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CARB Newsclips for February 10, 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. CARB BUSINESS PUBLIC WORKSHOP TO DISCUSS A STRATEGY TO INCREASE DEPLOYMENT OF ZERO-EMISSION VEHICLES THAT TRANSPORT PASSENGERS TO AND FROM CALIFORNIA AIRPORTS. The California Air Resources Board (CARB) invites you to participate in a public workshop on Wednesday, February 22, 2017, to begin the discussion on how to accelerate the deployment of zero-emission transportation at airports.https://www.arb.ca.gov/msprog/mailouts/msc1702/msc1702.pdf PUBLIC WORKSHOPS TO DISCUSS UPDATES TO ARB’S ENFORCEMENT POLICIES. The California Air Resources Board (CARB) invites you to participate in public workshop to discuss upcoming updates to CARB’S enforcement policies. CARB’s current penalty policy was adopted in 2011. https://www.arb.ca.gov/app/calendar/cur_evnt.php?type=workshops PUBLIC WORKSHOP TO DISCUSS A STRATEGY TO INCREASE DEPLOYMENT OF ZERO-EMISSION VEHICLES THAT TRANSPORT PASSENGERS TO AND FROM CALIFORNIA AIRPORTS. The California Air Resources Board (CARB) invites you to participate in a public workshop on Wednesday, February 22, 2017, to begin the discussion on how to accelerate the deployment of zero-emission transportation at airports. https://www.arb.ca.gov/msprog/mailouts/msc1702/msc1702.pdf CAP AND TRADE Lawmakers Want Change In Governor's Cap-And-Trade Focus. Democrats who represent disadvantaged communities in California are sending a message about the state’s signature climate-change-fighting program: They’re willing to provide the governor votes to continue it, but only with changes. A contingent of California Assembly members and environmental groups… http://www.capradio.org/90082 Assemblymember Garcia Legislation Advances Climate Change Guidelines. Assemblymember Cristina Garcia (D- Bell Gardens) and co-authors, Assemblymembers Chris Holden (D-Pasadena) and Eduardo Garcia (D-Coachella) introduced legislation to confirm and enhance California’s authority to meet the 2030 climate change target established last year by SB 32 and AB 197.“ http://eastcountytoday.net/assemblymember-garcia-legislation-advances-climate-change-guidelines/ Lawmakers want a GHG market, with or without cap and trade. California lawmakers introduced a bill yesterday to enable the state to keep using market-based methods of controlling greenhouse gases through 2030, setting up a debate over whether the state will keep or modify its landmark cap-and-trade program. A.B. 378 will serve as a vehicle for negotiations over the future of the state's economywide cap-and-trade market, which is facing legal challenges. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2017/02/10/stories/1060049867 AIR POLLUTION As Poland Chokes on Smog, Groups Prepare Complaint to EU. TV stations flash pollution alerts. People don masks for their morning jogs. Preschools stop taking children outside to play. As smog across coal-addicted Poland hits crisis levels, four environmental groups announced Friday that they are preparing a complaint to the European Union accusing Poland of violating EU laws meant to control air pollution. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/external/search.hosted.ap.org/wireCoreTool/Search?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&query=AIR+POLLUTION OTHER RELATED STORIES http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/groups-prepare-complaint-eu-air-pollution-poland-45398232 http://www.seattlepi.com/news/world/article/Groups-prepare-complaint-to-EU-over-air-pollution-10922901.php https://www.thestar.com/news/world/2017/02/10/polish-groups-prepare-complaint-to-eu-as-country-chokes-on-smog.html http://www.dnaindia.com/world/report-activists-to-complain-to-eu-over-poland-s-choking-air-pollution-2318897 Permit for Chevron Pascagoula Refinery would allow more pollution. It is very difficult to understand what Chevron is asking for in its latest request for a state pollution permit. The wording in the document is prohibitive. Even people in the business had trouble explaining it to the media, before a hearing on the permit Thursday. That was part of the complaint by a group of citizens who live closest… http://www.sunherald.com/news/local/counties/jackson-county/article131913754.html#storylink=cpy ALISO CANYON Calif. looks into shutting down Aliso Canyon. California's utility regulator will analyze whether the state should permanently shutter the natural gas storage facility where a record-breaking methane leak occurred. The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) yesterday opened an investigation into the feasibility of closing the Aliso Canyon site in Los Angeles County. http://www.eenews.net/energywire/2017/02/10/stories/1060049860 CLIMATE CHANGE French presidential hopeful Macron courts US climate experts. French presidential hopeful Emmanuel Macron Friday called on researchers, entrepreneurs and engineers working on climate change in the U.S. to leave for France — in a bid to capitalize on the words of doubt expressed by U.S. President Donald Trump on global warming. In a video posted on his Twitter account, Macron said in English: http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/E/EU_FRANCE_MACRON?