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CARB Newsclips for February 15, 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 Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS). The California Air Resources Board staff has posted a report on credit transfer activity for the Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS). This includes recent credit volumes transferred, credit prices and trends through January 2017. Monthly: https://www.arb.ca.gov/fuels/lcfs/credit/lrtmonthlycreditreports.htm Weekly: https://www.arb.ca.gov/fuels/lcfs/credit/lrtweeklycreditreports.htm CAP AND TRADE DEQ verdict: Cap and trade won't dent Oregon's economy. Cap and trade, set to become a big issue in the unfolding Oregon legislative session, got a warm review from the state's Department of Environmental Quality today. In a 75-page study, the DEQ concluded that cap and trade "offers a flexible, cost-effective mechanism for assuring (greenhouse gas) reductions." http://www.bizjournals.com/portland/news/2017/02/14/deq-verdict-cap-and-trade-wont-dent-oregons.html?ana=RSS%26s%3Darticle_search&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+bizj_portland+%28Portland+Business+Journal%29 Renewable Fuel Standard. The Ontario government is committed to reducing greenhouse gases by 15% by 2020, 27% by 2030 and 80% by 2050 relative to 1990 levels. These reductions are legislated in the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change’s (“Ministry”) new Climate Change Mitigation and Low Carbon Economy Act (“Act”). Under the Act, funds raised from Ontario’s cap and trade program… http://www.siskinds.com/envirolaw/renewable-fuel-standard/?utm_source=Mondaq&utm_medium=syndication&utm_campaign=View-Original AIR POLLUTION European commission issues 'final warning' to UK over air pollution breaches. UK is one of five countries persistently contravening legal nitrogen dioxide levels with pollution from factories and vehicles. Britain has been sent a final warning to comply with EU air pollution limits for nitrogen dioxide (NO2) or face a case at the European court of justice. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/feb/15/european-commission-issues-final-warning-to-uk-over-air-pollution-breaches ALISO CANYON LA leader fights to boost Porter Ranch health study, says gas leak settlement ‘ignores’ community. Los Angeles City Councilman Mitchell Englander on Tuesday demanded that air quality regulars increase the amount of money for a health study included in the $8.5 million settlement of a lawsuit filed against Southern California Gas Co. over a massive methane leak at its Aliso Canyon storage facility above Porter Ranch. http://www.dailynews.com/health/20170214/la-leader-fights-to-boost-porter-ranch-health-study-says-gas-leak-settlement-ignores-community CLIMATE CHANGE Sea ice around Antarctica hits record low, preliminary U.S. data show. Sea ice around Antarctica has shrunk to the smallest annual extent on record after years of resisting a trend of man-made global warming, preliminary U.S. satellite data showed on Tuesday. Ice floating around the frozen continent usually melts to its smallest for the year around the end of February, the southern hemisphere summer, before expanding again as the autumn chill sets in. http://www.reuters.com/article/us-antarctica-ice-idUSKBN15T2SH?utm_source=Inside+Climate+News&utm_campaign=b2c9dd1ba3-Today_s_Climate12_10_2014&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_29c928ffb5-b2c9dd1ba3-327494049 Scientists have just detected a major change to the Earth’s oceans linked to a warming climate. A large research synthesis, published in one of the world’s most influential scientific journals, has detected a decline in the amount of dissolved oxygen in oceans around the world — a long-predicted result of climate change that could have severe consequences for marine organisms if it continues. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2017/02/15/its-official-the-oceans-are-losing-oxygen-posing-growing-threats-to-marine-life/?utm_term=.0053112c5151 Oroville Is a Warning for California Dams, as Climate Change Adds Stress. The St. Francis Dam was a proud symbol of California’s engineering might and elaborate water system — until just before midnight on March 12, 1928, when it collapsed, killing more than 400 people in a devastating wall of water. Ever since, the state has had a reputation of diligent inspections as it has built the largest network of major public dams in the nation. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/14/us/oroville-dam-climate-change-california.html?smid=tw-share&_r=1&utm_source=Inside+Climate+News&utm_campaign=b2c9dd1ba3-Today_s_Climate12_10_2014&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_29c928ffb5-b2c9dd1ba3-327494049 Trump's vow to scrap the Paris climate change accord faces skepticism from corporations, GOP moderates. Trashing the Paris Agreement made for a great campaign prop at Donald Trump’s rallies, where the climate change accord was portrayed as a product of the out-of-touch, insufferable elites that Trump pledged to sweep from power. Now the landmark agreement, signed under President Obama, is fast becoming a nuisance for President Trump’s White House. http://www.latimes.com/politics/ Greenhouse Gas Emissions Dropped 2.2% in 2015, EPA Says. Greenhouse gas emissions in the US declined by 2.2 percent between 2014 and 2015, according