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ARB Newsclips for May 29, 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 The Sriracha war appears to be cooling down. The Irwindale City Council voted Wednesday night to drop its declaration that the hot sauce plant was a public nuisance. Sriracha maker Huy Fong Foods and Irwindale have been feuding in the courts and in headlines since Irwindale residents began to complain of a spicy odor last year. Chief Executive David Tran has repeatedly asked city officials to visit the factory, to no avail. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-sriracha-war-cools-irwindale-says-factory-no-long-a-nuisance-20140528-story.html Planes' exhaust could be harming communities up to 10 miles from LAX. High levels of potentially harmful exhaust particles from jets using Los Angeles International Airport have been detected in a broad swath of densely populated communities up to 10 miles east of the runways, a new air quality study reported Thursday. The research, believed to be the most comprehensive of its type, found that takeoffs and landings at LAX are a major source of ultrafine particles. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/local/la-me-0529-lax-pollution-20140529-story.html Report: Some diseases more prevalent near Logan. A new state Public Health Department study has found elevated levels of some respiratory diseases among residents who live near Logan International Airport. The report released at a public meeting in Winthrop on Wednesday night found that chronic obstructive pulmonary disease was higher for adult residents who had lived near the airport for three or more years. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2014/05/29/6441624/report-some-diseases-more-prevalent.html#storylink=cpy Lighter winds, lower temperatures expected in Merced area. Winds and temperatures for the rest of the week should be more favorable for those with respiratory problems. According to David Spector, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Hanford, winds are expected to be “relatively light” for the next few days. Blowing dust caused by Wednesday’s high-gust winds prompted the region’s air pollution…Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2014/05/28/6440233/lighter-winds-lower-temperatures.html#storylink=cpy Kern County farmers question just how 'clean' new coal plant would be. Plans to build a $4 billion experimental "clean coal plant" in the San Joaquin Valley has touched off fears here that as it generates cleaner electricity, it would foul groundwater and air in a region where airborne pollutants are among the nation's worst. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2014/05/28/6437635/kern-county-farmers-question-just.html#storylink=cpy ENVIRONMENT: Air quality takes a hit as summer approaches. Smog season is once again upon us. Southern California this week has weathered three consecutive days of unhealthful levels of ozone, the corrosive gas that forms when emissions from cars, trucks, factories and other polluters react with each other in the sunlight. Kevin Durkee, a senior meteorologist for the South Coast Air Quality Management District, said air quality should improve Thursday and Friday then return to unhealthful levels during the weekend…Posted. http://www.pe.com/articles/ozone-695337-air-days.html GOP bill aimed at speeding up permitting clears House subcommittee. A House subcommittee today advanced draft legislation meant to ease air pollution permitting for new manufacturing facilities. The draft bill, authored by Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.), passed the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power in a 14-8 vote after the approval of an amendment addressing concerns raised by U.S. EPA. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/greenwire/2014/05/29/stories/1060000377 BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY CLIMATE CHANGE Obama Seeks Climate Legacy as Coal-State Democrats Cringe. When President Barack Obama reviewed his aides’ ideas for tackling climate change last year, he gave one simple directive: “Don’t skinny it down.”They didn’t, and Obama now is set to release new limits on greenhouse gas emissions by power plants as early as next week. That comes atop the unveiling of a National Climate Assessment in May and executive actions including promoting renewable fuels and building better defenses against extreme weather. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-05-29/obama-seeks-climate-legacy-as-coal-state-democrats-cringe.html President Said to Be Planning to Use Executive Authority on Carbon Rule. President Obama will use his executive authority to cut carbon emissions from the nation’s coal-fired power plants by up to 20 percent, according to people familiar with his plans, which will spur the creation of a state cap-and-trade program forcing industry to pay for the carbon pollution it creates. Mr. Obama will unveil his plans in a new regulation, written by the Environmental Protection Agency, at the White House on Monday. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/29/us/politics/obama-to-offer-rules-to-sharply-curb-power-plants-carbon-emissions.html?action=click&module=Search®ion=searchResults&mabReward=relbias%3Ar&url=http%3A%2F%2Fquery.nytimes.com%2Fsearch%2Fsitesearch%2F%3Faction%3Dclick%26region%3DMasthead%26pgtype%3DHomepage%26module%3DSearchSubmit%26contentCollection%3DHomepage%26t%3Dqry465%23%2Fclimate%2Bchange%2F24hours%2F Americans More Worried about ‘Warming’ Than ‘Climate Change’ Many scientists have come to prefer the term “climate change” over “global warming.” Climate change is a broader term that encompasses not only the warming of the planet in recent years but also the rise of severe storms, droughts and damaging wind events. The choice of terms has important implications for polling, because Americans give different answers to questions depending on which is used. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/30/upshot/climate-change-or-global-warming-tough-choice-for-pollsters.html?rref=business/energy-environment&module=Ribbon&version=context®ion=Header&action=click&contentCollection=Energy%20%26%20Environment&pgtype=article Obama to unveil rule to cut greenhouse gas emissions. President Obama will unveil a rule Monday intended to confront climate change by cutting carbon dioxide emissions from power plants, the nation's greatest source of the heat-trapping gas. Obama plans to bypass Congress and use his authority under the Clean Air Act to achieve greenhouse gas reductions. Power generation accounts for about 40% of such emissions. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/nation/politics/politicsnow/la-na-nn-climate-change-power-plant-20140528-story.html#page=1 http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-0530-climate-change-coal-20140529-story.html#page=1 U.S. Chamber says new EPA rule could cost economy $51 billion a year. Signaling growing industry opposition to the Obama administration’s forthcoming proposal to curb carbon emissions from power plants, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce warned in a report Wednesday that the climate-change rule could cost the economy tens of billions of dollars in lost investment and millions of jobs. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/nation/politics/politicsnow/la-fi-climate-change-impact-chamber-commerce-study-20140528-story.html Obama to bypass Congress to cut greenhouse gas emissions. President Barack Obama will unveil a rule Monday intended to confront climate change by cutting carbon dioxide emissions from power plants, the nation's greatest source of the heat-trapping gas. Obama plans to bypass Congress and use his authority under the Clean Air Act to achieve greenhouse gas reductions. Power generation accounts for about 40 percent of such emissions. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2014/05/29/6441129/obama-to-bypass-congress-to-cut.html#storylink=cpy Geologist in the trenches of climate change. For the past three decades, University of Miami geology professor Harold Wanless has tracked the tides as they crept higher, watched oysters head for drier ground and repeatedly warned that the ocean is swelling in ways that could one day put coastal cities like Miami under water. His predictions - punctuated with dire conclusions like "this is going to test the very fibers of civilization" - often drew skepticism or, worse, silence. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2014/05/29/6440963/geologist-in-the-trenches-of-climate.html#storylink=cpy New research helps explain why Antarctic sea ice grows as Arctic melts. Large waves from storms may play a significant role with the breakup of sea ice and may provide a partial explanation why Arctic and Antarctic sea ice behave differently in a warming world, a new study suggests. The research, released yesterday in Nature reported that large waves in the Southern Ocean break sea ice over larger areas than previously thought. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2014/05/29/stories/1060000350 BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY Cities key to fighting climate change – Bloomberg. Former three-term New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Tuesday that cities are key to combating climate change as they produce 75 percent of greenhouse gas emissions, and mayors hold executive powers that would allow them to cut emissions. The former mayor and businessman spoke at the opening of a three-day U.N. meeting on making urban spaces more sustainable and environmentally friendly. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1060000332/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY DROUGHT California's golf courses gird for long, dry summer. Gripping a hose, Robert Hirsch, a maintenance worker at DeLaveaga Golf Course in Santa Cruz, sprays a dry patch of grass, several feet away from a lush green where a group of golfers practice chipping with their 9-irons. "In another month, all of this will be brown," Hirsch says as he splashes another withered spot. "We're going to sacrifice some fairways." Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2014/05/29/6440961/californias-golf-courses-gird.html#storylink=cpy FUELS For a Canadian Province, Gas Boom Presents a Conundrum. As nations rush to ship vast new stores of natural gas across oceans, the climate change implications of the fuel are coming under increased scrutiny. Perhaps nowhere is the debate so intense as in British Columbia, a province in western Canada where there are plans to export large quantities of natural gas to Asia. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/29/business/energy-environment/for-british-columbia-gas-boom-presents-a-conundrum.html?rref=business/energy-environment&module=Ribbon&version=context®ion=Header&action=click&contentCollection=Energy%20%26%20Environment&pgtype=article GOP candidates Kashkari, Donnelly want to tap Monterey Shale oil. Republican gubernatorial candidates Neel Kashkari and Tim Donnelly, who have both made fracking for oil the centerpieces of their plans to create jobs, were in rare agreement Wednesday as they brushed off a recent federal report that most of the oil in a vast California deposit is not recoverable now. A report released by the U.S. Energy Administration last week estimated that 600 million barrels of oil could be extracted…Posted. http://www.latimes.com/local/la-me-pol-donnelly-kashkari-fracking-20140529-story.html RFS proposal would reduce greenhouse gas emissions -- enviro report. U.S. EPA's recent proposal to reduce this year's corn ethanol blending mandate would result in lower greenhouse gas emissions, an environmental group said in a report released today. The proposal to reduce the corn ethanol requirement by 1.4 billion gallons compared to the level set by 2007 statute would reduce emissions by the equivalent of taking 580,000 cars off the road…Posted. http://www.eenews.net/greenwire/2014/05/29/stories/1060000375 BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY VEHICLES States set ambitious target for zero-emission vehicle sales. California and seven other states have unveiled a plan to put 3.3 million electric and fuel cell vehicles on the road by 2025 — a goal that seems out of reach, based on current market trends. Today, we're putting a foot on the pedal to get more clean cars on the road. This is real action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. - California Gov. Jerry Brown. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/business/autos/la-fi-zero-emissions-vehicles-20140529-story.html http://www.eenews.net/greenwire/2014/05/29/stories/1060000393 BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY GREEN ENERGY A Pushback on Green Power. As renewable energy production has surged in recent years, opponents of government policies that have helped spur its growth have pushed to roll back those incentives and mandates in state after state. On Wednesday, they claimed their first victory, when Ohio lawmakers voted to freeze the phasing-in of power that utilities must buy from renewable energy sources. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/29/business/energy-environment/a-pushback-on-green-power.html?partner=rss&emc=rss&_r=0 Look, Ma, no hands: Google to test 200 self-driving cars. General Motors. Toyota. Google? One of the world's largest technology companies is getting into the car business — and hoping to turn drivers into passengers. The tech giant announced on its blog Tuesday that it plans to test about 200 of its own two-seat self-driving cars. "We've been working toward the goal of vehicles that can shoulder the entire burden of driving," the company wrote. "They will take you where you want to go at the push of a button. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/business/autos/la-fi-google-car-20140529-story.html White House touts energy policies as rules loom. Setting the stage for upcoming restrictions on coal-fired power plants, the Obama administration is making a concerted effort to cast its energy policy as an economic success that is creating jobs, securing the nation against international upheavals and shifting energy use to cleaner sources. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2014/05/29/6440773/white-house-touts-energy-policies.html#storylink=cpy http://www.modbee.com/2014/05/29/3361916/white-house-touts-energy-policies.html#storylink=cpy Solar industry hails second-best quarter on record. Solar development in the United States continued its breakneck pace in the first months of 2014, with 1,330 megawatts of new photovoltaic (PV) capacity coming online between January and March, new industry figures show. The quarterly growth is the sector's second-largest ever, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association and partner GTM Research, and it comes on the heels of a record-breaking 2013. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2014/05/29/stories/1060000338 BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY MISCELLANEOUS Ripon police add electric motorcycles to force. The Ripon Police Department has joined other Northern San Joaquin Valley cities that have started using electric motorcycles on patrol. The department purchased two Zero Motorcycles last week with grant money from the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District. Posted. http://www.modbee.com/2014/05/28/3361216/ripon-police-add-electric-motorcycles.html?sp=/99/1623/ California gets another H2 station. The College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology at California State University, Los Angeles, officially opened its Hydrogen Research and Fueling Facility and the College Open House, operated using Hydrogenics Technology. The facility is the largest university-operated hydrogen plant of its kind in the US and Hydrogenics installed one HySTAT-30 electrolyser that provides 65kg of Hydrogen every day. Posted. http://www.gasworld.com/news/regions/north-america/california-gets-another-h2-station/2003835.article BLOGS Cheap Climate Protection. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce just came out with its preemptive strike against Obama administration regulations on power plants. What the Chamber wanted to do was show that the economic impact of the regulations would be devastating. And I was eager to see how they had fudged the numbers. But a funny thing happened on the way to the diatribe. Posted. http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/05/28/cheap-climate-protection/?module=BlogPost-Title&version=Blog%20Main&contentCollection=Opinion&action=Click&pgtype=Blogs®ion=Body&action=click&module=Search®ion=searchResults&mabReward=relbias%3Ar&url=http%3A%2F%2Fquery.nytimes.com%2Fsearch%2Fsitesearch%2F%3Faction%3Dclick%26region%3DMasthead%26pgtype%3DHomepage%26module%3DSearchSubmit%26contentCollection%3DHomepage%26t%3Dqry465%23%2Femissions%2F24hours%2F Eight States To Add To Plan for 3.3 Million Zero-Emission Vehicles By 2025. Eight states comprising 28 percent of the U.S. passenger vehicle market are expected today to add more details to their 2013 announced plan for 3.3 million zero emission vehicles by 2025. The governors of these states – California, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island and Vermont – last year signed a memorandum of understanding devoted to regulatory and incentives-backed boosts to ZEVs. Posted. http://www.hybridcars.com/eight-states-to-add-to-plan-for-3-3-million-zero-emission-vehicles-by-2025/ California is in a drought emergency. Visit www.SaveOurH2O.org for water conservation tips.