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ARB Newsclips for June 4, 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 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 SUBSCRIPTION ONLY 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 BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY CLIMATE CHANGE 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. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/A/AF_AFRICA_POWER?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT 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. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/O/OBAMA_GLOBAL_WARMING_GLANCE?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT 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. Posted. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_GLOBAL_WARMING_TRIBES?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT 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. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_SCI_WARMEST_STATES?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT 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. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-06-04/obama-emission-rules-discount-gas-leaks-scientists-say.html 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. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-06-04/obama-relying-on-consensus-builder-to-steer-carbon-plan.html 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. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/06/04/us-climatechange-un-tracker-idUSKBN0EF14I20140604 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. http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/06/04/us-climatechange-un-idUSKBN0EF0CS20140604 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. http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/06/03/us-usa-eu-climatechange-idUSKBN0EE1A720140603 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. http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-epa-climate-legal-20140604-story.html 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. http://www.latimes.com/nation/nationnow/la-na-nn-epa-natural-gas-20140602-story.html 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. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/04/business/economy/a-paltry-start-in-curbing-global-warming.html?ref=earth 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. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/04/us/politics/coral-davenport-obama-epa-carbon-regulations.html?ref=earth 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. http://www.businessweek.com/news/2014-06-03/states-may-look-to-california-for-ways-to-meet-epa-rule 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. http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/06/03/vulnerable-democrats-fight-epas-co2-emissions-rule/ 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. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1060000683/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY 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 SUBSCRIPTION ONLY DROUGHT 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. http://goldrushcam.com/sierrasuntimes/index.php/mariposa-daily-news-2014/179-june/13671-more-california-water-users-receive-notices-of-curtailment DIESEL EMISSIONS 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. http://www.landlinemag.com/Story.aspx?StoryID=27124#.U49Pi_ldWSo FUELS 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. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_GLOBAL_WARMING_COAL_TO_GAS?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT 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. http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/06/04/us-usa-keystone-vulnerability-idUSKBN0EF1RQ20140604 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. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-06-04/gasoline-demand-drops-from-three-year-high-after-holiday.html 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. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/04/business/energy-environment/the-potential-downside-of-natural-gas.html?ref=earth GREEN ENERGY 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. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/04/business/energy-environment/us-imposing-duties-on-some-chinese-solar-panels.html?action=click&module=Search®ion=searchResults&mabReward=relbias%3Ar%2C%5B%22RI%3A6%22%2C%22RI%3A12%22%5D&url=http%3A%2F%2Fquery.nytimes.com%2Fsearch%2Fsitesearch%2F%3Faction%3Dclick%26region%3DMasthead%26pgtype%3DSectionFront%26module%3DSearchSubmit%26contentCollection%3Dscience%26t%3Dqry931%23%2Fgreen%2Benergy%2F24hours%2F 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 SUBSCRIPITON ONLY 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 SUBSCRIPTION ONLY 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 SUBSCRIPTION ONLY OPINIONS 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. http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/06/03/usa-oil-exports-kemp-idUSL6N0OJ4CH20140603 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. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/04/opinion/coal-pollution-and-climate-change.html 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. http://www.latimes.com/opinion/readersreact/la-le-0604-wednesday-bullet-train-20140604-story.html 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. http://www.latimes.com/opinion/readersreact/la-le-0604-wednesday-epa-carbon-coal-20140604-story.html 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. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-beinecke-epa-coal-jobs-costs-20140604-story.html 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. http://www.latimes.com/opinion/opinion-la/la-ol-epa-greenhouse-rules-legal-attack-20140603-story.html 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. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/opinion/editorials/la-ed-dwp-solar-20140604-story.html 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. http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/What-candidate-Obama-said-about-coal-in-2008-5525448.php 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. http://www.modbee.com/2014/06/03/3371638/our-view-california-has-left-coal.html#storylink=cpy 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. http://www.dailydemocrat.com/editorials/ci_25892085/cutting-through-smog BLOGS 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. http://blogs.reuters.com/counterparties/2014/06/03/greenish-energy/ 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. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2014/06/04/the-ad-war-over-epas-climate-rule-has-begun/ 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. http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/06/03/behind-the-mask-a-reality-check-on-chinas-plans-for-a-carbon-cap/?action=click&module=Search®ion=searchResults&mabReward=relbias%3Ar%2C%5B%22RI%3A6%22%2C%22RI%3A12%22%5D&url=http%3A%2F%2Fquery.nytimes.com%2Fsearch%2Fsitesearch%2F%3Faction%3Dclick%26region%3DMasthead%26pgtype%3DSectionFront%26module%3DSearchSubmit%26contentCollection%3Dscience%26t%3Dqry931%23%2Fclimate%2Bchange%2F24hours%2F 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. http://blog.timesunion.com/opinion/climate-change-needs-agreement/29324/ 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. Posted. http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/scarter/energy_efficiency_critical_to.html 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. http://green.autoblog.com/2014/06/04/ditching-your-car-could-save-you-over-10-000-a-year/ 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. http://green.autoblog.com/2014/06/03/california-says-charge-ahead-for-more-evs/ California is in a drought emergency. Visit www.SaveOurH2O.org for water conservation tips.