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newsclips -- CARB Newsclips for March 16, 2017.

Posted: 16 Mar 2017 16:58:19
CARB Newsclips for March 16, 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.


Staff of the California Air Resource Board has completed the 2016
annual credit calculations for non-metered residential electrical
vehicle charging and placed a total of 394,818 credits in the
Electric Distribution Utilities’ accounts.

For more information on these credit calculations, please refer
to the Notice of Upcoming Low Carbon Fuel Standard Credits
Release for Non-Metered Residential Electric Vehicle Charging. 
The notice can be accessed at:

Please consider the following news release from the California
Air Resources Board:

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: 

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:
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. 

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
(Event ID 0000004538).  In order to submit a response, please
register on the Cal eProcure website at:

The final date for the proposal submission is Friday, March 24,
2017, 3:00 p.m., Pacific Standard Time.


California gas prices could rise if the state's cap-and-trade
program is extended, legislative analyst says. As California
lawmakers debate the future of the state's battle against global
warming, there's one politically sensitive issue they'll have to
consider: gas prices. Gov. Jerry Brown wants lawmakers to extend
the cap-and-trade program…

State lawmakers question choice of cap and trade. California
state lawmakers appeared open to alternatives to Gov. Jerry
Brown's (D) plans to extend the state's landmark cap-and-trade
system past 2020. Assemblymember Cristina Garcia (D) is one of
the authors of a bill, A.B. 378 that could carry out Brown's
directive to extend the program.


Now there are air-pollution deniers, too. This story was
originally published by the New Republic and is reproduced here
as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. 
It was known as the Great Pea Soup. In 1952, a thick,
greenish-yellow fog smothered London, halting traffic and daily
life. At the time, when households burned cheap coal for heat,
factories spewed unregulated smoke, and buses burned diesel fuel…

Here’s how climate change is already affecting your health, based
on the state you live in.  Climate change is already beginning to
wreak havoc upon the planet. In the short term, we're facing more
winter storms, miserably hot summers, and a longer allergy
season. In the long term, entire coastlines will likely
disappear, threatening communities and wildlife.

Polluted air causing early deaths in fossil-fuelled Balkans.
Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina: Stuck between a landfill and a
coal-fired power plant, residents of the Bosnian village of
Divkovici are dying of asphyxia, poisoned by some of the most
polluted air in Europe. "In a few years, it will be like
Chernobyl here: houses without souls," said unemployed Goran


This Is How the EPA Uses Its Budget—Now Targeted for Deep Cuts.
The White House's newly proposed federal budget would cut the
EPA's funding by a third, targeting regional and climate
change-oriented initiatives. Ensuring clean air, land, and
water—this is how the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
uses nearly 90 percent of its budget.

17 Republicans join fight against global warming despite Trump's
'hoax' remark. A GROUP of 17 Republicans in Congress signed a
resolution on Wednesday vowing to seek "economically viable" ways
to stave off global warming, possibly putting them on a collision
course with President Donald Trump who has called climate change
a hoax.
Republicans Elise Stefanik of New York, Carlos Curbelo of Florida
and Ryan Costello of …

President Trump’s Proposed Budget Is a Blow to Fighting Climate
Change. And It’s Not Just the EPA. The budget proposal submitted
to Congress by President Donald Trump, if enacted, would
effectively eliminate the federal government's role addressing
man-made climate change with budget cuts targeting key programs
at several federal agencies.

Scientists link record-breaking February weather to man-made
global warming
A new study says that climate change tripled the likelihood for
an unusually warm month. March has provided an unexpected dose of
winter, but a freakishly balmy February broke more than 11,700
local daily records for warmth in the United States.
The average temperature last month was 41.2 degrees — 7.3 degrees

Budget Proposal Would Hamper Climate Efforts Abroad. The Trump
administration’s budget proposal would hamper efforts abroad to
slow global warming, especially by poor and fast-developing
countries, compounding the hazards of America’s retreat from
efforts to ease its own climate impacts.




Trump announces challenge to Obama-era fuel standards. President
Donald Trump announced Wednesday that the administration will
re-examine federal requirements governing the fuel efficiency of
cars and trucks, moving forcefully against Obama-era
environmental regulations that Trump says are stifling economic
growth. Trump revealed his plans during a speech at an automotive
testing center…














California goes for clean car standards. California plans to move
ahead with tougher car pollution rules as President Donald Trump
calls for the EPA to review and possibly dial back car fuel
efficiency standards. Fred Katayama reports. California plans to
keep on truckin' with tougher car pollution rules approved by
former President Barack…


Cities Shop for $10 Billion of Electric Cars to Defy Trump.
Dozens of U.S. cities are willing to buy $10 billion of electric
cars and trucks to show skeptical automakers there’s demand for
low-emission vehicles, just as President Donald Trump seeks to
review pollution standards the industry opposes. Thirty cities
including New York and Chicago jointly asked automakers for the
cost and feasibility of…

Tesla to raise up to $1.15 billion to help Model 3 launch. Tesla
Inc. said Wednesday that it plans to raise up to $1.15 billion
with stock and convertible debt offerings to help finance the
launch of its widely anticipated Model 3 mid-market sedan. The
Palo Alto electric car maker plans to offer $250 million of
common stock and $750 million of senior notes convertible into
cash and/or stock.

