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CARB Newsclips for March 24, 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 ADVANCED CLEAN CARS California air regulators vote to keep tough fuel standards. California air regulators voted Friday to keep the state's tough vehicle emissions standards through 2025.The state Air Resources Board voted unanimously at a meeting in Riverside to continue with the standards for 2022 to 2025 after reaching a conclusion similar to one by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency under the Obama administration. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_CALIFORNIA_FUEL_STANDARDS?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT OTHER RELATED STORIES https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-03-24/california-breaks-with-trump-as-state-targets-tougher-auto-rules https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/24/business/energy-environment/california-upholds-emissions-standards-setting-up-face-off-with-trump.html http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-pol-sac-california-vehicle-emissions-20170324-htmlstory.html http://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/capitol-alert/article140631063.html#storylink=cpy http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/cars/2017/03/24/unlike-trump-california-affirms-gas-mileage-standard/99601144/ http://www.freep.com/story/money/cars/2017/03/24/california-plows-ahead-tough-auto-regulations/99564450/ http://www.beaumontenterprise.com/news/science/article/California-fuel-standards-to-get-critical-review-11024707.php http://www.autonews.com/article/20170324/OEM11/170329893/calif.-upholds-obama-emissions-rules-setting-up-clash-with-epa-over http://www.onenewspage.com/video/20170316/7065648/California-Ready-To-Pursue-Clean-Car-Standards-As.htm https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/california-adopts-strict-rules-for-methane-emissions/ http://www.governing.com/topics/transportation-infrastructure/tns-california-methane-emissions.html AIR POLLUTION Pollution notice filed with steelmaker Ludlum. The ongoing battle over air pollution from Allegheny Ludlum’s Brackenridge steel mill and questions about how much a proposed federal emissions permit for the plant should allow, could soon land in U.S. District Court in Pittsburgh. Four environmental organizations Thursday filed legal notice of their intent to sue the steelmaker, saying the plant… http://www.post-gazette.com/local/north/2017/03/24/Allegheny-Ludlum-Brackenridge-steel-mill-pollution-lawsuit/stories/201703240123 British MPs Launch “Super Inquiry” Into Air Pollution Problems. In a situation that is apparently “unprecedented,” 4 different Commons committees will question a variety of ministers and air quality experts, with the aim being to better understand the situation and the available remedies. The 4 Commons committees in question are: the health committee; the transport committee; the environmental audit committee… https://cleantechnica.com/2017/03/24/british-mps-launch-super-inquiry-air-pollution-problems/ Hopeful combo: World economy grows, carbon emissions stay flat. For three years running, global carbon dioxide emissions have been essentially flat, a survey finds. It hints at the potential for 'decoupling' economic growth from burning fossil fuels. Don’t throw your hats too high in the air, warn the experts. The world is still a very long way from doing everything it needs to do to get global warming under control. http://www.csmonitor.com/Environment/Inhabit/2017/0324/Hopeful-combo-World-economy-grows-carbon-emissions-stay-flat Wood stoves may increase heart attack risk. Researchers found risk increased among the elderly. The study — A study published in the March issue of the journal Epidemiology found the risk of heart attacks among the elderly living in small cities may be higher due to air pollution from wood-burning stoves. By the numbers — Researchers from McGill University and Health Canada compared pollution data… http://www.bendbulletin.com/health/5115800-151/study-status-wood-stoves?referrer=carousel12 CLIMATE CHANGE Climate Change May Be Intensifying China’s Smog Crisis. Chinese leaders, grappling with some of the world’s worst air pollution, have long assumed the answer to their woes was gradually reducing the level of smog-forming chemicals emitted from power plants, steel factories and cars. But new research suggests another factor may be hindering China’s efforts to take control of its devastating smog crisis: climate change. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/24/world/asia/china-air-pollution-smog-climate-change.html?_r=0 California regulators launch new campaign against harmful climate pollutants. California opened another front in its fight against global warming on Thursday, launching a new strategy for slashing so-called super pollutants that have an outsize impact on the climate. The plan targets emissions such as methane from cow manure, black carbon from diesel exhaust and hydrofluorocarbons from refrigerators. http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-pol-sac-california-super-pollutants-20170323-story.html What Californians believe about climate change. Californians are more likely to believe that global warming is happening than residents of nearly every other state – but that doesn’t mean all Californians agree about it. Belief that global warming is real ranges from around 65 percent in rural, mountainous counties like Shasta, Lassen, Tehama and Modoc to more than 80 percent in Bay Area counties… http://www.sacbee.com/news/local/article140424748.html#storylink=cpy Could a Moore's Law for carbon halt climate change? By halving global carbon emissions each decade, humanity could attain nearly net-zero emissions by 2050, according to new research. That term is often bandied about in discussions of climate change. That's because experts cite the goal of preventing warming over 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels as being absolutely necessary to prevent catastrophic climate change. http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2017/0324/Could-a-Moore-s-Law-for-carbon-halt-climate-change GOP movement to stay in Paris accelerates. A House ally of President Trump circulated a "Dear Colleague" letter to