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CARB Newsclips for March 9, 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 The California Air Resources Board (CARB) invites you to participate in a public workshop on the Fiscal Year (FY) 2017-18 Funding Plan for Low Carbon Transportation Investments, Air Quality Improvement Program (AQIP), and the potential $25 million Volkswagen settlement funds for zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) aspects of vehicle replacement programs. The meeting will be held at the following time and place: Date: Thursday, April 6, 2017 Time: 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Place: Cal/EPA Headquarters Building Coastal Hearing Room, Second Floor 1001 I Street Sacramento, California 95814 A meeting notice for the workshop is posted at: https://www.arb.ca.gov/msprog/aqip/meetings/meetings.htm Staff at the California Air Resources Board (ARB) invites you to participate in a workshop on updates to Senate Bill 375 regional passenger vehicle greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction targets for California's Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPO). The workshops will be held at the locations and dates below, and will follow the same format and presentation. FRESNO: March 14, 2017 For more information on these workshops, visit the ARB SB 375 website and see the meeting notice at: https://www.arb.ca.gov/cc/sb375/meetings/meetings.htm 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 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 Exclusive: Norway's Wealth Fund May Blacklist Firms Over Emissions, Corruption Risk. The ethics watchdog for Norway's $900-billion sovereign wealth fund will recommend this year that the fund exclude or put on a watch list several firms in the oil, cement and steel industries for emitting too much greenhouse gas. Carbon emissions are a new criteria for the fund, which was built up from the proceeds of… https://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2017/03/09/business/09reuters-norway-swf-ethics.html CLIMATE CHANGE Shell Sells Nearly All Its Oil Sands Assets in Another Sign of Sector's Woes. Royal Dutch Shell said on Thursday it will sell nearly all of its tar sands assets, the latest sign that operations in the Canadian resource continue to struggle as oil prices remain historically low and energy companies come under increasing pressure to reduce their impacts on climate change. The sale, to Canadian Natural Resources Limited, is one of the biggest in a series of steps by multinational companies to turn away from the tar sands, among the most expensive and carbon-intensive sources of oil. https://insideclimatenews.org/news/09032017/shell-canadian-oil-sands-oil-prices-climate-change-exxon Shell Cuts Debt With $7.25 Billion Sale of Canada Oil Sands. Royal Dutch Shell Plc will sell almost all of its production assets in Canada’s oil sands in a $7.25 billion deal that cuts debt and reduces involvement in one of the most environmentally damaging forms of fossil-fuel extraction. All of the company’s oil-sands interests apart from a 10 percent stake in the Athabasca mining project will be sold… https://www.bloombergquint.com/markets/2017/03/09/shell-agrees-to-sell-oil-sands-operations-for-7-25-billion Shell CEO Urges Switch to Clean Energy as Plans Hefty Renewable Spending. The oil and gas industry risks losing public support if progress is not made in the transition to cleaner energy, Royal Dutch Shell Plc Chief Executive Ben van Beurden said on Thursday. The world's second largest publicly-traded oil company plans to increase its investment in renewable energy to $1 billion a year by… https://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2017/03/09/business/09reuters-ceraweek-shell-shell.html EPA Chief: Carbon Dioxide Not Primary Cause of Warming. The new chief of the Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday he does not believe that carbon dioxide is a primary contributor to global warming, a statement at odds with mainstream scientific consensus and his own agency. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said measuring the effect of human activity on the climate is "very challenging"… https://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2017/03/09/us/politics/ap-us-pruitt-global-warming.html http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/03/09/519425866/epa-chief-scott-pruitt-questions-basic-facts-about-climate-change Spring Came Early. Scientists Say Climate Change Is a Culprit. After a mild winter across much of the United States, February brought abnormally high temperatures, especially east of the Rockies. Spring weather arrived more than three weeks earlier than usual in some places, and new research released Wednesday shows a strong link to climate change. https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/03/08/climate/early-spring.html Study: Climate Change Goosed Odds of Freakishly Hot February. A freakishly balmy February broke more than 11,700 local daily records for warmth in the United States, but it didn't quite beat 1954 for the warmest February on record, climate scientists said. The average temperature last month was 41.2 degrees — 7.3 degrees warmer than normal but three-tenths a degree behind