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ARB Newsclips for June 3, 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 Politics May Sour Cap-And-Trade Sweeteners in Obama Plan. Obama administration officials gave new life to cap-and-trade yesterday. Just don’t expect them to say so. Republicans championed the approach decades ago then rejected it when President Barack Obama pushed it in 2009. States may now view the politically toxic concept as a way to comply with limits on carbon emissions from power plants Obama proposed yesterday. Posted. http://www.businessweek.com/news/2014-06-03/politics-may-sour-cap-and-trade-sweeteners-in-obama-plan CLIMATE CHANGE Obama plan might help boost climate talks. President Barack Obama's proposal to curb U.S. greenhouse gas emissions might improve the chances of completing a global climate treaty but is unlikely to defuse demands by China, India and others for Americans to do more. Governments have set a goal of signing an agreement next year in Paris to curb emissions of climate-changing gases. Posted. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/A/AS_OBAMA_GLOBAL_WARMING_TREATY_HOPES?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT Obama carbon rule to produce winners and losers. We'll increasingly be turning to companies that can help us waste less electricity - and generate cleaner power with nuclear reactors, natural gas-fired plants, wind turbines and solar panels - in response to the Obama Administration's proposed new carbon dioxide limits. The proposed limits will likely help the biggest U.S. natural gas producer, Exxon Mobil…Posted. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_OBAMA_GLOBAL_WARMING_WINNERS_AND_LOSERS?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT Australian PM backs Obama's greenhouse gas plan. Prime Minister Tony Abbott, who wants to remove Australia's unpopular carbon tax on industrial polluters, on Tuesday described President Barack Obama's plan to slash U.S. greenhouse gas emissions as sensible steps. Posted. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/A/AS_AUSTRALIA_GLOBAL_WARMING?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT OTHER RELATED STORIES http://www.vcstar.com/news/2014/jun/03/australian-pm-backs-obamas-greenhouse-gas-plan/#ixzz33avGUZgp 5 things to know about EPA's power plant rule. Five things to know about the Obama administration's plans to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, the chief greenhouse gas, from power plants. HOW MUCH POLLUTION WILL IT REALLY CUT? The proposal announced Monday calls for the nation's fossil-fuel fired power plants to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 30 percent from 2005 levels by 2030. Posted. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_OBAMA_GLOBAL_WARMING_5_THINGS?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT Power plant plan further clouds coal's future. President Barack Obama's ambitious plan to reduce the gases blamed for global warming from the nation's power plants gives many coal-dependent states more lenient restrictions and won't necessarily be the primary reason coal-fired power plants will be retired. Posted. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_OBAMA_GLOBAL_WARMING?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT Adviser says china considers cap on CO2 emissions, possible turning point in climate talks. China is considering an absolute cap on its CO2 emissions from 2016, a senior adviser to the government said on Tuesday, a day after Washington announced new targets for its power sector, signaling a potential breakthrough in tough U.N. climate talks. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/06/03/us-china-climatechange-idUSKBN0EE1R620140603 Historic EPA global warming rules: How will they affect California? The Obama administration's announcement Monday of sweeping new rules aimed at curbing global warming emissions from power plants could boost profits at Silicon Valley companies that make solar panels, energy efficiency software and other clean technology. And California should have an easier time complying than other parts of the country…Posted. http://www.mercurynews.com/science/ci_25884259/historic-epa-global-warming-rules-how-will-they?source=rss http://www.contracostatimes.com/News/ci_25884259/Historic-EPA-global-warming-rules:-How Taking Page From Health Care Act, Obama Climate Plan Relies on States. President Obama’s new plan to fight climate change depends heavily on states’ devising individual approaches to meeting goals set in the nation’s capital, a strategy similar to the one he used to expand health care, often with rocky results. Rather than imposing a uniform standard for reducing power plant carbon emissions, the regulation unveiled on Monday offers the states flexibility to pick from a menu of policy options. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/03/us/politics/obama-epa-rule-coal-carbon-pollution-power-plants.