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CARB Newsclips for March 13, 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 Please consider the following news release from the California Air Resources Board: http://www.arb.ca.gov/newsrel/newsrelease.php?id=900 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 The California Air Resources Board (ARB) staff has posted the staff presentation for the Low Carbon Fuel Standard Working Meeting on March 17, 2017, that will focus on potentially including alternative jet fuel in the LCFS. The presentation can be found at: http://www.arb.ca.gov/fuels/lcfs/lcfs_meetings/lcfs_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 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. CAP AND TRADE Move to regional cap-and-trade system gaining momentum, says environmentalist. Federal government says provinces must adopt some form of carbon price by 2018. Momentum may be shifting in favour of a cap-and-trade system over a carbon tax to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in New Brunswick. Environmentalist Louise Comeau of the Conservation Council of New Brunswick says comments by Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil are the latest sign that cap-and-trade… http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/carbon-emissions-cap-trade-ns-nb-1.4019833 AIR POLLUTION New Bill Could Make It Harder For Harris County to Sue Over Pollution. Right now, plans are moving forward to finally remove most of the dioxin that has been steadily leaking out the San Jacinto Waste Pits for decades. But if a recently filed bill makes it through the 85th Biennial State Legislative Session it will become nearly impossible for the Harris County… http://www.houstonpress.com/news/bill-filed-giving-state-ags-office-tceq-right-to-veto-harris-countys-environmental-lawsuits-9265172 CLIMATE CHANGE EPA to study whether its emissions tests are vulnerable to cheating. The Environmental Protection Agency's internal watchdog announced plans to confirm the agency's ability to do the job it's charged with. Even with a new leader apparently at odds with its mission, the Environmental Protection Agency continues to function on some level. On Thursday, EPA administrator Scott Pruitt said carbon dioxide released by human activity is not a major cause of climate change… http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/In-Gear/2017/0312/EPA-to-study-whether-its-emissions-tests-are-vulnerable-to-cheating In race to curb climate change, cities outpace governments. As cities from Sydney to Oslo set more ambitious targets to cut climate change than national plans, is conflict ahead? Cities from Oslo to Sydney are setting goals to curb climate change that exceed national targets, causing tensions with central governments about who controls policy over green energy and transport and construction. http://news.trust.org/item/20170313070633-te7ad/ UCSD scientists worry Trump could suppress climate change data. C San Diego may accelerate plans to preserve its climate data due to growing concerns among faculty members that the Trump administration could interfere with their work. Campus officials intend to discuss what they should do during a March 21 meeting at the school’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography, whose research has been used for decades to shape climate agreements. http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-ucsd-20170311-story.html In the battle over California climate policies, green projects are now in the hot seat. Outdated refrigerators arrive at a Compton warehouse in a funeral procession of defunct appliances. Workers vacuum out the coolants and ship the chemicals halfway across the country, where they’re destroyed instead of allowed to escape into the atmosphere, worsening global warming. http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-pol-ca-offsets-environmental-justice-20170313-story.html A carbon dividend really can slow fossil fuel use — under these conditions. How should nations reduce the greenhouse gas emissions that are changing the Earth’s climate — especially when every citizen and business has plenty of incentives to keep driving, turning on the lights, plugging in their devices, and bumping up the heat or air conditioning? One widely discussed option is a “carbon dividend”. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/monkey-cage/wp/2017/03/13/a-carbon-dividend-really-can-slow-fossil-fuel-use-under-these-conditions/?utm_term=.b9dbe076b09a Meteorologists refute EPA head on climate change. The nation’s top organization for meteorology is refuting Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt’s recent comments on the role of carbon dioxide in climate change. Pruitt questioned mainstream climate science last week, saying in a CNBC interview, “I would not agree that [carbon dioxide is] a primary contributor to the global warming that we see.” http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/323654-meteorologists-refute-epa-head-on-climate-change Vicious circle of drought and forest loss from logging in the Amazon. Logging that happens today and potential future rainfall reductions in the Amazon could push the region into a vicious dieback circle. If dry seasons intensify with human-caused climate change, the risk for self-amplified forest loss would increase even more, an international team of scientists finds. https://yubanet.com/world/vicious-circle-of-drought-and-forest-loss-from-logging-in-the-amazon/ Companies seek to turn captured carbon into concrete, fish food and even toothpaste. It has been derided as an expensive excuse to burn coal. But now, carbon capture technology may be leading to new commercial uses that could end up in your mouth. While business case questions have swirled over carbon capture and storage, companies are increasingly looking to turn emissions… http://www.ctvnews.ca/business/companies-seek-to-turn-captured-carbon-into-concrete-fish-food-and-even-toothpaste-1.3322271 Experts: Global warming effects on Colorado River need to be taken more seriously. Some water watchers aren’t so worried about a report that shows global warming has contributed to a near-20-percent decline in Colorado River flows. Drew Beckwith, water policy manager for Western Resource Advocates, said that water authorities in the region are taking climate change… http://www.havasunews.com/news/experts-global-warming-effects-on-colorado-river-need-to-be/article_fa6caa18-07b3-11e7-bc03-1f479729e62d.html Ask the Weather Guys: Is carbon dioxide a major contributor to global warming? Q: Is carbon dioxide a major contributor to global warming? A: The Earth’s atmosphere is a mixture of many different gases. Several of these gases are known as “greenhouse gases” because they share the characteristic of being excellent absorbers of infra-red radiation. Such gases absorb radiation emitted by the Earth… http://host.madison.com/wsj/weather/ask-the-weather-guys-is-carbon-dioxide-a-major-contributor/article_3bfa876d-35c8-5ebb-9c3c-d60669b43a59.html Europe's aim: Sway, not provoke, Trump on climate. Angela Merkel's visit this week will test whether U.S. allies can persuade the president not to blow up their efforts on global warming. European diplomats are carefully crafting a strategy for dealing with Donald Trump on climate change, fearful of provoking a backlash from the mercurial president if they push too hard for U.S. cooperation. http://www.politico.com/story/2017/03/europe-trump-climate-change-235977 Rate of Ocean Warming Has Nearly Doubled Over Two Decades, Study Says. The world's oceans have warmed at twice the rate of previous decades and the extra heat has reached deeper waters, finds data stretching back to 1960. The rate of ocean warming has nearly doubled since 1992 compared with the previous three decades. And the warming has reached deeper waters, scientists reported Friday. https://insideclimatenews.org/news/10032017/global-warming-oceans-climate-change-noaa Wall Street titan changes tone on climate. The deep-pocketed investment firm BlackRock Inc. today announced a series of steps to address the financial risks of climate change, decisions that could send shock waves throughout the private sector. Studying the disclosure of climate change risks, including physical risks like rising waters and government policies to cap greenhouse gas emissions… http://www.eenews.net/greenwire/2017/03/13/stories/1060051374 Will Merkel stand up to Trump on climate change? German Chancellor Angela Merkel is expected to raise climate change directly and publicly when she meets for the first time with President Trump tomorrow. Doing so would set Merkel apart from other world leaders, many of whom have spoken passionately about tackling climate change... http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2017/03/13/stories/1060051343 DROUGHT Tiny sliver of California remains in severe drought. Conditions have improved in a small swath of Southern California that was one of the last areas of severe drought still standing after a wet winter. Santa Barbara, Ventura, and Los Angeles counties are no longer under severe drought, according to last week's U.S. Drought Monitor report. Recent rainfall improved the outlook for groundwater in the region… http://www.ksbw.com/article/tiny-sliver-of-california-remains-in-severe-drought/9126690 DIESEL ACTIVITIES Diesel emissions: the clues were there. For too long, no one suspected that any car manufacturer was cheating. Instead it was thought to be a weakness in the test. It is amazing that the Volkswagen and diesel emissions scandal was not discovered earlier. In 2003 nitrogen dioxide alongside London’s Marylebone Road increased by around 20%. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/mar/12/diesel-clues-were-there-pollution California Pilot Program Kicks Off to Test Electric Yard Trucks for Daily Commercial Use. Two Ontario, California, logistics companies took delivery on four zero-emissions electric yard and service trucks as part of efforts to reduce air pollution in Southern California. The four are the first of 27 from BYD Heavy Industries that will be divided between the two companies. http://ttnews.com/articles/basetemplate.aspx?storyid=45232 FUELS Oil Prices Wavering, Torn Between Growing U.S. Supply and OPEC Cuts. Resurgence of U.S. shale undermines confidence in OPEC’s ability to support prices. Oil prices flipped between gains and losses Monday as investors weighed growing U.S. supply against OPEC’s plan to restore market equilibrium by cutting production. Light, sweet crude for April delivery was recently down 15 cents or 0.3% at $48.34 a barrel… https://www.wsj.com/articles/oil-prices-pressured-by-growing-u-s-crude-supplies-1489406888 Ethanol, corn leaders in Nebraska optimistic about federal support. While farmers might be experiencing some heartburn over the future of the federal Renewable Fuels Standard, Nebraska’s corn and ethanol leaders say they’re optimistic President Donald Trump and Congress will support ethanol, an important pillar of the state’s agricultural industry. http://journalstar.com/news/state-and-regional/nebraska/ethanol-corn-leaders-in-nebraska-optimistic-about-federal-support/article_d227f13a-11c4-5bb4-95a1-1b0d5cccd951.html Hearing shut-in well concerns, BLM rule backers ask why. For those in favor of keeping the Bureau of Land Management's rule to curb natural gas releases on public lands, claims that the regulation would shut in marginal wells are puzzling. Republican lawmakers, invoking powers granted under the Congressional Review Act, have proposed a measure to repeal BLM's Methane and Waste Prevention Rule… http://www.eenews.net/energywire/2017/03/13/stories/1060051313 VEHICLES Behind the Quiet State-by-State Fight Over Electric Vehicles. When Georgia repealed its generous $5,000 tax credit on electric vehicles in July 2015, and instead slapped a $200 registration fee on electric cars, sales quickly tumbled. In the month before the repeal, nearly 1,300 electric vehicles were sold in the state. By August, those sales had all but evaporated — to just 97 cars. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/11/business/energy-environment/electric-cars-hybrid-tax-credits.html?_r=0 Relief for car companies is coming, but how much? Relief for car companies facing stringent emissions and fuel economy standards could come regardless of whether the Obama-era rules are scrapped. Automakers are nearing victory on long-standing requests that regulators ease requirements for tailpipe emissions and fuel economy set by U.S. EPA and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2017/03/13/stories/1060051347 GREEN ENERGY Tesla’s Elon Musk Sets Sights on Australia—Via Twitter. Musk tweets that battery technology can help solve the country’s energy problems, leading to a Sunday phone call with the prime minister. Tesla Inc.’s Elon Musk has set his sights on Australia, betting his company’s battery technology can help solve the country’s energy problems and save it from a repeat of the blackouts… https://www.wsj.com/articles/teslas-musk-offers-solutions-for-australias-electricity-woes-1489319373 Solar energy pioneer has seen industry boom. When Gay Canough founded Extraterrestrial Materials Inc., or ETM Solar Works, the company was focused on retrieving solar energy from space by mining asteroids and putting solar rays in orbit. It was also run out of her basement. Now, Canough says she has "come back to earth," focusing on solar energy that falls on the planet… http://www.pressconnects.com/story/news/local/2017/03/13/endicott-solar-energy-pioneer-industry-boom-etm/98205016/ Tesla's solar energy plant in Hawaii flips the 'on' switch. Tesla, SolarCity, and Kauai Island Utility Cooperative unveiled the completed solar and energy-storage facility last week. The facility can provide solar power on demand, 24 hours a day, says Tesla. Even before Elon Musk engineered Tesla's acquisition of SolarCity, the two companies were collaborating. http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/In-Gear/2017/0313/Tesla-s-solar-energy-plant-in-Hawaii-flips-the-on-switch Can the Golden State go 100% green? California's Senate leader wants the Golden State to shift to 100 percent renewable electricity by 2045, pushing it to lead the country in grabbing that green power goal. Environmentalists are cheering California Senate President Pro Tempore Kevin de León's (D) plan to double, and accelerate, the state's current renewables mandate of 50 percent by 2050. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1060051344/search?keyword=california Power purchasing driving renewables boost more than mandates. State mandates are becoming less important drivers for renewable energy as the market reorients itself around corporate power purchases and other mechanisms like community power aggregation, a new analysis from financial services firm Moody's Investors Service has found. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2017/03/13/stories/1060051345 MISCELLANEOUS How big SF would be if it were as dense as other cities. Should the city welcome greater density to protect open space? Is San Francisco too dense? Not dense enough? The debate rages on among urban planners, open-space advocates, real estate developers, smart-growth proponents and NIMBYs. High urban density is often associated with walkability, a cosmopolitan culture and easy transit. http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/How-SF-compares-to-other-cities-in-density-10993207.php Q&A: Kim Stanley Robinson Explains How He Flooded Manhattan. His new book, New York 2140, explores the interplay of climate change and global finance on a warmer, wetter future world. In his latest book, New York 2140 (Orbit Books, 2017), the acclaimed novelist Kim Stanley Robinson presents a dark-but-hopeful vision for humanity a dozen decades from now, on an Earth radically altered by climate change. https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/q-a-kim-stanley-robinson-explains-how-he-flooded-manhattan/ OPINIONS Will California spend more on water projects? 'It all depends on how thirsty the governor is,' De León says. If there ever was a politically ripe time to spend lavishly on water projects, this is it. But Sacramento Democrats are settling for a drop in the bucket. Spillways got washed out at giant Oroville Dam, forcing more than 100,000 people to flee their homes. http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-pol-sac-skelton-water-bond-proposal-20170313-story.html We can find water solutions together. The Bee’s editorial, “A flood policy for both deluge and drought” (March 5), poses an interesting question that has stymied policymakers for more than a decade relative to genuine statewide water solutions:“ Could the state kill two birds with one stone by spending judiciously on flood easements in places such as the undeveloped farmland… http://www.sacbee.com/opinion/california-forum/article137357703.html#storylink=cpy These California Ranchers Welcome Trump’s Policies … Here’s Why. This week marks the halfway point of President Trump’s first 100 days in office. During that time, he’s taken aim at environmental policies on air pollution, water pollution and climate hange inspiring many Californians to protest. On the other hand, some Trump supporters in rural parts of the state are… https://ww2.kqed.org/science/2017/03/13/these-california-ranchers-welcome-trumps-policies-heres-why/ BLOGS Curbing climate change has a dollar value — here's how and why we measure it. President Trump is expected to issue an executive order soon to reverse Obama-era rules to cut carbon pollution, including a moratorium on leasing public lands for coal mining and a plan to reduce carbon emissions from power plants. http://www.econotimes.com/Curbing-climate-change-has-a-dollar-value--heres-how-and-why-we-measure-it-585839 The Ethanol Industry Braces for Impact. Last week the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) reported that President Trump is preparing to direct the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to make a big change to the country’s Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The change is one that has been long sought by refiners, but it has been resisted by the country’s biofuel industry. http://www.financialsense.com/robert-rapier/ethanol-industry-braces-impact California is in a drought emergency. Visit www.SaveOurH2O.org for water conservation tips.