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ARB Newsclips for February 1, 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. AIR POLLUTION EPA greenlights Alaska fine particles plan. U.S. EPA has tentatively approved an Alaska plan for bringing the Fairbanks area into attainment with a key federal standard for fine particle pollution, the latest step in regulators' quest to limit pollution from widely used wood stoves. The proposed rule, required by a consent decree to a lawsuit brought last June by environmental groups, is set for publication in tomorrow's Federal Register. http://www.eenews.net/greenwire/2017/02/01/stories/1060049373 CLIMATE CHANGE 2,300 California scientists write to Trump over climate fears. In response to reports that President Donald Trump would break an international climate agreement, more than 2,300 California scientists have signed an open letter to the White House urging the administration to uphold commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. http://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/the-state-worker/article129876834.html#storylink=cpy Climate ignored as Exxon Mobil takes earnings hit. US supermajor’s profits have halved since last year, on a $2bn write-down of gas assets, but executives still don’t mention climate risk. In a much-repeated quote, Rex Tillerson told Energy Intelligence in 2015: “we don’t do write-downs.” That’s how confident Exxon Mobil’s former CEO was oil and gas reserves would withstand volatility in the market – not to mention the impact of a clean energy transition. http://www.climatechangenews.com/2017/02/01/climate-ignored-as-exxon-mobil-takes-earnings-hit/?utm_source=Inside+Climate+News&utm_campaign=6c78021d73-Today_s_Climate12_10_2014&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_29c928ffb5-6c78021d73-327747457 Will EPA 'repeal and replace' climate regs, or just repeal? White House press secretary Sean Spicer declined to detail the timing yesterday of President Trump's potential efforts to revoke the Clean Power Plan, a cornerstone of the past administration's climate policies. That comes as Republican sources point to an uncertain timeline about addressing the controversial Obama-era rule… http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2017/02/01/stories/1060049320 DROUGHT Sierra Nevada snowpack is biggest in 22 years — and more snow is on the way. California Gov. Jerry Brown isn’t likely to amend or rescind the state’s emergency drought declaration until April. After a month of huge blizzards and “atmospheric river” storms, the Sierra Nevada snowpack — source of a third of California’s drinking water — is 177 percent of the historic average, the biggest in more than two decades. http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/02/01/sierra-nevada-snowpack-is-biggest-in-22-years-and-more-is-on-the-way/ DIESEL ACTIVITIES North America’s First Electric School Bus Unveiled In Palo Alto. The Canadian manufacturer of the eLion, the first Type C electric school bus made in North America, plans to locate a new manufacturing facility in California. The eLion electric school bus, the first Type C electric school bus manufactured in North America, was recently unveiled in Palo Alto, CA. https://businessfacilities.com/2017/02/north-americas-first-electric-school-bus-unveiled-in-palo-alto/ http://www.techwire.net/innovation/canadian-electric-bus-manufacturer-plans-to-set-up-shop-in-california.html VEHICLES VW likely to win global sales crown as Toyota growth slows. Volkswagen can in all likelihood claim the title of world's biggest automaker for the first time. Toyota reported Monday that it sold 10.175 million vehicles worldwide in 2016, fewer than Volkswagen's 10.31 million. The only contender left is General Motors Co., which is unlikely to come near VW's number because sales fell last year in the U.S., its second-biggest market. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/A/AS_JAPAN_TOYOTA?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT OTHER RELATED STORIES https://www.theguardian.com/business/2017/jan/30/vw-diesel-emissions-scandal-volkswagen-audi-porsche-skoda-toyota After a wild 2016, Tesla Motors has officially changed its name — here's a look back. The automaker had already made the change to its website address, and the switch reflects the company's evolution, from an upstart maker of electric cars to an integrated auto, energy storage, and solar panel company — this last piece coming with the acquisition of SolarCity in 2016. http://www.businessinsider.com/tesla-year-in-review-again-2017-2 VW RECALL VW to pay $1.2 billion or more to US owners of big diesels. Volkswagen has agreed to pay at least $1.2 billion in buybacks and compensation to settle claims from U.S. owners of cars with larger diesel engines that the company rigged to cheat on emissions tests. And the German automaker could pay even more - as much as $4 billion - if it can't repair many of the cars in a way that satisfies regulators. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/E/EU_VOLKSWAGEN_EMISSIONS_SCANDAL?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT OTHER RELATED STORIES http://www.reuters.com/article/us-volkswagen-emissions-factbox-idUSKBN15G4XZ https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/volkswagen-to-pay-at-least-12-billion-for-bigger-diesels/2017/02/01/21d4b98c-e85c-11e6-903d-9b11ed7d8d2a_story.html?utm_term=.80a580e1e6a7 https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/01/business/bosch-vw-diesel-settlement.html?_r=0 http://www.sacbee.com/news/business/article130018864.html http://www.detroitnews.com/story/business/autos/foreign/vw-emissions-scandal/2017/02/01/vw-spend-fix-buy-back-diesels/97333164/ http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2017/02/01/Volkswagen-to-pay-12B-to-car-owners-in-emissions-scandal/5561485952360/ http://www.msn.com/en-us/money/companies/volkswagen-to-pay-more-than-dollar1-billion-to-owners-of-big-diesels/ar-AAmuj15 http://www.nydailynews.com/autos/news/volkswagen-1-6-billion-settlement-3-0-liter-diesel-engines-article-1.2961562 Investor Standard Life seeks change at Sports Direct, Volkswagen. Standard Life Investments, the fund arm of insurer Standard Life (SL.L), has concerns about governance at Sports Direct (SPD.L) and Volkswagen (VOWG_p.DE) and will press for more change at the companies, it said in its annual governance report on Wednesday. Mike Ashley's previous role as executive deputy chairman of Sports Direct had been "ill-defined… http://www.reuters.com/article/us-britain-governance-standard-life-idUSKBN15G48P FIAT/CHRYSLER (FCA) FCA is Working on Getting its 2017 Diesel Models Certified. The 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Ram 1500 diesel models should be available soon. Earlier this month, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) was accused of using emissions cheating software on its 3.0-liter EcoDiesel engines found in the Ram 1500 and Jeep Grand Cherokee models. Now, FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne has said the automaker… http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2017/01/fca-is-working-on-getting-its-2017-diesel-models-certified.html GREEN ENERGY States were busy with solar policies in 2016 — study. Nearly every state wrestled with questions of how to incorporate more solar power into their electricity grids in 2016, reflecting solar's dramatic growth nationally and its promise of providing renewable energy to millions of American consumers. But the fluidity of state policies also reveals the disruptive nature of solar as regulators sought ways to bring large amounts of clean energy to market… http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2017/02/01/stories/1060049322 BLOGS How Gorsuch Could Mean Change For U.S. Energy Sector. Change is in the offing in Washington, especially energy and environmental policies -- and potentially with a new U.S. Supreme Court nominee who may try to nullify existing rulings. But such a revolution requires widespread support, which President Donald Trump does not have — best evidenced by his loss in the popular vote by 3 million and the angst he has already created. http://www.forbes.com/sites/kensilverstein/2017/02/01/even-trump-is-making-the-oval-office-spin-is-energy-policy-next-with-the-gorsuch-pick/#4a0e24433768 Donald Trump and “Deep Ecology”. Pushing GMOs, Minimizing Environmental Protection. In summarizing environmental issues from the previous year, I would like to say that Donald Trump’s wining of the presidential race was the most significant eco-event of 2016. And all other events, regardless of their apparent importance (from the merger of GMO giants Bayer and Monsanto to the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Marrakesh) pale in comparison when you imagine the possible consequences. http://www.globalresearch.ca/donald-trump-and-deep-ecology-pushing-gmos-minimizing-environmental-protection/5572217 California is in a drought emergency. Visit www.SaveOurH2O.org for water conservation tips.