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ARB Newsclips for June 12, 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 Trailblazing California-Quebec Climate Plan Faces Fossil Industry Pushback. With the deadline to expand the cap-and-trade program less than six months away, energy companies are urging the two governments to pull back. When you combine climate change, an unlikely partnership between Californians and French-speaking Canadians—and the prospect of an 8-cents-a-gallon rise in gasoline prices—what do you get? The energy industry vs. California. And Quebec. Posted. http://insideclimatenews.org/news/20140612/trailblazing-california-quebec-climate-plan-faces-fossil-industry-pushback AIR POLLUTION Calexico City Council to hold conference with legal counsel regarding Imperial County Air Pollution Control District fine. As the city continues working with the Imperial County Air Pollution Control District to reduce a fine imposed on it last month in regard to their wastewater treatment plant, Calexico City Council members will meet in closed session today to hold conference with legal counsel for anticipated litigation. Posted. http://www.ivpressonline.com/news/local/county/calexico-city-council-to-hold-conference-with-legal-counsel-regarding/article_53e4d554-f76a-544b-973b-47d00264fd81.html CLIMATE CHANGE Watching Silicon Valley’s Response to Climate Goals. If the United States is going to achieve President Obama’s new climate change goals, an X factor is how Silicon Valley will respond. Success will depend, many analysts think, on whether the policy will spur entrepreneurs to come up with new technologies and create a clean energy economy. Once upon a time, clean tech was the buzzword in tech. People like John Doerr and Vinod Khosla, big-name venture capitalists who made billions in computers and the web, said it was the next big thing. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/13/upshot/watching-silicon-valleys-response-to-climate-goals.html?module=Search&mabReward=relbias%3Aw The Top 5 Non-Energy Sources of Climate Change. On June 2, U.S. President Barack Obama announced a sweeping plan to rein in carbon pollution from the nation's coal-fired power plants. It was the most significant step his administration has taken to address climate change. With the stroke of a pen, he has done more to tackle greenhouse gases (GHG) than any president in U.S. history. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/The-Top-5-Non-Energy-Sources-of-Climate-Change-5547459.php 22 Devastating Effects Of Climate Change. Major negative effects of climate change are here now and they're only getting worse, as shown by recent reports from the United Nation's Intergovernmental Panel On Climate Change (IPCC) and the White House among others. The greenhouse gas emissions that drive warming "now substantially exceed the highest concentrations recorded in ice cores during the past 800,000 years," the IPCC said. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/22-Devastating-Effects-Of-Climate-Change-5545741.php Australian PM's climate stance watched on US visit. The United States has few closer allies than Australia, but as Prime Minister Tony Abbott visits the United States climate change remains a touchy subtext between the two nations. Abbott, who was elected in September, met with President Barack Obama Thursday for about an hour at the White House, just days after Obama announced bold plans to cut carbon dioxide…Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/Australian-PM-s-climate-stance-watched-on-US-visit-5546629.php DROUGHT Discussion on 100-year-old water rights delayed until July. The State Water Resources Control Board will push back its discussion of curtailing 100-year-old water rights to July 1.The board planned to bring up the controversial issue at its meeting next week, but apparently its staff needs more time to prepare. Posted. http://www.modbee.com/2014/06/11/3386020/discussion-on-100-year-old-water.html#storylink=cpy California Home Prices Taking Hit As Lawns Turn Brown During Drought. The California drought is hitting home prices as a growing number of brown lawns are making properties less attractive. Posted. http://sacramento.cbslocal.com/2014/06/11/california-home-prices-taking-hit-as-lawns-turn-brown-during-drought/ GREEN ENERGY SF board to consider deal on clean-energy plan. Six weeks after Mayor Ed Lee proposed raiding a $19.5 million Public Utilities Commission fund set aside to help pay for a clean-energy program supported by the Board of Supervisors - and three weeks after a board committee rejected the entire PUC budget because of Lee's stated intention - Supervisor John Avalos brokered a compromise deal that will preserve around $7 million for CleanPowerSF. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/SF-board-to-consider-deal-on-clean-energy-plan-5545065.php Why Greenbacks Aren't Going Toward Green Energy. EPA Inflicts Mortal Wound on King Coal. Coal-fired power in the United States should start to ebb as regulations targeting pollution come into effect. More power, in turn, is coming online in the form of green energy resources, but so far, the money isn't backing that momentum. U.S. coal production during the first quarter of 2014 was down 1.1 percent year-on-year and should continue that trend into 2015. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/Why-Greenbacks-Aren-t-Going-Toward-Green-Energy-5547283.php OPINIONS Global warming. I keep reading articles from people who are of the opinion that global warming is a natural occurrence every ten thousand years or so and that nothing we do has any effect on it. It seems like they’re trying to argue the point with some reasonable logic and I agree with them to a point. I don’t claim to be an expert on the subject but I would like to share some common sense on the matter. I’ve read that there is evidence of ice ages occurring in the past due to global warming…Posted. http://www.desertdispatch.com/article/20140611/NEWS/140619989/12977/OPINION#sthash.NRoxW4oD.dpuf BLOGS Facts & Figures: Americans O.K. With Paying to Curb Climate Change. By an almost two-to-one margin, 62 percent to 33 percent, Americans say they would pay more for energy if it would mean a reduction in pollution from carbon emissions, according to the Bloomberg National Poll. While Republicans were split, with 46 percent willing to pay more and 49 percent opposed to it, 82 percent of Democrats and 60 percent of independents say they’d accept higher bills. Posted. http://takingnote.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/06/12/facts-figures-americans-o-k-with-paying-to-curb-climate-change/?module=Search&mabReward=relbias%3Aw California climate policies offer roadmap for EPA carbon rule. You’ve heard it before: As California goes, so goes the nation. So as states try to get their arms around the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s new Clean Power Plan, we can look to California for some helpful pointers. Granted, there are many roads to follow and for this journey, states are very much in the driver’s seat. They choose how to best reduce carbon pollution from their power plant by 30 percent over the next 15 years – as long as they can show EPA they’ll get there. Posted. http://www.edf.org/blog/2014/06/12/california-climate-policies-offer-roadmap-epa-carbon-rule California is in a drought emergency. Visit www.SaveOurH2O.org for water conservation tips.