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newsclips -- ARB Newsclips for June 4, 2014.

Posted: 04 Jun 2014 14:22:05
ARB Newsclips for June 4, 2014. 

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Calif. prepares for joint auctions of carbon permits with Quebec.
California's cap-and-trade market for carbon emissions is
readying to hold joint auctions with Quebec starting this fall.
The Golden State's Air Resources Board (ARB) announced yesterday
that California and the Canadian province will hold a practice
auction next month. If that's successful, they will sell carbon
permits jointly for the first time in November. Posted.
http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1060000685/print BY

EPA proposal spurs talk of Western emissions program. California
has long said that it didn't want to go it alone running a
cap-and-trade program to force down the carbon emissions blamed
for climate change. Now there's renewed talk that it could have
imitators or even partners. U.S. EPA's proposal ordering cuts in
greenhouse gas emissions at existing power plants creates
motivation for states to look at programs like California's cap
and trade, analysts and some West Coast state officials said.
Posted. http://www.eenews.net/greenwire/stories/1060000622/print


US lauded in Africa for new coal emission proposal. Leaders at a
U.S.-Africa summit on energy congratulated and thanked the United
States for a new Obama administration proposal to reduce carbon
dioxide emissions from power plants, the U.S. secretary of energy
said Wednesday. Ernest Moniz attended a two-day summit in
Ethiopia to explore strategies to accelerate the development of
clean energy sources…Posted.

A look at US, EU and Chinese climate action goals. The new U.S.
effort to curb greenhouse gas pollution sees Washington rallying
behind the European Union in the fight against global warming and
might also help spur emerging economies like China to take
action. Climate change can only be tackled at a global level and
chief responsibility lies with the biggest polluters: China, the
U.S. and the EU. Posted.

Carbon standards for reservation plants delayed. Two of the
Southwest's largest coal-fired power plants straddle the San Juan
River in northwestern New Mexico, one within clear view of the
other. But one of them didn't factor into the Obama
administration's plans to reduce carbon dioxide emissions across
the nation because it is on an American Indian reservation.

US hottest spots of warming: Northeast, Southwest. The United
States is warming fastest at two of its corners, in the Northeast
and the Southwest, an analysis of federal temperature records
shows. Northeastern states - led by Maine and Vermont - have
gotten the hottest in the last 30 years in annual temperature,
gaining 2.5 degrees on average. Posted.

Obama Emission Rules Discount Gas Leaks, Scientists Say.
President Barack Obama’s plan to fight global warming
underestimates pollution from natural gas, according to
scientists studying how leaks affect the climate. The U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency this week proposed requiring
power plants to cut greenhouse-gas emissions 30 percent from
their 2005 levels by 2030, largely by burning natural gas instead
of coal. Posted.

Obama Relying on Consensus Builder to Steer Carbon Plan.  As an
Obama administration team was crafting its plan to fight climate
change, one nightmare haunted it: The troubled rollout of
Obamacare. Both plans are major parts of President Barack Obama’s
legacy, being fought vigorously by Republicans. And both would
succeed only with the help of an unlikely -- and often unwilling
-- set of governors and industry groups. Posted.

U.S. carbon plan will not reach climate goals: study.  A U.S.
plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions from power plants is not
enough to achieve its goals for limiting climate change, and all
nations will need to significantly step up actions to curb
warming, a group of scientists said in a report on Wednesday.

US wins praise for carbon cuts at UN talks, told to do more. The
United States won praise at U.N. talks on climate change on
Wednesday for its plan to cut carbon emissions, but a group of
scientists said it too little to put the world on track to limit
global warming. Posted.

Obama: U.S., EU must commit to ambitious emissions targets. U.S.
President Barack Obama on Tuesday touted new proposals from his
administration to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from power
plants and said the United States and Europe had to lead by
example in fighting global warming. Posted.

EPA policy change may hinge on 1 word. The coming legal battle
over President Obama's far-reaching climate-change rules will
probably turn on the meaning of one word in the Clean Air Act of
1970 — "system." Under the landmark anti-pollution law, the
Environmental Protection Agency is empowered to require states to
apply "the best system of emission reduction" to existing power
plants. Posted.