the president yesterday challenging him to make the Paris Agreement a better deal for U.S. fossil fuels. North Dakota Republican Rep. and Trump adviser Kevin Cramer's letter proposed "conditions" for remaining within the landmark 2015 climate deal, including swapping weaker emissions… http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2017/03/24/stories/1060052026 World must pull CO2 from the sky to meet Paris goals. Scientists have issued a stark outline of the enormous work needed to meet global climate change targets under the Paris Agreement. In a paper published online yesterday in the journal Science, researchers noted that "alarming inconsistencies remain between science-based targets and national commitments." http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2017/03/24/stories/1060052028 Senators barely mention climate programs at hearing. President Trump's pick to lead the Department of Agriculture fielded a wide variety of questions from friendly lawmakers yesterday but shed little light on the administration's plans for the agency's wide-ranging climate change programs. Sonny Perdue, the former two-term Republican governor of Georgia, repeatedly said "yes" to members of the Senate Agriculture… http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2017/03/24/stories/1060052018 Chevron chief acknowledges warming, dismisses renewables. John Watson, the CEO of Chevron Corp., said climate change is real and should be addressed, but downplayed any scientific consensus about the issue. At a speech last night in downtown Washington, Watson said people within the oil industry widely acknowledge the planet is warming. But, he said, the issue requires more analysis. http://www.eenews.net/greenwire/2017/03/24/stories/1060052056 DROUGHT We Have Some Good News on the California Drought. Take a Look. The majestic beauty of California’s Sierra Nevada never fails to impress. But the mountain range, which stretches hundreds of miles, is much more than a stunning vista. It’s a linchpin that helps make living in an arid state possible. That’s because one of California’s most important water supplies is melted snow. https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/03/22/us/california-measuring-snowpack.html The Silver Lake drought is over: Reservoir will be finally refilled. The drought is over in Silver Lake — at least, at its picturesque reservoir. Los Angeles Department of Water and Power officials announced Wednesday that the popular Silver Lake Reservoir — which has stood empty for more than a year — will be refilled starting in mid-April. The 96-acre reservoir is expected to be fully refilled by the middle of June… http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-silver-lake-filled-20170322-story.html Climate Change News: Dead Sea Salt Shows Worst Drought Humans Have Ever Seen. Scientists drilling deep down into the Dead Sea have found a warning about how climate change could affect us in the future. A study in the journal Earth and Planetary Science Letters says samples taken from almost 1,000 feet underneath the seabed show evidence of drought worse than anything in recorded human history. http://www.ibtimes.com/climate-change-news-dead-sea-salt-shows-worst-drought-humans-have-ever-seen-2514047 FUELS Natural Gas is Reducing Transport Sector Emissions at U.S. and Canadian Port Cities. There are a lot of trucks required to transport freight, containers and other cargo around a port. One of largest drayage trucking companies in the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach has begun using one of the first Cummins Westport (CWI) ISX12 G low NOx natural gas engines for trucking operations. http://www.oilandgas360.com/natural-gas-is-reducing-transport-sector-emissions-at-u-s-and-canadian-port-cities/ Pipeline decision borrows Obama administration's analysis. President Trump's move this morning to approve the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline was based on the same research and most of the same State Department staff that laid the groundwork for President Obama's 2015 rejection of the project. The State Department has not conducted a new analysis of the environmental, employment… http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2017/03/24/stories/1060052024 VEHICLES California to Soften Autonomous Car Regulations. No human driver needed. California released a proposal this week amending some of its strict regulations for autonomous vehicles. If all goes as planned, the state will allow self-driving vehicles to operate without a human driver behind the wheel starting next year. The proposal eliminates some of the hoops automakers have to jump… http://www.automobilemag.com/news/california-relaxes-autonomous-car-regulations/ MISCELLANEOUS Gas agency erred in decision, court says. The Colorado Court of Appeals has ruled that the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission erred in its rationale for rejecting a rulemaking petition by youth activists. In the process, the court disagreed with the agency’s longstanding position that its mandate under state law is to strike a balance between energy development and protection of public health… http://www.gjsentinel.com/news/articles/gas-agency-8232erred-in8232-decision8232-court-say BLOGS CA Officials Reaffirm Clean Cars Standards [Updated] [This is an update from my previous blog] Officials from the California Air Resources Board (ARB) voted unanimously to reaffirm the state's clean car standards today at their hearing in Riverside, CA – a city facing among the worst air pollution in the nation – giving an official green light to staying on course with the program. https://www.nrdc.org/experts/simon-mui/ca-officials-reaffirm-clean-cars-standards-updated A Conservative Takes on Climate Change. Jay Faison's lonely crusade. The contest for loneliest person on the right in Donald Trump’s Washington would be hard fought among free traders, pro-immigration libertarians, neoconservative globalists, and fiscal hawks convinced of the necessity of entitlement reform. But none of these could possibly be as lonely as the conservative Republican who believes… http://www.weeklystandard.com/a-conservative-takes-on-climate-change/article/2007344 California is in a drought emergency. Visit www.SaveOurH2O.org for water conservation tips.