to EPA data, which finds the nation produced 6,586.2 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent in 2015. In its annual draft greenhouse gas report, the EPA said total emissions of climate change-causing gases decreased in 2015 after increasing slightly in 2014 (0.9 percent) and 2013 (2.2 percent). https://www.environmentalleader.com/2017/02/greenhouse-gas-emissions-dropped-2-2-2015-epa-says/ http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/319537-epa-us-greenhouse-gas-emissions-declined-in-2015?utm_source=Inside+Climate+News&utm_campaign=b2c9dd1ba3-Today_s_Climate12_10_2014&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_29c928ffb5-b2c9dd1ba3-327494049 MEPs approve overhaul of EU carbon emissions trading scheme. European parliament accused of failing in its commitment to Paris climate deal with compromise measures to reduce emissions. An overhaul of a trading scheme to cut carbon emissions by European industries has been approved in a knife-edge vote by MEPs, although environmental campaigners have been quick to denounce the legislation for not going far enough. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/feb/15/meps-approve-overhaul-of-eu-carbon-emissions-trading-scheme-european-parliament-paris-climate-deal Climate change panel urges delay in Oregon forest policy decisions. The equivalent of about 9.7 billion tons of carbon dioxide are stored in Oregon's forests, which is roughly 150 times more than the state's annual emissions. The Oregon Global Warming Commission is studying how climate change and human intervention affect forest carbon storage. http://portlandtribune.com/pt/9-news/345211-225302-climate-change-panel-urges-delay-in-oregon-forest-policy-decisions Utilities see demise of climate rule, still cut CO2. Electric companies continue to plan to reduce carbon emissions, even as U.S. EPA's Clean Power Plan seems doomed under the Trump administration. That was the message from conservative regulators, a power provider that spans red and blue states, a Fortune 100 business, and an investment analyst speaking to state electricity regulators at a meeting in… http://www.eenews.net/energywire/2017/02/15/stories/1060050088 Would erasing national monuments unravel climate protections? When President Obama proclaimed 5,000 miles of Atlantic Ocean off the New England coast a national monument, the threat of climate change played a key role in his reasoning. Now Republicans are planning to pare back the 1906 Antiquities Act that gives the president and Congress unilateral power to preserve… http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2017/02/15/stories/1060050055 Possible science adviser called climate science a 'cult' The front-runner to be President Trump's science adviser once called climate scientists a "glassy-eyed cult." William Happer, a physicist at Princeton University, met with Trump last month and has expressed interest in the job. Happer's views of climate change advocates have many observers worried. http://www.eenews.net/greenwire/2017/02/15/stories/1060050108 DROUGHT State water board opts to extend drought regulations. The California State Water Resources Control Board voted unanimously last week to extend statewide emergency drought regulations, despite historic amounts of rainfall across the state this rain year. The current regulations, scheduled to expire on Feb. 28, were extended an additional 270 days, to Nov. 5. http://www.calaverasenterprise.com/news/article_c0807d28-f310-11e6-b7f6-1f96a514cf62.html FUELS EPA working on GOP-ordered study of drilling. EPA is preparing another study on the effects of oil and gas drilling, but this one was ordered by a Republican Congress. Congress included the money — $3 million — in the omnibus spending bill passed in December 2015. Congress ordered that the study focus on drilling in the Appalachian Basin, which includes the Marcellus and Utica shale formations. http://www.eenews.net/energywire/2017/02/15/stories/1060050044 FUEL CELL BUSES/VEHICLES Greening the commute: AC Transit to nearly double hydrogen fuel cell fleet. AC Transit will be nearly doubling its hydrogen fuel cell bus fleet thanks largely to an $8.5 million grant from the California Air Resources Board, agency officials said Tuesday. AC Transit will receive 10 new hydrogen fuel cell electric buses as part of its participation in the nascent Fuel Cell Electric Bus Commercialization Consortium… http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/02/14/greening-the-commute-ac-transit-to-nearly-double-hydrogen-fuel-cell-fleet/ http://www.eastbaytimes.com/2017/02/14/greening-the-commute-ac-transit-to-nearly-double-hydrogen-fuel-cell-fleet/ http://www.metro-magazine.com/sustainability/news/720025/consortium-forming-to-deploy-20-fuel-cell-electric-buses http://www.fleetsandfuels.com/fuels/hydrogen/2017/02/cte-launches-fcebcc-fuel-cell-bus-project/ http://www.hydrogenfuelnews.com/ballard-to-help-bring-new-fuel-cell-buses-to-california/8531298/ http://www.canadianmanufacturing.com/supply-chain/new-flyer-provides-20-buses-for-california-green-transit-project-while-ballard-chips-in-fuel-cells-185040/ https://www.gasworld.com/ballard-in-consortium-to-deploy-20-fuel-cell-buses/2012270.article https://fuelcellsworks.com/news/california-climate-investments-provides-funding-to-deploy-20-new-flyer-fuel-cell-electric-transit-bu VEHICLES Electric car boom spurs investor