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ARB Newsclips for June 10, 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 EIA projects how a price on carbon might affect natural gas, nuclear and renewable energy. U.S. EPA proposed rules last week that would require coal-fired power plants to cut carbon dioxide emissions. States would put together plans to achieve the targets outlined by EPA, and some of them might choose regional cap-and-trade mechanisms that places a price on carbon pollution. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1060001003/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY AIR POLLUTION Bay Area 'Spare the Air' issued for 2nd day in a row. Commuters were urged to avoid driving in the Bay Area on Monday as air quality authorities issued a Spare the Air Alert for the second day in a row. Monday's alert was the fifth in 2014 so far as the Bay Area Air Quality Management District once again prepares for unhealthy levels of smog around the region. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Bay-Area-Spare-the-Air-issued-for-2nd-day-in-a-5537826.php Valley lawmakers fight to keep pollution cleanup funds. Local legislators are opposing a proposal that would eliminate funds promised to help reduce pollution in the Central Valley. In 2012, the state passed SB 535, which allocates 25 percent of cap-and-trade revenues to the most disadvantaged communities in the state. In response, the California Environmental Protection Agency developed the CalEnviroScreen to measure environmental and socioeconomic indicators…Posted. http://www.turlockjournal.com/section/14/article/26072/ China’s Environment Goes From Bad to Worse. Each year, China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) releases a “state of the environment” report (PDF); it’s a rather grim annual ritual. For all the talk about China’s new “war on pollution” and money pouring into wind farms and river cleanup campaigns, the reality is that, according to most metrics, China’s environmental situation is getting worse, not better. Posted. http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2014-06-10/air-water-soil-chinas-environment-gets-worse Carbon Regs Will Help Your Health More Than the Planet’s. Public health—through cleaner air—will benefit more from EPA carbon rules than climate change, and that's O.K. When the White House rolled out the proposed Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations on power-plant carbon emissions on June 2—regs that will reduce emissions 30% below 2005 levels—President Barack Obama attended a conference call with a number of public health groups, including the American Lung Association. Poste. http://time.com/2839619/carbon-regs-will-help-your-health-more-than-the-planets/ CLIMATE CHANGE Canada, Australia Prime Ministers Talk Climate Change. Leaders Say They Are Taking Action But Are Against Measures That Would Destroy Economies. Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his Australian counterpart, Tony Abbott, said Monday they are taking action on climate change but are against measures that they say would destroy their economies. Posted. http://online.wsj.com/articles/canada-australia-prime-ministers-talk-climate-change-1402343957#printMode And Even More on Climate Change. Last week, the big news was that the Obama administration had unveiled a new Environmental Protection Agency regulation to cut carbon emissions from United States power plants 30 percent by 2030. But E.P.A. legislation aside, it has already been a banner year for climate news. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/10/science/and-even-more-on-climate-change.html?_r=1 Democrats See Winning Issue in Carbon Plan. He is a Democrat in a marquee Senate race, pressed by a strong Republican in a state with a challenging political environment. So when a new proposal to limit power plant emissions was seen as posing a threat to allies of the Obama administration, Senator Mark Udall of Colorado acted quickly: He embraced the plan. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/10/us/democrats-see-winning-issue-in-carbon-plan.html?hpw&rref=us&module=Search&mabReward=relbias%3Ar In Some States, Emissions Cuts Defy Skeptics. The cries of protest have been fierce, warning that President Obama’s plan to cut greenhouse gases from power plants will bring soaring electricity bills and even plunge the nation into blackouts. By the time the administration is finished, one prominent critic said, “millions of Americans will be freezing in the dark.” Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/07/science/in-some-states-emissions-cuts-defy-skeptics.html UC President Napolitano forms climate change advice group. University of California President Janet Napolitano formed an advisory group that includes several professors and a former Gap Inc. CEO to help the UC system cut pollution. Napolitano hopes the University of California will reach carbon neutrality by 2025, meaning the system will cut its own emissions and also pay to offset them. Posted. http://www.