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ARB Newsclips for June 2, 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 California’s ‘boring’ carbon market to take limelight after EPA. When California launched the country's most ambitious carbon trading scheme 18 months ago, officials hoped that neighboring states equally worried about climate change would quickly follow its lead, expanding the nascent market. http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/05/30/carbon-california-idUSL1N0OG10Z20140530 CLIMATE CHANGE Pollution rule tricky for coal country Democrats. President Barack Obama's plan to curb power plant pollution put Democrats running for office in coal country in a tough spot on Monday: Criticize their president, or side with him and become part of what could be a major drag on their region's economy. For the most politically vulnerable, it was not a tough call. Posted. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_GLOBAL_WARMING_COAL_COUNTRY_POLITICS?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT Obama: Power plant rule will shrink power prices. In a sweeping initiative to curb pollutants blamed for global warming, the Obama administration unveiled a plan Monday aimed at cutting carbon dioxide emissions from power plants by nearly a third by 2030. But it delays the deadline for some states to begin complying until long after President Barack Obama leaves office. Posted. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_OBAMA_GLOBAL_WARMING?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT Reaction to Obama's global warming plan. Reaction from lawmakers, environmental activists, industry groups and others to President Barack Obama's proposal to cut carbon dioxide emissions from U.S. power plants: Posted. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_OBAMA_GLOBAL_WARMING_REACTION?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT States move to blunt Obama carbon reduction plan. As President Barack Obama prepares to announce tougher new air quality standards, lawmakers in several states already are trying to blunt the impact on aging coal-fired power plants that feed electricity to millions of consumers. Posted. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_CLEAN_AIR_STATES?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT U.S. unveils sweeping plan to slash power plant pollution. The U.S. power sector must cut carbon dioxide emissions 30 percent by 2030 from 2005 levels, according to federal regulations unveiled on Monday that form the centerpiece of the Obama administration's climate change strategy. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/06/02/us-usa-climatechange-epa-idUSKBN0ED0U020140602 Factbox: In G7, U.S. leads Japan, Canada in carbon curbs, lags Europe. Following is a comparison of cuts in greenhouse gases by leading democracies in the Group of Seven, whose leaders will meet in Brussels this week, after the United States announced sweeping plans to reduce power plant emissions on Monday. Official data show that the United States has performed better in restricting emissions since 1990 than Canada and Japan but lags Italy…Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/06/02/us-climatechange-usa-g7-factbox-idUSKBN0ED1SY20140602 EU Calls on Deeper U.S. Emissions Cuts to Protect Climate. The European Union said the U.S. must do more to reduce greenhouse gas emissions than the proposal President Barack Obama’s government released today if it’s to keep talks on limiting global warming on track. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/print/2014-06-02/eu-calls-on-deeper-u-s-emissions-cuts-to-protect-climate.html Obama Proposes Deep Cuts to Power-Plant Emissions. President Barack Obama proposed cuts in greenhouse-gas emissions from the nation’s power plants by an average of 30 percent from 2005 levels, a central part of his plan to fight climate change that also carries political risk. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-06-02/obama-said-to-propose-deep-cuts-to-power-plant-emissions.html Greenhouse Gas Limit Supported: ABC/Post Poll. The White House probably can count on some public support for the regulations on power plant emissions it rolled out today — even if it costs consumers something in the process. Posted. http://go.bloomberg.com/political-capital/2014-06-02/greenhouse-gas-limit-supported-abcpost-poll/ EPA Sets Draft Rule to Cut Carbon Emissions by 30% by 2030. The Environmental Protection Agency on Monday released a draft rule to regulate carbon emissions from hundreds of fossil-fired power plants across the U.S., the cornerstone of President Barack Obama's climate-change agenda. Posted. http://online.wsj.com/articles/epa-rule-to-cost-up-to-8-8-billion-annually-sources-say-1401710600?KEYWORDS=air+pollution http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-climate-change-rule-20140602-story.html http://www.forbes.com/sites/christopherhelman/2014/06/02/obama-epa-issues-coal-killing-rules-to-cut-carbon-emissions-30-percent/ http://www.eenews.net/greenwire/stories/1060000528/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY EPA Proposal Draws Fire From United Republicans, Some Democrats. GOP Lawmakers Say Obama's Plan to Lower Carbon Emissions