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newsclips -- ARB Newsclips for January 24, 2017.

Posted: 25 Jan 2017 14:52:44
ARB Newsclips for January 24, 2017. 

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Appeals Court to Decide Future of California Carbon Auctions.
Businesses looking to invalidate California's fee for carbon
pollution take their arguments to a state appeals court Tuesday
in a case that could determine the future of one of California's
signature efforts to combat climate change. With a central piece
of Gov. Jerry Brown's legacy on the line, lawyers for the state
and for environmental advocacy groups will defend a program that
has been closely watched around the world as a potential model
for controlling carbon emissions.



California regulators propose extending cap-and-trade.
California regulators are proposing to expand efforts to cut
greenhouse gas emissions, partly by extending the state's
cap-and-trade program, which is set to end in 2020. California's
goal of cutting its GHG emissions by 40% below 1990 levels by
2030 is the most ambitious carbon emissions reduction requirement
in the US. The state is close to meeting its current target of
getting down to 1990 emissions levels by 2020, according to the
draft plan, released Friday by the California Air Resources

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 of greenhouse gas permits, which have become a lucrative
source of funding, generating more than $3 billion so far for the
state's high-speed rail project, affordable housing near transit
and other programs linked to emissions reductions.


Air pollution in London passes levels in Beijing...and wood
burners are making problem worse. Air pollution in London passed
levels in Beijing this week, figures have shown, with popular
wood burning stoves blamed for exacerbating the problem. On
Monday London mayor Sadiq Khan issued the highest air pollution
alert in London for the first time, and said on Tuesday that the
capital’s ‘filthy air’ is now a ‘health crisis.'

Judge Rules Ameren Missouri Plant Violates Clean Air Act.
A federal judge has ruled that Ameren Missouri's coal-fired power
plant near St. Louis violates the Clean Air Act and has created
"significantly more pollution" since modifications were made.
U.S. District Judge Rodney Sippel's ruling Monday could require
St. Louis-based Ameren to install additional pollution control
equipment at the Rush Island power plant in Jefferson County.
Ameren Missouri calls the ruling disappointing and says an appeal
is planned.

Paris Rolls Out Colour-Code Stickers for Cars to Curb Pollution.
The French capital on Monday launched a new colour-coded sticker
scheme to restrict car use in its latest attempt to curb air
pollution many Parisians blame for coughing fits, eye irritation
and runny noses. The "Crit'Air" system bans all diesel-fuelled
cars registered between January 1997 and December 2000 -
identifiable by a grey sticker on the windscreen - from the
capital. About 6 percent of France's 32 million cars fall into
this category.

East Meets West: Examining air pollution in Cook County. Which
Cook County residents are affected most by air pollution, and how
does it affect their health? Those are the questions that
collaborators from the School of Public Health and College of
Urban Planning and Public Affairs aim to answer. The first step
is examining air pollution data in Cook County to understand the
spatial distribution of air toxics.

Paris Tests Electronic Driverless Minibus to Fight Pollution.
In a city hit by chronic pollution and traffic problems, Paris
officials are experimenting with a self-driving shuttle linking
two train stations in the French capital. Two electric-power EZ10
minibuses, which can carry up to six seated passengers, were put
into service Monday and will be tested until early April between
the Lyon and Austerlitz stations in Paris. The GPS-guided vehicle
is free and will be running seven days a week.


More businesses must work with suppliers to curb climate change:
study. Too few businesses are working with their suppliers to
reduce greenhouse gas emissions, according to study that praised
29 companies including General Motors(GM.N), Sky (SKYB.L) and
Sony Corp (6758.T) for taking the lead. "The supply chain is the
new frontier in environmental responsibility – an area rich with
opportunity that remains mostly unexplored," non-profit group
CDP, formerly known as the Carbon Disclosure Project, wrote in
its report published on Tuesday.

