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CARB Newsclips for March 17, 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 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: http://www.arb.ca.gov/fuels/lcfs/workgroups/elect/022217notice.pdf 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 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. CLIMATE CHANGE No El Nino? No problem. Earth sizzles to near record heat. Even without an El Nino warming the world's waters, Earth in February sizzled to its second hottest temperature on record, behind only last year. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration calculated that February 2017 averaged 55.66 degrees (13.08 degrees Celsius). http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_SCI_HOT_FEBRUARY?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT Study: Stopping global warming only way to save coral reefs. Reducing pollution and curbing overfishing won't prevent the severe bleaching that is killing coral at catastrophic rates, according to a study of Australia's Great Barrier Reef. In the end, researchers say, the only way to save the world's coral from heat-induced bleaching is with a war on global warming. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/A/AS_AUSTRALIA_BLEACHED_REEF?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT Climate change financing dropped from G20 draft statement. Opposition from the United States, Saudi Arabia and others has forced Germany to drop a reference to financing programs to combat climate change from the draft communique at a G20 finance and central bankers meeting. A G20 official taking part in the meeting said on Friday that efforts by the German G20 presidency to keep the wording on climate change financing had run into resistance. http://www.reuters.com/article/g20-germany-climatechange-idUSL5N1GU3WN G20 drop reference to climate change. World financial leaders have dropped a reference to financing climate change from their draft communique, says an official taking part in a meeting of finance ministers and central bankers of the Group of 20 leading economies. At their last meeting in July 2016 in the Chinese city of Chengdu, the G20 financial leaders said they encouraged all signatories… http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/latest-news/g20-drop-reference-to-climate-change/news-story/a5325d34d272030935c7b31033588f5d Statoil Says Business Resilient to Tougher Climate-Change Rules. Norwegian oil giant sees value rising in stress test for stringent emissions rules. Norway’s state-owned oil giant Statoil ASA said it was rebalancing its business model so far toward renewables and cleaner fossil fuels that the company’s value would rise even if the world’s governments took drastic actions to limit carbon emissions. https://www.wsj.com/articles/statoil-sees-value-rising-under-climate-change-rules-1489758391 Should your doctor talk with you about climate change? Even though the topic can be controversial, some doctors plan to start talking with their patients and communities about climate change. A coalition of mainstream medical associations that together represent more than half of all American physicians announced this week that it will urge white-coat professionals to link health problems such as asthma… http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/health/sd-me-climate-health-20170316-story.html Watch out: Mammals shrink when Earth heats up, study says. Global warming shrank certain animals in the ancient past, and scientists worry it could happen again. Warm-blooded animals got smaller at least twice in Earth's history when carbon dioxide levels soared and temperatures spiked as part of a natural warming, a new study says. University of New Hampshire researcher Abigail D'Ambrosia warned that mammals — but not people… http://www.sltrib.com/home/5061953-155/watch-out-mammals-shrink-when-earth Trump targets 'Earth-centric' climate satellites for elimination. President Trump's proposed spending cuts to satellite programs that focus on climate change could restrain humanity's understanding of the influence we have over the planet, experts said. The cuts unveiled yesterday would wipe out part of the Earth science research at NASA. The reductions specifically target satellites and research that produce data… http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2017/03/17/stories/1060051635 Doctors group warns climate change threatens public health. Growing up in southwestern Pennsylvania, Patrice Tomcik had never heard of Lyme disease — an infectious, flu-like illness transmitted by ticks. But in the last few years, five of her friends have caught it, she's had to have her dog vaccinated and she regularly finds herself pulling ticks off her children. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2017/03/17/stories/1060051596 DROUGHT Drought and rain bring explosion of blooms. California’s historic drought was followed this year by heavy rains, prompting one of the best displays of wildflowers in years. These images are from Southern California, but you can expect beautiful blooms throughout the state. http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/03/16/california-wildflowers-drought-and-rain-bring-explosion-of-blooms/ FUELS Fuel-Conscious U.S. Drivers Crimp OPEC’s Bid to Raise Oil Prices. Rising U.S. oil production isn’t the only thing getting in the way of OPEC’s efforts to drain a global glut. American drivers aren’t helping either. The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries is counting on growing demand to bolster the production cuts it’s making in a bid to balance the market. But motorists in the U.S. -- the world’s largest consumer of gasoline -- are using less, not more. And that’s not likely to change any time soon. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-03-16/opec-can-t-count-on-american-drivers-to-help-boost-oil-prices Weak Physical Oil Market Hits $50 Billion Hedge Funds' Bet. The real world of oil trading -- where actual cargoes are bought and sold -- is doing little to help the hedge funds and other speculators who placed record bets that OPEC and its allies would drive up prices. Saudi Arabia, Russia and other big producers are trying to clear a global crude glut, but three months into the effort the physical oil market... https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-03-17/physical-oil-market-weakness-hits-50-billion-hedge-funds-bet Trump announces challenge to Obama-era fuel standards. President Donald Trump announced Wednesday that his 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… http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/mar/15/trump-to-take-on-fuel-standards-hold-nashville-ral/ EPA to reconsider vehicle fuel standards, may move against California targets. The Environmental Protection Agency plans to announce its intent to withdraw final determination on strict fuel-efficiency standards for future cars and light trucks, the latest signal by the Trump administration that it is charting a new course on climate change. http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-epa-fuel-mileage-autos-20170303-story.html Trump's push to ease vehicle emissions rules takes aim at the foundation of California's air pollution fight. The Trump administration’s move to shelve aggressive vehicle fuel economy standards raises the possibility of a confrontation over what for decades has been at the core of California’s fight against air pollution: the state’s power to set its own stricter emissions rules. California officials have moved swiftly to defend that unique authority under the Clean Air Act… http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-vehicles-smog-20170316-story.html California ARB staff considering including alternative jet fuel in Low Carbon Fuel. The staff of the California Air Resources Board (ARB) staff is considering including alternative jet fuel (AJF) in the Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS). ARB staff is hosting a public working meeting today to consider the matter. In 2009, the ARB approved the LCFS regulation to reduce the carbon intensity (CI)… http://www.greencarcongress.com/2017/03/20170317-arbstaff.html Q&A: Change to fuel economy standards could impact car buyers. President Donald Trump plans to re-examine federal fuel economy requirements for new cars and trucks. The requirements were a centerpiece of President Barack Obama’s strategy to combat global warming. But Trump appears to be making good on a pledge to car company CEOs to reduce “unnecessary regulations.” http://www.theoaklandpress.com/article/OP/20170316/NEWS/170319576 After intense public anger, Republicans waver over slashing Obama-era action on methane gas. As Republican lawmakers consider how closely to align with the climate skepticism and fossil fuel fervor radiating from the White House, a nascent clean air initiative that energy firms want scrapped is fast testing their comfort zone. Weighing on them is 41 billion cubic feet of methane, a greenhouse gas leaking from many http://www.sacbee.com/news/local/environment/article138823768.html#storylink=cpy County Supervisor, AQMD Board Member on President’s Fuel Efficiency Rules Review. LA County Supervisor and South Coast Air Quality Management District Governing Board Member Sheila Kuehl issued a statement regarding President Trump’s call for a review of vehicle fuel efficiency rules. The statement is as follows: “This administration’s blatant attempts to roll back fuel efficiency standards… http://scvnews.com/2017/03/16/county-supervisor-aqmd-board-member-on-presidents-fuel-efficiency-rules-review/ Things to know about Trump's rollback of CAFE fuel-economy standards. The so-called Corporate Average Fuel Economy, or CAFE, standards may be a mouthful, but it’s fair to say that all motorists in the U.S. today have experienced their impact. The federal fuel-efficiency requirements have their roots in the 1970s, when Americans tended to drive gas guzzlers, only to face sticker shock at the pump following the 1973 OPEC oil embargo. http://www.cbsnews.com/news/trump-cafe-fuel-economy-standards-rollback/ Consumer advocates and environmentalists aren't buying the automakers' and Trump's arguments about rolling back fuel-efficiency standards. President Donald Trump went to Detroit on Wednesday to announce that a review of fuel-economy and greenhouse-gas emission standards would be re-opened. The review was concluded in January, before Scott Pruitt took over Trump's EPA. http://www.businessinsider.com/consumer-advocates-environmentalist-trump-cafe-standards-2017-3 Behind Trump's Delay of Fuel-Economy Targets for Autos. Car makers and regulators will now review the standards, but the impact on consumers is far from clear President Trump announced that he is postponing stringent new fuel-economy standards for automobiles for the model years 2022 to 2025, arguing that the Obama Administration jumped the gun in approving the new targets earlier this year. http://www.consumerreports.org/cars-behind-trump-delay-fuel-economy-standards-autos/ Canadian auto union to battle Trump effort to roll back fuel efficiency rules. Unifor head Jerry Dias called Trump a "climate change denier" as the union and Ontario government allied with California, which plans to challenge the president's re-examination of fuel economy rules. Ontario will align itself with California to fight for climate change… http://www.canadianmanufacturing.com/regulation/canadian-auto-union-battle-trump-effort-roll-back-fuel-efficiency-rules-188450/ Numbers game at heart of high-stakes ethanol fight. The future of the federal ethanol mandate may boil down to a fight over numbers: No one seems to know