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CARB Newsclips for February 27, 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 CARB Business The California Air Resources Board (CARB) staff has posted the slide presentation for the February 28, 2017, public workshop on potential regulatory changes to the CARB’s Heavy-Duty Vehicle Inspection Program (HDVIP) and the Periodic Smoke Inspection Program (PSIP), and on plans to develop a comprehensive inspection and maintenance (I/M) program for heavy-duty (HD) vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating over 14,000 pounds for implementation in the post-2020 timeframe. The public workshop presentation can be accessed at: http://www.arb.ca.gov/msprog/hdim/hdim.htm . The public workshop will be held at the following location and time: Date: Tuesday, February 28, 2017 Time: 1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Location: South Coast Air Quality Management District SCAQMD), Auditorium 21865 Copley Drive Diamond Bar, California 91765 This workshop will be webcast for those unable to attend in person. To access the webcast the day of the workshop, please visit the SCAQMD website at: http://www.aqmd.gov/home/library/webcasts March 1, 2017: Public Workshop to Discuss Proposed 15-Day Changes to the Small Off-Road Engine Evaporative Emissions Regulations. The Air Resources Board (ARB or Board) invites you to participate in a public workshop to learn about proposed 15-day changes to the ARB small off-road engine (SORE) evaporative emissions regulation amendments presented to the Board in November 2016. http://o7.arb.ca.gov/bbscal/uploads/2017/11371-soremarch2017workshopnotice.pdf 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 7, 2017: SB 375 Targets Update Workshop March 7, 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 14, 2017: SB 375 Targets Update Workshop March 14, 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 CLIMATE CHANGE Aggressive cuts to Obama-era green rules to start soon: EPA head. U.S. President Donald Trump's administration will begin rolling back Obama-era environmental regulations in an "aggressive way" as soon as next week, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency said on Saturday - adding he understood why some Americans want to see his agency eliminated completely. "I think there are some regulations that in the near-term need to be rolled back in a very aggressive way. http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-epa-idUSKBN1640S9 Environmental Groups Say California’s Climate Program Hasn’t Helped Them. In the Wilmington neighborhood of Los Angeles, residential streets dead-end at oil refineries. Diesel trucks crawl through, carrying containers from nearby ports. Longtime resident Magali Sanchez Hall says the pollution from all that has taken a toll, right on the street where she lives. https://ww2.kqed.org/news/2017/02/25/environmental-groups-say-californias-climate-program-hasnt-helped-them/ Amazon Deforestation, Once. Tamed, Comes Roaring Back. A decade after the “Save the Rainforest” movement captured the world’s imagination, Cargill and other food giants are pushing deeper into the wilderness. A few months ago, a representative from Cargill traveled to this remote colony in Bolivia’s eastern lowlands in the southernmost reaches of the vast Amazon River basin with an enticing offer. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/24/business/energy-environment/deforestation-brazil-bolivia-south-america.html Scott Pruitt vows to slash climate and water pollution regulations at CPAC. Head of the EPA told the conservative audience they would be ‘justified’ in believing the environmental regulator should be completely disbanded. Scott Pruitt, the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), has vowed to roll back flagship regulations that tackle climate change and water pollution… https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/feb/25/scott-pruitt-epa-cpac-climate-change-pollution-regulation Skeptics cheer new influence over climate research. On a balmy February day with the cherry blossoms abloom in Washington, climate change skeptics at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference hailed the newfound and unexpected power they now have over science in the nation's capital. Outside the Maryland convention center, scientists fretted over the high-temperature records… http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2017/02/27/stories/1060050590 Brown: Billions needed for repairs, climate protection. California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) on Friday pitched spending tens of billions of dollars to upgrade and protect state infrastructure, which he said increasingly is burdened by climate change. California is grappling with how to move forward following a near-catastrophe at Oroville Dam and breaks in several levees after repeated heavy rainstorms. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2017/02/27/stories/1060050591 DROUGHT Yes, California's drought is all but over, and the dramatically revived Cachuma Lake proves it. Heading into February, things were looking grim here in the rugged hills north of Santa Barbara. While much of California was emerging from five years of drought, this giant reservoir had dwindled to a weedy channel at just 7% of capacity and was perilously close to being written off as a regional water supply. http://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-cachuma-rain-20170225-story.html GREEN ENERGY Coal Industry Casts Itself as a Clean Energy Player. President Trump has questioned the science behind climate change as “a hoax” in positioning himself as a champion of coal. The three largest American coal producers are taking a different tack. Seeking to shore up their struggling industry, the coal producers are voicing greater concern about greenhouse gas emissions. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/26/business/energy-environment/coal-industry-clean-energy.html?_r=1 OPINIONS Red States Address Climate Change by Reframing the Debate. President Donald Trump has the environmental community understandably concerned. He and members of his Cabinet have questioned the established science of climate change, and the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, former Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, has sued the EPA many times and regularly sided with the fossil fuel industry. http://www.newsweek.com/red-states-address-climate-change-reframing-debate-560021?rx=us Your Turn, NH -- David Worthen: RGGI is good for NH businesses. AS A NASHUA-BASED MANUFACTURER, we know that energy costs are a concern for everyone. That’s why we are committed to energy solutions like energy efficiency and renewable energy. It’s common sense: Investing in projects that make our electricity grid and our businesses more energy efficient decreases the amount of energy we need to purchase and therefore lowers our energy bills. http://www.unionleader.com/article/20170227/LOCALVOICES/170229416#sthash.XwxkTUV5.dpuf BLOGS EPA Chief promises aggressive rollback of Obama regulations. [JURIST] On Saturday the newly confirmed head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) [official website] Scott Pruitt [EPA bio] announced that they would be rolling back some Obama era regulations as soon as next week. When speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference [official website] (CPAC) on Saturday, Pruitt took a tone that the previous administration's policies… http://www.jurist.org/paperchase/2017/02/epa-chief-promises-aggressive-rollback-of-obama-regulations.php California is in a drought emergency. Visit www.SaveOurH2O.org for water conservation tips.