CDC abruptly cancels long-planned conference on climate change
and health. With little warning or explanation, the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention recently canceled a major climate
change conference that had been scheduled for next month in
Atlanta. The Climate and Health Summit, which had been in the
works for months, was intended as a chance for public health
officials around the country to learn more about the mounting
evidence of the risks to human health posed by the changing
climate. But CDC officials abruptly canceled the conference
before President Trump’s inauguration, sending a terse email on
Jan. 9 to those who had been scheduled to speak at the event. The
message did not explain the reason behind the decision.


Trump Acts to Advance Keystone XL, Dakota Access Pipelines.
Dealing a blow to former President Barack Obama's legacy on
climate change, President Donald Trump signed executive actions
Tuesday to advance the construction of the Keystone XL and Dakota
Access oil pipelines, a move cheered by congressional Republicans
and decried by environmentalists. Trump told reporters at the
White House that the actions on the pipelines will be subject to
the terms and conditions being negotiated by U.S. officials.


Scotland sets 50% renewable energy target. The draft Scottish
Energy Strategy sets out a vision for the transition away from
oil and gas dependency and towards a low-carbon economy by 2050.
Only 13% of Scotland's total final energy consumption came from
renewable sources in 2013. Environmental groups had been
campaigning for the 50% target. A public consultation on the
proposals will run until the end of May.

Why Donald Trump won't hold back solar and wind power.
President Donald Trump's full-throated support for fossil fuel
production and his climate change denial have raised concerns
about the future of renewable energy projects in America, but
some investors believe the president cannot hold back solar and
wind energy deployment — or alternative energy stocks.

Not renewable: Bill would ban utilities from using renewable
energy. On the first day of the state’s legislative session, nine
Republican lawmakers filed legislation that would bar utilities
from using electricity produced by large-scale renewable energy
projects.The bill, whose sponsors are primarily from the state’s
top coal-producing counties, would require utilities to use only
approved energy sources like coal, natural gas, nuclear power,
hydroelectric, and oil. While individual homeowners and small
businesses could still use rooftop solar or backyard wind,
utilities would face steep fines if they served up clean energy.

Policy Forecast: A Rough 4 Years for Climate Action, a Good 4
Years for Clean Energy. Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th
President of the United States last week and promptly updated the
White House website with a new set of policy pages, including his
“America First Energy Plan.” The page makes no mention of
renewable energy or climate action, marking a stark shift from
President Obama. Trump’s plan also commits to embracing the oil
and shale gas revolution, advancing independence from foreign oil
and reviving America’s coal industry.


California Governor Speech Comes Amid Shifting Politics. Jerry
Brown is coming off a blockbuster year of liberal wins: He
secured an extension of landmark climate change legislation,
signed off on an increase in California's minimum wage, expanded
family leave laws, toughened gun laws, and persuaded voters to
both soften sentencing laws and reject a ballot measure that
would have threatened two of his legacy projects.

Trump Admin Orders Media Blackout at EPA. The Trump
administration has instituted a media blackout at the
Environmental Protection Agency and barred staff from awarding
any new contracts or grants. Emails sent to EPA staff since
President Donald Trump's inauguration on Friday and reviewed by
The Associated Press detailed the specific prohibitions banning
press releases, blog updates or posts to the agency's social
media accounts.

Clean-Burning Stoves Save Lives In Mountainous Nepal.
George Basch spends a lot of time in Asia helping people. As
founder of the not-for-profit Himalayan Stove Project, he travels
back and forth between the U.S. and mountainous regions of Nepal,
providing clean-burning stoves to locals there who really need
them. For his efforts, he is receiving the prestigious Explorers
Club "Citation of Merit" Award at its annual dinner in March. We
sat down with Basch recently to learn a little more about HMS.


Renewables Now Cheapest, But How To Enable Faster Renewable
Energy Growth? Renewable energy is now the cheapest option, on
average, for new electricity capacity around the world — in
developed countries like the US as well as developing countries
like India, China, Nigeria, and Mexico. As I noted the other day,
we need to keep channeling this message to the broader public,
and especially decision-makers, but there are other things to do
as well in order to increase the rate of renewable energy

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