how many businesses would be affected if officials tinker with the rules. That's the main challenge for companies asking U.S. EPA to switch responsibility for the mandate from refiners to fuel blenders, said an executive for Valero Energy Corp. http://www.eenews.net/greenwire/2017/03/17/stories/1060051663 VEHICLES China Puts Electric-Vehicle Eggs in Battery Basket. China pushes ahead with a campaign to be the leader in electric vehicles’ main component. China may not build the electric car of the future. But it sure wants to corner the market for its batteries. There are signs Beijing is stepping back from its hard sales target for electric vehicles—two million in 2020—which is a good thing, as the number looks increasingly fanciful. https://www.wsj.com/articles/china-puts-electric-vehicle-eggs-in-battery-basket-1489646298 VW RECALL Volkswagen’s Rough Patch Spells Opportunity for Investors. A disappointing six weeks for Volkswagen investors may have opened up a buying opportunity. Investors don’t expect much of Volkswagen, but that is precisely why the problem-laden German car maker should make a decent investment. VW this week fleshed out its financial targets. https://www.wsj.com/articles/volkswagens-rough-patch-spells-opportunity-for-investors-1489742377 GREEN ENERGY Tesla’s $169 Million Battery Play Is Just the Beginning. An audacious deal hatched on Twitter may start a new wave of electricity storage for cities, regions, and nations. Tesla is ready to power some grids. And not just in California or Australia. Last week, Elon Musk wagered he could address South Australia’s energy crisis with 100 megawatts (MW) of batteries installed in 100 days or less—“or it’s free.” https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-03-17/tesla-s-169-million-battery-play-is-just-the-beginning Utility nears hitting 33% green power mandate The biggest utility in California is a fraction away from hitting the state's 2020 mandate for 33 percent renewable electricity. Pacific Gas & Electric Co., located in the San Francisco area, said yesterday that it delivered an average of 32.8 percent of electricity last year from solar, wind, geothermal, biomass and small-scale hydroelectric sources. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2017/03/17/stories/1060051603 MISCELLANEOUS Is Trump cutting the agency into 'little tidbits'? The Trump administration's plan to cut U.S. EPA's budget by 31 percent is a first step toward deconstructing the agency, say proponents and critics of the agency's budget. "It's a good start if the goal is, as the president said, to reduce EPA to little tidbits," said Steve Milloy, a former member of EPA's transition team and a longtime opponent of the agency. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1060051639 OPINIONS Do car companies want Trump to trash emission standards? Maybe not. President Trump talked tough in Detroit on Wednesday, confirming that his administration will open up Obama-era auto emissions standards for review, and change them if they threaten auto jobs. Environmentalists went ballistic, pumping out news releases that said any rollback would harm the environment… http://www.latimes.com/business/autos/la-fi-hy-epa-mileage-emissions-new-review-20170315-story.html Climate change: Trump’s dramatic move deserves dramatic response. President Donald Trump’s skepticism about climate change was made plain this week with his decision to block rules promulgated late in the Obama administration to force automakers to increase their average miles per gallon for cars and small trucks to 54.5 mpg by 2025, up sharply from the present 36 mpg. This decision was almost certainly sealed during Trump’s first week in office, when he was… http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/opinion/editorials/sd-climate-change-geoengineering-trump-20170316-story.html Rolling Back Fuel Efficiency Is a Bad Deal for Everyone — Including U.S. Carmakers. The CEO of a large industrial company recently described the Trump administration as “the most pro-business since the Founding Fathers.” It’s a popular perception in the business community, with or without the hyperbole, and the stock market is reacting accordingly. https://hbr.org/2017/03/rolling-back-fuel-efficiency-is-a-bad-deal-for-everyone-including-u-s-carmakers Comment: Seeing clearly through the smog. It's hard to tell from the criminally small photo of me below. but I’m actually a rippling mass of muscle, obsessive about healthy living. I could watch other people do it all day. During my recent stint of Italian life, I took to the streets of Bologna for quasi-regular runs, until I was accosted by a local who asked me how in Dante’s Hell I wasn’t choking on the pollution. http://www.msn.com/en-au/motoring/ownership/comment-seeing-clearly-through-the-smog/ar-AAo90ik BLOGS Trump's Fuel Economy Standard Cuts Could Cripple Innovation. As part of sweeping efforts to reduce regulation and boost business, President Trump this week announced plans to relax fuel economy standards. The Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards, which were implemented decades ago but accelerated under President Obama… http://www.pcmag.com/commentary/352443/trumps-fuel-economy-standard-cuts-could-cripple-innovation Americans Tilt Toward Protecting Environment, Alternative Fuels. Given a choice, the majority of Americans think protecting the environment should take precedence over developing more energy supplies, even at the risk of limiting the amount of traditional supplies the U.S. produces. An even larger majority would prioritize developing alternative energy sources such as wind and solar power over the production of oil… http://www.gallup.com/poll/206159/americans-tilt-toward-protecting-environment-alternative-fuels.aspx California is in a drought emergency. Visit www.SaveOurH2O.org for water conservation tips.