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newsclips -- CARB Newsclips for February 23, 2017.

Posted: 23 Feb 2017 13:37:17
CARB Newsclips for February 23, 2017. This is a service of the
California Air Resources Board’s Office of Communications.  You
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One or more workshops/meetings have been scheduled and are now
located in ARB's Workshop Calendar. Please go to:
which links to meeting details, including:

March 14, 2017: SB 375 Targets Update Workshop March 14, 2017.
more info

March 9, 2017: SB 375 Targets Update Workshop March 9, 2017.
more info

March 7, 2017: SB 375 Targets Update Workshop March 7, 2017.
more info

The California Air Resource Board has posted an updated Notice of
Upcoming Low Carbon Fuel Standard Credits Release for Non-Metered
Residential Electric Vehicle Charging.


Wet Cleaning Demonstration

California Air Resources Board is collaborating with the  San
Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District and California
Cleaners Association in holding a free professional wet cleaning
demonstration workshop. 

The free workshop will be held on Friday, February 24, 2017 from

2:00PM - 4:00PM in Turlock.  Doors open at 1:45 PM.

Venue: Carr's Cleaners, 500 E. Main Street, Turlock, CA 95380. 

Space is limited.  Register early at

or by searching for "wet cleaning workshop" on

For more details about the workshop, please visit ARB's Non-Toxic
Dry Cleaning Incentive Program (AB998) website at:

LCFS Workshop on inclusion of jet fuels

The California Air Resources Board will hold a working meeting on
the subject of including jet fuel under the Low Carbon Fuel


Fearing President Trump's next steps, California lawmakers review
their options under Clean Air Act. In a sign of uneasiness over
President Trump's environmental agenda, state lawmakers hosted a
hearing Wednesday to discuss how California's air quality
policies rely on federal regulations.  Although the state is
allowed to pursue stricter rules than federal standards under the
nearly five-decade-old Clean Air Act…

Air Quality Advocates Worry EPA Waivers At Risk. Some people are
afraid California's ability to create its own environmental
policies may soon suffer a major setback. The Environmental
Protection Agency's new chief, Scott Pruitt, has not committed to
continuing the state's waiver authority. At the state Capitol
Wednesday, air quality advocates talked about how the waivers
have made…

EPA extends comment deadline for Texas haze plan. Yielding to
requests from power producers and a state regulatory agency, U.S.
EPA is adding another 60 days to the public comment period on a
proposed regional haze plan for Texas that would affect 14 coal-
and gas-fired plants. The extension, set for publication in
tomorrow's Federal Register, means the comment deadline will now
be May 5.


U.S. Energy Regulator Still Advancing Obama-Era Climate Guidance.
In what appeared to be a belated adoption of an Obama-era
directive, the U.S. energy agency responsible for approving
multibillion-dollar natural gas pipeline projects has directed
companies to start disclosing potential climate change impacts.
On Wednesday, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission posted a
new manual on environmental reporting…

Aerosol study could help unravel climate mysteries. A group of
Australian scientists are trying to solve a climate mystery: the
impact of aerosols. Their focus is on studying aerosol
composition and concentration in Antarctica. Aerosols, which are
composed of clumps of molecules, can sometimes cause a cooling
effect. However, scientists don't know enough about them to
accurately model how that cooling impact could influence…

Conservatives predict 'real war' with environmentalists. People
who question the science of climate change today told
conservative activists they were looking forward to using their
bigger platform during the Trump administration to roll back U.S.
EPA regulations on greenhouse gas emissions. At the annual
Conservative Political Action Conference, a panel of prominent
global warming skeptics…


Only 17 percent of California still in drought, monitor says.
After weeks of pounding rains, overtopped levees and a
near-catastrophe at the state’s second largest dam, most
Californians probably believe the drought is over. Scientists
with the federal government more or less agree. The U.S. Drought
Monitor reported Thursday that just 17 percent of California is
still suffering from the drought.


