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ARB Newsclips for May 13, 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 Washington State Inching Closer To A Price on Carbon? Washington Governor Jay Inslee is known to be a man of action: climate action, that is. As a member of the US Congress, he was one of the major backers of a comprehensive climate bill that barely passed the House of Representatives in 2009. Now, as state governor, he may be one step closer to achieving something that he wasn’t able to at the federal level: putting a price on carbon. Posted. http://www.ecosystemmarketplace.com/pages/dynamic/article.page.php?page_id=10346§ion=news_articles&eod=1 AIR POLLUTION EPA Defeats Bid for Tighter Coal Mine Air Pollution Rules. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency defeated a challenge from a group seeking to force regulation of air pollution produced by coal mines, a fourth court victory this year for the agency’s discretion to set air-quality standards. In a unanimous decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington ruled the EPA had broad latitude to determine the timing and priorities of its regulatory agenda. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-05-13/epa-defeats-bid-for-tighter-coal-mine-air-pollution-rules.html http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-air-toxics-limits-20140416,0,1999439.story#axzz2z48soUUc $2M project will monitor Imperial County air quality. A new $2 million project will monitor air quality over the next four years in Imperial County, an area bordering the Coachella Valley and Salton Sea that for years has faced some of the highest asthma hospitalization rates in the state and exceeded standards for air-quality measures. http://www.desertsun.com/story/news/environment/2014/05/12/air-quality-monitoring-imperial-county/9022751/ CLIMATE CHANGE NASA spots worrisome Antarctic ice sheet melt. The huge West Antarctic ice sheet is starting a glacially slow collapse in an unstoppable way, two new studies show. Alarmed scientists say that means even more sea level rise than they figured. Posted. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_SCI_ANTARCTIC_MELT?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT OTHER RELATED STORIES http://www.sacbee.com/2014/05/12/6398294/nasa-spots-worrisome-antarctic.html http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/2014/05/12/70c26750-da00-11e3-b745-87d39690c5c0_story.html http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/13/science/earth/collapse-of-parts-of-west-antarctica-ice-sheet-has-begun-scientists-say.html http://www.aol.com/article/2014/05/12/nasa-spots-worrisome-antarctic-ice-sheet-melt/20884431/?icid=maing-grid7%7Cmain5%7Cdl1%7Csec1_lnk3%26pLid%3D475471 http://www.sbsun.com/environment-and-nature/20140512/nasa-spots-worrisome-antarctic-ice-sheet-melt http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/2014/05/12/70c26750-da00-11e3-b745-87d39690c5c0_story.html Amid Pipeline and Climate Debate, Energy-Efficiency Bill Is Derailed. A bipartisan bill to encourage energy efficiency in buildings died in the Senate on Monday, derailed by the contentious debate over the Keystone XL pipeline and President Obama’s plans to issue new climate change regulations. The bill’s end came as the Senate voted 55 to 36 on a procedural motion, falling five votes short of the 60 required to bring the bill to a final vote. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/13/us/politics/bill-to-encourage-energy-efficiency-fails-in-senate.html?action=click&module=Search®ion=searchResults&mabReward=relbias%3Aw&url=http%3A%2F%2Fquery.nytimes.com%2Fsearch%2Fsitesearch%2F%3Faction%3Dclick%26region%3DMasthead%26pgtype%3DHomepage%26module%3DSearchSubmit%26contentCollection%3DHomepage%26t%3Dqry934%23%2Fclimate%2Bchange%2F24hours%2F&_r=0 $1 Trillion in Fossil Fuel Projects Threatened From Climate Action. A new report from the Carbon Tracker Initiative (CTI) finds that there is $1 trillion worth of fossil fuel projects expected over the next decade that could be thrown into doubt if governments begin to take action to curb greenhouse gas emissions. The concept known as the "carbon bubble," largely put forward by CTI, is based on the notion that in order for the world to avoid the worst effects of climate change…Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/1-Trillion-in-Fossil-Fuel-Projects-Threatened-5471247.php Did Alpha Natural Resources Inc Really Just Report a Profit? The coal sector continues to be hammered with declining prices and lower margins, causing some large miners to continuously report losses. In the case of Alpha Natural Resources , the metallurgical-focused miner is facing lower pricing for the prime coal used to produce steel. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/Did-Alpha-Natural-Resources-Inc-Really-Just-5471200.php Southwest struggles to adapt to year-round fire season. Last week was Wildfire Awareness Week in California, a time when firefighters and forest managers travel up and down the state talking about fire risk and public safety. Usually that would mean wildfire conditions were just picking up, with higher temperatures drying out fuels nurtured by winter rain and snowpack. That's not the case this year, though. For much of the Golden State, last year's fire season never really ended. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059999377 BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY As another report urges action, how can U.S. overcome obstacles to effective climate policy? This week’s latest U.N. report on climate change warns of the urgent need for global action in the next five to 15 years, if countries want to ward off the worst impacts of rising emissions. Posted. http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/how-can-u-s-overcome-obstacles-to-climate-policy/ DROUGHT Leaders look at drought. Leaders of Gov. Jerry Brown’s Drought Task Force visited Tulare Monday to speak with locals about their needs and concerns regarding the drought. Posted. http://www.visaliatimesdelta.com/article/20140513/NEWS01/305130010/Leaders-look-drought Tuolumne Community's Only Source Of Water May Go Dry By Summer's End. People in Twain Harte in Tuolumne County are trying to cut their water use by 50 percent. The town's only source of water may go dry before the end of summer. Twain Harte is home to 1,600 people who depend on Lyons Reservoir for their water. Posted. http://www.capradio.org/articles/2014/05/12/tuolumne-communitys-only-source-of-water-may-go-dry-by-summers-end/ Some businesses strike gold in parched Calif. California's drought is hitting industries in sharply different ways. While some companies are planning layoffs, others are adding workers to drill water wells and install irrigation systems. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/greenwire/2014/05/13/stories/1059999492 BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY DIESEL EMISSIONS Clean Diesel Technologies seeks to jump-start sales, turn first profit. Some companies run from California's strict regulatory standards on air pollution and emissions. Not Clean Diesel Technologies Inc., where the executives can't imagine being anywhere else. CDTi manufactures and distributes vehicle emissions control systems to automakers and other customers. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-stock-spotlight-clean-diesel-20140512-story.html CARB 2013 Heavy-Duty Diesel Fines Totaled Nearly $2.2 Million. The California Air Resources Board announced it settled 256 cases last year involving air quality violations by heavy-duty diesel truck and bus fleets that failed to comply with its various air quality programs with fines totaling nearly $2.2 million. Violations included failure to comply with the statewide truck and bus program, verification/certification procedures for diesel particulate filters…Posted. http://www.truckinginfo.com/news/story/2014/05/carb-2013-heavy-duty-diesel-fines-totaled-nearly-2-2-million.aspx http://www.landlinemag.com/Story.aspx?StoryID=27010#.U3JSY4UvAjw FUELS Pipeline, energy bill backers vow to keep up fight. Supporters of a popular energy savings bill and the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline say they will keep trying to force Senate action on the measures, even after they were defeated amid partisan gridlock in the Senate. The energy legislation would tighten efficiency guidelines for new federal buildings and provide tax incentives to make homes and commercial buildings more efficient. Posted. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_SENATE_KEYSTONE_PIPELINE?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT Coal Pushback: Carbon Limits for New Power Plants Must Be ‘Grounded in Reality.' The Environmental Protection Agency's proposed carbon dioxide emissions limits for new fossil fuel-fired power plants should be reworked to be “grounded in reality,” an industry group said May 12. The proposed rule, formally issued in January, set separate standards for coal-fired and natural gas-fired generating units. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-05-13/coal-pushback-carbon-limits-for-new-power-plants-must-be-grounded-in-reality-.html Seeing Future in Fuel Cells, Toyota Ends Tesla Deal. Toyota said on Monday that it would allow a battery-supply deal with Tesla Motors to expire this year and would focus instead on building cars running on hydrogen fuel cells, a next-generation technology that rivals Tesla’s all-electric systems. Toyota Motor invested $50 million in Tesla to acquire a 3 percent stake in the Silicon Valley upstart in 2010, and signed a $100 million joint-development deal…Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/13/business/energy-environment/seeing-future-in-fuel-cells-toyota-ends-tesla-deal.html?action=click&module=Search®ion=searchResults&mabReward=relbias%3Aw&url=http%3A%2F%2Fquery.nytimes.com%2Fsearch%2Fsitesearch%2F%3Faction%3Dclick%26region%3DMasthead%26pgtype%3DHomepage%26module%3DSearchSubmit%26contentCollection%3DHomepage%26t%3Dqry934%23%2Ffuels%2F24hours%2F VEHICLES Nissan Banks on China Subsidies to Boost Electric Cars. Nissan Motor Co., maker of the Leaf electric vehicle, said it is targeting to win 20 percent of EV sales in China as the central government steps up efforts to cut auto emissions and reduce air pollution. EV sales in China may rise to 100,000 to 400,000 vehicles a year by 2017 to 2018, and Nissan expects to win about a fifth of the market, according to Jun Seki, head of Nissan’s China business. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-05-13/nissan-banks-on-china-subsidies-to-boost-electric-cars.html California Plans For A Hydrogen Future. The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development for the State of California (nicknamed “GO-Biz”) held an event at the Toyota USA Automobile Museum yesterday. The topic was “Hydrogen Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles and Infrastructure in Your Neighborhood: A state and local workshop.” Posted. http://www.forbes.com/sites/jasonfogelson/2014/04/15/california-plans-for-a-hydrogen-future/ GREEN ENERGY U.K. Government Says Onshore Wind to Compete With Solar for Aid. Onshore wind power will have to compete with solar power for funding when a new system of renewable aid starts in October, the U.K. government said today. The government said it will divide technologies into “established” and “less established” groups, with the first set competing for subsidies this year, according to a statement published on the website of the Department of Energy and Climate Change. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-05-13/u-k-government-says-onshore-wind-to-compete-with-solar-for-aid.html Rate changes an opportunity for solar. A plan to raise utility bills on small users of home electricity in California could open up a new market in rooftop solar energy systems, says a leading provider of solar in the U.S. In a conference call with investors last week, SolarCity CEO Lydon Rive discussed proposals by California utilities to adopt a two-tiered billing system that would charge small customers only slightly less per kilowatt hour than large consumers. Posted. http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/may/13/solarcity-sees-opportunity/ Caltech receives $15 million grant for sustainable energy. Timely considering all the talk of climate change, Caltech has received a monetary gift to help further the school’s research in human sustainability. Entrepreneurs and philanthropists Lynda and Stewart Resnick last week donated $15 million to the Resnick Sustainability Institute. Founded in 2009, the institute at Caltech was established to propel clean-energy and sustainability of sciences. Posted. http://www.sbsun.com/environment-and-nature/20140512/caltech-receives-15-million-grant-for-sustainable-energy DOE issues draft loan solicitation for up to $4B for renewable energy and energy efficiency projects; drop-in biofuels a key area. The US Department of Energy (DOE) issued a draft loan guarantee solicitation for renewable energy and energy efficiency projects located in the US that avoid, reduce, or sequester greenhouse gases. Posted. http://www.greencarcongress.com/2014/04/20140416-doe.html Four Ways The U.S. Military Can Adopt Clean Energy For National Security. At the U.S. Defense Department, the multiple national security threats created by sea level rise and severe weather command daily attention; climate change has been on its radar for years. The recently published Quadrennial Defense Report (QDR), an assessment of U.S. defense readiness, addresses the growing threat that climate change poses to military capabilities and global operations. Posted. http://www.forbes.com/sites/edfenergyexchange/2014/04/16/four-ways-the-u-s-military-can-adopt-clean-energy-for-national-security/ MISCELLANEOUS Plastic bag makers air TV ads opposing Padilla’s proposed. The Capitol’s years-long debate over plastic grocery bags is heading to a TV set near you, as a plastic industry association launches an ad campaign Wednesday opposing the latest attempt to ban disposable plastic check-out bags in California. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2014/05/12/6399639/plastic-bag-makers-air-tv-ads.html OPINIONS The Dubious Benefits of Further Ozone Reductions. The proposed EPA standard is very close to levels that are found naturally in some regions of the country. Over the past several decades the U.S. has achieved remarkable success in reducing air pollution. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the country has reduced six common air pollutants by 72% since 1970. Posted. http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304178104579536120366671620?KEYWORDS=air+pollution&mg=reno64-wsj The Toxic Brew in Our Yards. In much of the country, it’s time to go outside, clean up the ravages of winter and start planting. Many of us will be using chemicals like glyphosate, carbaryl, malathion and 2,4-D. But they can end up in drinking water, and in some cases these compounds or their breakdown products are linked to an increased risk for cancer and hormonal disruption. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/11/opinion/sunday/the-toxic-brew-in-our-yards.html Reduce your carbon footprint. Carbon footprints are a big part of our environment. Everything has a carbon footprint. This generation is responsible for most things that are likely to happen in future generations because of how high our carbon footprint is. We can reduce our carbon footprints by doing many things -- even really simple things such as turning the sink water off when brushing our teeth. Posted. http://www.fresnobee.com/2014/05/12/3923355/reduce-your-carbon-footprint.html#storylink=cpy Michael Gerson: Challenging questions for warming world. Americans have something of a science problem. They swallow, for example, about $28 billion worth of vitamins each year, even though the Annals of Internal Medicine recently concluded that “most supplements do not prevent chronic disease or death, their use is not justified, and they should be avoided.” Posted. http://www.desertsun.com/story/opinion/columnists/2014/05/13/michael-gerson-climate-warming/9018555/ Water Fears All Wet. To be sure, California has a water shortage, and a severe one. It has been calamitous for some Central Valley farmers. But is it really a crisis? Posted. http://www.foxandhoundsdaily.com/2014/05/water-fears-wet/ BLOGS Why society is failing to stop global warming, in one 90-second video. When it comes to combating the heat-trapping greenhouse-gas emissions that are warming the globe, the United States has had something to cheer about lately. U.S. emissions of greenhouse gases have fallen enough that the country is more than halfway to meeting its 2020 greenhouse-gas emissions pledge. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/05/12/why-society-is-failing-to-stop-global-warming-in-one-90-second-video/ What Does Climate Change in California Look Like? [Infographic] Be it torrential rains or severe droughts, huge wildfires or rising sea-levels, every corner of the United States has been — and will continue to be — impacted by the effects of human-induced climate change. Posted. http://blogs.kqed.org/lowdown/05/12/2014/california-climate-change Lexus apologizes for anti-EV ad, Plug In America calls it 'outdated.' Anyone who's spent any time learning about the alternatives to the standard fossil fuel-burning internal combustion engine knows that there are arguments to be made for and against all of the main options. They also know that there is barely any refueling infrastructure for hydrogen fuel cell cars in the US, aside form a handful of H2 stations in California and one in South Carolina. Posted. http://green.autoblog.com/2014/05/12/lexus-apologizes-for-anti-ev-ad-plug-in-america/ Southern California gets one more hydrogen fueling station [w/video]. This would really be news is if a publicly accessible hydrogen refueling station was opening outside of Southern California. But we'll have to wait a bit more for that. What we have here is Cal State Los Angeles announcing that a new hydrogen station is up and running as of Wednesday. Posted. http://green.autoblog.com/2014/05/12/southern-california-opens-hydrogen-fueling-station-video/ How CPUC's Robert Weisenmiller sees California's energy future. Before its retirement in 2012, the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) represented about 16 percent of the local electricity generation supply covering an average of 1.4 million homes serviced by Southern California Edison, San Diego Gas & Electric and the city of Riverside in southern California. Posted. http://www.greenbiz.com/blog/2014/04/16/how-cpucs-robert-weisenmiller-sees-californias-energy-future?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+greenbuzz+(GreenBiz) California is in a drought emergency. Visit www.SaveOurH2O.org for water conservation tips.