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ARB Newsclips for June 17, 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. AIR POLLUTION Valley air officials to consider putting $4M into program to repair cars to pass smog test. Valley air officials this week will consider pumping $4 million into a program that helps residents of Stockton and other communities repair their cars to pass a smog test. "Tune In and Tune Up" holds periodic drive-up testing events at the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds. Motorists whose cars flunk the unofficial tests are eligible for waivers to make repairs. Posted. http://www.recordnet.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20140616/A_NEWS/140619909/0/SEARCH Chileans asked to stop World Cup barbecues as pollution rises. The governor of Santiago has asked Chileans to refrain from lighting up their barbecue grills while they watch the World Cup soccer tournament, as air pollution in the capital has worsened. "We have air problems. Do not light a wood fire, no bonfires, no barbecues," Governor Claudio Orrego said at the weekend, as the local government issued an environmental alert, restricting traffic and banning outdoor sports at schools. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/06/16/us-chile-worldcup-pollution-idUSKBN0ER2JM20140616 HIGH-SPEED RAIL Long-term money a big boost for California's high-speed rail. Gov. Jerry Brown scored a big win for California's $68 billion high-speed rail project by persuading fellow Democrats to dedicate a steady future funding source for it in the state budget. The $108 billion, 2014-15 general fund budget approved Sunday includes $250 million this year from the state's cap-and-trade greenhouse gas emissions fund. Posted. http://www.contracostatimes.com/News/ci_25975450/Longterm-money-a-big-boost-for http://www.dailynews.com/article/20140616/NEWS/140619486 http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/jun/16/long-term-money-a-big-boost-for-high-speed-rail/ Cap-and-trade funds fuel bullet train. Hundreds of millions of dollars from California’s auctions of carbon emission credits are being tapped by the Brown administration to help finance the $68 billion high-speed rail project. The first-year installment, $250 million contained in the 2014-15 budget approved Sunday by the Legislature, will begin flowing to the bullet train beginning July 1. In subsequent years, a fourth of the auction money will go to the train. The budget requires the governor’s signature to take effect. Posted. http://capitolweekly.net/cap-trade-funds-fuel-bullet-train/ VEHICLES DOE awards $20M to 10 hydrogen production and delivery technologies projects. The US Department of Energy (DOE) will award $20 million to ten new research and development projects that will advance hydrogen production and delivery technologies: six on hydrogen production and four on hydrogen delivery. The six hydrogen production R&D projects selected aim to produce, deliver, and dispense hydrogen at less than $4 per gallon gasoline equivalent. Posted. http://www.greencarcongress.com/2014/06/20140617-doe.html California-based Center for Sustainable Energy Selected To Manage Massachusetts Electric Vehicle Rebate Program. The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources has selected the nonprofit, California-based Center for Sustainable Energy to administer a new incentive program aimed at increasing the number of zero-emission vehicles commonwealth residents own. The Massachusetts Offers Rebates for Electric Vehicles (MOR-EV) program will provide up to $2,500 for the purchase or lease of plug-in hybrid or electric vehicles (EVs). Posted. http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/1993546 GREEN ENERGY Cable TV boxes become 2nd biggest energy users in many homes. In the middle of the night, when most Americans are sound asleep, their lights and appliances off, a power hog is wide awake and running at nearly full throttle: the boxes that operate their cable or satellite television service. The seemingly innocuous appliances — all 224 million of them across the nation — together consume as much electricity as produced by four giant nuclear reactors, running around the clock. They have become the biggest single energy user in many homes, apart from air conditioning. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-power-hog-20140617-story.html#page=1 MISCELLANEOUS Obama to create world's largest ocean preserve. Moving to protect fragile marine life, President Barack Obama announced plans Tuesday to create the largest ocean preserve in the world by banning drilling, fishing and other activities in a massive stretch of the Pacific Ocean. Using presidential authority that doesn't require new action from Congress, Obama proposed to expand the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument, which President George W. Bush designated to protect unique species and rare geological formations. Posted. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_OBAMA_OCEANS?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/jun/17/obama-to-create-worlds-largest-ocean-preserve/ OPINION How the insurance industry sees climate change. Twenty years ago, I interviewed Frank Nutter, then and now president of the Reinsurance Assn. of America, on the threat climate change posed to the $2-trillion-plus global property and casualty insurance industry. "It is clear," he said back then, "that global warming could bankrupt the industry." Posted. http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-linden-insurance-climate-change-20140617-story.html Can the Port Authority Save the Planet? THIS has been a bad year for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, with scandals over a bridge closure and, most recently, a shady real estate deal. But the authority has a chance at redemption, if it is willing to move beyond its traditional mandate. Its model of interstate cooperation could do much more than prevent traffic jams; it could also play the leading role in managing the ecological health of the Hudson River estuary, and serve as an example for other coastal cities around the world facing complex environmental problems in a time of climate change. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/17/opinion/can-the-port-authority-save-the-planet.html?hpw&rref=opinion&module=Search&mabReward=relbias%3Ar BLOGS Budget Deal a Shot in the Arm for California Sustainable Communities. With less than 6 hours left before the constitutional deadline, California lawmakers passed a budget last night that includes substantial new revenues for implementing California’s landmark Sustainable Communities and Climate Protection Law (SB 375), both this year and into the future. Posted. Posted. http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/aeaken/budget_deal_a_shot_in_the_arm.html Solar Tax Break Proves Budget Muscle of Powerful Interests. In a five hour session of the Legislature’s joint budget conference committee last Thursday night, it all went down in less than three minutes. A multi-year, multi-million dollar tax break — inserted into the budget and never examined in the light of day — was being fast-tracked as part of a state spending plan that was only hours away from landing on the governor’s desk for an all-but-certain signature. Posted. http://blogs.kqed.org/newsfix/state+budget+surprise+solar+tax+break How to get incredibly accurate information on your EV's charging power. One would think that paying about $300 to receive a bit of bad news about electric-vehicle charging would be counterproductive. But the fine folks at Teslarati believe that truth is beauty, and they're willing to pay a little extra for the straight dope. There are always losses when taking power from the grid and shoving it into an EV's battery pack. The question is how big are these losses. Posted. http://green.autoblog.com/2014/06/17/how-to-get-incredibly-accurate-information-on-your-evs-charging/ California is in a drought emergency. Visit www.SaveOurH2O.org for water conservation tips.