Port of Oakland: Big-rig smog checks reflect change in trucking
industry. For trucking companies at the Port of Oakland, the
hardest part is mostly over — if they’re still in business, that
is. A significant push that started in 2009 to transform
smog-spewing diesel engines to ones that burn cleaner and capture
pollutants before they enter the atmosphere has largely been



Exxon Caves to Oil Crash With Historic Global Reserves Cut. Exxon
Mobil Corp. disclosed the deepest reserves cut in its modern
history as prolonged routs in oil and natural gas markets erased
the value of a $16 billion oil-sands investment and other North
American assets. The equivalent of about 3.3 billion barrels of
untapped crude was removed from the so-called proved reserves
category in Exxon’s books…


Propel Fuels serves largest US E85 market in California. Propel
Fuels, the nation’s leading retailer of E85 Flex Fuel, welcomed
the 2017 National Ethanol Conference to California, America’s
largest E85 market.  Having cracked the code to high volume E85
sales, Propel sells more than 500 percent above the national
average through innovation in fuel brand and consumer engagement.

The U.S. is transitioning into a natural gas exporter. The United
States is on track to become a net exporter of gas next year,
driven largely by the growth of liquefied natural gas exports,
according to the U.S. Energy Department. The U.S. started
exporting LNG last year, courtesy of Houston-based Cheniere
Energy, and the country is increasingly piping more natural gas
to Mexico while, simultaneously…

Dairy industry rejects 'command and control' methane regs
Renewable methane advocates are hoping a looming collision with
California's greenhouse gas goals will give the nascent industry
a kick in the pants. California has had an economywide carbon cap
since 2006 but is just now tackling the biggest sources of
methane, a gas that is one of the most potent contributors to
global warming.

Industry groups debate responsibility for key RFS mandate. The
Trump administration will soon give its first firm indication of
where it stands on a key element of the federal renewable fuel
standard, and industry groups are jostling to be heard. Yesterday
was the deadline for public comments on a proposal U.S. EPA
previously rejected to change who's responsible…


Tesla Is Burning Through Cash. Elon Musk is burning through cash
and may need to raise more soon to produce the mass-market
electric sedan Tesla Inc. is banking on to reach the mainstream
consumer. A capital raise would provide more cushion to the
smallest and youngest publicly held U.S. automaker, which has
huge expenditures planned ahead of introducing the Model 3 sedan
in July.

UCI is first college in nation to convert to all-electric bus
fleet. The University of California, Irvine is poised to be the
first college campus in the nation to convert its buses to an
all-electric fleet. The student-funded and -operated Anteater
Express shuttle service is acquiring 20 buses from BYD (Build
Your Dreams) for $15 million.
The vehicles are being built at the company’s Lancaster plant to
roll onto campus…

Utilities paying EV drivers 'climate credits' Electric vehicle
drivers in California have started earning money through a state
program aimed at cutting the greenhouse gas emissions generated
by gasoline and diesel. Utilities are sending checks and giving
rebates to EV owners who plug in. Utilities are using funds
generated by selling environmental credits accumulated through
California's low-carbon fuels standard (LCFS) system.

Musk talked electric car subsidies with Trump. Elon Musk
"briefly" defended electric vehicle incentives and regulations to
President Trump, he said yesterday. The Tesla Inc. CEO, who
advises Trump on technology and manufacturing, said he urged the
administration to get rid of all subsidies if it was considering
eliminating incentives for electric vehicles, like the $7,500 tax


SolarCity’s Ties to Foreclosure Cases Raise Questions on Vetting
Policies. SolarCity, the nation’s leading installer of rooftop
solar panels and a renewable energy darling, has pitched its
value to investors on a simple premise: Once customers sign up to
lease a system, they will make payments to the company month
after month for at least 20 years.


Guest Voices: Time to stand up for action to fight climate
change. Tuesday’s climate change rally in San Diego could not
have been more timely. We all need to stand up and speak out
against President Donald Trump and his plans to back away from
the vital progress we’re making to fight this global scourge that
threatens our kids. And we need to be heard on the American jobs
— 3 million and counting… 


Climate Change: An Islander’s Experience. I am a proud Pacific
Islander. Over the years, I have witnessed and stood alongside
many of my fellow islanders and leaders, combating climate change
and its impacts on the islands. Though the percentage of people
in the U.S. who believe that climate change is real and
human-caused is rising, it still only amounts to around half.

Policy Perspectives for Governments and Public Agencies on
Volkswagen’s Settlement Funds and Electric Vehicle Investment.
CSE’s clean transportation team offers planning considerations
for automaker’s distribution of funds through the Environmental
Mitigation Trust and Electrify America to promote electric
vehicles and deploy charging infrastructure. As part of
Volkswagen’s $14.7 billion federal settlement for the use of
illegal smog check defeat devices in its 2009-15 diesel cars…

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

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