the record… https://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2017/03/08/science/ap-us-sci-hot-february.html February's Unusual Heat Has Climate Change Link, Scientists Find. Global warming has made winter swelters like the one experienced in February three times more likely, according to a new rapid analysis. A new rapid analysis has concluded that climate change has made winter swelters like the one experienced this February in the United States at least three times more likely. https://insideclimatenews.org/news/08032017/climate-change-scientists-heat-wave-february-global-warming Former GOP chairman: 'Extremely important' to stay in pact. Former Sen. Richard Lugar hopes the Trump administration not only remains within the 2015 Paris climate deal but takes an active role in convincing other countries to do the same. The Indiana Republican and former Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman told… http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2017/03/08/stories/1060051097 'Global climate change' on the chopping block in upcoming budget. The White House has proposed eliminating climate aid as part of draconian budget cuts at the State Department, a source familiar with the funding documents told E&E News. The zeroing out of a "global climate change" funding cut is likely a reference… http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2017/03/09/stories/1060051170 DROUGHT California Today: Why the State’s Biggest Lake Is Dying. California’s biggest lake, about 350 square miles, is dying. It’s not the first time. The Salton Sea, straddling the Imperial and Coachella Valleys, is the latest incarnation of a body of water that has been drying and refilling over eons with water from the Colorado River. Native Americans once fished and camped on Lake Cahuilla, a prehistoric and larger version. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/09/us/california-todaywhat-should-be-done-about-the-salton-sea.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=second-column-region®ion=top-news&WT.nav=top-news&_r=0 FUELS Engie Pulls Out of UK Shale Gas With Assets Sale to Ineos. French energy company Engie has sold its British shale gas interests to petrochemicals firm Ineos for an undisclosed sum, the companies said on Thursday. Engie was one of the first big energy companies to back Britain's nascent shale gas industry when it bought parts of Dart Energy's license’s, a company since then taken over by IGas, in 2013. https://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2017/03/09/business/09reuters-britain-shale-engie-ineos.html 'Clean' coal won't be commercially viable before 2030, energy analysis says. Renewables now the cheapest source of reliable power generation in Australia, RepuTex says. “Clean” coal technologies won’t be commercially viable before 2030 without government subsidy and are fundamentally out of sync with the move towards more flexible power generation, according to the energy market analysis firm RepuTex. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/mar/09/clean-coal-wont-be-commercially-viable-before-2030-energy-analysis-says VEHICLES CIA 'Mission' on Cars Shows Concern About Next-Generation Vehicles. WikiLeaks documents showing the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency considered a "mission" against connected car technology underscores auto industry concern that the science behind the next generation of vehicles could be turned against them. Cyber security is considered key to the rollout of tomorrow's self-driving and today's connected cars… https://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2017/03/08/technology/08reuters-cia-wikileaks-autos.html VW RECALL VW and Tata Agree to Explore Cooperation in India-Sources. Volkswagen has signed an agreement with Tata Motors to explore cooperation in India, company sources close to the matter said, as the German carmaker tries once again to conquer emerging markets. After months of talks, the carmakers have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to deepen exchanges about technology... https://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2017/03/09/business/09reuters-volkswagen-tata-motors.html EPA Auditor to Review Emissions Testing Checks After VW Case. A U.S. Environmental Protection Agency watchdog plans to review whether the agency's internal controls are effective at detecting vehicle emissions fraud, the EPA's Office of Inspector General said. In a memo dated Monday, the inspector general said it will "begin preliminary research to determine… https://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2017/03/08/business/08reuters-usa-emissions.html Volkswagen Plans to Scrap Bonuses for Supervisory Board Members. Volkswagen plans to scrap bonus payments for members of its supervisory board, it said on Thursday, the latest sign of belt-tightening as the German carmaker grapples with the cost of its emissions scandal. Supervisory board members have agreed to accept only fixed salaries in future and scrap bonuses, a spokesman said, citing a proposal… https://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2017/03/09/business/09reuters-volkswagen-bonuses.html GREEN ENERGY Greece to Get EBRD Funding for Renewable Energy Drive. Cash-strapped Greece will