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newsclips -- CARB Newsclips for March 20, 2017

Posted: 20 Mar 2017 15:54:52
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The California Air Resources Board meets March 23 and 24 at
Riverside County Administrative Center, 4080 Lemon St., 1st
Floor, Riverside, California 92501

The agenda is posted at:

The AB 32 Environmental Justice Advisory Committee (Committee)
will be meeting on March 29, 2017 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm (PDT)
and March 30, 2017 from 10:30 am to 3:30 pm (PDT) at the Japanese
American Cultural and Community Center, 244 South San Pedro
Street, Los Angeles, California 90012. 

The meeting notice and agenda are posted at:

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.


Republican green groups seek to temper Trump on climate change.
President Donald Trump's outspoken doubts about climate change
and his administration's efforts to roll back regulation to
combat it have stirred a sleepy faction in U.S. politics: the
Republican environmental movement. The various groups represent
conservatives, Catholics and the younger generation of
Republicans who, unlike Trump, not only recognize the science of
climate change but want to see their party wrest the initiative
from Democrats and lead efforts to combat global warming.


Stephen Hawking has a message for Trump: Don't ignore climate
The UK's most renowned theoretical physicist and cosmologist is
still using his exceptional mind to map a theory of how the
universe works. But when it comes to matters here on Earth,
Stephen Hawking is just as concerned about President Trump's
science policies as anyone. During a recent interview with Good
Morning Britain, set to air Monday, Hawking bluntly laid out his
views on U.S. administration's science policies.

Paris Discord: Is Trump unravelling the climate change
US President Donald Trump’s campaign promise to “cancel the Paris
Agreement” is one step closer to reality, after leaders from the
Group of 20 richest economies backtracked on pledges to allocate
$100 billion per year by 2020 for climate change response. The
trend will hit hardest in countries that are not only vulnerable
to climate change, but are also too poor to finance mitigation
strategies themselves.

The White House doubts climate change. Here's why the Pentagon
does not.
The contentious debate over climate change is entering a new
phase, with skeptics in the Trump administration poised to roll
back regulations governing everything from clean-water standards
to fracking — convinced that doing so will boost the U.S.
economy. But the Pentagon views the issue differently.  For
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, climate change represents a
significant national security threat, one that's "impacting
stability in areas of the world where our troops are operating
today," according his written testimony to Congress provided in
January ahead of his confirmation. 

The climate change battle dividing Trump’s America.
Ever since Donald Trump became US president, certain sectors of
American society have felt particularly embattled. His statements
on Mexicans and Muslims are notorious, but there is another
community, less heard about, that has also been sent reeling:
scientists. If politics has never been a world that is overly
respectful to empirical research, Trump’s victory exploited a
growing popular suspicion of expertise, and a tendency to seek
out alternative narratives to fact-based analysis.

3 Cities Prove Climate Action Works.
The climate crisis is a problem caused by humans that can be
solved by humans. These three cities are proving it. While a lot
of media coverage around the crisis is doom and gloom, cities
around the world are coming up with powerful solutions on the
local level. Here's how a Canadian city, an American city and a
Chinese city are taking on climate action.

Scott Pruitt isn’t the first administrator hostile to the EPA’s
On March 25, 1983, business was booming at Harry’s Liquor, Wine &
Cheese, near the Environmental Protection Agency’s Washington,
D.C., headquarters. EPA employees were in the mood to party. The
agency’s top lawyer had just resigned, the latest casualty in a
purge of political appointees. Weeks earlier, EPA Administrator
Anne Gorsuch Burford had also resigned amid a ballooning
controversy over her management of the Superfund program. Agency
staff celebrated by springing for eight cases of champagne and
six ounces of Russian caviar from Harry’s. 


Will Trump erect a roadblock to Southern California's
decades-long fight against smog?
Southern California newspapers once routinely described the
region’s air with words such as “strangling.” Breathing it,
reporters noted, could be “agonizing.” As recently as the 1970s,
a visitor standing in the foothills on many summer afternoons
might not realize that the San Gabriel or San Bernardino
mountains towered just above, hidden by a curtain of brown smog.

Paramount Metal Processing Company Ordered To Shut Down Fourth
Time This Year.
A metal finishing facility in Paramount was ordered by air
quality regulators to shut down all processing equipment and
operations that could emit a toxic compound, the fourth time it
has been ordered to do so this year. Aerocraft Heat Treating Co.,
Inc. at 15701 Minnesota Ave., was ordered by the South Coast Air
Quality Management District to curtail such operations by
midnight Thursday because of elevated levels of hexavalent
chromium in the air.