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT OTHER RELATED STORIES http://www.sfgate.com/business/technology/article/French-presidential-hopeful-Macron-backs-US-10922969.php http://www.canada.com/business/fp/french+presidential+hopeful+macron+courts+climate+experts/12887484/story.html Climate change fight will be won or lost in cities, say experts. Cities are on the frontline of the fight against climate change and will play a key role in limiting global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, a target governments agreed to aim for in the Paris climate change deal, officials and green experts said this week. http://in.reuters.com/article/asia-climatechange-cities-idINL5N1FU787 A Message On Climate Change From Former EPA Head. Lawmakers introduced a new bill Thursday that would focus climate change funding to support low-income communities across California. The bill comes a day after former EPA head Gina McCarthy visited Sacramento with the message that California must lead the way on reducing carbon emissions as the federal government disregards the issue. http://www.capradio.org/news/insight/2017/02/10/insight-021017b/ 1,000 Years Ago, Corn Made This Society Big. Then, A Changing Climate Destroyed Them. About a fifteen minute drive east of St. Louis, Missouri, is a complex of earthen mounds that once supported a pre-historic city of thousands. For a couple hundred years, the city, called Cahokia, and several smaller city-states like it flourished in the Mississippi river valley. But by the time European colonizers set foot on American soil in the 15th century, these cities were already empty. http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2017/02/10/513963490/1-000-years-ago-corn-made-this-society-big-then-a-changing-climate-destroyed-the The Trump administration can’t entirely roll back progress on climate change — here’s why. Environmentalists are not happy with the Trump administration. There are rumors that Trump might withdraw from the landmark Paris climate agreement on climate change. And Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, the former CEO of ExxonMobil, is probably unlikely to champion U.S. environmental priorities in his diplomatic agenda. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/monkey-cage/wp/2017/02/10/the-trump-administration-cant-entirely-roll-back-progress-on-climate-change-heres-why/?utm_term=.ccffb289b5ae Buying a home in climate change era. Metro Phoenix is a good pick for snowbirds, but there are options to consider before buying a home. With winter storms rocking the East, we are seeing the usual influx of folks looking for homes in our more hospitable climate. But what will climate change mean for prospective home-buyers? Last year was the hottest on record and the warming trend is likely to be a… http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/glendale-contributor/2017/02/10/buying-home-climate-change-era/95625892/ EU must shut all coal plants by 2030 to meet Paris climate pledges, study says. Europe will vastly overshoot its carbon emissions target for coal unless it closes all 300 power stations, says thinktank Climate Analytics. The European Union will “vastly overshoot” its Paris climate pledges unless its coal emissions are completely phased out within 15 years, a stress test of the industry has found. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/feb/09/eu-must-shut-all-coal-plants-by-2030-to-meet-paris-climate-pledges-study-says?utm_source=Inside+Climate+News&utm_campaign=97d45aa537-Today_s_Climate12_10_2014&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_29c928ffb5-97d45aa537-327747457 Canada’s Climate Priorities. Renewable Industries Canada's chairman explains how biofuels will help his country meet its GHG reduction goals as part of its Paris climate change commitments in the March EPM Global Scene column. Climate change and greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reductions are genuine priorities for Canada’s federal government. Canada’s ambitious commitments… http://ethanolproducer.com/articles/14129/canadaundefineds-climate-priorities Who cares if it's climate change? This guy wants action. Perhaps the first clear sign that the United States is considering serious changes in