EPA greenhouse gas rule may lay new bet on future natural gas
supplies. The Obama administration's ambitious plan to reduce
greenhouse gas emissions from U.S. power plants 30% by 2030 is
laying another big bet on future U.S. natural gas supplies. The
boom in U.S. production, the result of hydraulic fracturing and
horizontal drilling into shale formations, has sharply boosted
the availability of gas since 2009…Posted.

A Paltry Start in Curbing Global Warming.  Tim Jackson, professor
of sustainable development at the University of Surrey in
Britain, uses a nifty back-of-the-envelope calculation to
underscore the challenge of giving the world’s poor a shot at
prosperity while preventing a global climate disaster. Posted.

Twitter Chat About New E.P.A. Carbon Pollution Regulations. 
Coral Davenport, who reports on energy and environment policy
from the Washington bureau of The New York Times, answered
questions on Tuesday from readers on Twitter. The discussion was
spurred by President Obama’s announcement of Environmental
Protection Agency regulations to cut emissions rates from the
nation’s power plants 30 percent from 2005 levels by 2030.

States May Look to California for Ways To Meet EPA Rule.
California and other states that have already adopted climate
policies have an advantage over states that waited for proposed
federal rules mandating plans to curb carbon dioxide emissions
from existing power plants, California Air Resources Board
Chairman Mary D. Nichols said June 2. As a result, neighboring
states may want to look at what California is doing, Nichols told
Bloomberg BNA…Posted.

Vulnerable Democrats fight EPA emissions rule. Vulnerable
Democratic candidates and lawmakers are distancing themselves
from President Obama’s new regulations on power plant emissions
that will harm the coal industry. The Environmental Protection
Agency has announced carbon dioxide emissions limits for existing
power plants which the agency says will force the retirement of
coal-fired power plants…Posted.

Delays on climate action could hurt the economy. Postponing
climate policies could hurt the economy more than if they are
enacted quickly, new research shows, perhaps raising questions
about the sluggishness of the White House's new carbon rules.
Economists with the Brookings Institution found that a carbon tax
that is implemented now would cost less and reduce more national
debt than a similar tax that is put in place eight years later.
http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1060000683/print BY

Nation's biggest carbon emitter is well-positioned to weather EPA
rule. In Texas, elected leaders don't flinch when a new directive
heads their way from Washington. Especially when it's from U.S.
EPA. So it came as no surprise Monday when two Republicans --
Rick Perry, the current Texas governor, and Greg Abbott, the
attorney general and gubernatorial nominee -- blasted a proposed
U.S. EPA rule on power plants …Posted.
http://www.eenews.net/energywire/stories/1060000661/print BY


More California Water Users Receive Notices of Curtailment. In a
cascade of notices, the State Water Resources Control Board told
junior water-rights holders in the state's major watersheds last
week to immediately stop diverting water. The board said extreme
drought leaves the watersheds without enough water to serve all
water-rights holders. Posted.


Want a CARB extension? Deadline for reefer orders approaches. The
California Air Resources Board says reefer owners must have
emissions upgrade orders placed by late summer and fall in order
to be eligible for any time extensions.  CARB’s Transportation
Refrigeration Unit rule requires reefers and gen sets to be
upgraded within seven years of the manufacture date. Posted.


Kentucky plant emblematic of move from coal to gas. In the shadow
of Paradise Fossil Plant's aging smokestacks, where white steam
and carbon dioxide rise into the sky, outdated coal-fired
generators are being replaced with one that runs on natural gas.
The change in Muhlenberg County, once the nation's top producer
of coal, is emblematic of what's been happening across the U.S.
as natural gas becomes cheaper and…Posted.

Keystone XL pipeline vulnerable to attacks, NextGen study says.
The Keystone XL oil pipeline project would be vulnerable to
attacks that could cause heavy crude to be spilled in farm
regions dependent on fresh water, according to a report by
NextGen Climate, a political group led by billionaire activist
Tom Steyer. Attackers could damage remote pump stations along the
pipeline's route in the northern Great Plains…Posted.

