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ARB Newsclips for February 6, 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. ARB BUSINESS Applications sought from public schools for statewide pilot project to clean up California’s school buses. $10 million available for zero- and near-zero emission school buses. A new program funded by proceeds from the State’s cap-and-trade program aims to encourage the turnover of California’s school bus fleet to zero-emission and cleaner-burning school buses. The program, known as The Rural School Bus Pilot Project, is a partnership between the North Coast Unified Air Quality Management District (AQMD)… https://arb.ca.gov/caclimateinvestments The AB 32 Environmental Justice Advisory Committee (Committee)The AB 32 Environmental Justice Advisory Committee (Committee) will be meeting on February 14, 2017 from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm (PST) at the CalEPA Headquarters Building, Training Room 5, 1001 “I” Street, Sacramento, California 95814 and February 15, 2017 from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm (PST) at the CalEPA Headquarters Building, Coastal Hearing Room, 1001 “I” Street, Sacramento, California 95814. For more information please visit the Environmental Justice Advisory Committee website at: www.arb.ca.gov/cc/ejac/ejac.htm. Notice of Public Availability of Modified Text - GHG Standards for Crude Oil and Natural Gas Facilities. The California Air Resources Board has posted the 15-day Notice of Public Availability of Modified Text for the Oil and Gas Regulation. All regulatory documents for this rulemaking are available online at the following ARB website: https://www.arb.ca.gov/regact/2016/oilandgas2016/oilandgas2016.htm The Public Agenda is now available for the February 16, 2017, Board Meeting. https://www.arb.ca.gov/board/ma/2017/ma021617.pdf CAP AND TRADE Cap and Trade carbon tax starting to show. The provincial government's Cap and Trade program to reduce carbon emissions started on Sun., Jan. 1, 2017, and by Tues., Jan. 3. the increase started to show at local gas stations. Prices were variable by towns, with Chesterville showing the price of 106.9 cents per litre for both gasoline and diesel fuel, but in Russell the price was still 99.6 cents, as it was on Dec. 30. Brockville still showed prices in the 97 to 99 cent range… http://www.agrinewsinteractive.com/fullstory.htm?ArticleID=15450&ShowSection=News AIR POLLUTION LA delays vote on major cleanup plan. Los Angeles air regulators are set to vote next month on a plan to address the region's chronically poor air quality, after postponing a decision last week. The South Coast Air Quality Management District, which regulates air pollution in the 17-million-person Los Angeles Basin, is considering a plan that would subject some of the largest sources of pollution… http://www.eenews.net/greenwire/2017/02/06/stories/1060049601 CLIMATE CHANGE Exclusive: Polish 'bluff' in EU climate talks tests bloc's patience. Poland is threatening to challenge a draft European Union climate law in court, EU documents seen by Reuters show, in its latest move to slow an EU campaign against global warming that Warsaw sees as a menace to its coal-powered energy industry. In what Polish diplomats describe as leverage for talks now under way… http://www.reuters.com/article/us-poland-eu-climatechange-exclusive-idUSKBN15I2N7?utm_source=Inside+Climate+News&utm_campaign=a9f781c6b5-Today_s_Climate12_10_2014&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_29c928ffb5-a9f781c6b5-327747457 Lamar Smith sees liberal cover-up on warming pause. The chairman of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee claimed yesterday he has new evidence showing that scientific research discrediting a purported pause in temperature increases was politically motivated. John Bates, who recently retired from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Climatic Data Center, told the Daily Mail newspaper in… http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2017/02/06/stories/1060049580 DROUGHT California regulators want to extend statewide drought restrictions despite wet winter. Despite an enormous snowpack and more rainfall than California can store in its reservoirs, the state’s drought regulators say the water crisis hasn’t ended. The staff of the State Water Resources Control Board proposed keeping statewide drought emergency controls, which expire Feb. 28, in place for another 270 days. “Some reservoirs remain critically low… http://www.sacbee.com/news/state/california/water-and-drought/article130562194.html#storylink=cpy Despite rain, Santa Clara Valley Water District wants people to continue to conserve. The Santa Clara Valley Water District has dropped its call for mandatory water restrictions aimed at reducing water use by 20 percent from 2013 levels, but officials are encouraging people to voluntarily conserve. Water companies imposed the mandatory restrictions in response to the drought… http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/02/03/despite-rain-water-district-wants-people-to-continue-to-conserve/ Desalination of aquifers offers drought-weary California new hope. California’s historic drought may be winding down. But water officials across the Golden State are increasingly exploring a hidden but promising way to add to the state’s water supply: removing salt from the billions of gallons of brackish — or distastefully salty — water that lies deep below the Earth’s surface. http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/02/05/desalination-of-salty-aquifers-offers-drought-weary-california-new-hope/ As the snowpack piles up, is California's drought over? No, say experts. New measurements of the Sierra Nevada snowpack show California's snowiest winter in 20 years. But it may be too soon for sweeping policy changes. Though heightened snowpack in California’s Sierra Nevada is cause for optimism, reducing water use remains as important as ever, scientists say. http://www.csmonitor.com/Environment/2017/0204/As-the-snowpack-piles-up-is-California-s-drought-over-No-say-experts FUELS G.O.P. Hurries to Slash Oil and Gas Rules, Ending Industries’ 8-Year Wait. The