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ARB Newsclips for June 5, 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 investigating validity of 4.3 mln carbon offset credits. California is reviewing half of the offset credits it has issued for its carbon market while regulators investigate whether wrongdoing at an incineration facility in Arkansas rendered those credits out of compliance with the cap and trade program's rules. Posted. http://in.reuters.com/article/2014/06/05/usa-california-carbonoffset-idINL1N0OM01R20140605 AIR POLLUTION Bill to preserve beach bonfire rings passes state Senate committee. The legislation draws questions because some say the pits are still widely used after a mandate that only charcoal be burned. A bill to safeguard beach bonfire rings by requiring coastal regulators to sign off before rings can be removed or their use restricted passed Wednesday out of the state Senate Environmental Quality committee. Posted. http://www.ocregister.com/articles/bill-617111-rings-beach.html Monitor tracks downwind pollution from 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 $52,000 monitor began collecting data May 23. Posted. http://www.pe.com/articles/plant-695714-air-monitor.html Gov. Herbert has concerns about new pollution cuts. Utah Gov. Gary Herbert said Wednesday that President Barack Obama's new plan to cut pollution discharged by America's power plants will likely raise electricity rates for consumers and cost the state jobs. He said the state is in good shape to make the transition from coal-powered plants to natural gas because the state has been taking steps in that direction for the past nine years…Posted. http://www.vcstar.com/news/2014/jun/04/new-pollution-cuts-on-agenda-at-utah-energy/#ixzz33mU0X6Kz Feds could impose air plan on Arizona. A 2010 state law designed to prevent Arizona from limiting greenhouse gases could prevent state regulators from coming up with a plan to limit carbon dioxide emissions from power plants without approval from the Republican-controlled Legislature, which has repeatedly opposed new federal regulations. That means the federal government could be left to choose how to implement new air rules proposed by President Barack Obama this week. Posted. http://www.vcstar.com/news/2014/jun/04/feds-could-impose-air-plan-on-arizona/#ixzz33mWJa3bj CLIMATE CHANGE Interior chief: Jamestown at risk from rising seas. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell got a firsthand look Thursday at the effect of climate change on ever-receding Jamestown island, concluding that America's first permanent European settlement is clearly vulnerable to rising seas. Led by National Park Service rangers, Jewell trekked around the island, where some sections now lie beneath the James River…Posted. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_DISAPPEARING_JAMESTOWN?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT OTHER RELATED STORIES http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/Interior-chief-Jamestown-at-risk-from-rising-seas-5530086.php China Working to Cap Emissions as Soon as Possible: Xie. China is working on how to cap its greenhouse gas for the first time, an effort that would spur the worldwide effort hold back climate change. The world’s biggest producer of fossil fuel emissions has been studying for more than a year how and when it might be able to make its pollution levels peak and hopes to act as soon as possible, said Xie Zhenhua…Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-06-05/china-working-to-cap-emissions-as-soon-as-possible-xie.html Time to take climate change quite seriously. Even for people who don't believe in it, climate change just got real. It's about time. The Obama administration's proposed new rule for existing power plants - reducing heat-trapping carbon emissions by up to 30 percent by 2030 - is ambitious enough to get anyone's attention. Posted. http://www.recordnet.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20140605/A_OPINION0608/406050314/0/SEARCH Some states already lashing at climate rule. Long before President Barack Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency unveiled its major climate rule for power plants this week, legislators around the country were working to undercut it with a big money conservative group nudging them along. In at least eight states, lawmakers have approved symbolic anti-EPA resolutions based on a model approved by the American Legislative Exchange Council…Posted. http://www.politico.com/story/2014/06/obama-climate-rule-states-lash-out-107450.html#ixzz33myrasPu Scientists report breakthrough in capturing CO2 from natural gas production. A research team says it may have a better way to capture carbon dioxide from natural gas wells. The team's results, published this week in Nature Communications, unveil a patented material that, at least in a lab, can capture CO2 from natural gas more cheaply and efficiently than typical amine scrubbers on natural gas processing facilities. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1060000758/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY Severe Flooding May Follow Summer Fires Out West, Thanks to El Nino. Drought-stricken states in the western United States could face severe flash flooding later in the year due to the combination of an intense wildfire season in the summer and a strong El Niño event the following winter. Posted. http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/severe-flooding-may-follow-summer-fires-out-west-thanks-to-el-nino/ DIESEL EMISSIONS Ship Operators Propose Drones to Hunt Sulfur Scofflaws. Container carriers may find it difficult to pass on the cost as the oversupply of ships persists. The world’s biggest shipping companies will call on authorities to deploy drones in enforcing new pollution controls that may tempt competitors to use cheaper, dirtier fuel and undercut prices. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-06-04/ship-operators-propose-drones-to-hunt-sulfur-scofflaws.html VEHICLES Electric-car company Tesla Motors might be able to stay plugged in in New Jersey. The Assembly's consumer affairs committee on Thursday unanimously advanced a bill that would allow electric car manufacturers to sell vehicles directly to residents. The companies would be required to operate maintenance facilities in the state. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/Bill-to-allow-Tesla-to-sell-in-New-Jersey-advances-5530414.php GREEN ENERGY Energy storage: The hot new thing in Silicon Valley. First, Randy Ross bought a Chevy Volt. Faced with the need to charge his car and eager to cut his utility bill, he installed solar panels on the roof of his Pleasanton home. Now Ross, 61, has taken the next big step toward energy independence: his own battery storage system, which gives him a source of backup power and could ultimately…Posted. http://www.mercurynews.com/business/ci_25900627/energy-storage-hot-new-thing-silicon-valley State renewable energy mandates raise power prices by only tiny amounts so far – study. Electricity ratepayers in states with renewable portfolio standards (RPSs) have seen their power bills increase slightly as utilities and other power providers work to incorporate more wind, solar and biomass energy into their fuel mixes. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2014/06/05/stories/1060000742 BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY EPA proposal unlikely to be a game changer for clean energy 'innovation' Despite White House promises to "spur" innovation in drumming up support for the new U.S. EPA rule to cut carbon emissions on existing power plants, the rule if enacted will not create any great leap forward in clean energy technology. The rule would not solicit a surge of investment for advanced energy storage and batteries; flexible, paper-thin solar panels would not become the building material of choice because states are looking for cleaner generation. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/greenwire/stories/1060000787/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY BLOGS What’s News in Washington: Obama Talks Climate Change at Summit. Good Thursday morning. Political controversies over a prisoner swap with the Taliban and the scandal at the Department of Veterans Affairs are still swirling in Washington, but on this warm and gloomy day, President Obama has a busy agenda across the pond. Mr. Obama is meeting with foreign leaders at the Group of 7 in Brussels to discuss energy, climate change and, of course…Posted. http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/06/05/whats-news-in-washington-obama-talks-climate-change-at-summit/?_php=true&_type=blogs&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%3DHomepage%26module%3DSearchSubmit%26contentCollection%3DHomepage%26t%3Dqry377%23%2Fclimate%2Bchange%2F24hours%2F&_r=0 Energy Choices. Nate Silver got a lot of grief when he chose Roger Pielke Jr., of all people, to write about environment for the new 538. Pielke is regarded among climate scientists as a concern troll – someone who pretends to be open-minded, but is actually committed to undermining the case for emissions limits any way he can. But is this fair? Posted. http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/06/05/energy-choices/?_php=true&_type=blogs&module=BlogPost-Title&version=Blog%20Main&contentCollection=Opinion&action=Click&pgtype=Blogs®ion=Body&_r=0 Power Plant Rule A Tipping Point For Clean Energy Economy. For those of us (and all of you) who’ve been urging the government to implement meaningful climate policy, the release yesterday of a plan to cut carbon emissions from power plants has been a long time coming. But it finally came. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed carbon pollution rule for existing fossil-fueled power plants – also known as the Clean Power Plan – are a huge win for our climate. Posted. http://www.forbes.com/sites/edfenergyexchange/2014/06/04/power-plant-rule-a-tipping-point-for-clean-energy-economy/ Average new-vehicle MPG climbs yet again, to 25.6. April Fools! That dip in new-car fuel economy during the fourth month of this year was in fact an aberration. The University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) calculated the weighted average of new-car fuel economy and determined that new car month-over-month fuel economy in May rose for the fourth time in five months. Better yet, May represented a monthly record high. Posted. http://green.autoblog.com/2014/06/05/average-new-vehicle-mpg-climbs-yet-again-to-25-6/ Tucson hydrogen fuel cell CUV will allow Hyundai to sell more dirty cars. With the first Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell Vehicle deliveries happening soon (a bit later than expected), it's time for the Korean automaker to explain why it's offering the H2 CUV here in the states. After all, there are only 10 public hydrogen stations in the US today, according to the DOE, so it can't be to take over the market. Posted. http://green.autoblog.com/2014/06/04/tucson-hydrogen-fuel-cell-cuv-allow-hyundai-sell-dirty-cars/ Production Tesla Model X designed for women, looks 'better' [w/video]. A recent study found that men and women drive their electric vehicles differently. That might help explain why there is a male bias towards Tesla's electric offerings while the more practical Nissan Leaf get the attention of female drivers. Well, according to Tesla CEO Elon Musk…Posted. http://green.autoblog.com/2014/06/04/production-tesla-model-x-designed-for-women-looks-better/ The Fight Over Drones, As Seen From A Drone. There are entrepreneurs who would love to fly drones all over the country. They dream of drones taking photos for real estate agents and survey their fields. But there's a battle in the courts right now standing in their way. The battle is about whether it's legal for drones to take to the sky. The question at the core of the battle: Who owns the air? We explored this question in a and in the video above. Posted. http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2014/06/05/318861346/the-fight-over-drones-as-seen-from-a-drone California is in a drought emergency. Visit www.SaveOurH2O.org for water conservation tips.