Gasoline Demand Drops From Three-Year High After Holiday.
Gasoline demand in the U.S. fell from the highest level in almost
three years following the Memorial Day holiday weekend. Gasoline
supplied to wholesalers, a proxy for demand, slid 2.2 percent, to
9.1 million barrels a day in the seven days ended May 30, the
Energy Information Administration reported. Posted.

The Potential Downside of Natural Gas.  Conventional wisdom,
strongly promoted by the natural gas industry, is that natural
gas drives down American emissions of carbon dioxide, by
substituting for carbon-rich coal. The climate stabilization plan
announced by the Obama administration on Monday relies on that.
But in other ways, cheap natural gas drives emissions up. Posted.


U.S. Imposes Steep Tariffs on Importers of Chinese Solar Panels. 
The Commerce Department on Tuesday imposed steep duties on
importers of Chinese solar panels made from certain components,
asserting that the manufacturers had benefited from unfair
subsidies. The duties will range from 18.56 to 35.21 percent, the
department said. Posted.

World's solar installations rise as Asia takes lead. Solar power
installations rose 28 percent globally last year to 38.4
gigawatts as Asia surpassed Europe for the first time to become
the biggest market for the technology, the European Photovoltaic
Industry Association said in a report. "Europe's situation at the
end of last year shows that photovoltaic technology remains
policy-driven," …Posted.
http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1060000647/print BY

China-made solar panels have twice the CO2 footprint of European
ones – study. After a leading Chinese solar panel maker was found
to be causing air and water pollution in 2011, people began to
wonder how green China's process of producing green energy was.
This question has been answered by scientists from Northwestern
University and the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National
Laboratory. Posted.
http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1060000655/print BY

U.S. approves Fla. test facility for current-powered energy
systems. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management issued a lease to
Florida Atlantic University yesterday for a first-of-its-kind
facility to test devices powered by the ocean's currents.
According to BOEM, the new test site is part of the Obama
administration's Climate Action Plan to develop domestic clean
energy sources and reduce greenhouse gas pollution. Posted.
http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1060000684/print BY


RPT-COLUMN-U.S. refiners struggle with too much light crude:
Kemp. Most of the extra oil produced in the United States in the
next two years will be light crudes and condensates that domestic
refineries will struggle to process - intensifying pressure for
at least a partial relaxation of the country's export ban. U.S.
oil production is set to increase by another 2 million barrels
per day in 2014-15. Posted.

Coal Pollution and Climate Change. Re “Obama to Take Action to
Slash Coal Pollution” (front page, June 2): The U.S. Chamber of
Congress, the coal industry, coal-state Democrats and Republican
members of Congress are objecting to new environmental rules,
claiming that they will be too expensive, disruptive or difficult
to achieve. This country has become great because of individuals
and groups…Posted.

Wasting cap-and-trade money on the bullet train.  As one who
voted for California's high-speed train in 2008 but has since
lost faith in its current design, route and budget, I feel that a
better use of some of those cap-and-trade funds to reduce
greenhouse gas emissions would be to finally set up a robust loan
or rebate program for low- to middle-income property owners —
especially seniors on fixed incomes — for installing solar
panels. ("Bullet train funding is bargaining chip in state budget
debate," May 30) Posted.

EPA strikes a blow for the planet. The debate over reducing
carbon dioxide emissions to combat global warming brings us to
the truth: Saving money is more important than saving the planet.
In its shortsightedness, big business — led by the U.S. Chamber
of Commerce — will fight this proposal to the death. ("New EPA
rule seeks to cut carbon emissions 30% by 2030," June 1) Posted.

Don't buy the smear of the EPA. The nation's worst polluters and
their allies have launched a propaganda campaign to convince you
that the Environmental Protection Agency's new carbon pollution
standards are nothing more than a backdoor energy tax that will
kill jobs and cost you money. That campaign is a lie. And what's
at stake is too important to let the lie stand, or even start.