the way it forecasts extreme weather events came in a meeting here in June 2015. It featured a blunt-spoken Australian meteorologist, Greg Holland, who ticked off the flaws in the current U.S. system. There are serious problems with the nation's climate models… http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2017/02/10/stories/1060049844 D.C. mayor: No time for politics on climate change. The District of Columbia is sketching out a road map for sustainability under the nose of a hostile Congress and a White House that does not believe in climate change. Mayor Muriel Bowser kicked off an agenda-setting workshop as part of the Rockefeller Foundation's 100 Resilient Cities program yesterday… http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2017/02/10/stories/1060049866 DROUGHT Kenya declares drought a national disaster, seeks help. Kenya declared a national disaster on Friday, calling for aid to counter drought that is posing a major risk to people, livestock and wildlife. The Kenya Red Cross has estimated around 2.7 million people are in need of food aid after low rainfall in October and November and the next rainy season not due before April. http://news.trust.org/item/20170210143700-goqzv/ GREEN ENERGY Wall Street’s Love Affair With Energy Heats Up as Rigs Soar. Wall Street is throwing the most money at U.S. energy companies since at least 2000 amid growing confidence that the industry is emerging from the worst downturn in a generation. Energy firms raised $6.64 billion in 13 equity offerings in January, drawn in by a rich combination of oil prices consistently above $50 a barrel… https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-02-09/wall-street-s-love-affair-with-energy-heats-up-as-rigs-roll-out Almost 90% of new power in Europe from renewable sources in 2016. Wind energy overtakes coal as the EU’s second largest form of power capacity but concerns remain over politicians’ enthusiasm for renewables. Renewable energy sources made up nearly nine-tenths of new power added to Europe’s electricity grids last year, in a sign of the continent’s rapid shift away from fossil fuels. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/feb/09/new-energy-europe-renewable-sources-2016 Appliance standards will likely evade Trump's 2-for-1 order. Rules holding appliances like televisions and refrigerators to minimum efficiency standards are likely safe from President Trump's executive order to roll back two regulations for every new rule, analysts say. Trump's Jan. 30 executive order calls for agencies to find at least two regulations to be eliminated for every new regulation they want to put forward. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2017/02/10/stories/1060049865 Storing power raises energy consumption and emissions — study. Storing solar energy for nighttime use actually increases consumption and emissions, according to new research from the University of Texas, Austin. The finding runs counter to the notion that solar panels are reliable 24-hour power sources only if the energy can be stored. http://www.eenews.net/energywire/stories/1060049777 MISCELLANEOUS Motor Mouth: EPA’s demise could be Trump’s stupidest mistake for the auto industry. Lack of oversight could open up multiple emissions standards for states and cities, causing mayhem for manufacturers. You would think the Republican Party would have trouble, well, trumping executive order 13679. You know, the “it’s not a ban on Muslims” proclamation that just happens to only affect, well, Muslims. http://driving.ca/auto-news/news/motor-mouth-epas-demise-could-be-trumps-stupidest-mistake-for-the-auto-industry OPINIONS Bay needs more water – a lot more. San Francisco Bay’s native fish are dying for water. In the past, the Bay was an exceptionally rich environment for wildlife. San Francisco Bay is part of the Bay-Delta estuary, where fresh river water mixes with salty ocean tides. This creates multiple diverse ecosystems that sustain a variety of fish, birds, seals and other mammals… http://www.marinscope.com/mill_valley_herald/opinion/columnists/bay-needs-more-water-a-lot-more/article_f56315ee-eee9-11e6-843b-2792d60cd347.html Fighting Trump’s ‘dirty air’. Anyone who cares about breathing clean air has to be concerned about the advent of an administration in Washington, D.C., that appears intent on rolling back our hard-won progress in reducing emissions. President Trump, his nominee to head the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Republican leaders in Congress have all declared plans to allow the oil and coal industries to extract… http://capitolweekly.net/california-fighting-trump-air-environmental/ California is in a drought emergency. Visit www.SaveOurH2O.org for water conservation tips.