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CARB Newsclips for May 12, 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 Dept. of Public Health Webinar & Webcast TOPIC: Public Health Dimensions of Oil and Gas Production in California. DATE: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 TIME: 1:00 to 4:00 pm PDT (WEBINAR & WEBCAST) LOCATION: CalEPA, Sierra Hearing Room, 2nd Floor 1001 I Street, Sacramento, California WEBINAR - register here: https://cdph.webex.com/cdph/onstage/g.php?MTID=ed68c92894d8105b772615a49bbb6bacf WEBCAST Option: http://video.calepa.ca.gov _____________________________________________ Staff from the California Department of Transportation, the California Air Resources Board, the California Energy Commission, and the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development invite you to participate in workshops to discuss implementation of the California Sustainable Freight Action Plan (Action Plan). The workshops will be held at the locations and on the dates noted below. The agencies will follow the same format and show the same presentation at each of the workshop locations. LOS ANGELES: May 30, 2017 SAN DIEGO: May 31, 2017 For more information on the California Sustainable Freight Action Plan including upcoming workshops, please visit the webpage at http://www.casustainablefreight.org/ _________________________ The California Air Resources Board in collaboration with the South Coast Air Quality Management District and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, is holding a free professional wet cleaning demonstration workshop. The free workshop will be held on Sunday, June 11, 2017 from 2:00PM - 4:00PM in Los Angeles. Doors open at 1:45 PM. Venue: London Cleaners, 1073 Gayley Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90024. Space is limited. Register early at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/free-professional-wet-cleaning-demonstration-workshop-for-dry-cleaners-tickets-33498967313 or by searching for "wet cleaning workshop" on Eventbrite at: http://www.eventbrite.com For more details about the workshop, please visit ARB's Non-Toxic Dry Cleaning Incentive Program (AB998) website at: http://www.arb.ca.gov/toxics/dryclean/ab998.htm __________________________ David Cocker, PhD University of California, Riverside. Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 10:00 a.m., PDT (WEBCAST) Sierra Hearing Room, 2nd Floor, CalEPA Building 1001 I Street, Sacramento, California Low vapor pressure-volatile organic compounds (LVP-VOCs) are a set of VOCs currently exempted for VOC content based on a combination of boiling point, vapor pressure, and/or elution time from a GC-column. This work explores evaporation rates and secondary pollutant formation from a series of individual LVP-VOCs associated with consumer products, select generic consumer products that include these LVP-VOCs, and several hydrocarbon solvents. For more go to the announcement at: http://www.arb.ca.gov/research/seminars/cocker/cocker.htm CAP AND TRADE Despite doubts and disagreements, Brown still wants a deal on cap and trade in the next month. Gov. Jerry Brown said Thursday there's "a very good chance" of reaching a deal in the next month to extend California's cap-and-trade program for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Brown has urged lawmakers to finish negotiations before the June 15 deadline for approving a new state budget. http://www.latimes.com/politics/essential/la-pol-ca-essential-politics-updates-jerry-brown-cap-and-1494526470-htmlstory.html https://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1060054472/search?keyword=california California tosses a monkey wrench into cap-and-trade. Amendments proposed to California’s cap-and-trade program could spell the end of the carbon market that currently links California and Quebec and that Ontario is expected to join in 2018. The amendments would establish an escalator on the floor price of emissions in California, put an end to the distribution of free allowances and all offsets… http://www.ecolog.com/issues/ISArticle.asp?aid=1003978367&PC=EN&issue=05122017 AIR POLLUTION Virginia AG: pollution board can regulate carbon emissions. Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring says the State Air Pollution Control Board has the power to regulate carbon emissions from existing power plants and set a statewide carbon cap. It’s a legal opinion a top Democratic lawmaker said could lead to stricter state pollution limits at a time when… http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/may/12/virginia-ag-pollution-board-can-regulate-carbon-em/ Chevron’s Richmond refinery to pay $181,000 in air pollution penalties. The Chevron oil refinery has agreed to pay $181,000 in civil penalties for 26 air pollution violations during 2013 and 2014, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District announced Friday. The violations include public nuisances from flaring, excess sulfur compounds in fuel gas, excess carbon monoxide emissions from furnaces… http://www.eastbaytimes.com/2017/05/12/chevrons-richmond-refinery-to-pay-181000-in-air-pollution-penalties/ Stall in lawsuit reveals distance between California and former ally, EPA. On the surface, it’s just a request to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals for more time to prepare, due to a change in federal administration. Why This Matters A minor step in a federal lawsuit shows just how much the power has shifted against California’s authority on air pollution. http://inewsource.org/2017/05/12/california-diesel-rule-lawsuit/ Lack of dust makes China's air pollution much worse. Airborne dust is normally seen as an environmental problem, but the lack of it is making air pollution over China considerably worse. A new study suggests less dust means more solar radiation hits the land surface, which reduces wind speed. That lack of wind in turn leads to an accumulation of air pollution over heavily populated parts of China. http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-39895558 Dry Orlando means warnings about air quality. There has never been a drier start of a year for Orlando since records began in the late 1800s. Drought has left the area’s biggest river stagnant, yards so crispy they look flammable, and new trouble emerged Friday: air pollution. Orlando was among five metro areas, including Phoenix and Los Angeles outskirts, expected on Friday to have the nation’s unhealthiest