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ARB Newsclips for June 24, 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 Lawmakers urge change to carbon emissions plan. As California gas prices climb, a group of moderate and pro-business Democratic lawmakers is voicing concerns about the cost to drivers of state regulations to curb carbon emissions set to take effect next year. As part of a landmark law passed in 2006, motor vehicle fuel will be subject to new price pressures starting in January, and the change could add at least an estimated 15 cents to the average price of regular unleaded gasoline. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-gas-prices-sacramento-20140625-story.html CLIMATE CHANGE Money men tally cost of climate change. Climate change is likely to exact enormous costs on U.S. regional economies in the form of lost property, reduced industrial output and more deaths, according to a report backed by a trio of men with vast business experience. The report, released Tuesday, is designed to convince businesses to factor in the cost of climate change in their long-term decisions and to push for reductions in emissions blamed for heating the planet. Posted. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_COST_OF_CLIMATE_CHANGE_REPORT?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT OTHER RELATED STORIES http://www.sacbee.com/2014/06/23/6506471/money-men-tally-cost-of-climate.html http://www.vcstar.com/news/2014/jun/24/money-men-tally-cost-of-climate-change/#ixzz35ZnvHtKr http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/24/science/report-tallies-toll-on-economy-from-global-warming.html?_r=0 http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2014/06/24/climate-change-poses-business-risks/11302761/ http://www.freep.com/usatoday/article/11302761 http://www.cbsnews.com/news/business-leaders-say-climate-change-threatens-economy/ http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/06/140624-bipartisan-report-risky-business-climate-change-science/# BY SUBSCRIPTION US mayors unanimously pass climate change ideas. A bipartisan group of mayors from across the country unanimously approved a resolution Monday that calls on cities to use natural solutions to fight the effects of climate change. Attendees of the U.S. Conference of Mayors voted in Dallas on the resolution that encourages cities to use nature to "protect freshwater supplies, defend the nation's coastlines, maintain a healthy tree and green space cover and protect air quality…Posted. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_MAYORS_CLIMATE_CHANGE?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT Justices rap EPA, but uphold global warming rules. The Supreme Court largely left intact Monday the Obama administration's only existing program to limit power plant and factory emissions of the gases blamed for global warming. But a divided court also rebuked environmental regulators for taking too much authority into their own hands without congressional approval. Posted. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_SUPREME_COURT_GREENHOUSE_GASES?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT OTHER RELATED STORIES http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/A-climate-change-win-5573955.php Billionaire Obama adviser: Punish companies that ignore climate change. The climate change debate took a sharp left turn on Tuesday when several former cabinet secretaries, former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and a key Wall Street donor to environmental causes said companies that don’t buy into global warming should be punished and penalized. Posted. http://washingtonexaminer.com/billionaire-obama-advisor-punish-companies-that-ignore-climate-change/article/2550111 NC scientists find that oyster reefs can grow faster than sea-level rise. Climate scientists predict that by 2100, sea level will be 2 to 3 feet higher than it is today, but it appears that oyster reefs may adapt to the change. New research at the University of North Carolina Marine Science Institute found that oyster reefs grow fast enough to keep pace with rising seas. Climate warming and sea-ice loss is causing sea levels to rise, threatening to swamp coastal ecosystems in the process. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2014/06/24/6507070/nc-scientists-find-that-oyster.html#storylink=cpy White House pushes climate change solutions this week. White House officials are spending this week highlighting the public health and economic consequences of climate change on the one-year anniversary of President Barack Obama’s speech to combat address the problem. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2014/06/23/6505922/white-house-pushes-climate-change.html#storylink=cpy Climate Change becomes a battle ground of money wagers. The proponents for and against climate change have 97 percent of the scientists supporting that climate change has been increased by the hand of man with fossil fuel burning while pitted against staunch supporters in denial. Today, a physicist put up at wager of $10,000 to anyone who could refute scientifically the claim of climate change, posted online in Climateprogress. Posted. http://www.examiner.com/article/climate-change-becomes-a-battle-ground-of-money-wagers FUELS Neste Agrees to Buy Algae Oil to Make Clean Transport Fuel. Neste Oil Oyj (NES1V), a Finnish oil refiner, agreed to buy algae oil from U.S.