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CARB Newsclips for March 3, 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 On March 14, 2017, at 1:30 pm, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) staff is providing an online training webinar to discuss tool changes, clarifications, and guidance document updates for Electric Power Entities for 2016 data reported in 2017. The session will include a staff presentation and time for questions. Slides for the webinar will be posted at the following link prior to the start time: http://www.arb.ca.gov/cc/reporting/ghg-rep/guidance/guidance-training.htm The GHG reporting regulation and additional information are available here: http://www.arb.ca.gov/cc/reporting/ghg-rep/ghg-rep.htm. Updated guidance documents will be posted prior to the webinar. In addition, updated Excel reporting workbooks for Electric Power Entities (EPE) will be posted prior to the webinar at the following link: https://www.ccdsupport.com/confluence/display/calhelp/Reporting+Form+Instructions#EPE 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 Request for Proposal (RFP): Data Monitoring, Collection, and Analysis for Projects Granted under Fiscal Year (FY) 2014-15 Air Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) and Low Carbon Transportation Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund (GGRF) Investments. The California Air Resources Board is seeking a contractor to monitor, collect, and analyze data for heavy-duty vehicle, off-road equipment, and bulk ship projects granted under AQIP and Low Carbon Transportation GGRF Investments, as identified in the fiscal year (FY) 14-15 Funding Plan approved by the Board in June 2014. The contractor shall collect and monitor vehicle and facility data, as applicable, such as vehicle specifications and performance data, as well as capital costs and operation and maintenance data for vehicles and facilities. RFP Information: The Data Monitoring, Collection, and Analysis for Projects Granted under FY 14-15 AQIP and Low Carbon Transportation GGRF Investments RFP advertisement is available at: https://caleprocure.ca.gov/pages/Events-BS3/event-search.aspx (Event ID 0000004538). In order to submit a response, please register on the Cal eProcure website at: https://caleprocure.ca.gov/pages/ The final date for the proposal submission is Friday, March 24, 2017, 3:00 p.m., Pacific Standard Time. AIR POLLUTION Southern California air quality officials OK cleanup plan. Southern California air quality officials approved a 15-year pollution clean-up plan today with an 11-2 vote. The South Coast Air Quality Management District plan will serve as a blueprint for future regulations designed to meet the federal health standard for ozone, the hallmark pollutant of summer smog, and other pollutants. http://www.pe.com/articles/quality-826722-air-officials.html Smog In Western U.S. Starts Out As Pollution In Asia, Researchers Say. The U.S. is producing less air pollution, but smog levels are still rising in the western U.S. because of pollutants released in Asian countries that then drift over the Pacific Ocean. Researchers say their findings show the importance of a global approach to preserving air quality. http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/03/03/518323094/rise-in-smog-in-western-u-s-is-blamed-on-asias-air-pollution Omega-3 oils could tackle damage caused by air pollution, research shows. Exclusive New research indicates the benefits of eating omega-3 fatty acids, but also that pollution particles can penetrate the lungs into many organs, including testicles. Supplements of healthy fats could be an immediate way of cutting the harm caused to billions around the world by air pollution, according to emerging research. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/mar/03/oil-supplements-could-tackle-harmful-health-effects-of-air-pollution Air Pollution Exposure May Increase Risk of Dementia. Outdoor air pollution, in the form of tiny particles released from power plants and automobiles that seep into our lungs and blood, could nearly double the dementia risk in older women, according to our research. Of the leading causes of death in America, Alzheimer’s disease is the only one that we currently cannot prevent, cure or even stall. http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/next/body/air-pollution-exposure-may-increase-risk-of-dementia/?utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=pbsofficial&utm_campaign=nova_next Obama's air chief sees 'first concrete steps' of retreat by Pruitt. The retreat from President Obama's Climate Action Plan formally started yesterday at U.S. EPA, when Administrator Scott Pruitt yanked a request to the oil and gas industry for information on methane emissions. In an interview this morning, former EPA air chief Janet McCabe, who led the charge to crack down on the potent natural gas component… http://www.eenews.net/greenwire/2017/03/03/stories/1060050926 CLIMATE CHANGE UN Climate Chief's Request to Meet Tillerson Goes Unanswered. The top United Nations climate change official continues to wait for a response to her request to meet with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson over whether the U.S. will remain in the landmark Paris environmental accord. Patricia Espinosa, executive secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change… https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-03-02/un-climate-chief-s-request-to-meet-tillerson-goes-unanswered?utm_source=Inside+Climate+News&utm_campaign=ba9cde0542-Today_s_Climate12_10_2014&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_29c928ffb5-ba9cde0542-327747457 What climate change has to do with the price of your lettuce. Unusual weather in the Southwest could cause a nationwide salad shortage later this month. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg (lettuce): Scientists say the weird weather is probably caused by climate change — which means these sorts of problems are likely to happen again. The shortage, first reported by NPR, is the result of two separate phenomena in Arizona’s Yuma County and California’s Salinas Valley… https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2017/03/03/what-climate-change-has-to-do-with-the-price-of-your-lettuce/?utm_term=.1913d5d3480f Top Trump Advisers Are Split on Paris Agreement on Climate Change. The White House is fiercely divided over President Trump’s campaign promise to “cancel” the Paris agreement, the 2015 accord that binds nearly every country to curb global warming, with more moderate voices maintaining that he should stick with the agreement despite his campaign pledge. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/02/us/politics/climate-change-trump.html?_r=1&utm_source=Inside+Climate+News&utm_campaign=ba9cde0542-Today_s_Climate12_10_2014&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_29c928ffb5-ba9cde0542-327747457 Antarctic Sea Ice Sets Record Low, Providing Another Mystery for Scientists. Warming at the South Pole hits record high as sea ice shrinks, a departure from its record high only a few years ago. A new record warm temperature for Antarctica was confirmed by the World Meteorological Organization as sea ice surrounding the continent has shrunk to a record low. https://insideclimatenews.org/news/02032017/antarctic-sea-ice-climate-change-global-warming-arctic?utm_source=Inside+Climate+News&utm_campaign=ba9cde0542-Today_s_Climate12_10_2014&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_29c928ffb5-ba9cde0542-327747457 Greens urge court to reject industry effort to delay ruling. Greens are objecting to what they say is an industry attempt to delay a ruling in the massive litigation over the Obama administration's signature climate rule. At issue: A trio of industry petitioners wants a federal court to add their lawsuits challenging U.S. EPA's denial of administrative petitions to the Clean Power Plan to the litigation over the underlying rule. http://www.eenews.net/greenwire/2017/03/03/stories/1060050917 LA is achieving its climate goals — officials. Los Angeles has cut its greenhouse gas emissions, reduced water use 20 percent per person and installed enough solar to power 12,000 homes, city officials said yesterday. California's biggest city is on track to meet the goals that Mayor Eric Garcetti (D) included in his "Sustainable City pLAn," first released in April 2015. It set a pathway for multiple environmental improvements. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1060050896/search?keyword=california DROUGHT An End to California’s Drought Isn’t Cut and Dried. Rain has replenished the state’s reservoirs, but groundwater remains depleted. After four ruinously dry years, California is now swimming in water. But by some measures, the state also remains immersed in its worst drought in 20 years. That strange situation is explained by the fact that there are multiple ways to gauge drought. https://www.wsj.com/articles/an-end-to-californias-drought-isnt-cut-and-dried-1488537007 The drought in Washington, D.C., is now just as bad as California’s. We’re not going to complain that Washington didn’t get any snow this winter. Fine — it’s over. Something we can complain about, though, is that we didn’t get any meaningful precipitation of any type. Specifically, D.C. didn’t get enough rain this winter. Reagan National Airport — D.C.’s official weather-monitoring location… https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/capital-weather-gang/wp/2017/03/02/drought-washington-d-c-california/?utm_term=.eda26bd6198c 'Water & Power: A California Heist' probes issues older than the current drought. An end to California’s historic drought may finally be in sight, but it seems that the state’s water crisis is a mere drop in the bucket in relation to the decades of dirty dealings probed in the revealing National Geographic documentary, “Water & Power: A California Heist.” From the Monterey Amendments, a contentious policy that favored… http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/movies/la-et-mn-capsule-water-power-california-heist-review-20170302-story.html Rainstorms Wash Away Drought in More than 90 Percent of California. At this time last year, 95 percent of California was in some type of drought during a five-year dry spell. This week's U.S. Drought Monitor report shows more improvement in California, where winter rainstorms and heavy snowfall have washed away drought in more of the state after a five-year dry spell. http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/California-Drought-Water-Weather-Rain-Snow-415215033.html#ixzz4aIccxfn5 America's biggest water users – farmers – learn to use less of it. In the Southwest and beyond, irrigation technology and other steps such as planting 'cover crops' to enrich the soil are making a difference. Scottsdale, Ariz.