air. http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/os-orlando-air-pollution-warning-20170512-story.html CLIMATE CHANGE Tillerson, at Arctic meeting, signs document affirming need for action on climate change. U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson signed his name Thursday to a document that affirms the need for international action against climate change, adding further uncertainty to the direction of climate policy under the Trump administration. The document, signed by Tillerson and seven foreign ministers from Arctic nations meeting this week in Fairbanks, Alaska… http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-arctic-council-20170511-story.html Elon Musk urges Trump to stick with Paris climate-change effort. Tesla CEO Elon Musk joined dozens of industry executives in signing an open letter asking President Donald Trump to stay in the Paris Agreement on climate change and protect U.S. trade. Musk owns the pioneering private rocketbuilder SpaceX, based in Hawthorne, and also operates a Tesla electric-car design center in the South Bay city. http://www.dailynews.com/environment-and-nature/20170511/elon-musk-urges-trump-to-stick-with-paris-climate-change-effort More errors identified in contrarian climate scientists' temperature estimates. A new study suggests there are remaining biases in the oft-corrected University of Alabama at Huntsville atmospheric temperature estimates. Human emission of heat-trapping gases is causing the Earth to warm. We’ve known that for many decades. In fact, there are no reputable scientists that dispute this fact. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/climate-consensus-97-per-cent/2017/may/11/more-errors-identified-in-contrarian-climate-scientists-temperature-estimates Coffee's Fate Is Getting Jittery as Climate Change Puts Growing Areas at Risk If global warming continues at its current pace, growing the beans in coffee-proud Puerto Rico could be impossible in as little as 50 years, a new study says. A century ago, Puerto Rico was a coffee-growing powerhouse that sent its finest beans across the Atlantic to satisfy the demands of the European market. https://insideclimatenews.org/news/12052017/coffee-risk-climate-change-study-forests-puerto-rico Trump's intelligence chief cites global warming as threat. As a Republican senator from Indiana, Dan Coats was at best ambivalent about climate change. But now, the director of national intelligence appears to be taking the issue more seriously. In written testimony for the Senate Intelligence Committee yesterday, tucked in between warnings about cyberthreats, organized crime and al-Qaida… https://www.eenews.net/greenwire/2017/05/12/stories/1060054495 U.S. agrees only to acknowledge Paris Agreement exists. The United States ended its chairmanship of the Arctic Council yesterday amid growing international alarm that President Trump may pull out of the Paris accord on climate change. At a meeting of foreign ministers from the world's eight Arctic nations, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson acknowledged that the United States is "reviewing several important policies… https://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2017/05/12/stories/1060054474 VEHICLES Exclusive: California Working On Pilot Program For Point-of-Sale Rebate On Plug-In Vehicles. The Clean Vehicle Rebate Project (CVRP) has been a popular incentive for boosting the affordability of alternative-fuel cars here in California. Buyers and lessees of electric cars, plug-in hybrids and hydrogen vehicles benefit from a rebate that they can apply for after purchase. In rare cases, the amount ranges up to $7,000 based on income. http://www.carsdirect.com/automotive-news/exclusive-california-working-on-pilot-program-for-point-of-sale-clean-vehicle-rebate-on-plug-in-vehicles VW RECALL Volkswagen emissions settlement approved: $1.2B in buybacks, repairs, cash. A federal judge said Thursday that he would approve Volkswagen Group's $1.2 billion buybacks-and-repairs settlement with owners of six-cylinder diesel engine vehicles that were not included in the company's separate deal for car owners. The move paves the way for the automaker to begin buying back about 20,000 polluting diesel vehicles… http://ux-origin.usatoday.com/story/money/cars/2017/05/11/volkswagen-3-liter-diesel-settlement/101559112/ https://www.cnet.com/roadshow/news/volkswagen-judge-approves-3-0-liter-dieselgate-settlement/ GREEN ENERGY Would creating one big electric grid in the West threaten California? For several years, officials in California and states throughout the West discussed merging control of their electricity grids to create one vast, integrated power market that would span the entire region. A unified grid, they reasoned, would be more efficient, keeping costs down. It could also help states more easily tap renewable power generated outside their borders. http://www.sfchronicle.com/business/article/ OPINIONS Clearing the air about CARB’s environmental plan: Guest commentary. Despite the tremendous progress made over the years in improving California’s air quality, regions of the state are still plagued with high levels of ozone and particle pollution. Ozone burns the lungs and particle pollution is associated with premature deaths. Emissions from port activities are a large source of pollution, and as pollution from cars drops… http://www.presstelegram.com/opinion/20170512/clearing-the-air-about-carbs-environmental-plan-guest-commentary Column: Staying the course on climate change. Despite the fact that seven out of 10 voters want the U.S. to stay in the Paris Agreement on climate change, the Trump administration is still considering walking back from our commitments, and if so, most likely this week. However, there is no real upside to such a hasty decision, and no actual support from the American electorate. http://www.salemnews.com/opinion/columns/column-staying-the-course-on-climate-change/article_7e0b9939-d251-5fb6-bc11-d0690c5ba86f.html BLOGS U.S. spy agencies wimp out on science of climate change, but still say it’s a security threat. U.S. national security is being threatened by improvements in artificial intelligence (AI) and genome editing, as well as the impacts of climate change, overfishing, and biodiversity loss, concludes the latest edition of an annual report released today by the U.S. intelligence community. http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/05/us-spy-agencies-duck-science-climate-change-still-say-it-s-security-threat