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CARB Newsclips for February 13, 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 Free Professional Wet Cleaning Demonstration Workshop for Dry Cleaners. Bring your toughest or most delicate ‘dry clean only’ garments for a professional wet cleaning demonstration. View the process: no shrinking, no stretching, and no smell. You will also learn about:• Small business assistance and grants up to $17,500. • Professional wet cleaning technologies and methods. • Increasing your profits and reducing regulatory requirements. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/free-professional-wet-cleaning-demonstration-workshop-for-dry-cleaners-tickets-23108818097?aff=es2 Low Carbon Fuel Public Workshop. The California Air Resources Board (ARB) staff invites you to participate in a Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) public working meeting on Friday, March 17, 2017, that will focus on potentially including alternative jet fuel in the LCFS. https://www.arb.ca.gov/fuels/lcfs/lcfs_meetings/031717mtgnotice.pdf March 23 and 24, 2017 - Public Meeting Location Change for the Short-Lived Climate Pollutant Strategy. NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING LOCATION CHANGE March 23 and 24, 2017. NOTICE OF PUBLIC BOARD MEETING, AND PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD ON THE REVISED PROPOSED SHORT-LIVED CLIMATE POLLUTANT STRATEGY AND REVISED DRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL ANALYSIS PREPARED FOR THE STRATEGY. By notice dated November 28, 2016, the Air Resources Board (ARB or Board) announced the availability of a revised Proposed Short-Lived Climate Pollutant Reduction Strategy (SLCP Strategy) and a revised Draft Environmental Analysis (Revised Draft EA) for public comment as well as a public Board Meeting on the SLCP Strategy and Revised Draft EA . The hearing was originally scheduled to be heard at the South Coast Air Quality Management District Auditorium, 21865 Copley Drive, Diamond Bar, California. Public Board Meeting: PLEASE BE ADVISED that the location of the public meeting has changed as follows: The Board will hold a public meeting at the time and place noted below to consider approving the SLCP Strategy. DATE: March 23 and 24, 2017 TIME: 9:00 a.m. LOCATION: County of Riverside County Administrative Center First Floor Board Chambers 4080 Lemon Street Riverside, California 92501 WEBCAST: http://video.calepa.ca.gov/ This item will be considered at a two day meeting of the Board, which will commence at 9:00 a.m., March 23, 2017 and may continue at 8:30 a.m., on March 24, 2017. This item may not be considered until March 24, 2017. Please consult the agenda for the meeting, which will be available at least 10 days before March 23, 2017, to determine the day on which this item will be considered. CAP AND TRADE Fearing worse, oil industry fights to save cap and trade. In the battle over whether to preserve California's landmark climate change program, an unlikely defender has emerged: an influential trade group for the oil industry. The Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA) doesn't think the state-mandated cap-and-trade system is perfect and is urging changes to it. But the coalition also sees a bigger threat on the horizon. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2017/02/13/stories/1060049916 AIR POLLUTION China orders cities on 'pollution highway' to reduce emissions, Beijing braces for smog. Chinese cities that sit on three pollution "highways" have been told to coordinate efforts to reduce emissions, as Beijing and the country's northeast regions brace for another bout of heavy smog this week, state media reported on Monday. There are 20 cities which sit on three western, central and eastern routes on which air-borne pollutants… http://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-pollution-idUSKBN15S024 61 percent of Americans support current ozone standard — poll. More than three-fifths of Americans back U.S. EPA's current air quality standard for ozone, according to the results of an American Lung Association poll released today. The poll, taken last month, found that 61 percent of adult respondents supported leaving the current threshold in place, compared with 27 percent who thought it should be rolled back. http://www.eenews.net/greenwire/2017/02/13/stories/1060049966 CLIMATE CHANGE French presidential hopeful Macron courts US climate experts. French presidential hopeful Emmanuel Macron on Friday urged researchers, entrepreneurs and engineers working on climate change in the U.S. to leave for France - a bid to capitalize on the doubt expressed by U.S. President Donald Trump about 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 EU lawmakers split on carbon reform ahead of vote. Members of the European Parliament remain divided over an overhaul to the carbon market after a debate in the assembly on Monday, EU sources said, setting the stage for a tight vote on the reforms later this week. Lead policymakers spoke in defence of a compromise deal reached between the key parties in December… http://in.reuters.com/article/eu-carbon-idINL8N1FY5KX NASA launched an unprecedented study of Greenland’s melting. Now, the data are coming in. In 2015, in a moment of science communication genius, NASA created a mission called “OMG.” The acronym basically ensured that a new scientific mission — measuring how quickly the Oceans are Melting Greenland — would get maximum press attention. The subject is actually extremely serious. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2017/02/10/nasa-took-on-an-unprecedented-study-of-greenlands-melting-now-the-data-are-coming-in/?utm_campaign=79c2b88af5-Today_s_Climate12_10_2014&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Inside Climate News&utm_term=.bf75cf15e86d Rules to cut carbon emissions in Mass. may increase them in New England, critics say. A Baker administration plan to cut harmful greenhouse gases could have the unintended consequence of boosting carbon emissions across the rest of New England, say some environmental advocates and representatives of the energy industry. The plan was designed to comply with a landmark 2016 Supreme Judicial Court decision… http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2017/02/12/rules-cut-carbon-emissions-mass-may-increase-them-new-england-critics-say/PCgVdBKy1oiE9GsDPyw7DO/story.html?utm_source=Inside+Climate+News&utm_campaign=79c2b88af5-Today_s_Climate12_10_2014&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_29c928ffb5-79c2b88af5-327747457 The war against air pollution has begun – and it will be fought in cities. “You never see ‘air pollution’ written as the cause on death certificates,” an expert once told me. If it was, she suggested, the enormous toll toxic air takes on the health of billions of the world’s people would prompt a global emergency response. But the winds of change are now blasting the air pollution crisis… https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2017/feb/13/war-air-pollution-fought-cities Act now before entire species are lost to global warming, say scientists. Climate change is threatening about 700 endangered species and policymakers must act urgently to lessen impact. The impact of climate change on threatened and endangered wildlife has been dramatically underreported, with scientists calling on policymakers to act urgently to slow its effects before entire species are lost for good. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/feb/13/act-before-entire-species-lost-global-warming-say-scientists State utility regulators eye next steps to cut carbon emissions. U.S. EPA's role in regulating carbon emissions will be on the agenda when state utility regulators meet this week in Washington, although it won't be as prominent an issue as in recent years. On Tuesday, the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) will feature a panel discussion that will look at options… http://www.eenews.net/interactive/clean_power_plan/column_posts/1060049921 Legal headaches await efforts to ax social cost of carbon. Gutting a controversial method that federal agencies use to weigh climate change damages could come at a high legal price, analysts say. Under the Obama administration, agencies used a metric, known as the social cost of carbon, to estimate the hidden costs of carbon dioxide emissions. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2017/02/13/stories/1060049917 Climate change is in the crosshairs of BLM rule repeal. When the Interior Department unveiled a sweeping final plan in September to develop renewable energy across the California desert while protecting species like the Mohave ground squirrel from climate change, many hailed it as setting a new standard in federal land management policy. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2017/02/13/stories/1060049918 Under the sea, ecosystems are preparing for climate change. Coral reefs, kelp forests and other marine ecosystems may be tougher than we give them credit for, a new study suggests. While countless scientific reports have documented the ravages of climate change on oceanic life, a survey of the researchers who wrote them provides a silver lining: An overwhelming majority noticed examples of sea life withstanding climate change. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2017/02/13/stories/1060049940 DROUGHT See how empty Lake Oroville was during the drought compared to its current dam crisis. With the Oroville Dam spilling over with an avalanche of water, it's amazing to see how quickly this winter's rains filled an area that was, not so long ago, a major symbol of California's drought. In November 2014, the Chronicle went to Lake Oroville to report a story on its near-record lows. http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/drought-Oroville-Dam-before-after-photos-lake-10928766.php 'Is Drought Over Yet?': That Might Not Be the Right Question to Ask. In another round of mixed messages during an exceptionally wet winter, California's water board is extending emergency drought regulations until May, the anniversary of its action taking teeth out of conservation enforcement. With the state's permission, during the past year most urban and suburban water districts, including those in the cities of Los Angeles and Long Beach… http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/Is-Drought-Over-Yet-May-Not-Be-the-Question-to-Ask--413372193.html#ixzz4Ybq4aq50 FUELS Automakers to Trump: Reverse Fuel Efficiency Rules. General Motors, Ford, Toyota and 15 other major automakers have urged President Donald Trump to reverse a decision by the Obama administration to lock in fuel efficiency rules for model years 2022-2025 cars and light trucks. In a letter obtained by Reuters the chief executives of GM, Ford, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV, along with the top North American executives at Toyota… https://www.environmentalleader.com/2017/02/automakers-trump-reverse-fuel-efficiency-rules/ MISCELLANEOUS The Heat is On. Mary Nichols, chairwoman of the California Air Resources Board, on engaging the business community to go greener. As head of the California