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newsclips -- CARB Newsclips for February 13, 2017.

Posted: 13 Feb 2017 15:49:43
CARB Newsclips for February 13, 2017. 

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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.

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.

March 23 and 24, 2017 - Public Meeting Location Change for the
Short-Lived Climate Pollutant Strategy.  NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING
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,

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.


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.


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

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.


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

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…

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
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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…

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…

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.

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…

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.

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.

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.


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.

'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


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… 


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.

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.

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.


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.

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…
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.

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

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.

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


California Drives U.S. Policies on Auto Emissions—Energy Journal.
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.

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.

California is in a drought emergency.
Visit www.SaveOurH2O.org for water conservation tips.

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