Biofuels cut jet engine pollution, NASA study shows.
A new study from NASA has shown that the jet engines using
biofuels have fewer particle emissions in their exhaust trails.
In a news release earlier this week, NASA said the reduction
could be "as much as 50 to 70 percent" and that the study bode
well for both the environment and airline economics.


VW CEO calls on Fiat Chrysler's Marchionne for direct
At the recent Geneva Motor Show, (FCA) boss Sergio Marchionne
speculated that the Volkswagen Group would be hardest hit by the
union of the PSA Group and GM Europe, as they will from Europe's
second largest vehicle maker. What's more, after rescuing
Chrysler from liquidation through a US government bailout,
bankruptcy and restructuring, Marchionne is looking to "leave the
house in good order" before his planned retirement in early 2019,
Krebs said.


Google concludes nearly 80% of US rooftops suitable for solar.
Google’s 'Project Sunroof' tool reveals the vast untapped
potential for rooftop solar installations in the U.S. Since 2015,
the project has analysed around 60 million buildings across the
U.S. concluding that 79 per cent are technically viable for
generating solar power.

Qatar’s largest solar project to begin construction in 2017.
A joint venture between Qatar Electricity and Water Company
(QEWC) and Qatar Petroleum will begin construction on a 200
megawatt (MW) solar project this year. Reportedly, construction
of the country’s largest solar power project will begin in June
2017, scheduled to be completed and fully operational by 2020.

The Corporate Commitment To Green Energy Is Helping Rural
The signage is all around — that renewable energy has all green
lights ahead, despite the current White House’s emphasis on the
expansion of traditional fossil fuels. Both corporate America and
the governors from 20 states are going all-in to support
sustainable fuels. Their reasoning is grounded in economics —
that the cost of wind and solar technologies has fallen
dramatically and that, in turn, has led to their impressive
growth. Indeed, about 60% of the electricity added to the grid in
2016 came from wind and solar energy.

Green energy in a coal state: the struggle to bring solar jobs to
West Virginia.
If solar energy were Dan Conant’s only passion, the West Virginia
native could have stayed in Vermont, working for a fast-growing
startup in a state friendly to renewables. Instead, Conant
returned home to Shepherdstown, where he started an installation
company, Solar Holler, in 2014. Now, with three employees and a
crew under contract, Conant’s new passion comes with an audacious
goal: bring solar jobs to communities hit hard by the decline of

How hydroelectric power has roared back in California.
After slowing to a trickle during the past five years of
punishing drought, hydroelectric power in California is poised to
make a major comeback this spring and summer, thanks to the wet
winter. Across Northern California, hydroelectricity producers
say their reservoirs are brimming at levels not seen in decades.
Together, their dams should produce as much as 21 percent of the
state’s total electricity output this year, according to
projections from the California Energy Commission. 

Energy efficiency is becoming an essential tactic for the US
The US military sees climate change as a national security
threat. So, it’s finding ways to adapt to global warming, to make
the armed forces stronger and more flexible. For starters, green
technologies such as solar "blankets" and hybrid vehicles have
improved operations within the Marine Corps and the Navy,
according to Capt. Jim Goudreau, who served as a deputy assistant
secretary of the Navy. He spent over two decades in the supply
corps and is now the head of climate at Novartis.


People are sending EPA employees chocolate chip cookies and thank
you cards.
The cookies showed up Monday morning, hundreds of them packed
tightly in cardboard boxes, and made their way to offices
throughout the Environmental Protection Agency’s headquarters in
downtown Washington. “To: EPA Staff. From: America,” the labels
read. “Thank you so much for all you do. You save lives. You make
the world better.” On the back of the cookie wrappers were
personal stories from people around the country who see the EPA
as a force for good.


Trump budget would make America dirty and sick again.
President Trump’s budget proposal is a direct assault on our
health and safety. The enormous cuts he is proposing to the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency and other departments will hurt
people and the planet by gutting enforcement of laws that protect
the water we drink, the air we breathe and the environment that
sustains us. How many voters last year asked for more smoggy
skies and fouled water, for less enforcement of criminal
pollution and faster climate change? It’s doubtful most Trump
voters want that, but his budget sides with polluter interests
and climate deniers — not with us.

California is in a drought emergency.
Visit www.SaveOurH2O.org for water conservation tips.

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