scramble for cobalt. Investors are buying up physical cobalt anticipating that shortages of the metal, a key component of lithium-ion batteries used in electrical cars, will spur prices to their highest levels since the 2008 financial crisis. Prices for cobalt metal have climbed nearly 50 percent since September to five-year peaks around $19 a lb. as stricter emissions controls… http://www.reuters.com/article/us-cobalt-demand-investors-idUSKBN15T1VR Why Toyota Only Sold One Prius in China Last December. If you’re reading this in China and you bought a Prius in December, congratulations -- you were the only one. While Toyota Motor Corp.’s iconic gas-electric hybrid car continues to sell in other markets almost two decades after the first one was sold in Japan in late 1997, Chinese consumers have never warmed to the Prius, a mainstay of the U.S. green-car movement. This past year, sales almost completely flatlined, even as China’s cities continue to battle smog issues. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-02-15/toyota-sold-one-prius-in-china-in-december-as-demand-disappears In America's Heartland, A Power Company Leads Charge For Electric Cars. In the world of electric cars, there's a chicken-and-egg problem: More people might buy electric vehicles, or EVs, if they were confident there would always be a charger nearby. And businesses might install more chargers if there were more EVs on the road. Now, utilities are stepping forward to solve this problem, and not just in California or the Northeast. http://www.npr.org/sections/alltechconsidered/2017/02/14/514517425/in-americas-heartland-a-power-company-leads-charge-for-electric-cars 18 electric vehicle charging stations installed at LAX parking structure 7. Los Angeles International Airport officials announced Tuesday that 18 “level 2” electric vehicle charging stations have been installed in Parking Structure 7. LAX now has a total of 81 level 2 charging stations, with another eight chargers at the LAX FlyAway bus terminal in Van Nuys. http://www.dailybreeze.com/environment-and-nature/20170214/18-electric-vehicle-charging-stations-installed-at-lax-parking-structure-7 The fascinating evolution of the electric car. The potential of electric cars seems to be higher now than ever before. Traditional automakers including General Motors, Volkswagen, Daimler AG, and others are all investing heavily in electric vehicles. And Tesla, of course, has built its entire business off of battery powered cars. But electric automobiles are nothing new. http://www.businessinsider.com/electric-car-history-2017-2 New Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Unveiled in San Diego County. There are new places where residents can charge an electric vehicle, the mayor and other local leaders announced Wednesday. Mayor Kevin Faulconer said the new stations are part of the Climate Action Plan adopted in December to slash greenhouse gas emission by 2035. Part of that effort includes unveiling new charging stations like the one in Ocean Beach and other areas. http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/New-Electric-Vehicle-Charging-Stations-Unveiled-in-San-Diego-County-413867633.html#ixzz4Yn34YQFt Smart to become electric car brand in US, Canada. Smart is about to become an electric car brand, at least as far as the United States and Canada are concerned. The head of the Smart and Mercedes-Benz brands in the U.S., Dietmar Exler, confirmed in a letter sent to dealerships on February 13 that Smart will no longer offer models… http://www.motorauthority.com/news/1028880_smart-to-become-electric-car-brand-in-us-canada European electric and plug-in hybrid sales for Jan-Dec 2016. The Renault Zoe closed out 2016 as the best-selling electric car in Europe. While the Nissan Leaf continues to lead in worldwide sales, the smaller electric car from Nissan's alliance partner has remained on top in its home market. These consistent performances have cemented the Renault-Nissan Alliance's position as the world leader in battery-electric cars. http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1108893_european-electric-and-plug-in-hybrid-sales-for-jan-dec-2016 GREEN ENERGY A Texas-sized debate over wind farms and military readiness. Since the mid-1960s, pilots at Sheppard Air Force Base have made supersonic training flights over the Texas Red River Valley, a region sufficiently remote that mostly cattle ranchers and oil riggers caught sight of the small planes known as "white rockets" as they streaked across the horizon. But North Texas has changed over a half-century. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2017/02/15/stories/1060050066 MISCELLANEOUS Grant funding for water efficiency projects. The Resource Conservation District of Tehama County is hosting a series of technical workshops to help agricultural landowners apply for the CDFA’s 2017 State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program — SWEEP — grant funding. To serve as a guide, the following project types are eligible for funding and address the required greenhouse gas emissions… http://www.redbluffdailynews.com/lifestyle/20170215/grant-funding-for-water-efficiency-projects EPA Veterans Mobilize to Defend Agency's Work, Bracing for Trump's Impact. Former employees of the Environmental Protection Agency, who typically steer clear of politics, have begun advocating to support the work in Trump's