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ARB Newsclips for May 27, 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 Three competing plans emerge for spending cap-and-trade fees. And now there are three competing plans for spending about $1 billion in cap-and-trade fees on businesses that emit greenhouse gases, with three weeks to resolve the differences before the June 15 deadline for enacting a state budget. Posted. http://www.fresnobee.com/2014/05/23/3940961/capitol-alert-three-competing.html AIR POLLUTION China to take 5 mln old cars off road in 2014 in anti-pollution push. China plans to take more than 5 million ageing vehicles off its roads this year in a bid to improve air quality, with 330,000 cars set to be decommissioned in Beijing alone, the government said in a policy document published on Monday. Pollution has emerged as an urgent priority for China's leaders as they try to reverse the damage done by decades of breakneck growth and head off public anger about the state of the nation's air, water and soil. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/05/26/china-pollution-idUSL3N0OC19720140526 Court sides with EPA on not setting new standard. A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that the Environmental Protection Agency was justified in not establishing a new air quality standard for acid rain. The EPA decided in 2012 after a lengthy rulemaking proceeding that it needed further scientific study before it could set a new air quality standard for oxides of nitrogen and oxides of sulfur. Posted. http://www.fresnobee.com/2014/05/27/3946489/court-sides-with-epa-for-not-setting.html http://www.modbee.com/2014/05/27/3358771/court-sides-with-epa-for-not-setting.html#storylink=cpy Judges reject greens' challenge to EPA acid rain standards. A federal appeals court today rejected a challenge from environmentalists to U.S. EPA's 2012 decision against tightening air quality standards for pollutants that contribute to acid rain. Green groups, led by the Center for Biological Diversity and the National Parks Conservation Association, claimed EPA violated the Clean Air Act with its April 2012 decision against strengthening air standards for nitrogen oxides and sulfur dioxides. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/greenwire/stories/1060000213/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY CLIMATE CHANGE Australia’s Pollution U-Turn Threatening UN Climate Talks. Australia’s program to rein in pollution is losing momentum, the latest in a series of setbacks for the international effort to tackle global warming. With the highest per-capita fossil fuel emissions among industrial countries, Australia’s participation in United Nations-led climate talks is seen as crucial to sway China and India to step up pollution controls... Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-05-22/australia-s-pollution-u-turn-threatening-un-climate-talks.html http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1060000172/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY Buying Insurance Against Climate Change. The third National Climate Assessment report — released on May 6 by the White House, and representing the work of more than 240 scientists — warns us about our hazardous future and offers many good ideas for dealing with it. But a most important point may be lost in the crowd. After discussing how to mitigate the coming dangers, the report says, “Commercially available mechanisms such as insurance can also play a role in providing protection against losses due to climate change.” Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/25/upshot/buying-insurance-against-climate-change.html Governments Await Obama’s Move on Carbon to Gauge U.S. Climate Efforts. President Obama is expected to announce on Monday an Environmental Protection Agency regulation to cut carbon pollution from the nation’s 600 coal-fired power plants, in a speech that government analysts in Beijing, Brussels and beyond will scrutinize to determine how serious the president is about fighting global warming. The regulation will be Mr. Obama’s most forceful effort to reverse 20 years of relative inaction on climate change by the United States…Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/27/us/politics/governments-await-obamas-move-on-carbon-to-gauge-us-climate-efforts.html?hpw&rref=politics&action=click&module=Search®ion=searchResults&mabReward=relbias%3Ar%2C%5B%22RI%3A11%22%2C%22RI%3A13%22%5D&url=http%3A%2F%2Fquery.nytimes.com%2Fsearch%2Fsitesearch%2F%3Faction%3Dclick%26region%3DMasthead%26pgtype%3DHomepage%26module%3DSearchSubmit%26contentCollection%3DHomepage%26t%3Dqry607%23%2Fair%2Bpollution%2F24hours%2F Will public opinion shift with new evidence of climate change? The release of a set of