—Kevin Rogers, a fifth-generation farmer near Scottsdale, sees how technology is helping him use less water. Wearing an off-white cowboy hat while driving his silver truck around his farm… http://www.csmonitor.com/Environment/Inhabit/2017/0303/America-s-biggest-water-users-farmers-learn-to-use-less-of-it Blizzard hits Hawaii as record rainfall poised to end California drought. The blizzard in Hawaii and high levels of precipitation in California contrast sharply with the low snow levels across much of the rest of the country in 2017. It’s been a strange year for weather so far, and a recent series of events has confounded expectations. On Tuesday and Wednesday, a blizzard hit mountaintops on Hawaii’s Big Island. http://www.csmonitor.com/Environment/2017/0303/Blizzard-hits-Hawaii-as-record-rainfall-poised-to-end-California-drought Drought Conditions Out West Are Causing Businesses to Compete for Water. If water is the new oil, what are drought stricken regions to do? What are their water-intensive industries to do? The Christian Science Monitor reports that a proposal in Nevada would send water to other areas through a 250-mile pipeline to feed such urban areas Las Vegas. That, however, would come at the expense of ranchers and farmers. https://www.environmentalleader.com/2017/03/drought-conditions-west-causing-businesses-compete-water/ FUELS State finds dozens of violations at Banning Ranch oil field. State oil and gas regulators have found dozens of violations at the Newport Banning Ranch oil field that developers want to turn into a large hotel and housing complex. Notices issued by California’s Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources on Feb. 28 list nearly a dozen pages of violations, including wellhead and pipeline leaks… http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-banning-ranch-violations-20170302-story.html Trump's EPA Halts Request for Methane Information From Oil and Gas Producers. One of Scott Pruitt's first orders as administrator is to walk back from an effort to rein in climate-warming methane leaks from the oil and gas industry. In a strong signal of its retreat from climate change action, the Trump administration on Thursday halted an effort to gather data from the oil and gas industry that is needed to rein in… https://insideclimatenews.org/news/03032017/scott-pruitt-environmental-protection-agency-methane-greenhouse-gas-climate-change?utm_source=Inside+Climate+News&utm_campaign=ba9cde0542-Today_s_Climate12_10_2014&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_29c928ffb5-ba9cde0542-327747457 Fossil fuel rule faces Senate threat. The Interior Department's changes to fossil fuel royalty calculations face elimination in both chambers of Congress after Senate Republicans yesterday issued a new resolution to kill the controversial rule. Sen. Steve Daines (R-Mont.) introduced S.J. Res. 29, to undo the Office of Natural Resources Revenue's new oil, gas and coal valuation standards. http://www.eenews.net/greenwire/2017/03/03/stories/1060050918 VEHICLES A dozen states target clean cars for 'crazy' new fees. Drivers of clean cars could be asked to pay special fees across almost half the country following a flurry of new state bills aimed at funding road improvements. Lawmakers from a dozen primarily red states have introduced bills in the past few weeks to slap additional fees on drivers of electric or hybrid vehicles. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1060050867/search?keyword=california VW RECALL Volkswagen fights state AGs to keep emissions cheating suits in federal court. Volkswagen is fighting fiercely to limit additional liability for its emissions cheating scandal. On Tuesday, the company filed a brief in the litigation consolidated in San Francisco federal court, arguing that suits brought by 14 state attorneys general should remain in federal court instead of being transferred back… http://www.reuters.com/article/us-otc-vw-idUSKBN1692TQ VW scandal means early death for 1,200 Europeans — study. Some 1,200 people in Europe will die early because of excess emissions released as a result of Volkswagen AG's evasion of pollution controls on millions of diesel-powered cars, a new study predicts. Those premature deaths will result from increased releases of nitrogen oxides (NOx) from some 2.6 million VW cars sold in Germany between 2008 and 2015 that were outfitted with "defeat devices"… http://www.eenews.net/greenwire/2017/03/03/stories/1060050929 FIAT/CHRYSLER (FCA) Fiat Chrysler says diesel emissions probes are widening. Fiat Chrysler has disclosed that additional federal and state agencies are now investigating its alleged diesel emissions violations. The automaker said in a corporate filing that it has "received various inquiries, subpoenas and requests for information from a number of governmental authorities, including the Department of Justice… http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/cars/2017/03/02/fiat-chrysler-says-diesel-emissions-probes-widening/98652186/ MISCELLANEOUS Seeking aerospace solutions. Saying ‘YES’ to a carbon emission reduction challenge. Buena High seniors to compete in California. Two Buena High School seniors will be traveling to Los Angeles, California to compete at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in May. Adam Skora and Taylor Benning worked together on a Youth, Engineering and Science (YES) project… http://www.svherald.com/free_access/saying-yes-to-a-carbon-emission-reduction-challenge/article_19d158a6-ffa6-11e6-879e-1f975e362334.html O’Donnell reappointed to lead Assembly Select Committee on Ports and Goods Movement. Assemblymember Speaker Anthony Rendon (D–Lakewood) has renamed Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D–Long Beach) as chair of the Assembly Select Committee on Ports and Goods Movement. O’Donnell’s district includes the twin ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles, which together represent the two busiest maritime hubs in the United States. http://www.signaltribunenewspaper.com/?p=33317 Source reveals EPA programs Trump's budget could cut. A wide slew of Environmental Protection Agency programs could be under the knife to meet President Donald Trump's budget proposal requirements, a source told CNN Wednesday night. The source spelled out details of an Office of Management and Budget proposal that would cut the EPA's budget by 24% and reduce its staffing by 20%. http://www.cnn.com/2017/03/02/politics/epa-programs-donald-trump-budget/ U.S. Senate confirms Rick Perry as Trump's energy secretary. The U.S. Senate approved the confirmation of former Texas Gov. Rick Perry as the next secretary of the Department of Energy on Thursday. The U.S. Senate approved the confirmation of Rick Perry as the next secretary of the Department of Energy on Thursday.. https://www.texastribune.org/2017/03/02/perry-clears-confirmation-hurdle-track-us-cabinet/?utm_source=Inside+Climate+News&utm_campaign=ba9cde0542-Today_s_Climate12_10_2014&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_29c928ffb5-ba9cde0542-327747457 OPINIONS Bullet train suffers two big setbacks that could be fatal. Late Wednesday, the California High-Speed Rail Authority dispatched a report to the Legislature, crowing about progress in building a statewide bullet train system. It boasted of spending $2.3 billion so far on an initial 119-mile segment in the San Joaquin Valley “that will bring passenger rail service to connect the Central Valley to the Silicon Valley by 2025.” http://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/politics-columns-blogs/dan-walters/article136098388.html#storylink=cpy In fighting climate change and oil dependence, California needs all its tools. Now more than ever, California’s pioneering energy policies are lights in the darkness for Americans who understand the threat posed by climate change and the urgent need for action. California must continue to curb greenhouse-gas emissions while growing its economy, using all of the tools at its disposal. http://www.sacbee.com/opinion/op-ed/soapbox/article136059388.html#storylink=cpy California must protect environment from Trump's attacks. Clean air and water ought to be nonpartisan issues. Liberal or conservative, rich or poor, no living creature should have to worry that life’s essentials are unsafe. Yet, disappointingly, President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans seem bent on dismantling environmental protections, using jobs as a pretext. It’s a deeply misguided ideological stance with real public health implications. http://www.fresnobee.com/opinion/editorials/article136000363.html#storylink=cpy California Lurches For A Carbon Tax After Consecutive Greenhouse Gas Auction Failures. For the fourth time in a row California’s cap-and-trade auction for greenhouse gas emissions fell flat, raising only $8.2 million out of a hoped for $600 million, leaving revenues $1.9 billion short over the past 12 months. California Gov. Jerry Brown has big plans for these cap-and-trade revenues, with about a third… https://www.forbes.com/sites/chuckdevore/2017/03/02/california-lurches-for-a-carbon-tax-after-consecutive-greenhouse-gas-auction-failures/#2b41667732e1 BLOGS Do piles of snow in California's Sierras mean the 5-year-drought is over? For the past two years, I've been living in California, and I've been worrying about water almost continuously. Coming from the East Coast, I've seen a drought or two, and I've never been a water waster. (For example, my extra egg- and tea-boiling water has always gone to my plants, not down the drain.) But moving West during a headline-making drought turned me into a true water miser. http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/climate-weather/blogs/snow-california-sierras-drought-might-be-over California’s Wild Climate Will Only Get More Volatile As Temperatures Rise Wetter wets and drier dries are ahead. To understand how climate change is creating a world of extremes, look to California, where the reality of severe drought coupled with intense precipitation threatens millions of residents, a rich ecosystem and the dated infrastructure designed to protect them. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/california-climate-temperature_us_58a49f38e4b03df370dca5cf?5l6o77pl9ynmnp14i California is in a drought emergency. Visit www.SaveOurH2O.org for water conservation tips.