crosshairs. Retired and former employees of the Environmental Protection Agency are banding together in rare activism to defend colleagues still working for the agency… https://insideclimatenews.org/news/14022017/epa-climate-change-policies-scott-pruitt-donald-trump-whistleblower?utm_source=Inside+Climate+News&utm_campaign=b2c9dd1ba3-Today_s_Climate12_10_2014&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_29c928ffb5-b2c9dd1ba3-327494049 Utilities vote to close Navajo coal plant at end of 2019. The utilities that own the Navajo Generating Station coal-fired power plant near Page are tired of overpaying for power and decided Monday to close the plant when their lease expires at the end of 2019. To run that long, the utility owners need to work out an arrangement with the Navajo Nation, which owns the land, to decommission the plant after the lease expires. http://www.azcentral.com/story/money/business/energy/2017/02/13/utilities-vote-close-navajo-generating-station-coal-plant-2019/97866668/?utm_source=Inside+Climate+News&utm_campaign=b2c9dd1ba3-Today_s_Climate12_10_2014&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_29c928ffb5-b2c9dd1ba3-327494049 OPINIONS When Canadian Scientists Were Muzzled by Their Government. Less than a month into the Trump presidency, and the forecast for science seems ominous. Scientists at federal agencies have been hit with gag orders preventing them from communicating their findings, or in some cases, attending scientific conferences. Social media accounts and websites have been censored, and at least one agency was asked to identify personnel who worked on climate policies. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/14/opinion/when-canadian-scientists-were-muzzled-by-their-government.html?_r=0 Tesla and California are driving electric car industry. It was nearly a year ago when Elon Musk, basking in the adulation of several dozen screaming fans, took the stage in Southern California to unveil his company’s newest electric car, the sleek Tesla Model 3 sedan. “You will not be able to buy a better car for $35,000,” he promised, “even with no options.” It was a bold assertion coming from an entrepreneur whose company leads a still-fledgling industry with consistently sluggish sales. http://www.fresnobee.com/opinion/editorials/article132522749.html#storylink=cpy More water, but still more controls. California’s water regulators just can’t give up their control of our lawn watering and shower times, despite a federal analysis showing that most of the state is no longer in drought. Even as Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency for 50 counties last month due to flooding, erosion and mud flows, and the snowpack in the Sierra Nevada is nearly twice average levels… http://www.ocregister.com/articles/most-744024-california-watering.html BLOGS US judge greenlights initial $1.2bn VW consumer settlement deal for 3-liter engines. The deal offers financial, as well as buy-back and trade-in, compensation for owners of some 78,000 Volkswagens affected by the Dieselgate scandal. The German carmaker has now settled most of its US consumer claims. German carmaker Volkswagen struck a landmark compensation deal Tuesday after a… http://www.dw.com/en/us-judge-greenlights-initial-12bn-vw-consumer-settlement-deal-for-3-liter-engines/a-37553361 Will blazing a low-carbon path pay off for California? President Trump has made it clear he intends to dismantle the Obama administration’s policies for reducing U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. But California Governor Jerry Brown has declared that his state – which would be the sixth-largest economy in the world if it was an independent nation – will not waver from its decade-long push to fight climate change. http://theconversation.com/will-blazing-a-low-carbon-path-pay-off-for-california-72168 In high sierras, remnants of ice age tell a tale of future climate. Aaron Putnam sits stop a boulder high in the Sierras of central California, banging away with hammer and chisel to chip out a sample of ice age history. Each hunk of rock is a piece of a vast puzzle: How did our climate system behave the last time it warmed up like it's doing today? Dressed in a baseball cap, protective goggles, gray hiking slacks… https://phys.org/news/2017-02-high-sierras-remnants-ice-age.html 'The blob' of abnormal conditions boosted Western US ozone levels. An unusually warm patch of seawater off the West Coast in late 2014 and 2015, nicknamed "the blob," had cascading effects up and down the coast. Its sphere of influence was centered on the marine environment but extended to weather on land. A University of Washington Bothell study now shows that this strong offshore pattern also influenced air quality. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/02/170215101438.htm Tesla: Market Cap Rises To 88 Percent Of Ford’s $49 Billion. Ford stock has fallen 23 percent from 2015-2017, and now sits at $12.65 per share. Tesla stock is on the rise, approaching an all time high, at about $281 right now. This accounts for a market share of $43 billion for the electric startup, compared to Ford’s $49 billion. Tesla made a little over 80,000 cars last year and has sold about 191,000 vehicles to date. http://insideevs.com/tesla-market-cap-rises-88-percent-fords-49-billion/ California is in a drought emergency. Visit www.SaveOurH2O.org for water conservation tips.