The future car is driverless, shared and electric. The nation's
top transportation experts see rapid change in transportation as
a result of three major technology revolutions: shared, electric
and automated vehicles. That's according to a survey by the
Institute of Transportation Studies at UC Davis. The group also
released a set of policy briefs, described below, which were
guest-authored by leading transportation policy experts. 


VW exec to remain in Michigan prison during emissions cheating
trial. A judge today refused to set a bond and release a German
Volkswagen executive who was arrested in the company’s U.S.
emissions scandal while on vacation in Florida. Oliver Schmidt’s
attorneys said he was willing to risk $1.6 million in assets,
with help from family and friends…


EPA hit hardest as Trump budget targets regulation. President
Donald Trump's administration on Thursday proposed a 31 percent
cut to the Environmental Protection Agency's budget, as the White
House seeks to eliminate climate change programs and trim
initiatives to protect air and water quality.  The White House's
proposed 2018 EPA budget, with the biggest proposed cut for any
federal agency, comes as Trump seeks to clear away regulations…





‘Come West, California is Hiring’: State Recruits EPA Climate
Scientists. California Public Utilities Commission is recruiting
EPA scientists in Washington, D.C. Standing outside the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday, the president of the
California Public Utilities Commission and staff held signs with
a clear message for embattled climate scientists: “Fight Climate


Earth Matters: Conservation group’s winning strategy to protect
island communities. Seacology, a Berkeley-based non-profit, got
its start in 1990 when the island of Samoa’s government ordered
the remote village of Falealupo to either build a new school
house or lose its state-funded teachers. Desperate to continue
their children’s educations, the cash-strapped community saw only
one way out…


Clean Budget Coalition: Trump’s ‘Rigged’ Budget Would Endanger
American Families and Communities.  The Clean Budget Coalition is
blasting President Donald Trump’s skinny budget, unveiled today,
which would slash critical public services and protections,
endangering American workers, consumers, families and our
environment. Republicans are proposing a budget rigged for

EPA administrator wrong about climate change.  By now, it's
evident that we are in the midst of a period of atmospheric
turbulence not previously witnessed during human history. Global
warming, and the climate change that it has caused, has become
For years, we were told that global warming was a hoax, a claim
that almost no sensible person believes anymore.

Trump’s climate skepticism could be the biggest threat to US
national security. One thing is clear from President Donald
Trump’s budget proposal: he really does think climate change is a
hoax perpetrated by the Chinese to slow America’s mighty economy.
 Never mind that China, now dealing with the very real effects of
heavy air pollution brought on by rapid…

Trump Plans to Review Fuel Economy Standards, and Maybe That’s a
Good Thing 
A cynical ploy? Or an opportunity to make the rules more
effective? On a visit to Michigan yesterday, President Trump
pledged to launch a review of vehicle fuel-efficiency standards
set by the Obama administration, which was framed as an effort to
protect American manufacturing jobs.


The EPA Is ‘Brainwashing Our Kids’ Says Climate Change Denier
Sen. Jim Inhofe
He said a 31 percent cut to the agency’s budget will be “good”
for the American people.
By Chris D’Angelo.  Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) believes it’s not
conspiracy theorists or deniers of the near-universal consensus
on climate change that are brainwashing America’s youth, but
those pesky scientists over at the Environmental Protection

Dirty Coal Power Ends in Nevada with Last Smog Plant Closed. In a
victory for clean air and healthy communities, the last remaining
coal-fired generating station in Southern Nevada has closed. NV
Energy has operated the Reid-Gardner Generating Station in Moapa,
Nev., northeast of Las Vegas, for the last five decades. Leaders
with the national and local chapters of the Sierra Club…

B Vitamins Would Likely Reduce The Impact Of Air Pollution, New
Study Says.  A new study indicates that B vitamins could reduce
the adverse epigenetic effects of air pollution. The researchers
also discovered that high doses of B vitamins could offset the
damage triggered by very fine particulate matter from the dirty
air. The study will be published online in the journal
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).

NASA Satellite Identifies Global Ammonia ”�Hotspots'. The
first global, long-term satellite study of airborne ammonia gas
has revealed “hotspots” of the pollutant over four of the world’s
most productive agricultural regions. The results of the study,
conducted using data from NASA’s Atmospheric Infrared Sounder
(AIRS) instrument on NASA’s Aqua satellite…

Ontario manufacturers eye greener pastures stateside as hydro
rates go through the roof. Jocelyn Bamford, a white hard hat
perched over red hair that curls down around her shoulders, has
her hands on her hips. Behind safety glasses, her eyes flash. On
the shop floor in the bustling Automatic Coating Inc. plant owned
by her family, she has to shout to be heard above the squirt of
compressed air nozzles…

17 Republicans join fight against global warming despite Trump's
'hoax' remark. A GROUP of 17 Republicans in Congress signed a
resolution on Wednesday vowing to seek "economically viable" ways
to stave off global warming, possibly putting them on a collision
course with President Donald Trump who has called climate change
a hoax.
Republicans Elise Stefanik of New York, Carlos Curbelo of Florida
and Ryan Costello of …

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