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%3Dqry392%23%2Fclimate%2Bchange%2F24hours%2F In Debate Over Coal, Lessons From ’90s Tobacco Fight. The Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed regulation of power plant emissions signals the beginning of a fight over coal and climate change. Any chance of a resolution is likely to depend on the combatants agreeing to a reduction in emissions in exchange for help to coal-dependent regions and assistance to workers struggling with higher energy costs. In that way, the so-called War on Coal is reminiscent of the War on Tobacco during the 1990s. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/04/us/politics/in-debate-over-coal-lessons-from-90s-tobacco-fight.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%3Dqry392%23%2Fclimate%2Bchange%2F24hours%2F Key Details of E.P.A. Carbon Emissions Proposal. A rule proposed by the Enivironmental 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?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%3Dqry392%23%2Femissions%2F24hours%2F Health Experts See Benefits in Push to Cut Pollution. The Obama administration contends that its new plan to cut carbon pollution from power plants will not just fight climate change, but will also quickly improve public health, preventing up to 100,000 asthma attacks and 2,100 heart attacks in the first year the rules take effect. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/03/health/health-experts-see-benefits-in-push-to-cut-pollution.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%3Dqry392%23%2Fair%2Bpollution%2F24hours%2F&_r=0 A sampling of states' reaction to carbon cuts plan. A sampling of states' reactions to President Barack Obama's plan for reducing carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fired power plants: states most reliant on coal for electricity. KENTUCKY: Not surprisingly, the proposal is widely unpopular in Kentucky, which gets 92 percent of its electricity from coal - more than any other state except West Virginia - and is the nation's third-largest coal producer. Posted. http://www.vcstar.com/news/2014/jun/02/a-sampling-of-states-reaction-to-carbon-cuts/#ixzz33asMVxXh Hawaii ahead of many states on Obama climate goal. Hawaii is ahead most other states in accomplishing President Barack Obama's goals to cut carbon levels. The Obama administration announced a plan Monday to cut carbon dioxide emissions from power plants nationwide by 30 percent by 2030. Power plant emissions are the largest source of greenhouse gases in the country. Posted. http://www.vcstar.com/news/2014/jun/02/hawaii-ahead-of-many-states-on-obama-climate/#ixzz33atcQasv California governor applauds global warming fight. Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday welcomed President Barack Obama's global warming initiative, saying it shows the administration is willing to confront climate change. The Democratic governor touted the state's aggressive energy-saving programs, saying they already generate billions of dollars in savings and more than a million jobs as a result of clean-energy efforts. Posted. http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/jun/02/california-governor-applauds-global-warming-fight/ Obama plan might help boost climate talks. President Barack Obama's proposal to curb U.S. greenhouse gas emissions might improve the chances of completing a global climate treaty but is unlikely to defuse demands by China, India and others for Americans to do more. Governments have set a goal of signing an agreement next year in Paris to curb emissions of climate-changing gases. Unlike the previous 1997 Kyoto Protocol…Posted. http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/jun/03/obama-plan-might-help-boost-climate-talks/ New York in group welcoming pollution cuts. While New York and eight other Eastern states report cutting power plant pollution by 40 percent over the past decade, the Obama administration has proposed national guidelines calling for new steep cuts over the next 15 years. The states' effort, the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, which sets pollution caps and requires using or buying credits to exceed them, welcomed Monday's federal proposal. Posted. http://www.vcstar.com/news/2014/jun/02/new-york-in-group-welcoming-pollution-cuts/#ixzz33axkNBLz EPA proposes first-of-its-kind regulation to help curb climate change. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Monday proposed states reduce carbon emissions from existing power plants by 30 percent in 16 years, an ambitious plan to curb greenhouse gases that cause global climate change. A first-ever nationwide proposal, local energy experts say it won’t have much of an effect on California utilities. Posted. http://www.sbsun.com/environment-and-nature/20140602/epa-proposes-first-of-its-kind-regulation-to-help-curb-climate-change CLIMATE CHANGE - SPANISH MEDIA El gran movimiento ambiental de Obama: exigir la reducción de carbono. El presidente de Estados Unidos, Barack Obama, está utilizando su autoridad ejecutiva para tomar su medida más fuerte en contra del cambio climático, proponiendo nuevas regulaciones de la Agencia de Protección del Medio Ambiente (EPA por sus siglas en inglés). Posted. http://mexico.cnn.com/planetacnn/2014/06/02/el-gran-movimiento-ambiental-de-obama-exigir-la-reduccion-de-carbono?hpt=ila_bn1 OPINIÓN: Las nuevas reglas sobre el cambio climático son un respiro. El debate sobre el cambio climático terminó. Los científicos están tan seguros de que es una amenaza real, creada por el hombre, tanto como están seguros de que los cigarrillos matan. Sin embargo, limpiar nuestro aire implica más que combatir los cambios en la temperatura y el ambiente en la Tierra. Posted. http://mexico.cnn.com/opinion/2014/06/03/opinion-las-nuevas-reglas-sobre-el-cambio-climatico-son-un-respiro Reducirán emisiones contaminantes de plantas energéticas. La administración Obama busca reducir en 30% las emisiones de plantas energéticas, lo que protegería la salud de la gente y el medio ambiente. Posted. http://univision41.univision.com/noticias/estadosunidos/videos-de-estados-unidos/video/2014-06-02/planean-reducir-contaminantes-de-plantas-energeticas The Obscure 1970 Compromise That Made Obama’s Climate Rules Possible. On Monday, the Obama administration unveiled its plan to establish national limits on carbon-dioxide emissions from existing power plants. Critics of the move say that President Obama is making an end run around Congress, stretching the law to achieve by executive action what he could not accomplish through the legislative branch. This is flat wrong. Posted. http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2014/06/the-obscure-1970-compromise-that-made-obamas-climate-rules-possible-107351.html#ixzz33bfr7uTu Scars from last climate bill show up in ambitious EPA power plant rule. Five years is a lifetime when it comes to the politics of climate change. On June 26, 2009, people jammed the U.S. House galleries to watch the chamber led by then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) vote on a bill that would cap industrial carbon dioxide emissions for the first time in U.S. history. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/energywire/stories/1060000604/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY DROUGHT Drought prompts Roseville water surcharge. Roseville residents will soon be paying a few more dollars on their water bill, a direct result of the state’s drought. The city’s water utility announced Monday it would be implementing a so-called “drought surcharge” starting June 15. The temporary fee would be equivalent to 15 percent of the monthly water use charge and would apply to both commercial and residential customers. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2014/06/03/6447193/roseville-plans-drought-surcharge.html#mi_rss=Latest%20News#storylink=cpy DIESEL EMISSIONS CARB hits harvesting company with $141,000 fine. The California Air Resources Board has fined JR Custom Harvesting Company Inc. of Salinas and its associates New Venture Trucking LLC, and Zion Harvest Company Inc., a total of $140,925 for a variety of air quality violations relating to the company’s diesel vehicle fleet. Posted. http://www.centralvalleybusinesstimes.com/templates/print.cfm?ID=25985 FUELS Coal Will Survive as Efficient Power Plants Boost Demand. President Barack Obama’s plan to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions left coal with a future even as the industry accuses him of trying to make the fuel obsolete. The proposal, released yesterday by the Environmental Protection Agency, calls for reductions in carbon dioxide pollutants of 30 percent by 2030 from 2005 levels to stem climate change. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-06-02/coal-seen-surving-as-efficient-power-plants-boost-demand.html Gas boom dulls carbon rule's effect. Despite fears that the Obama administration's proposed rule to curb carbon-dioxide pollution could wreak severe damage on the economy, the true effect is likely to be much more modest. And a key reason can be linked to the nation's boom in natural gas production. The Environmental Protection Agency, in announcing plans Monday to reduce power plant emissions 30% by 2030 from 2005 levels…Posted. http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-epa-economy-20140603-story.html VEHICLES Eight U.S. States Promise to do More to Encourage Electric Car, ZEV Adoption. Thanks to the combined effect of the Zero Emission Vehicle Mandate from its Air Resources Board and neat perks like being able to drive an electric car in the carpool lane regardless of how many people are on board, California has helped lead America’s electric car revolution. Posted. http://transportevolved.com/2014/06/02/eight-u-s-states-promise-encourage-electric-car-zev-adoption/ GREEN ENERGY Chevron Dims the Lights on Green