reports recently might be the evidence that finally pushes the climate change “debate” into the dark corner of science denial, where it can fester with theories that the moon landing was a hoax and the earth was made in seven days. Posted. http://www.bostonglobe.com/news/science/2014/05/23/will-public-opinion-shift-with-new-evidence-climate-change/eZ9a167sJklLgIn1XKdFzI/story.html How much difference can a year make? A lot, where GHGs are concerned. U.S. EPA's choice of which year to use as a benchmark for emissions reductions could hold an important clue to how far the administration will go to curb climate change, experts and state regulators say. In crafting its highly anticipated regulation for existing power plants, EPA's pick for a base-line year could move the needle toward a preference for one of two priorities: Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1060000178/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY Researchers find ancient carbon stored deep beneath Great Plains – study. Every year, about a quarter of the carbon dioxide coming from human activities gets absorbed by forests and soils. At around 10 billion tons per year, this natural sequestration is kind of a big deal. But until recently, scientists had only really been paying attention to the carbon getting stored in the very top layer of soil from about 1 to 3 feet deep. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1060000176/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY Climate change definitively linked to decline of iconic trout – study. Flowing through British Columbia and past the forests and peaks of Montana's Glacier National Park, the Flathead River is one of the last strongholds of the threatened cutthroat trout. The species, with its signature spotty back and blush red belly, is a favorite of local fly fishermen, but today it swims in about 10 percent of its historical range. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1060000179/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY DROUGHT California drought will hit cost of rice hardest. How will California’s epic drought hit our grocery bills? Probably not as hard as we might have feared. That was the consensus of a panel of food and farming experts assembled for the Sacramento Metro Chamber of Commerce’s second annual “Perspectives on Agriculture” luncheon, held Thursday at the Hyatt Regency. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2014/05/22/6426140/drought-will-make-cost-of-rice.html#mi_rss=Business#storylink=cpy State water board adopts emergency regulations for Mill, Deer and Antelope creeks. The California Water Resources Control Board adopted regulations Wednesday that could lead to the curtailment of water diversions in Mill, Deer and Antelope creeks. The new water rules come about from Gov. Jerry Brown's drought relief package signed March 1. Posted. http://www.redbluffdailynews.com/news/ci_25828853/state-water-board-adopts-emergency-regulations-mill-deer FUELS British Columbia Said to Seek Lower LNG Carbon Emissions. The British Columbia government is considering a requirement to force liquefied natural gas terminals to have a carbon footprint at least one-third below global standards, said two people familiar with the talks. The government of Canada’s Pacific Coast province is discussing the proposal with energy companies…Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-05-26/british-columbia-said-to-seek-lower-lng-carbon-emissions.html FRACKING Bad oil news is much ado about very little. Environmentalists are gleeful at the news reported last week by the U.S. Energy Information Administration that the amount of recoverable oil from California’s Monterey Shale formation — predicted to be the nation’s largest reserve of oil — is a whopping 96-percent below original production estimates. Posted. http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/may/24/bad-oil-news-is-much-ado-about-very-little/ Fracking moratorium heads to state Senate floor. California state lawmakers moved closer to placing a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing and other forms of well stimulation last week with a bill's passage through a key committee. The Senate Appropriations Committee voted Friday to advance S.B. 1132, by state Democratic Sens. Holly Mitchell and Mark Leno, to the Senate floor. The bill is expected to be taken up this week by the full Senate. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/energywire/stories/1060000193/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY VEHICLES Hyundai Bumps Honda at Top of Greenest Automaker Rankings. Hyundai Motor Co. (005380)’s quick embrace of downsized engines, electric hybrids and other anti-pollution technology helped the company unseat Honda Motor Co. (7267) as the most environmental automaker, a scientific research group said. Toyota Motor Corp., Nissan Motor Co. and Volkswagen AG rounded out the top 5 in the rankings released today by the Union of Concerned Scientists, a nonprofit that works on climate change and nuclear-weapon control. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-05-27/hyundai-bumps-honda-at-top-of-greenest-automaker-rankings.html http://www.ucsusa.org/clean_vehicles/what_you_can_do/automaker-rankings-2014.html?print=t http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20140527/AUTO01/305270069/Hyundai-unseats-Honda-title-greenest-automaker-U-S- http://www.autonews.com/article/20140527/OEM05/305279958/hyundai-unseats-honda-for-greenest-automaker-crown-in-u-s-scientists http://www.freep.com/article/20140527/BUSINESS0104/305270084/1207/BUSINESS01/Union-Concerned-Scientists-name-Hyundai-Kia-greenest-automaker http://www.eenews.net/greenwire/2014/05/27/stories/1060000224 BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1092327_hyundai-kia-topples-honda-for-ucs-greenest-carmaker-title EXCHANGE: Electric bikes alternative to gas. avid Lasley is a big fan of electric bicycles — up to a point. "It's not a religion. I don't ride it much in the winter," said Lasley, who uses his customized electric bicycle to commute between his north-end Springfield home and work at the U.S. Post Office on Wabash Avenue. But humming along — electric bikes barely even hum — at speeds up to 20 mph saves big bucks on gasoline, especially with prices this spring bouncing around either side of $3.75 a gallon in the Springfield market. Posted. http://www.modbee.com/2014/05/27/3358408/exchange-electric-bikes-alternative.html#storylink=cpy 'Fast food' stops for electric cars’ Electric cars have supposedly been the future of transport for decades, but most of us still don't use them. Prices have dropped and designs have improved, but the transition is hampered by an infrastructural chicken and egg problem: What comes first, cars or charging stations? The answer, surprisingly, may come from the…Posted. http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/cars/2014/05/27/ozy-charging-stations-electric-cars/9624017/ GREEN ENERGY Applying the Lessons of Politics to Green Power. Over the years, Tom Matzzie — by working as a political operative on John Kerry’s 2004 presidential campaign and on building the antiwar movement that helped usher President Obama into office — became convinced that the key to creating change was to make it easy for people to participate. But it was not until 2010, as he navigated the complexities of buying and installing solar panels on his home here, that he thought to apply those lessons to renewable energy. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/27/business/energy-environment/applying-the-lessons-of-politics-to-green-power.html?hpw&rref=science&action=click&module=Search®ion=searchResults&mabReward=relbias%3Ar%2C%5B%22RI%3A11%22%2C%22RI%3A13%22%5D&url=http%3A%2F%2Fquery.nytimes.com%2Fsearch%2Fsitesearch%2F%3Faction%3Dclick%26region%3DMasthead%26pgtype%3DHomepage%26module%3DSearchSubmit%26contentCollection%3DHomepage%26t%3Dqry607%23%2Fgreen%2Benergy%2F24hours%2F Turbines Popping Up on New York Roofs, Along With Questions of Efficiency. A dozen construction workers gathered around a flatbed truck in Long Island City, Queens, one recent Tuesday, marveling at the final piece of a new 15-story apartment building they had just finished assembling. As a mobile crane hoisted the 20-foot-long black contraption over Pearson Street, many of the workers used their phones to film its ascent. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/27/nyregion/turbines-pop-up-on-new-york-roofs-along-with-questions-of-efficiency.html?ref=earth Wind power sees itself on fast track to benefit from new EPA rules. Some of the nation's top greenhouse gas-emitting states -- including Texas, Illinois and California -- are better positioned to meet new U.S. EPA regulations targeting utility-sector carbon dioxide emissions because they are early and aggressive adopters of wind power, according to a new analysis by the American Wind Energy Association. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1060000181/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY Innovation funds key to breaking global climate agreement impasse – report. International agreements and policies to fight climate change should focus on research and development rather than embattled current carbon emission caps, taxes and regulations, according to a report released by the Center for Clean Energy Innovation. The report argues that, given weak economies and low political will, governments will not enforce a carbon price that is high enough to actually change the market for either developed or developing economies. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/greenwire/stories/1060000229/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY MISCELLANEOUS CARB to hold free informational meeting for Truck and Bus Reg compliance. Truck drivers around southern California have an opportunity next week to get personalized help in complying with the state’s Truck and Bus Regulation. The California Air Resources Board will hold two informational sessions on Thursday, May 29 at the Double Tree Hotel in Ontario, Calif. The first session is scheduled to run from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The second session is scheduled to run from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Posted. http://www.landlinemag.com/Story.aspx?StoryID=27078#.U4S6DYUvAk8 OPINIONS Memorial Day 2050. Of the many things being said about climate change lately, none was more eloquent than the point made by Gov. Jay Inslee of Washington State in the Showtime series “Years of Living Dangerously,” when he observed: “We’re the first generation to feel the impact of climate change and the last generation that can do something about it.” Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/25/opinion/sunday/friedman-memorial-day-2050.html?hp&rref=opinion&assetType=nyt_now&assetType=nyt_now&_r=0 ‘A Climate Crisis Is Also a Health Crisis.’ Climate change effects extend far beyond the very real and urgent crisis faced by California communities that are running out of water (“Climate Issues Moved to Fore in California by Governor,” news article, May 20). Millions of Californians now rely on groundwater contaminated by agricultural runoff and industrial chemicals. Drought-related dust and wildfires intensify asthma, respiratory diseases and Valley Fever. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/27/opinion/a-climate-crisis-is-also-a-health-crisis.html?_r=0 Americans’ Varied Views of ‘Global Warming’ and ‘Climate Change’ Anthony Leiserowitz, the director of the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication, has distributed a note summarizing the findings of “What’s In A Name? Global Warming vs Climate Change,” an interesting new study of Americans’ perceptions of the two dominant shorthand phrases used to describe the building human influence on the climate system. Posted. http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/05/27/americans-varied-views-of-global-warming-and-climate-change/ AB 32: California businesses appreciate state's environmental planning. Business people are, by nature, careful planners. Most executives wouldn't think of starting a venture without a business plan, detailed budgets and thoughtful growth plans. It's important to have the kind of information available that helps businesses decide how to invest and grow. Posted. http://www.mercurynews.com/opinion/ci_25818678/ab-32-california-businesses-appreciate-states-environmental-planning http://www.insidebayarea.com/News/ci_25818678/AB-32:-California-businesses-appreciate-states http://www.contracostatimes.com/News/ci_25818678/AB-32:-California-businesses-appreciate-states Fracking offers benefits in strictly-regulated California. After reading the Sierra Club's outrageously inaccurate attack on energy production, one would think that hydraulic fracturing is the root of all evil. The truth is, hydraulic fracturing is a safe and proven energy extraction technique that has been used without incident for more than half of a century in California, and arbitrary bans on oil production threaten our state's energy independence. Posted. http://www.montereyherald.com/opinion/ci_25838802/bob-martin-fracking-offers-benefits-strictly-regulated-california The colour of pollution. The air is getting cleaner, but less so for non-whites. BEFORE the Clean Air Act was passed in 1970 many Americans led shorter, sicker lives because of pollution. White-collar workers in Gary, Indiana, a steel town, often went to work with an extra shirt because the first one looked too dirty by midday. Posted. http://www.economist.com/news/united-states/21602735-air-getting-cleaner-less-so-non-whites-colour-pollution BLOGS Americans’ Varied Views of ‘Global Warming’ and ‘Climate Change.’ Anthony Leiserowitz, the director of the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication, has distributed a note summarizing the findings of “What’s In A Name? Global Warming vs Climate Change,” an interesting new study of Americans’ perceptions of the two dominant shorthand phrases used to describe the building human influence on the climate system. “Global warming” clearly better captures the essence of the issue, across a wide range of societal sectors, according to the report. Posted. http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/05/27/americans-varied-views-of-global-warming-and-climate-change/?action=click&module=Search®ion=searchResults&mabReward=relbias%3Ar%2C%5B%22RI%3A11%22%2C%22RI%3A13%22%5D&url=http%3A%2F%2Fquery.nytimes.com%2Fsearch%2Fsitesearch%2F%3Faction%3Dclick%26region%3DMasthead%26pgtype%3DHomepage%26module%3DSearchSubmit%26contentCollection%3DHomepage%26t%3Dqry607%23%2Fclimate%2Bchange%2F24hours%2F After decades, dirty power plant to get clean. Three years ago, the operators of one of the nation's dirtiest coal-fired power plants warned of "immediate and devastating" consequences from the Obama administration's push to clean up pollution from coal. Faced with cutting sulfur dioxide pollution blowing into downwind states by 80 percent in less than a year…Posted. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/huff-wires/20140527/us--dirtiest-power-plant/ Let Them Eat Carbon. In the 1980s, encountering regulatory restrictions and public resistance to smoking in the United States, the giant tobacco companies came up with a particularly effective strategy for sustaining their profit levels: sell more cigarettes in the developing world, where demand was strong and anti-tobacco regulation weak or nonexistent. Now, the giant energy companies are taking a page from Big Tobacco’s playbook. As concern over climate change begins to lower the demand for fossil fuels in the United States and Europe…Posted. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michael-t-klare/let-them-eat-carbon_1_b_5396954.html Electric-Car Rally Celebrates 'Sociability Run' 100 Years Ago Today. Modern electric cars like the Tesla Model S and Nissan Leaf are slowly getting better-known to consumers today, but their history stretches back much further. This year marks the 100th anniversary of Washington D.C's original "Electric Sociability Run" of 1914, and local enthusiasts are planning a commemorative re-creation set to take place June 7. Posted. http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1092256_electric-car-rally-celebrates-sociability-run-100-years-ago-today Top 10 Electric Vehicles With the Longest Driving Range. What good is an electric vehicle if you need to plug it in every time you need to go the grocery store? It wasn’t long ago that people actually had these concerns about battery-powered cars. These days, you won’t have a problem making it to the store and back even if you live 50 miles away from the nearest grocer. (But if that’s the case, you have bigger problems than which car to buy. Posted. http://wallstcheatsheet.com/automobiles/top-10-electric-vehicles-with-the-longest-driving-range.html/?a=viewall#ixzz32wlYwY5X Towering roadside poem sucks pollution out of the air [w/video]. It isn't just governments and automakers working on reducing air pollution. Creating surface coatings that can absorb nitrogen oxides, usually titanium dioxide, has been a focus of several companies in several countries, and their products have been used on architectural tile, roofing tile and paving in England and The Netherlands. Posted. http://green.autoblog.com/2014/05/27/men-women-drive-and-enjoy-their-evs-differently/ New Iranian law could boost EVs, hybrids. A change in Iranian trade law could help promote the sale of hybrid and electric vehicles. EVs and hybrids with engines 2.5-liters or smaller are no longer subject to import tariffs, reports the Tehran Times. Iran intends to completely eliminate car import tariffs within two years, according to Iranian Member of Parliament Ali Alilou, who has also urged the government to stop pumping money into the auto industry. Posted. http://green.autoblog.com/2014/05/25/new-iranian-law-could-boost-evs-hybrids/ Men, women drive and enjoy their EVs differently. That bad habit some men have of seeing how far they can go when the "empty" fuel light is on? Many challenge their electric vehicles in the same way. Some things don't change. Men and women approach driving plug-in vehicles differently, according to a report by the UC Davis Institute of Transportation Studies. Posted. http://green.autoblog.com/2014/05/27/men-women-drive-and-enjoy-their-evs-differently/ Cities End Free Rides at Electric Vehicle Charging Stations. Initially, cities across the country offered free use of their charging stations, but more are moving toward a pay model to recoup maintenance and electricity costs. Consumers trading in gas guzzlers for plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles may find fewer places for free juice, as California cities such as Pleasant Hill and Martinez make motorists pay to use public charging stations. Posted. http://www.govtech.com/transportation/Cities-End-Free-Ride-at-Electric-Vehicle-Charging-Stations.html California is in a drought emergency. Visit www.SaveOurH2O.org for water conservation tips.