-based Renewable Algal Energy to turn into clean diesel. The agreement secures access to industrial volumes of algae oil and will require Renewable Algal to increase its production capacity, Espoo-based Neste said today in a statement. The deal is non-exclusive and Neste said it’s looking for other partners. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/print/2014-06-24/neste-agrees-to-buy-algae-oil-to-make-clean-transport-fuel.html Ohio college to stop investing in fossil fuels. The University of Dayton says it will begin divesting coal and fossil fuels from its $670 million investment pool, hoping to spark discussion about how use of fossil fuels affects climate change. The private Catholic university said in a statement Monday that university trustees unanimously approved the new investment policy. The school says that reflects its commitment to environmental sustainability, human rights and its religious mission. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/Ohio-college-to-stop-investing-in-fossil-fuels-5573230.php Big News for Natural Gas Is Big News for This Industry. The media is buzzing with natural gas news, ranging from the effects of global warming initiatives on the industry to reports of Russia cutting off their supply of natural gas to Ukraine. Meanwhile, the fertilizer industry sits quietly behind the forefront of the natural gas dominance, remaining highly dependent on both domestic and international natural gas pricing. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/Big-News-for-Natural-Gas-Is-Big-News-for-This-5575704.php VEHICLES California Puts Its Electric-Car Owner Survey Info Online. Plug-in electric cars are driving silently off showroom floors in growing numbers--but who is buying them, and why? Data on electric-car owners can provide valuable insight for policymakers, helping to show which strategies for increased adoption are more likely to work. Now, one such a resource is available to the public. Posted. http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1092900_california-puts-its-electric-car-owner-survey-info-online Even Ferrari To Cut Carbon Emissions, With Hybrid V-12 & Turbo V-8 Engines. The fastest, most expensive sports cars and supercars must constantly boost performance to stay competitive--and now they're also having to cut their carbon emissions at the same time. Ferrari, possibly the best-known among sought-after supercar brands, plans to cut average carbon emissions across its fleet by 20 percent over the next seven years. Posted. http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1092912_even-ferrari-to-cut-carbon-emissions-with-hybrid-v-12-turbo-v-8-engines Hybrids vs Electric Vehicles vs Plug-in Hybrids (Infographic) Looking for a quick crash course in the world of electric vehicles in a single infographic? Well look no further. Fix.com has put together a nifty infographic that explains the differences between hybrids, electric vehicles, and plug-in hybrids, and explains all the money-saving and environmental benefits of electric vehicles. Posted. http://cleantechnica.com/2014/06/23/infographic-shows-differences-hybrids-evs-phevs/ HIGH SPEED RAIL Lawsuit contests high-speed rail air quality plans. A San Rafael-based group that opposes California's high-speed rail project filed a lawsuit Monday contesting the state's plan to spend cap-and-trade pollution money on the $68 billion project, arguing that building the bullet train would create more pollution than it would reduce for at least a decade. Posted. http://hosted2.ap.org/CAANR/703431ceb9e54ef59a493df79e81e2f3/Article_2014-06-23-CA--California%20High-Speed%20Rail/id-4128899fd7814ff2aa1284d2cfa343eb http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/Lawsuit-counters-high-speed-rail-air-quality-plans-5573733.php http://www.fresnobee.com/2014/06/23/3992439/new-lawsuit-in-fresno-challenges.html?sp=/99/406/ http://www.smdailyjournal.com/articles/lnews/2014-06-24/lawsuit-contests-high-speed-rail-air-pollution-money-plan/1776425125465.html http://www.dailynews.com/general-news/20140623/lawsuit-filed-contesting-plans-to-pay-for-californias-high-speed-rail-project-with-cap-and-trade-funds http://www.mercurynews.com/california-high-speed-rail/ci_26024041/lawsuit-contests-californias-high-speed-rail-air-quality http://www.kesq.com/news/highspeed-rail-critics-sue-state-over-diversion-of-funds/26635874 GREEN ENERGY 2 universities in DC make deal to buy solar power. Two universities in the nation's capital have agreed to a major energy deal to buy more than half their power from three new solar power farms that will be built in North Carolina, the schools announced Monday night. George Washington University, American University and the George Washington University Hospital announced the 20-year agreement with Duke Energy Renewables to reduce their carbon footprints by directly tapping solar energy. Posted. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_UNIVERSITIES_SOLAR_POWER?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT Rooftop Solar Leases Scaring Buyers When Homeowners Sell. Dorian Bishopp blames the solar panels on his roof for costing him almost 10 percent off the value of the home he sold in March. That’s because instead of owning them he leased the panels from SunPower Corp. (SPWR), requiring the new owner of the house to assume a contract with almost 19 years remaining. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/print/2014-06-23/rooftop-solar-leases-scaring-buyers-when-homeowners-sell.html Can General Electric and Synthetic Biology De-Risk Nuclear Energy? The average nuclear power plant generates 20 metric tons of nuclear waste every year, while America's entire nuclear fleet produces about 2,000 metric tons. That has added up to over 70,000 metric tons in the past 40 years. It's not a big volume, relatively speaking, but the problem is usually associated with the length of time it remains hazardous. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/Can-General-Electric-and-Synthetic-Biology-5572954.php DOE awards $100M in 2nd funding round for 32 Energy Frontier Research Centers. The US Department of Energy (DOE) is awarding $100 million in the second round of funding for Energy Frontier Research Centers (EFRCs); research supported by this initiative will enable fundamental advances in energy production, storage, and use. The 32 projects receiving funding were competitively selected from more than 200 proposals. Posted. http://www.greencarcongress.com/2014/06/20140624-doe.html OPINIONS On Balance, a Good Ruling on Emission. The Supreme Court Correctly Affirms the E.P.A.’s Authority. The Clean Air Act is a complex and often confusing piece of legislation, especially when it comes to confronting the challenges of global warming, which were not fully understood when the original law was passed in 1970. At that time, the biggest risk to the environment and human health was believed to come from more “conventional” air pollutants, like sulfur dioxide and lead. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/24/opinion/the-supreme-court-correctly-affirms-the-epas-authority.html Cap-and-trade is fueling California's economy. Re "Sticker shock coming at the pump" (Viewpoints,¯ June 19): As California business owners and residents, we take strong objection to Jay McKeeman's assertions that fuels under the cap in 2015 will result in a heavy economic burden on consumers. Since AB32 was enacted in 2006, California's clean-tech job growth is 10 times that of the state. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2014/06/23/6505270/cap-and-trade-is-fueling-californiaas.html#storylink=cpy Lee Lane: Does climate science dictate energy policy? In recent remarks, while avoiding disputes about climate science, House Speaker John Boehner has denounced the high costs of President Barack Obama’s climate and energy policies. Obama has responded by insisting that his own energy policies are based purely on science. He maintains, as well, that concerns that environmental controls will curtail economic growth reflect only the false claims of special interests. Posted. http://www.ocregister.com/articles/science-626869-climate-obama.html BLOGS Claim that global warming has “decelerated” is troubling, misleading (Viewpoint). As a meteorologist, I am used to dealing with uncertainty. The atmosphere is complex and our models always paint an incomplete, but still useful picture of the weather. We strive to be as confident in our conclusions as possible, but are careful to avoid showing over-confidence by drawing conclusions that are simply not justified by the data itself. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/capital-weather-gang/wp/2014/06/23/claim-that-global-warming-has-decelerated-is-troubling-misleading-viewpoint/ Researcher develops portable device to monitor air quality. Andy Zhang, an associate professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering Technology, and his students at City Tech designed a portable device called AirCasting that monitors air quality and transmits the data to a smartphone app. Zhang said there is interest in the air monitors from institutions in California, Colorado, and as far away as Poland, Hong Kong and China. Posted. http://phys.org/news/2014-06-portable-device-air-quality.html Cap-and-trade policy can help US reduce emissions. President Obama has established new emission standards to reduce greenhouse gas emissions into our atmosphere by 30 percent by 2030. The success or failure of this regulation will rely - at least in some states - on market economics and the allocation of resources in the most efficient manner. There are some areas, of course, where the market needs help. For instance, the market does not factor future costs into the price consumers pay for a product or service. Posted. http://newsitem.com/opinion/letters/cap-and-trade-policy-can-help-us-reduce-emissions-1.1707704 AAA says Tesla Model S is the best green car available. AAA has released its 2014 Green Car Guide (PDF), a 140-page document that discusses what it means to be green, how to be a greener driver, how to shop for green cars, what choices are available and what green cars are on the horizon. Most importantly, the guide evaluates and ranks 83 different green vehicles, from high-mileage gasoline vehicles to battery electric cars, and everything in between. Posted. http://green.autoblog.com/2014/06/24/aaa-says-tesla-model-s-is-the-best-green-car-available/ Idling vehicle engines are big polluters. WHILE there is a lively public discussion about the dangers of second-hand cigarette smoke, I have been wondering why the danger to health caused by idle vehicle engines is seldom addressed. Although the Environmental Pollution Control regulations deem it an offence to keep the engine running while a vehicle is stationary for reasons other than traffic conditions... Posted. http://www.straitstimes.com/premium/forum-letters/story/idling-vehicle-engines-are-big-polluters-20140625#sthash.0YYJQ6pv.dpuf California is in a drought emergency. Visit www.SaveOurH2O.org for water conservation tips.