Will Kill Jobs. Republicans pounced on President Barack Obama's plan to reduce carbon emissions by 30% by 2030 as a job-killing sop to his environmental donors, while Democrats ran the gamut from embracing the Environmental Protection Agency's rule to quickly backing away from it. Posted. http://online.wsj.com/articles/epa-proposal-draws-fire-from-united-republicans-some-democrats-1401737527#printMode Timeline of Administration's Effort to Regulate Carbon Dioxide Emissions. The Obama administration's effort to regulate carbon dioxide emissions follows a landmark Supreme Court ruling during the Bush administration, a congressional battle during President Barack Obama's first term and the launching of a climate change initiative early in the president's second term. Posted. http://online.wsj.com/articles/timeline-of-administrations-effort-to-regulate-carbon-dioxide-emissions-1401724718?KEYWORDS=air+pollution How Will Climate Change Affect the Sahara? A geologist's findings in Africa challenge the way scientists think about the threat of desertification. At the end of the last ice age, about 11,000 years ago, northern Africa became a grassland, home to fish, elephants and thousands of people. Then, 5,000 years ago, scientists say, it abruptly turned into an enormous wasteland—the vast desert that we now call the Sahara. The shift from savanna to sand was the result of natural climate change…Posted. http://online.wsj.com/articles/how-will-climate-change-affect-the-sahara-1401489555 Greenhouse-Gas Emissions Limits Likely to Drive Up Electricity Prices. Coal Producers Likely to Be Hit Hardest Under New Federal Carbon Limits. The new federal limits on greenhouse-gas emissions are likely to drive up electricity prices in some parts of the country as power companies close coal-fired generating plants. But utilities that have power supplies that don't emit as much carbon dioxide—nuclear, natural-gas and renewable energy including wind and solar—will probably benefit, analysts say. Posted. http://online.wsj.com/articles/greenhouse-gas-emissions-limits-likely-to-drive-up-electricity-prices-1401715727?tesla=y Don’t overlook the health benefits of EPA’s coal plant rule. The focus of the Obama Administration’s plan to cut carbon pollution by 30 percent over 2005 levels by 2030 is, rightfully, the impact it will have on climate change. But let’s not overlook the significant effects on public health that Monday’s sweeping proposal would have. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2014/06/02/dont-overlook-the-health-benefits-of-epas-coal-plant-rule/ Key Details of E.P.A. Carbon Emissions Proposal. A rule proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency would cut carbon pollution from power plants 30 percent from 2005 levels by 2030 – the equivalent, according to the agency, of taking two-thirds of all cars and trucks in America off the road. Here are some things to know about the rule:…Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/03/us/politics/key-details-of-epa-carbon-emissions-proposal.html Unveiling New Carbon Plan, E.P.A. Focuses on Flexibility. The Obama administration on Monday announced one of the strongest actions ever taken by the United States government to fight climate change, a proposed Environmental Protection Agency regulation to cut carbon pollution from the nation’s power plants 30 percent from 2005 levels by 2030. The regulation takes aim at the largest source of carbon pollution in the United States…Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/03/us/politics/obama-epa-rule-coal-carbon-pollution-power-plants.html?_r=0 Trying to Reclaim Leadership on Climate Change. At the end of his first year in office, President Obama flew to Copenhagen and made a big promise: that the United States would cut its greenhouse gas emissions substantially by 2020 — a bold and risky pledge that hinged on a balky Congress to make it possible. His efforts became bogged down within months, and Mr. Obama’s pledge to the rest of the world soon looked like a pipe dream. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/02/us/politics/obama-tries-to-reclaim-leadership-on-climate-change.html Is Global Warming Real? Most Americans Say Yes. The Obama administration announced new regulations Monday meant to reduce carbon emissions and combat climate change. What do Americans believe about climate change, and how have those beliefs changed? Our overview follows. First, a majority of Americans say that global warming is indeed happening, and the numbers have held relatively steady since the mid-2000s. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/02/upshot/is-global-warming-real-most-in-US-believe-in-climate-change.html EPA administrator says rule critics 'crying wolf' to protect interests. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy offered a blunt defense Monday of the Obama administration’s new rule to cut carbon dioxide pollution, touting its benefits against mounting criticism from the coal industry and some members of Congress. “Given the astronomical price we pay for climate inaction, the most costly thing we can do is to do nothing,” …Posted. http://www.latimes.com/nation/nationnow/la-na-nn-epa-mccarthy-rule-20140602-story.html EPA unveils far-reaching climate plan targeting power plants. The Obama administration Monday morning unveiled its far-reaching proposal to curb climate change by substantially restricting emissions at power plants, a plan that promises to set off intense debate across the country amid the president’s boldest action yet to reshape the energy landscape. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-obama-climate-plan-20140602-story.html# EPA's new emissions rule may complicate Democrats' electoral hopes. Mitch McConnell and Alison Lundergan Grimes, bitter rivals in one of the nation's most competitive Senate races this year, will find rare accord Monday as they both denounce the Obama administration's new approach to cutting carbon emissions. But how the Republican senator from Kentucky and his Democratic challenger manage to agree so disagreeably will illustrate the complicated politics of an issue…Posted. http://www.latimes.com/nation/politics/politicsnow/la-pn-epa-politics-20140602-story.html# 'Cosmos' recap: Climate change is explained in 'The World Set Free' Is it getting hot in here? In what is likely to prove one of its most controversial episodes yet, this week's "Cosmos" lays out the powerful scientific case for climate change, framed within a tale of two planets: Venus and Earth. Venus was not much different from Earth back in the earliest days of the solar system, with vast oceans and an atmosphere potentially friendly to life. Visit Venus today, however, and you'll find that its once abundant oceans have long since evaporated away because of the broiling temperatures …Posted. http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/la-et-st-cosmos-recap-world-set-free-20140601-story.html#page=1 California well-positioned for U.S. global-warming rule. The Obama administration proposed far-reaching limits Monday on power-plant emissions that contribute to global warming, but tailored the rule in ways that would give mean far fewer costs to states such as California that have already taken steps to cap carbon pollution. The proposed rule represents the heart of what has become President Obama's signature issue of his second term, tackling climate change. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/California-well-positioned-for-U-S-5522525.php California has head start, but new EPA rules on carbon will prompt to state to go further on curbing emissions. With California already claiming a head start in the push to curb carbon, state leaders today hailed the Obama administration’s proposal to slash greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. Officials said California’s crackdown on carbon, largely the result of the 2006 global warming law, means the Obama plan won’t translate into radical change on how electricity is generated in the state. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2014/06/02/6451336/california-has-head-start-but.html#storylink=cpy Big power-plant pollution cuts are ordered. In a sweeping initiative to curb pollutants blamed for global warming, the Obama administration unveiled a plan Monday aimed at cutting carbon dioxide emissions from power plants by nearly a third by 2030. But it delays the deadline for some states to begin complying until long after President Barack Obama leaves office. Posted. http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/jun/02/epa-seeks-to-cut-power-plant-carbon-by-30-percent/ http://www.modbee.com/2014/06/02/3368614/epa-seeks-to-cut-power-plant-carbon.html UN climate chief hails US power plant plan. The United Nations' top climate change official is hailing a planned new U.S. regulation to limit pollution blamed for global warming from power plants and says she expects it to spur other countries into action. The Obama administration plans to announce the rule Monday, tapping the president's executive powers to tackle carbon dioxide emissions from power plants. Posted. http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/jun/01/un-climate-chief-hails-us-power-plant-plan/ Proposed EPA rules will spark political fireworks. The week will start with fireworks after the release of proposed regulations from the Environmental Protection Agency aimed at curbing greenhouse gas emissions, particularly from existing coal-fired electric plants. President Barack Obama is expected to lead this climate change initiative, and announce the rules Monday. Posted. http://www.ocregister.com/articles/veterans-616577-senate-angeles.html EPA seeks to cut power plant carbon by 30 percent. The Obama administration on Monday will roll out a plan to cut earth-warming pollution from power plants by 30 percent by 2030, setting in motion one of the most significant actions to address global warming in U.S. history. The rule, which is expected to be final next year, will set the first national limits on carbon dioxide…Posted. http://www.vcstar.com/news/2014/jun/01/epa-to-seek-to-cut-power-plant-carbon-by-one/#ixzz33VFrtdgy EPA seeks 30% cut in power plant carbon emissions by 2030. Taking a historic step to fight climate change, the Obama administration proposed a plan Monday that aims to slash carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants 30% by 2030 and could accelerate the nation's shift away from coal. Posted. http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2014/06/02/epa-proposes-sharp-cuts-power-plant-emissions/9859913/ EPA carbon limits: an 'Obamacare' for climate change (+video). The EPA will unveil new regulations to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from power plants by 30 percent by 2030. The EPA power plant rules are the most aggressive of President Obama's Climate Action Plan and have already provoked heated debate over a complex issue. Posted. http://www.csmonitor.com/Environment/Energy-Voices/2014/0602/EPA-carbon-limits-an-Obamacare-for-climate-change-video EPA to propose 30 percent reduction in power plant carbon emissions. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will propose Monday a new rule for existing coal-fired power plants across the country that would reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 30 percent by 2030, sources close to the matter confirm to CBS News. This would be the first use of regulatory power by the Obama administration to reduce carbon dioxide emissions…Posted. http://www.cbsnews.com/news/epa-to-propose-30-percent-reduction-in-power-plant-carbon-emissions/ New EPA rule would seek to cut carbon emissions 30% by 2030. The Obama administration will seek to cut greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants 30% from 2005 levels by 2030, potentially one of the biggest steps any country has taken to confront climate change, people familiar with the plan said Sunday. Seen as the linchpin of President Obama's climate campaign and a key part of his domestic policy legacy…Posted. http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/breaking/la-na-climate-change-rule-20140602,0,5138332.story EPA to propose cut in power plant emissions. The Environmental Protection Agency will unveil a draft proposal on Monday to cut carbon pollution from the nation’s power plants 30 percent from 2005 levels by 2030, according to people briefed on the plan. The proposed rule amounts to the strongest action ever taken by the U.S. government to fight climate change. Posted. http://www.bostonglobe.com/news/nation/2014/06/01/epa-propose-cut-power-plant-emissions/TLBndyuOkaxbd2M0nA1FcM/story.html Why Obama Had to Act on Climate. Congress couldn’t get it done. We know, because we tried. After months of anticipation, the Environmental Protection Agency has proposed the first-ever regulations to reduce greenhouse gas pollution from existing power plants. As the source of about one-third of the United States greenhouse gas emissions, power plants are key to any serious effort to reduce global warming…Posted. http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2014/06/why-president-obama-had-to-act-on-climate-107329.html#ixzz33W7t85Z1 Geoengineering isn’t going to save the planet, says UCLA researcher. In recent years, some researchers have proposed massive technological fixes to combat global warming, attempts to "geo-engineer" the climate to counteract the build-up of greenhouse gases. A new study led by a professor at UCLA concludes there's no silver bullet to stop climate change. Posted. http://www.scpr.org/news/2014/06/01/44472/geoengineering-isn-t-going-to-save-the-planet-says/ DROUGHT Drought brings California gold prospectors back to life. David Fiori, waist-deep in the chilly Kern River, braced against the current, stabbed a shovel into the ancient silt between his feet and tossed the muck downstream. His eyes, though, wandered to a potential prize — a spot on the opposite bank of the river. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/local/la-me-drought-gold-20140601-story.html#page=1 State cuts off many Russian River diverters. Due to a "water supply crisis," the State Water Resources Control Board for the first time is ordering more than 600 rights holders to stop diverting water from the Upper Russian River. Posted. http://www.ukiahdailyjournal.com/news/ci_25871601/state-cuts-off-many-russian-river-diverters Study finds medical pot farms draining California streams dry. Some drought-stricken rivers and streams in Northern California's coastal forests are being polluted and sucked dry by water-guzzling medical marijuana farms, wildlife officials say -- an issue that has spurred at least one county to try to outlaw personal grows. Posted. http://www.mercurynews.com/nation-world/ci_25876432/study-finds-medical-pot-farms-draining-california-streams?source=rss FUELS Special Report: How fracking helps America beat German industry. Nestled in the green hills of southern Germany, chemical giant Wacker Chemie churns out a wide range of products, from an ingredient for chewing gum to the polysilicon crystals in solar cells. The electricity to produce all that - enough power for more than 700,000 households annually - has become more costly at Wacker’s main factory in Burghausen. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/06/02/us-usa-germany-power-specialreport-idUSKBN0ED0CS20140602 Dueling studies highlight focus on climate impacts of renewable fuel standard. A couple of industry- and environmentalist-led studies on the greenhouse gas impact of the federal renewable fuel standard are shining a light on the biofuel policy's role in affecting climate change. The RFS, which calls on the United States to boost biofuels production to 36 billion gallons per year by 2022, has been used as an argument for jobs, for low-priced gasoline and for national security. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1060000519/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY Durable design solves critical problem in making fuel from water. Using materials that are more durable, researchers are moving closer to a viable way to turn water into fuel using sunlight. The goal is to produce artificial photosynthesis, a process that mimics how plants grow, using only carbon dioxide, water, soil nutrients and the sun as raw materials. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1060000514/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY Biofuel companies find help on K Street. Biofuel companies have brought on top-notch lobby firms as the battle over the renewable fuels standard continues in Washington, D.C. A rule by U.S. EPA to lower the biofuel requirement for refiners is expected to be finalized soon. Announced last November, that move by the agency was a blow to the biofuel industry, which argues it will lead to plant closures and layoffs. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/greenwire/stories/1060000547/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY VEHICLES First Drive: Volkswagen to enter U.S. electric market with e-Golf. For several years, Volkswagen has been watching the race to develop viable electric cars from the sidelines. But this fall, the German automaker will bring its first all-electric vehicle to the U.S., a battery-powered version of the venerable Golf, the hatchback that has sold more than 30 million copies globally over six generations. Dubbed the e-Golf, this model uses the same platform and body as gas- and diesel-powered Golfs, which have all been redesigned for the 2015 model year. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/business/autos/la-fi-vw-e-golf-20140530-story.html GREEN ENERGY Can Calif. rule in energy storage? California, land of Google Inc., Apple Inc. and Hollywood, wants to add one more to the roster of industries it dominates. This time it's energy storage, an absolutely enormous emerging market where it has quietly been developing a substantial lead. The Golden State has more engineers and entrepreneurs figuring out how to store energy in phones, cars, buildings and power plants than anywhere else on Earth. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/energywire/stories/1060000525/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY MISCELLANEOUS California’s air pollution laboratory in El Monte looking to move to a UC campus or Cal Poly Pomona. After 41 years in El Monte, the state’s venerable vehicle emissions laboratory made famous for developing landmark anti-smog regulations needs a new home. The California Air Resources Board’s Arie Jan Haagen-Smit Laboratory, housed in a series of nondescript buildings in the Flair Park office complex just south of 10 Freeway, received the go-ahead May 6 from the state Department of General Services…Posted. http://www.dailybulletin.com/environment-and-nature/20140602/californias-air-pollution-laboratory-in-el-monte-looking-to-move-to-a-uc-campus-or-cal-poly-pomona OPINIONS Carbon Capture Is the Best Answer. If all we had to do to solve the problem of climate change were to reduce the flow of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere to a sustainable level, then a cap and trade regime, or simply putting a price on carbon, would indeed be a good way to start. But it isn’t. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2014/06/01/can-the-market-stave-off-global-warming/carbon-capture-is-the-best-answer-to-climate-change Editorial: It’s high time California manages its underground water sources. This has to be the year that California finally starts to regulate groundwater. It has to be. Not since the drought of 1977 have water resources been in such dire straits. To cope, the state is taking drastic steps when it comes to surface water. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2014/06/02/6448051/editorial-its-high-time-california.html#storylink=cpy Brown’s steady march to an alternative energy future. California is poised to spend $120 billion by 2020 toward constructing a sustainable green economy. That’s a lot of money, about 10 times greater annually than the United Kingdom, with twice California’s population, invests on wind farms and other solar applications. These renewable investments solidify California’s role as a showcase the Obama administration can point to at the United Nations climate change talks…Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2014/06/01/6443493/browns-steady-march-to-an-alternative.html#storylink=cpy EPA finally gets U.S. into climate game: Our View. In recent weeks, the scientific warnings about global warming have been coming in faster than a line of summer thunderstorms. Authoritative studies have documented rising sea levels, "irreversible" ice sheet melting, a northward migration of the tropics, and climate-induced conflict and instability. There's no guarantee that the Obama administration's new limits on carbon emissions from existing power plants, announced Monday, can reverse these ominous