t the only ambitious fundraiser working to get
climate hawks elected. Meet Nick Josefowitz.  Both men live in
San Francisco, but while Steyer is playing on the national scene,
Josefowitz is focused on his home state. He recently founded a
new political action committee, Leadership for a Clean

Trident Inceni stakes claim to world's fastest diesel sports car,
will come to US. It was back in 2006 when we first came across
Trident and its plans to create a diesel-powered sports car. The
prototype was up and running a couple of years later, and it
debuted at the Salon Privé in London a few years after that. It's
now been the better part of two years since its debut – and eight
years since the project first surfaced – but Trident Sports Cars
says it's finally ready to launch the vehicle it called Iceni.

Tesla making plans for Gigafactory in at least two states.  Ever
since February, when Tesla officially announced that it would
build a gigafactory to make the incredible number of lithium-ion
batteries it expects to need to power its electric vehicles, we
thought it would be located in one of four states. Those four
states – Texas, Arizona, New Mexico and Nevada – have been
lobbying the automaker ever since, hoping to hear that the

California is in a drought emergency.
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