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/news/2014/06/09/uc-president-napolitano-climate-change-gap-fisher.html Report: US companies preparing for climate change. Businesses across the U.S. are factoring global warming into their financial planning, according to a new report by the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP). The report, which examines 173 S&P 500 companies in nine different states, found that all companies expect some form of regulation to mitigate climate change. Posted. http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/208784-report-us-companies-preparing-for-climate-change#ixzz34GGpp0jj EPA promotes global warming proposal to governors. The head of the Environmental Protection Agency promoted proposed clean power plant rules to Western governors Tuesday, framing the plan as a way to deal with destructive wildfires and floods that have ravaged the region in recent years. "There are some states that are really feeling some of the brunt of the changing climate most dramatically with…Posted. http://m.idahostatejournal.com/news/state/epa-promotes-global-warming-proposal-to-governors/article_6f6e3847-5e0a-5366-beb7-890a289c4c4f.html?mode=jqm Wind-blown dust darkening Greenland, increasing melt – study. Greenland's snowy surface is now darker in the spring than it was before 2009, suggesting that the ice sheet's melting and contribution to sea-level rise may be larger than expected, according to a new study. The research in Nature Geoscience this week adds to a body of recent research finding that the Arctic's albedo, or reflectiveness, may decline more sharply than original estimates. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1060001006/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY DIESEL EMISSIONS CARB Fines Trucking Operation nearly $141,000 for Violating Air Regulations. When the California Air Resources Board says it is serious about fining trucking companies for violating state regulations over air quality it isn’t kidding. Posted. http://www.truckinginfo.com/news/story/2014/06/carb-fines-trucking-operation-nearly-141-000-for-violating-air-regulations.aspx http://www.landlinemag.com/Story.aspx?StoryID=27153#.U5cz7fldWSo FUELS China’s Clean-Fuel Focus Tests U.S. Coal-Export Lifeline. The mud-colored air that blankets Chinese cities these days is bad for the people who live there. It may prove unhealthy for U.S. coal producers, too. Intense opposition on the U.S. West Coast, over climate change, rail congestion and damage to Native American fisheries, already is blocking new export terminals designed to ship coal across the Pacific Ocean. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-06-10/china-s-clean-fuel-focus-tests-u-s-coal-export-lifeline.html The Public Eye: Fight over crude-oil transports through California intensifies. The fight over the secrecy of crude-oil rail shipments through California intensified Monday. Responding to a federal order, BNSF Railway Co. acknowledged in a report to state safety officials that it’s transporting flammable Bakken crude oil in California, but it continued to vehemently resist releasing information about the shipments to the public. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2014/06/09/6470835/fight-over-crude-oil-transports.html#mi_rss=Our%20Region#storylink=cpy Diesel and gasoline both in decline this week. Average retail pump prices in the U.S. for both diesel and gasoline dropped this week, according to data tracked by the Energy Information Administration (EIA), though prices remain elevated compared to those posted during the same week last year. Diesel declined 2.6 cents to $3.892 per gallon this week, the agency said, which is 4.3 cents per gallon higher compared to the same time period in 2013. Posted. http://fleetowner.com/fuel/diesel-and-gasoline-both-decline-week http://www.ttnews.com/articles/basetemplate.aspx?storyid=35195. GREEN ENERGY Harry Reid Shapes Energy Regulator With an Eye to Nevada Industry. The nation's top energy regulator may soon get two new leaders who share at least one thing in common: the unrelenting attention of Sen. Harry Reid. As majority leader of the Senate, the Nevada Democrat is one of the most powerful people in Washington. Posted. http://online.wsj.com/articles/harry-reid-shapes-energy-regulator-with-an-eye-to-nevada-industry-1402270520 West Coast demand could push clean energy in Mont. Montana has room to spare. Ranking above only Wyoming and Alaska in population density, the aptly named "Big Sky State" is the fourth-largest in the nation with a population that could squeeze comfortably into Dallas. It's high and dry, bounded by mountains to the west that taper into high plains to the east. It's also very, very windy. These characteristics have sent the traditionally red state onto something of a renewable energy boom. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1060001008/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY OPINIONS Tax Credit for Wind Power. “A Pushback on Green Power” (Business Day, May 29) explores an important policy debate — how to balance our environmental and economic goals. Federal subsidies for renewables like the wind production tax credit need to end. If we transcend the partisan debate on renewable energy subsidies and take an objective look at this tax credit, it’s clear that its time is over. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/10/opinion/tax-credit-for-wind-power.html?module=Search&mabReward=relbias%3Ar California can expand its water supply and reduce demand. California has reached “peak water.” We’ve far exceeded the limits of our renewable and sustainable supply. The current severe drought has highlighted these limits and shown us the stark reality of a water system in need of new thinking, new strategies and new answers. http://www.sacbee.com/2014/06/10/6470411/viewpoints-california-can-expand.html#mi_rss=Viewpoints#storylink=cpy Earth Log: Clovis, you're having an air problem. It's Tuesday. We've gone nine straight days exceeding the federal eight-hour ozone standard. Let's keep talking about air. Clovis, you're having an air problem. Aside from the 13 bad days so far for Clovis, the ozone peak came your way on Monday in this heat wave. Between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m., your monitor showed 112 parts per billion -- just 13 away from the one-hour or peak ozone threshold. Posted. http://www.fresnobee.com/2014/06/10/3970327/clovis-youre-having-an-air-problem.html#storylink=cpy BLOGS Hurray For EPA Carbon Rules! New carbon rules may be going into place in America and everyone is worried about the economic effects. Don’t worry, we’ll be fine. It won’t hurt the economy or our energy security or our energy reliability. It won’t even cause a net loss of jobs, just shift them around a bit. But it will spur alternative energy development and installation including new nuclear, lower our health care costs, and continue our fracking craze for gas. Posted. http://www.forbes.com/sites/jamesconca/2014/06/08/hurray-for-epa-carbon-rules/ California’s Blueprint for Meeting (and Exceeding) EPA’s Clean Power Plan. Even before the Environmental Protection Agency proposed the nation’s first federal limits on carbon pollution from power plants last week, naysayers were claiming California’s longstanding policies to cut emissions and improve energy efficiency don’t work and have sent electric bills soaring. But Californians and anyone else taking a close look at the state’s success know otherwise. Posted. http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/ajackson/californias_blueprint_for_meet.html Carbon tax should replace cap-and-trade — better emissions benefit, better economic benefit. In talking about how to eliminate carbon emissions, I’ve written about three general methods: Ask for change. Encourage change. Force change. We’re well beyond asking, so encouragement seems the next step. (Psst: I’m a fan of force, given the urgency.) Encouraging this kind of change — eliminating carbon emissions — comes in a couple of forms. Posted. http://americablog.com/2014/06/carbon-tax-replace-cap-trade-better-emissions-benefit-better-economic-benefit.html First-ever offer from EPA to tribes for cleaner diesel vehicles. Everyone deserves clean air, but the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has never directly offered diesel emission reduction program assistance to tribal (aka Native American) entities before. This is what makes a new announcement from the EPA about a million dollars targeted at reducing emissions from older diesel engines a bit more interesting than usual. Posted. http://green.autoblog.com/2014/06/10/epa-offering-1-million-to-help-tribes-clean-up-diesel-vehicles/ Doing nothing on climate change could cost auto industry millions. When it comes to climate change, the auto industry will be better served by working with the energy industry on cleaner energy plants than dealing with more and more severe weather incidents in the future. That's the finding of a new study by Business Forward, which says that supporting the EPA's new rules…Posted. http://green.autoblog.com/2014/06/09/doing-nothing-on-climate-change-would-cost-auto-industry-million/ Can carbon emissions become a revenue stream? On the heels of last week's EPA’s new carbon rules proposed by President Obama, it's time to take a closer look at a potential disruptive technological breakthrough: Taking CO2 waste streams and turning them into saleable, value-added feedstocks. Certainly, the deployment of renewables, energy efficiency, smart grid, and energy storage technologies…Posted. http://www.greenbiz.com/blog/2014/06/09/can-carbon-emissions-become-revenue-stream Diesel Engines in Need of an Overhaul, but not Without More Funding. Despite the well-known health risks from diesel emissions and the economic consequences of unhealthy air, clean air projects are often stalled because they lack money. Fortunately, funding options for transportation-related clean air initiatives are available at the national, regional, and state levels. One of the key national sources of funding has been the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA)…Posted. http://blogs.edf.org/texascleanairmatters/2014/06/09/diesel-engines-in-need-of-an-overhaul-but-not-without-more-funding/#sthash.2O6d00qu.dpuf Four reasons to love Obama’s power plant rules, and three reasons not to. It can be hard to know what to think of EPA’s proposal for regulating CO2 emissions from existing power plants, unveiled last week. Environmental groups all praised it, but they actually want stronger rules. Conservatives hate it, but they hate all environmental regulation, so that doesn’t prove it is strong enough. Posted. http://grist.org/climate-energy/four-reasons-to-love-obamas-power-plant-rules-and-three-reasons-not-to/ California is in a drought emergency. Visit www.SaveOurH2O.org for water conservation tips.