trends. Posted. http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2014/06/02/epa-carbon-emissions-climate-change-editorials-debates/9780411/ New climate rules are a breath of fresh air. The debate on climate change is over. Scientists are now as certain that climate change is a real, man-made threat as they are that cigarettes kill. But cleaning up our air has much more to it than combating shifts in Earth's temperatures and environment. The administration's new pollution standards -- new Environmental Protection Agency regulations that place tough limits on emissions from coal-fired power plants...Posted. http://www.cnn.com/2014/06/02/opinion/brazile-climate-change-rules/index.html BLOGS Rah-Rah to ‘Nuts’: Five Faces of EPA Emissions Emoting. No surprise here: Many Democrats are big fans of the Environmental Protection Agency’s new proposed rules to govern carbon emissions while Republicans are aghast that President Barack Obama’s administration would try to implement curbs on coal-based power plants. House Speaker John Boehner (R., Ohio) called the plan “nuts” while Sen. Bernie Sanders(I., Vt.) said “much more must be done to avoid a planetary crisis.” Posted. http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2014/06/02/rah-rah-to-nuts-five-faces-of-epa-emissions-emoting/ Why Obama’s car rules trump his new climate proposal. The Environmental Protection Agency's proposal to curb carbon dioxide from existing power plants has sparked both plaudits and critiques alike, with environmentalists calling it a critical way to save the planet and industry opponents predicting that it will devastate the economy. But here's a secret: The agency's previous efforts to impose the first-ever carbon limits on passenger cars and light trucks will do more…Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2014/06/02/why-obamas-car-rules-trump-his-new-climate-proposal/ The climate change science cop-out. If you’re asked about climate change science, duck and cover. That’s the spineless strategy of politicians and governments without the courage to discuss or encourage dialog on this important, timely issue. Politico reports some Republicans have recently evaded questions about climate change science with responses such as ”I am not a scientist” or “we are not experts”. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/capital-weather-gang/wp/2014/05/30/the-climate-change-science-cop-out/ China’s Solar Panel Production Comes at a Dirty Cost. Although China may be a cheaper place than Europe for producing solar panels, the savings come at a higher cost to the environment, a new study says. Weaker environmental standards and the more highly polluting sources of energy used by Chinese manufacturers are the reasons for the discrepancy, according to research by Northwestern University and the United States Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory. Posted. http://sinosphere.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/06/02/chinas-solar-panel-production-comes-at-a-dirty-cost/?action=click&module=Search®ion=searchResults&mabReward=relbias%3Ar&url=http%3A%2F%2Fquery.nytimes.com%2Fsearch%2Fsitesearch%2F%3Faction%3Dclick%26contentCollection%3DPolitics%26region%3DTopBar%26WT.nav%3DsearchWidget%26module%3DSearchSubmit%26pgtype%3Darticle%23%2Fair%2Bpollution%2F24hours%2F Tracking Obama’s Climate Rules for Power Plants. I’m in Beijing to participate in a week of meetings related to the unfolding international science effort called Future Earth, so I won’t be able to weigh in in a timely fashion on President Obama’s planned Monday release of regulations restricting carbon dioxide emissions from existing American power plants. You can follow coverage and commentary on this White House move in The Times here. Posted. http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/06/01/tracking-obamas-climate-rules-for-power-plants/?module=BlogPost-ReadMore&version=Blog%20Main&action=Click&contentCollection=Climate%20Change&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%26contentCollection%3DPolitics%26region%3DTopBar%26WT.nav%3DsearchWidget%26module%3DSearchSubmit%26pgtype%3Darticle%23%2Fclimate%2Bchange%2F24hours%2F Rhetoric and Realities Around Obama’s ‘Carbon Pollution’ Power Plant Rules. With the release this morning of the Obama administration’s proposed regulations curbing emissions of heat-trapping gases from existing power plants, the battle to shape public attitudes is already in high gear. Republicans are scurrying to label the move a hidden “national energy tax” and “war on coal” (see the fine NBC online piece titled “Carbon Combat” for more). Posted. http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/06/02/a-look-at-rhetoric-and-realities-around-obamas-carbon-pollution-power-plant-rules/?action=click&module=Search®ion=searchResults&mabReward=relbias%3Ar&url=http%3A%2F%2Fquery.nytimes.com%2Fsearch%2Fsitesearch%2F%3Faction%3Dclick%26contentCollection%3DPolitics%26region%3DTopBar%26WT.nav%3DsearchWidget%26module%3DSearchSubmit%26pgtype%3Darticle%23%2Fgreen%2Benergy%2F24hours%2F EPA: Global Warming Here and Now. As the Obama administration bolsters its climate agenda, the EPA reviews how climate change is being felt here and now. They’re seeing green. Just days from the release of long-awaited new emissions rules for power plants, the Obama administration has been ramping up its efforts to promote its global-warming agenda, highlighting the economic benefits of boosting clean energy and the consequences…Posted. http://www.usnews.com/news/blogs/data-mine/2014/06/02/epa-global-warming-here-and-now EPA Releases Much-Anticipated Limits On Power Plant Emissions. The Environmental Protection Agency unveiled new standards on Monday, calling for a 30 percent cut in carbon emissions from power plants by 2030. The regulations are the first of their kind for the fleet of existing power plants, which currently produce 39 percent of U.S. emissions. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy described the rules in further detail at a press conference Monday morning. Posted. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/06/02/epa-carbon-rules_n_5428632.html New Rules for Power Plants: What They Mean for California. Going into Monday’s roll-out from the federal Environmental Protection Agency, there was optimism — if not clarity — over what proposed new regulation of power plant carbon emissions would mean for California. Posted. http://blogs.kqed.org/science/2014/06/01/new-rules-for-power-plants-what-they-mean-for-california/ EPA Chief Claims Greenhouse Gas Rules Will Save Country Billions. New federal regulations that aim to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from power plants will have a large economic upside, largely through health savings, says Gina McCarthy, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. "We are talking by 2030 having $90 billion in benefits," McCarthy told NPR's Robert Siegel in an interview airing on All Things Considered. Posted. http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/06/02/318259180/epa-chief-claims-greenhouse-gas-rules-will-save-country-billions EPA Unveils New Proposal Targeting Greenhouse Gases. New federal regulations announced Monday aim to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from power plants by 30 percent by 2030. The draft proposal from the Environmental Protection Agency has sparked opposition from industry groups who say the changes would be prohibitively expensive. But the proposal's backers say the rules are needed to cut carbon pollution that scientists say contributes to climate change. Posted. http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/06/02/318151240/epa-to-unveil-new-proposal-targeting-greenhouse-gases AIR QUALITY: Pollution monitor installed near Sentinel power plant. An air pollution monitor now tracks emissions downwind of the CPV Sentinel power plant, one year after the 800-megawatt project went online near Desert Hot Springs. South Coast Air Quality Management District, the government agency which monitors air quality across much of Southern California, announced on Friday the new monitor has already collected data for a week. The natural gas-powered plant’s pollutants have been a source of controversy for those living nearby since before it opened last year. Posted. http://blog.pe.com/air-quality/2014/05/30/air-quality-pollution-monitor-installed-near-sentinel-power-plant/ Solar Roadways raises $1M for solar-panel covered roads. The concept of using roads as solar cells seems like a great idea until you start considering all of the damage that streets regularly have to handle. From freezing water to overloaded vehicles, the nation's highways take a lot of punishment. However, that isn't stopping Solar Roadways from refining its concept for a sun-powered surface that you can drive on.. Posted. http://www.autoblog.com/2014/06/02/solar-roadways-1million-indiegogo-video/ MIT figures out how to clean diesel trucks with RF signals. People rightfully dislike wireless signals being transmitted from the person behind the wheel when they text while drive, but there are times when a car's wireless signals can be good news. Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have found a way to use wireless signals under the hood to help cut pollution from heavy-duty vehicles such as diesel-powered trucks. Posted. http://green.autoblog.com/2014/06/01/mit-figures-out-how-to-clean-diesel-trucks-with-rf-signals/ Wave 2014 sets new record, gathers 507 EVs in one place. Take that, everyone else who's tried to gather the most electric vehicles in one place at one time. The 2014 edition of the World Advanced Vehicle Expedition (WAVE) has set a new world record with 507 EVs in one parking lot in Stuttgart, Germany over the weekend. The tally has been certified by Guinness World Records, so Montreal will have to try harder. Posted. http://green.autoblog.com/2014/06/02/wave-2014-sets-new-record-gathers-507-evs/ Obama To Announce 30 Percent Cut to U.S. Carbon Emissions. President Obama is expected to announce today a new initiative by the Environmental Protection Agency to reduce the United States' carbon dioxide emissions by 30 percent from their 2005 levels by 2030. The plan, according to the New York Times, would be "the strongest actions ever taken by the United States government to fight climate change." Posted. http://gawker.com/obama-to-announce-30-percent-cut-to-u-s-carbon-emissio-1584694293 California is in a drought emergency. Visit www.SaveOurH2O.org for water conservation tips.