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ARB Newsclips for January 23, 2017. 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 Appeals court to hear pivotal suit against cap and trade. A lawsuit challenging the legality of California's economywide cap-and-trade system for greenhouse gases is set for oral arguments this week, but uncertainty over the future of the program is likely to persist for some time. The 3rd District Court of Appeal in Sacramento will hear an hour of arguments tomorrow for and against California's authority to conduct auctions… http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1060048756 CLIMATE CHANGE As Trump enters White House, California renews climate change fight. California released new measures to fight climate change within minutes of Donald Trump being sworn in as U.S. president on Friday, signaling the state's commitment to be the nation's environmental steward under an administration that has questioned the reality of global warming. http://www.reuters.com/article/us-california-climate-idUSKBN1542LX?utm_source=Inside+Climate+News&utm_campaign=63572fa249-Today_s_Climate12_10_2014&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_29c928ffb5-63572fa249-327747457 On Trump's White House website, no more mention of climate change. Well, that was fast. Scientists, environmentalists and other concerned citizens were quick to notice that there is no longer any mention of climate change on the new White House website. It’s a significant departure from how the site looked Friday morning, when President Obama was still in charge. His administration dedicated a page to the issue that began with the following quote from the now-former president: http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/ Fearing climate change databases may be threatened in Trump era, UCLA scientists work to protect them. On a rainy Inauguration Day morning, dozens of students, archivists, librarians, professors and other concerned citizens gathered in a UCLA classroom, poring over the Department of Energy website. They sifted through pages covering a broad spectrum of topics, from energy-efficient buildings and solar power to transportation and bioenergy. http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-climate-change-data-20170121-story.html Wisconsin's PSC also cut climate topics from site. In a shift from the practice of two other state agencies, Wisconsin emergency management officials have released new information on climate change and its implications for the state. In a report that it posted online last week, the state Division of Emergency Management devoted extensive attention to climate change and how a warming planet… http://www.jsonline.com/story/news/politics/2017/01/22/wisconsin-disaster-agency-plans-climate-change/96844716/?utm_source=Inside+Climate+News&utm_campaign=63572fa249-Today_s_Climate12_10_2014&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_29c928ffb5-63572fa249-327747457 CDC quietly cancels long-planned climate summit. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention quietly and abruptly canceled a major climate change summit scheduled for next month shortly after Donald Trump was elected president, according to emails sent to those scheduled to speak and obtained by E&E News. The Climate and Health Summit was scheduled to be held in Atlanta, where the CDC is headquartered… http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2017/01/23/stories/1060048779 DROUGHT Widespread flooding, mudslides, evacuations as biggest storm in years batters California. The third in a series of powerful winter storms unleashed a deluge in Southern California on Sunday, flooding numerous roads and freeways, setting new rainfall records and stranding some in dangerously rising waters. Forecasters had predicted this storm would be the strongest and several years… http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-new-storm-california-floods-muslides-snow-20170121-story.html How California Can Make the Most of Its Rainfalls. Now that rain is finally falling, is California doing all it can to capture and conserve that water? Projects are underway to utilize stormwater better, with several areas of Southern California already leading by example. The deluge that hit California this month may have eased some people’s concerns about the drought. https://www.newsdeeply.com/water/articles/2017/01/23/how-california-can-make-the-most-of-its-rainfalls FUELS OPEC Helps Cheap U.S. Oil Find Its Way to Group’s Top Customers. Add Southern Green Canyon and Mars Blend to the growing list of American crude that’s challenging OPEC’s dominance in the world’s biggest oil market. Cargoes of the two varieties produced in the Gulf of Mexico, which are heavier and more sulfurous than supply from U.S. shale fields, are poised to flow into Asia... https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-01-23/opec-helps-cheap-u-s-oil-find-its-way-to-group-s-top-customers GREEN ENERGY China axes 103 coal-fired power plants, citing smog, overcapacity. During negotiations for the Paris Climate Treaty signed last fall, a major concern among critics was whether the carbon emissions of China's sprawling and inefficient energy sector could be reined in. With China, the U.S., and dozens of other countries signing the agreement, the world's most populous country committed itself to decarbonizing its growing energy consumption. http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1108481_china-axes-103-coal-fired-power-plants-citing-smog-overcapacity MISCELLANEOUS Trump’s political teams land at EPA, DOE. President Trump's first wave of political staffers are heading into federal agencies today. The small groups — known as beachhead teams — will lay the groundwork for the new administration's policies and serve as White House representatives until Cabinet officials are confirmed and bigger teams dispatched. http://www.eenews.net/greenwire/2017/01/23/stories/1060048813 OPINIONS Pruitt and Perry continue to play down climate change. President Trump has tapped Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt (R) and former Texas governor Rick Perry (R) to lead the agencies at the forefront of the nation’s response to global warming. In their nomination hearings last week, both men downplayed expert warnings about the nature and extent of the crisis. https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/pruitt-and-perry-continue-to-play-down-climate-change/2017/01/21/c891c61c-de97-11e6-ad42-f3375f271c9c_story.html?utm_term=.b15eedac386e Legal, political clashes will settle future of California’s cap-and-trade system. California’s highly controversial cap-and-trade approach to reducing carbon emissions has many moving parts – bureaucratic, legal and political – and the next few months will determine whether they coalesce into an enduring system or the entire structure collapses. http://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/politics-columns-blogs/dan-walters/article127843199.html#storylink=cpy The real climate hoax. Perhaps taking a page from the bad old days of the petroleum-influenced George W. Bush administration, Donald Trump's cabinet nominees aren't denying the science behind climate change, they're just trying to cast doubt. Asked about mankind's impact on global warming, they've collectively shrugged their shoulders and waxed philosophically about the uncertainties involved in the matter. http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/editorial/ With the Rise of Trump, Is It Game Over for the Climate Fight? Donald Trump’s ascension to the presidency is a stunning blow to hopes for avoiding the worst impacts of global warming. But a broad-based, grassroots movement committed to cutting emissions and promoting clean energy must continue and intensify – the stakes are simply too high to give up. One possibility is, we’ve lost. It’s a real possibility, and we should consider it carefully instead of ignoring it because it’s emotionally unpalatable. http://e360.yale.edu/features/with-the-ascent-of-trump-is-it-game-over-for-the-climate-fight California is in a drought emergency. 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