document carried the title “A Roadmap to Repeal,” a concise list of Obama administration environmental regulations that a Koch brothers-backed group was pressing President Trump and Congress to quickly reverse after Inauguration Day. It was a tally of rules that energy industry executives and lobbyists had waged… https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/04/us/politics/republicans-oil-gas-regulations.html?smid=tw-share Thousands turn out in downtown L.A. to protest Trump's orders on Keystone, Dakota pipelines. Thousands of people converged on downtown Los Angeles on Sunday to protest the proposed $3.8-billion Dakota Access pipeline, which activists across the country say threatens the water supply and sacred sites of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in North Dakota. http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-dapl-protest-los-angeles-20170205-story.html?utm_source=Inside+Climate+News&utm_campaign=a9f781c6b5-Today_s_Climate12_10_2014&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_29c928ffb5-a9f781c6b5-327747457 More funding on deck for some state oil and gas agencies. Energy regulators in the biggest oil-producing states are seeing an uneven recovery as the economic pain of the price bust lingers into its third year.Five states — Texas, North Dakota, Alaska, California and Oklahoma — produce about two-thirds of the U.S. daily crude output, according to the Energy Department. That makes their oil and gas agencies important… http://www.eenews.net/energywire/stories/1060049560/search?keyword=california GREEN ENERGY Californians are paying billions for power they don't need. We're using less electricity. Some power plants have even shut down. So why do state officials keep approving new ones? The bucolic orchards of Sutter County north of Sacramento had never seen anything like it: a visiting governor and a media swarm — all to christen the first major natural gas power plant in California in more than a decade. http://www.latimes.com/projects/la-fi-electricity-capacity/ In the sunny Southwest, the taxman calls solar's name. The only things guaranteed in life are death and taxes, goes the old cliche. So it is for the solar industry in the Southwest these days. State lawmakers in New Mexico and Utah are each considering tax credits for residents who install panels on their homes. The debates follow familiar outlines. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2017/02/06/stories/1060049554 MISCELLANEOUS LA doctor sounds alarm over effects of Aliso Canyon gas leak. A Porter Ranch physician says a pattern of health symptoms has emerged among the almost 50 patients he’s followed since last year’s Aliso Canyon natural gas leak and he hopes other doctors in the area as well as outside researchers will collaborate with him on a long-term study. http://www.dailynews.com/health/20170205/la-doctor-sounds-alarm-over-effects-of-aliso-canyon-gas-leak Trump: 'California in many ways is out of control'. Declaring California to be “out of control,” President Trump threatened to withhold federal funding to the state if it votes to declare itself a sanctuary state. A state Senate committee on Tuesday approved a bill from State Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León that would prohibit state and local law enforcement… http://www.latimes.com/politics/washington/la-na-essential-washington-updates-trump-bill-to-make-california-a-1486330796-htmlstory.html http://www.sfgate.com/politics/article/Trump-calls-California-out-of-control-in-10910183.php http://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/article130942769.html Scott Pruitt Is Seen Cutting the E.P.A. With a Scalpel, Not a Cleaver. Scott Pruitt, President Trump’s pick to run the Environmental Protection Agency, is drawing up plans to move forward on the president’s campaign promise to “get rid of” the agency he hopes to head. He has a blueprint to repeal climate change rules… https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/05/us/politics/scott-pruitt-is-seen-cutting-the-epa-with-a-scalpel-not-a-cleaver.html Climate Scientists Challenge Conservatives' NOAA Suit, Fearing More to Come Under Trump. As researchers strive to keep their unpublished work private, many brace for more anti-science government interference under Donald Trump. Three scientific advocacy groups have filed a legal brief in support of federal climate scientists who are being sued by the conservative organization Judicial Watch. Judicial Watch has sought to force the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). https://insideclimatenews.org/news/16012017/climate-change-noaa-donald-trump-lamar-smith-global-warming-hiatus OPINIONS Shh, scientists hope Trump overlooks major climate report. Its acronym is just obscure enough to be benign, so little-known that even people in the know stumble over the name of the federal program that guides much of the country's climate research. That's exactly what the U.S. Global Change Research Program appears to want right now… http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2017/02/06/stories/1060049561 In California, scarcer water will mean deeper trouble: Guest commentary. Water, the lifeblood of California, will be where the state experiences the most severe impacts of climate change. Unfortunately, most water agencies have yet to adjust to this “new normal” and are operating on outmoded assumptions and practices that place the state at risk of water shortages and worse. http://www.presstelegram.com/opinion/20170205/in-california-scarcer-water-will-mean-deeper-trouble-guest-commentary BLOGS Climate Change Causes Fundamental Shifts in the Chemistry of Mountain Soil. New research says the changes will likely displace some plants altogether and dramatically shift the range of others. A warming climate will fundamentally change the chemistry of mountain soils by shifting the balance of nutrients, visibly disrupting fragile, high-elevation ecosystems of grasses, flowers and trees within decades. https://psmag.com/global-warming-is-changing-mountain-soils-8b527fe1b7ec#.s6mt1hz64 California is in a drought emergency. Visit www.SaveOurH2O.org for water conservation tips.