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ARB Newsclips for June 16, 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 Gov. Brown and lawmakers reach deal on spending billions in carbon cap-and-trade revenues. Billions of dollars in revenues from California's carbon cap-and-trade auctions will help fund development of the state's high-speed rail line and pay for public transit, affordable housing and communities located near jobs and transportation under a deal struck yesterday.Gov. Jerry Brown's (D) office and top state lawmakers reached agreement on a package that carved up $870 million that the state expects to see in fiscal 2014-15 from its sales of greenhouse gas pollution permits to businesses. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1060001261 AIR POLLUTION Barrio Logan grapples with pollution. In the waterfront neighborhood of Barrio Logan is a jumble of industry, recycling centers, homes and schools that has put the community on the map as one of California’s toxic hot spots. A state environmental health program calculated that high levels of pollutants such as diesel and airborne toxins, combined with factors such as poverty and high asthma rates, ranked Barrio Logan as 99th worst out of 8,035 census tracts in California for pollution risks. Posted. http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/jun/15/barrio-logan-grapples-with-pollution/ CLIMATE CHANGE At Commencement, Obama Mocks Lawmakers Who Deny Climate Change. President Obama, appearing emboldened after his recent move to cut carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants, on Saturday ridiculed members of Congress who deny climate change or plead scientific ignorance as an alibi for avoiding an uncomfortable truth. Speaking in gleefully sarcastic terms to a commencement ceremony at the University of California, Irvine, Mr. Obama likened those who deny climate change to people who would have told John F. Kennedy, at the dawn of the space program, that the moon “was made of cheese.” Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/15/us/obama-mocks-lawmakers-who-deny-climate-change.html?hpw&rref=us&_r=0&assetType=nyt_now http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/jun/15/tp-obama-blasts-climate-change-deniers-as-radical/ http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/06/14/us-usa-obama-climatechange-idUSKBN0EP12J20140614 http://online.wsj.com/articles/president-obama-renews-call-to-combat-climate-change-1402773087?KEYWORDS=climate+change U.N. climate talks edge towards 2015 emissions deal. U.N. climate negotiations made tentative progress on Saturday towards a text for a 2015 deal to bind all nations to cut greenhouse gas emissions. The talks, which were heading to a close on Saturday, drew some 1,900 diplomats from 182 countries to Bonn to line up what their leaders will be prepared to sign up to next year to tackle emissions that U.N.-backed scientists say will cause more severe flooding, droughts and the sea level to rise. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/06/14/us-un-carbon-idUSKBN0EP11T20140614 Colorado is ahead of the curve on reducing carbon emissions. At the beginning of this month, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed a strategy to cut power plant emissions by 30% across the entire country. If the rule is implemented in anything resembling its present form, it will have a dramatic effect on U.S. energy policy across the entire country. Yet not all states will share in the consequences equally. Posted. http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc/colorado-ahead-the-curve-reducing-carbon-emissions Shaky stats fuel power plant debate. President Barack Obama's new pollution limits for power plants have set off an avalanche of information about what the rules will cost, how they will affect your health and how far they will go toward curbing climate change. There's just one problem: Almost none of it is based in reality. Posted. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_CLIMATE_CHANGE_SHAKY_ESTIMATES?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT FRACKING Calif. issues updated frack rules, including disclosure on quakes. Oil and gas companies using unconventional drilling methods in California must report earthquakes of 2.0 magnitude or greater occurring near their operations, under updated oversight rules the state issued Friday. The California Department of Conservation's Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR) included the mandate as part of revised regulations it put out in response to S.B. 4., legislation that passed last year. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/energywire/stories/1060001343/ FUELS Biodiesel dreams on hold in California. Just six months ago, the future burned bright for a Barrio Logan refinery that collects used cooking oil from hundreds of San Diego-area restaurants and turns it into motor fuel for standard diesel engines. New Leaf Biofuel was on pace to produce 5 million gallons a year — the outcome of years of planning, a hiring spree, state grants and more than $1 million in private investment. The company provides fuel to military bases, San Diego city and county governments, and hundreds of school buses at the San Diego Unified School District. Posted. http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/jun/16/biodiesel-dreams-california/ VEHICLES California online dashboard provides information about PEV buyers; importance of incentive funds, $130M from California paid out to date. A new online tool published by the California Air Resources Board (ARB) and California Center for Sustainable Energy offers the general public, researchers, policymakers and stakeholders the opportunity to learn about who is buying plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) in California, and why. The online “EV Driver Survey Dashboard” offers multiple approaches to analyzing the data provided by a survey of those who received rebates for purchasing PEVs. Posted. http://www.greencarcongress.com/2014/06/20140615-calipev.html GREEN ENERGY NASA to Launch First Satellite to Chart Levels of Carbon Dioxide in Atmosphere. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration plans to launch July 1 its first satellite dedicated to measuring carbon dioxide levels in Earth's atmosphere. The $465 million Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2) mission seeks to provide a more complete picture of human and natural sources of carbon dioxide globally, as well as sinks where carbon dioxide is absorbed. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-06-13/nasa-to-launch-first-satellite-to-chart-levels-of-carbon-dioxide-in-atmosphere.html How Will Residential Solar Play Out in the U.S.? When analyzing the solar industry, one of the biggest questions I ponder is: What does the future of the residential solar market look like? Thus far, SolarCity has been far and away the most successful company, building a footprint that spans 15 states with more added regularly and the company plans to install as much as 1 gigawatt of solar next year. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/How-Will-Residential-Solar-Play-Out-in-the-U-S-5556055.php OPINIONS Health Care and Climate: President Obama’s Big Deals. Then there’s climate policy. The Obama administration’s new rules on power plants won’t be enough in themselves to save the planet, but they’re a real start — and are by far the most important environmental initiative since the Clean Air Act. I’d add that this is an issue on which Mr. Obama is showing some real passion. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/16/opinion/paul-krugman-health-care-and-climate-president-obamas-big-deals.html?module=Search&mabReward=relbias%3Aw BLOGS Minnesota scores first-in-US statewide EV charging discount rate. The Land of 10,000 Lakes is now No. 1 when it comes to cutting electric-vehicle recharging rates. Minnesota has become the first state in the union to require investor-owned utilities to offer consumers discounted rates for EV charging during off-peak hours. You betcha. More than 1.3 million households throughout the state will have the chance to take advantage of off-peak rates when recharging their plug-ins during hours outside of the 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. timeframe, clean-energy advocate Fresh Energy says. Posted. http://green.autoblog.com/2014/06/13/minnesota-scores-first-in-us-statewide-ev-charging-discount-rate/ Nissan expands US EV test market for e-NV200 to Portland. Of course, it's going to be Portland. Oregon's largest city, known for its green-friendly vibe and policies, will be where Nissan will next test of its all-electric e-NV200 cargo van. And we hope those vans have cup holders for the inevitable java. The Japanese automaker is working with local utility company Portland General Electric (PGE) on a six-week trial program. Posted. http://green.autoblog.com/2014/06/13/nissan-expands-us-ev-test-market-for-e-nv200-to-portland/ Will EPA’s power plant regulations be stopped in the courts? The famous adage that nothing is certain in this world but death and taxes should probably be amended. At least insofar as politics and policy are concerned, there is a third inevitability: lawsuits. Before they even know the details of a major environmental regulation, affected industries start looking for ways to get it thrown out in court. Posted. http://grist.org/climate-energy/will-epas-power-plant-regulations-be-stopped-in-the-courts/ Bikers Suck Down Less Pollution When They Ride In Separated Bike Lanes. If you want to encourage cycling in cities, separated bike lanes are key, say cycling advocates. While hard-core riders are happy to mix it with motorized traffic, inexperienced cyclists want the safety and predictability of paths protected by plant-pots or bollards, or--better--paths that are several feet from the road. Posted. http://www.fastcoexist.com/3031593/heres-an-idea/bikers-suck-down-less-pollution-when-they-ride-in-separated-bike-lanes Chinese Outlook for Electric Cars Rosier, Says Nomura. China’s wealthy consumers are falling in love with electric vehicles.So says Japanese investment bank Nomura in a note following a tour of Chinese companies involved in the electric vehicle business. Nomura found rising demand for both plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, like Chinese auto maker BYD ’s Qin hybrid car, which can run on either gasoline or battery power, and for pure electric cars such as Tesla Motors Model S. Posted. California is in a drought emergency. Visit www.SaveOurH2O.org for water conservation tips.