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CARB Newsclips for February 23, 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 One or more workshops/meetings have been scheduled and are now located in ARB's Workshop Calendar. Please go to: http://www.arb.ca.gov/app/calendar/cur_evnt.php?type=workshops which links to meeting details, including: March 14, 2017: SB 375 Targets Update Workshop March 14, 2017. more info https://www.arb.ca.gov/cc/sb375/meetings/meetings.htm March 9, 2017: SB 375 Targets Update Workshop March 9, 2017. more info https://www.arb.ca.gov/cc/sb375/meetings/meetings.htm March 7, 2017: SB 375 Targets Update Workshop March 7, 2017. more info https://www.arb.ca.gov/cc/sb375/meetings/meetings.htm 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. http://www.arb.ca.gov/fuels/lcfs/workgroups/elect/022217notice.pdf 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 https://www.eventbrite.com/e/free-professional-wet-cleaning-demonstration-workshop-for-dry-cleaners-tickets-23108818097?aff=es2 or by searching for "wet cleaning workshop" on http://www.eventbrite.com. For more details about the workshop, please visit ARB's Non-Toxic Dry Cleaning Incentive Program (AB998) website at: http://www.arb.ca.gov/toxics/dryclean/ab998.htm 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 Standard. https://www.arb.ca.gov/fuels/lcfs/lcfs_meetings/031717mtgnotice.pdf AIR POLLUTION 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… http://www.latimes.com/politics/essential/la-pol-ca-essential-politics-updates-clean-air-act-waiver-1487791925-htmlstory.html 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… http://www.capradio.org/articles/2017/02/23/air-quality-advocates-worry-epa-waivers-at-risk/ 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. http://www.eenews.net/greenwire/2017/02/23/stories/1060050472 CLIMATE CHANGE 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… https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-02-22/u-s-energy-agency-moves-forward-with-obama-era-climate-guidance 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… http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2017/02/23/stories/1060050427 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… http://www.eenews.net/greenwire/2017/02/23/stories/1060050477 DROUGHT 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. http://www.sacbee.com/news/state/california/water-and-drought/article134474714.html#storylink=cpy DIESEL ACTIVITIES 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 completed. http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/02/22/emissions-standards-prompt-change-in-trucking-industry-at-port-of-oakland/ http://www.eastbaytimes.com/2017/02/22/emissions-standards-prompt-change-in-trucking-industry-at-port-of-oakland/ http://hoodline.com/2017/02/calepa-task-force-conducts-surprise-truck-inspections-at-port-of-oakland FUELS 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… https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-02-22/exxon-takes-historic-cut-to-oil-reserves-amid-crude-market-rout http://www.reuters.com/article/us-exxon-mobil-reserves-idUSKBN1612Y9 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. http://www.ethanolproducer.com/articles/14177/propel-fuels-serves-largest-us-e85-market-in-california 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… http://fuelfix.com/blog/2017/02/22/the-u-s-is-transitioning-as-a-natural-gas-exporter/?utm_source=Inside+Climate+News&utm_campaign=5658d91851-Today_s_Climate12_10_2014&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_29c928ffb5-5658d91851-327747457 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. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2017/02/23/stories/1060050448 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… http://www.eenews.net/greenwire/2017/02/23/stories/1060050463 VEHICLES 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. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-02-23/tesla-capital-raise-seen-near-as-musk-burns-through-cash-coffers 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… https://news.uci.edu/faculty/big-wheels-in-motion/ 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. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2017/02/23/stories/1060050446 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 credit. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2017/02/23/stories/1060050449 GREEN ENERGY 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. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/22/business/solarcity-foreclosure-cases.html?_r=0 OPINIONS 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… http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/environment/sd-me-guest-voices-nrdc-20170222-story.html BLOGS 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. http://sandiegofreepress.org/2017/02/climate-change-an-islanders-experience/ 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… http://energycenter.org/blog/policy-perspectives-governments-and-public-agencies-volkswagen%E2%80%99s-settlement-funds-and-electric California is in a drought emergency. Visit www.SaveOurH2O.org for water conservation tips.