Power. In January, employees of Chevron’s (CVX) renewable power group, whose mission was to launch large, profitable clean-energy projects, dined at San Francisco’s trendy Sens restaurant as managers applauded them for nearly doubling their projected profit in 2013, the group’s first full year of operations. But the mood quickly turned somber. Posted. http://www.businessweek.com/printer/articles/203828-chevron-dims-the-lights-on-green-power Caltech breakthrough keeps solar energy generators from corroding quickly. The beach isn’t the only place where the positive effects of sunscreen can be found this summer — it can also be found inside Caltech laboratories. Researchers at the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis have created a new way to keep semiconductors used in solar fuel generators from corroding in a matter of minutes…Posted. http://www.sbsun.com/science/20140602/caltech-breakthrough-keeps-solar-energy-generators-from-corroding-quickly OPINIONS Carbon-Income Inequality. President Obama vowed last year that he wouldn't wait on Congress to bless his anticarbon agenda, and the rule his Environmental Protection Agency proposed on Monday is equal to that promise. The agency is bidding to transform and nationalize U.S. energy the way ObamaCare is doing to medicine, but in this case without even the pretense of democratic consent. Posted. http://online.wsj.com/articles/carbon-income-inequality-1401752504 Nearing a Climate Legacy. The greenhouse gas reductions required by the Obama administration’s proposed rule on power plants will not get the world to where it has to go to avert the worst consequences of climate change. But they are likely to be enormously beneficial: good for the nation’s health, good for technological innovation, good for President Obama’s credibility abroad, and, in time, good for the planet and future generations. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/03/opinion/nearing-a-climate-legacy.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%3Dqry392%23%2Fclimate%2Bchange%2F24hours%2F Letter: Proposed carbon pollution standards worthy of support. President Obama made a promise in his second inaugural address, stating, “If Congress won’t act on climate, I will.” In line with the president’s Climate Action Plan, the EPA has now proposed carbon pollution standards for existing power plants across the country. According to the Supreme Court, the EPA has the authority under the Clean Air Act to do so. Posted. http://www.concordmonitor.com/opinion/12229765-95/letter-proposed-carbon-pollution-standards-worthy-of-support BLOGS 6 Q’s About the News | Unveiling New Carbon Plan, E.P.A. Focuses on Flexibility. WHAT did the Obama administration announce on Monday? WHAT is the largest source of carbon pollution in the United States? WHO is Gina McCarthy? HOW is President Obama using his executive authority to act on climate change, even though Congress refused to pass climate change legislation during his first term? Posted. http://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/06/03/6-qs-about-the-news-unveiling-new-carbon-plan-e-p-a-focuses-on-flexibility/?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%3Dqry392%23%2Fclimate%2Bchange%2F24hours%2F Nissan sells 3,117 Leaf EVs in May, climbs over 3,000 for first time ever. Chalk up a big win for the Nissan Leaf. In May, the world's most popular electric vehicle sold a record 3,117 units, the first time any pure electric vehicle has sold over 3,000 units in a month in the US (unless Tesla managed that feat but rolled the number into a quarterly report). This marks the 15th month in a row of record Leaf sales and the seventh where the Leaf was the top EV seller in the US. Posted. http://green.autoblog.com/2014/06/03/nissan-leaf-sells-3117-may-climbs-over-3000-first-time/ EPA proposes new rules to make US power plants 30 percent cleaner by 2030. A year ago, President Obama put the electricity industry on notice and said that he would implement some sort of limits on carbon emissions. Today, the Environmental Protection Agency unveiled a proposed rule for cleaner electricity generating plants and it would go a long way towards making the "long tailpipe" of electric vehicles even cleaner. Posted. http://green.autoblog.com/2014/06/02/epa-new-rules-make-us-power-plants-30-percent-cleaner-2030/ Famous Sunset Paintings Reflect Key Air Pollution Events From the Past. Last month the Bay Area saw 2014′s first Spare the Air alert, even as we face an extra-dry fire season with prospects of worsening air quality. On the bright side, we’re in for some beautiful sunsets! Air pollution scatters light, producing vivid reds that have been faithfully captured by landscape painters over the last 500 years. Posted. http://blogs.kqed.org/science/2014/06/03/famous-sunset-paintings-reflect-key-air-pollution-events-from-the-past/ California is in a drought emergency. Visit www.SaveOurH2O.org for water conservation tips.