The EPA's greenhouse gas rule may be too flexible. Here's some
irony for you: By trying to make its new greenhouse gas proposal
less draconian for states and power companies, the Environmental
Protection Agency may have made it more vulnerable to a lawsuit
-- by states and power companies. A legal battle was probably
inevitable, considering that many states are led by Republicans
who don't believe that climate change is happening or, if it is,
that humans are causing it. Posted.

Now, about that solar farm next door. Last year, when the Los
Angeles Department of Water and Power kicked off a new program to
buy electricity from local solar installations, city leaders
along with environmentalists and business groups said it would be
the nation's largest urban rooftop solar program and would allow
hundreds of building owners to create sun-fueled power plants on
their roofs or over parking lots.

What candidate Obama said about coal in 2008. What would you ask
a presidential candidate? When President Obama was still Senator
Obama, a first-time candidate for president, I asked him about
his thoughts on the coal industry. (He introduced a bill
supporting coal-to-liquid fuels.) Given the Bay Area's concern
about global warming, I thought it was an important issue for
voters here to consider. Posted.

Our View: California has left coal behind; now others will, too.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regulations proposed
Monday by the Obama administration will have a familiar ring to
Californians, though they’re groundbreaking almost everywhere
else. Posted.

Cutting through the smog. The Obama administration has finally
rolled out its centerpiece climate change policy. It is a
praiseworthy, solid step, taken in the face of withering
opposition, something California started implementing years ago.
And even though the plan is good, it is not enough. Posted.


Green(ish) energy. This week, the EPA unveiled its new rule to
cut carbon emissions by 30% by 2030 (that is, 30% from 2005
levels). Most of those cuts will come from burning less coal,
which is currently the source of about 38% of the United States’
electricity. Conservatives rushed to oppose the new rule, calling
it “Obama’s War on Coal”. Posted.

The ad war over EPA’s climate rule has begun. The Environmental
Protection Agency’s draft rule to limit carbon from existing
power plants is just two days old, but it’s already sparked an ad
war. The American Lung Association today will launch a national
television ad buy featuring a sleeping baby drawing deep breaths,
touting the fact that the regulation would close the “loophole”
that allows industry to “pump unlimited carbon pollution into his
air.” Posted.

Behind the Mask – A Reality Check on China’s Plans for a Carbon
Cap.  Having covered China’s stance on global warming since 1988,
I’ve gotten attuned to the need to tread carefully when something
is said that feels like a shift in the official position of this
greenhouse gas giant. Posted.

Climate change needs agreement. Thomas Friedman’s observation in
his column “Climate change needs urgent action,” May 25, that
“(A)cting today as if climate change requires an urgent response
(such as) a carbon tax … actually makes us healthier, more
prosperous and more resilient, even if climate change turns out
to be overblown” mirrors a recent argument by conservative
economist Irwin Stelzer in the Weekly Standard:…Posted.

Energy Efficiency Critical To Achieving EPA Carbon Standards,
Boosting the Economy. There is overwhelming evidence that saving
energy lowers electric bills while increasing comfort, supporting
a growing workforce, and reducing harmful carbon pollution. And
that’s why the Environmental Protection Agency and others are
betting energy efficiency will play a major role in meeting EPA’s
proposed carbon pollution standards, which allow states
flexibility in reaching their emissions reduction targets.

Ditching your car could save you over $10,000 a year.  Looking to
line your pockets with some extra cash? Perhaps it's time to give
up driving. A sobering report from the American Public
Transportation Association (APTA) says that people using public
transit in the 20 cities with the most riders save an average of
$848 dollars a month, or $10,181 a year. Posted.

California state senate says Charge Ahead for more EVs.  When it
comes to pro-electric vehicle mandates, California is headed into
summer with a full head of steam. Or at least battery power. The
Golden State continues to take steps to ensure the pieces are in
place for aggressive adoption of zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) by
its residents during the next decade. Posted.

California is in a drought emergency.
Visit www.SaveOurH2O.org for water conservation tips.

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