Air Resources Board for the last decade, Mary Nichols is considered the second most powerful person — after Gov. Jerry Brown — in the state’s wide-reaching efforts to combat climate change. It is an effort state officials have vowed to continue despite the election of President Donald Trump, a climate change denier. http://www.comstocksmag.com/qa/heat GOP bill would gut EPA. A House Republican is sponsoring legislation to do away with large portions of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), including environmental justice and greenhouse gas programs. Rep. Sam Johnson (R-Texas) introduced the Wasteful EPA Programs Elimination Act on Thursday, saying it would save $7.5 billion annually. That would leave the agency with a budget of less than $1 billion. http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/318931-gop-bill-would-gut-epa Executive Order, State Laws Seek To Criminalize Protests. If you are a committed climate change advocate, what you are about to read should scare the bejezus out of you. President Trump and his new Attorney General, along with legislatures in several US states, are trying to turn dissent and public protests into criminal acts carrying prison sentences of 5 to 40 years. https://cleantechnica.com/2017/02/13/executive-order-state-laws-seek-criminalize-protests/ OPINIONS With Trump admin, state regulators reclaim control. As the nation's utility regulators gather in Washington this week for their winter policy summit, there's a feeling of liberation among attendees. No longer is there the prospect of overarching federal regulations such as the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan that would have required states to change their electric generation mix to satisfy the rule, usurping what many states see as their traditional role in resource planning. http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/318931-gop-bill-would-gut-epa Has this year’s record rain finally ended California’s epic drought? Not really. After praying for rain over five dry years, Californians are now praying for a break. The state is being soaked. Its biggest reservoirs, once at record lows, are at capacity or overflowing from record-setting rain and snow. That includes the Oroville Lake reservoir behind the Oroville Dam, where nearly 200,000 Northern California… https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2017/02/13/has-this-years-record-rain-finally-ended-californias-epic-drought-not-really/?utm_term=.2b4f58ac72f7 Auto executives want Trump to roll back clean air standards. Can California stand in their way? Sensing a kindred spirit in the White House, the auto industry is pressuring President Trump to roll back vehicle efficiency standards, which they imply are too stringent and could cost America jobs. That’s the burden of a letter that went out last week to Trump from the heads of 18 auto manufacturers, including General Motors, Ford, and Fiat Chrysler. http://www.latimes.com/business/hiltzik/la-fi-hiltzik-auto-emissions-20170213-story.html To Save The Planet, Give Cows Better Pasture. The other day, in Puerto Rico, I stumbled across one small piece of an agricultural revolution. It didn't look all that revolutionary — just an abandoned sugar plantation where workers are clearing away a mass of grass, bushes and trees in order to create better pasture for cattle. http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2017/02/13/514070632/to-save-the-planet-give-cows-better-pasture Drought was missed opportunity to inspect waterways. My years working for California’s Department of Water Resources taught me that it should be no surprise that the Oroville Dam is in jeopardy. I observed many times that important repair and maintenance was not being done. Why not is anyone’s guess. With the years of drought we have had, inspection of waterways prior to a very wet year is paramount. http://www.fresnobee.com/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/article132458494.html#storylink=cpy Eroding spillway is further proof Northern California drought is over. The potential failure of California's Oroville spillway — which caused nearly 200,000 people to flee their homes late Sunday — is further proof that the punishing five-year drought in the northern part of the state is over. Oroville Dam holds back swollen Lake Oroville, which is the state's second-largest reservoir and at 100% capacity because of recent heavy rain and snow. http://www.usatoday.com/story/weather/2017/02/13/oroville-dam-california-drought-over/97849730/ BLOGS California Drives U.S. Policies on Auto Emissions—Energy Journal. BIGGEST DRIVER OF CLEANER-CAR RULES IS CALIFORNIA, NOT WASHINGTON. Even if the Trump administration relents on forcing auto makers to build cleaner cars, the sector still has to contend with California. The largest car market in the U.S. has its own rules that require car makers to “sell more zero-emission vehicles powered with batteries,” writes Mike Spector. http://blogs.wsj.com/moneybeat/2017/02/13/california-drives-u-s-policies-on-auto-emissions-energy-journal/ CEOs Of GM, Ford, and FCA, Call Again To Review Emission Regulations. Recently, CEOs from a total of 18 automakers delivered a letter to President Trump and the new administration, requesting that the Environmental Protection Agency’s early midterm review of emissions regulations be revoked and a new review reinstated to take place at a later date. http://insideevs.com/ceos-of-gm-ford-and-fca-call-again-to-review-emission-regulations/ California is in a drought emergency. Visit www.SaveOurH2O.org for water conservation tips.