get more funding from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) after its board approved up to 300 million euros (260.1 million pounds) to fund renewable energy projects. Greece is heavily dependent on imported fossil fuels and the EBRD aims to mobilize much-needed investment and financing to help exploit the country's huge potential for renewables, including solar, wind… https://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2017/03/09/business/09reuters-greece-ebrd-funding.html New Mexico's Famed Arena Recognized for Green Features. The University of New Mexico's legendary basketball arena, a mid-century fixture that was modernized as part of a multimillion-dollar renovation a few years ago, is being recognized by the U.S. Green Building Council. Built in 1966, The Pit is one of college basketball's most famous — and loudest — buildings. https://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2017/03/08/us/ap-us-new-mexico-the-pit.html Tesla powers up pioneering Hawaii solar storage project. Tesla has reportedly completed its first major solar storage project since its $2bn acquisition of SolarCity, underlining the electric vehicle giant's plans to become a major player in the wider clean tech sector. The company said it has brought online the Kapaia solar and storage project in Hawaii, combining a 13MW solar array with… http://www.businessgreen.com/bg/news/3006172/tesla-powers-up-pioneering-hawaii-solar-storage-project After 'impressive' 2016, market poised to triple by 2022. America's solar market is poised to triple over the next six years, according to industry data released this morning. Coming off a record 2016, when developers installed 14.7 GW of new solar photovoltaic capacity, the industry is projected to ride a wave of falling prices and strong consumer demand through the end of the decade, with an average 13 GW of new capacity coming online each year through 2020. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2017/03/09/stories/1060051169 MISCELLANEOUS The Senate just voted to overturn another environmental rule — sending it to Trump’s desk. An Obama-era rule aimed at modernizing the management of public lands is one step closer to being repealed. The Senate voted Tuesday to overturn an Interior Department regulation known as the Planning 2.0 rule in a move that critics say hands too much influence to the oil and gas industry… https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2017/03/08/the-senate-just-voted-to-overturn-another-environmental-rule-sending-it-to-trumps-desk/?utm_term=.b70c291251fe ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE Chief Environmental Justice Official at EPA Resigns, With Plea to Pruitt to Protect Vulnerable Communities. Mustafa Ali quits after 24 years, as new administrator prepares deep cuts in programs affecting the poor and minorities. The head of the environmental justice program at the Environmental Protection Agency has stepped down, departing the government with a lengthy letter to Scott Pruitt… https://insideclimatenews.org/news/09032017/epa-environmental-justice-mustafa-ali-flint-water-crisis-dakota-access-pipeline-trump-scott-pruitt OPINIONS Don’t Roll Back the Vehicle Fuel Standards. One of the signal achievements of the Obama administration was reaching an agreement with the auto industry to dramatically increase fuel efficiency standards for vehicles, doubling them to 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025. The industry now wants to renege. At its behest, the Trump administration is expected to initiate a rollback. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/08/opinion/dont-roll-back-the-vehicle-fuel-standards.html What's at stake as the GOP moves to slash regulations? For starters, clean air. Amid the Republican backlash against federal scientists who write rules governing everything from movie theater popcorn to offshore oil drilling, stories abound of overburdened businesses, heavy-handed civil servants and crushing paperwork. But another story, one involving a deadly household material… http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-na-pol-regulatory-reform-science-20170309-story.html BLOGS Financial Heavyweights Call For Emissions Disclosure, But Is It Enough? The private sector must play its part in the race to keep a global temperature rise below 2 degrees. The world has changed a lot since CDP began securing climate disclosure from companies fifteen years ago. In 2002, asking a company for data on its carbon emissions was a relatively novel concept… http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/financial-heavyweights-call-for-emissions-disclosure_us_58bfe2a3e4b070e55af9e97e Steve Bannon's Weird Journey From Biosphere Champion to Climate Denying Crank. The mysterious conversion of Donald Trump's chief strategist. As climate scientists go, Wally Broecker is famous. The 85-year-old geochemist and Columbia University professor not only coined the term "global warming," but was one of the first researchers to accurately predict how much the Earth's temperature would change… http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2017/03/steve-bannon-climate-change-project-biosphere California is in a drought emergency. Visit www.SaveOurH2O.org for water conservation tips.