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CARB Newsclips for July 11, 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 Air Resources Board (ARB or Board) is pleased to announce that the Dairy and Livestock Working Group Subgroup #1 (Fostering Markets for Non-Digester Projects) will hold its kickoff meeting on July 17, 2017. Date: July 17, 2017 Time: 10:30 AM to 2:00 PM Location: CA Department of Food and Agriculture Building, Main Auditorium 1220 N Street, Sacramento More information on Subgroup #1 can be found at: https://www.arb.ca.gov/cc/dairy/dsg1/dsg1.htm ________________________________ Do you own or operate forklifts, sweeps/scrubbers, industrial tow tractors, or airport ground support equipment? If so, this regulation may apply to your business. For more information please go to the ARB Rulemaking webpage: https://www.arb.ca.gov/regact/2016/sparkignition2016/sparkignition2016.htm ________________________________ The Air Resources Board (ARB) announces the launch of its new California Dairy and Livestock GHG Reduction Working Group (Dairy Working Group) and Subgroup list serves that will provide interested stakeholders with up-to-date information about current activities and processes. Sign-up for the main Dairy Working Group process List Serve: https://www.arb.ca.gov/listserv/listserv_ind.php?listname=dairy CAP AND TRADE Lawmakers announce plan to extend California cap and trade. Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders released a plan Monday to extend through 2030 California’s cap-and-trade program, a key piece of the state’s quest to fight climate change by drastically reducing emissions from greenhouse gases. The deal updates how refineries, utilities and other carbon emitters can use pollution allowances and offsets… https://www.apnews.com/18323f7c053845ddb01e578151ec787a/Lawmakers-announce-plan-to-extend-California-cap-and-trade OTHER RELATED STORIES https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/lawmakers-announce-plan-to-extend-california-cap-and-trade/2017/07/11/f281eff8-65ef-11e7-94ab-5b1f0ff459df_story.html?utm_term=.297989644d36 http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-pol-ca-jerry-brown-cap-trade-details-20170710-story.html http://www.sacbee.com/news/business/article160646789.html http://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/capitol-alert/article160646819.html#storylink=cpy http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Bill-seeks-to-extend-California-s-cap-and-trade-11279225.php https://ww2.kqed.org/news/2017/07/10/heres-whats-in-the-deal-to-extend-californias-cap-and-trade-system/ http://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/341484-california-dems-reach-deal-on-cap-and-trade http://www.breitbart.com/california/2017/07/11/jerry-brown-california-legislature-reach-cap-trade-extension-deal/ http://www.foxandhoundsdaily.com/2017/07/consensus-cap-trade-extension-requires-two-thirds-legislative-vote/ https://www.eenews.net/greenwire/2017/07/11/stories/1060057203 https://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2017/07/10/stories/1060057122 AIR POLLUTION Swath of U.S. hit by 'double whammy' of ozone, pollen. About 40 percent of the United States' population lives in areas plagued by a "double whammy" of unhealthy ozone levels and ragweed pollen, according to data released this afternoon by the Natural Resources Defense Council with a renewed warning that rising temperatures will make things worse on both fronts. "Climate change is going to make it more difficult… https://www.eenews.net/eenewspm/2017/07/11/stories/1060057218 CLIMATE CHANGE Banks Heed Carney's Call to Tackle Risks of Climate Change. Eleven major banks including Barclays Plc, Citigroup Inc. and UBS AG said they’ll seek ways to address the financial risks of global warming, after Bank of England Governor Mark Carney urged investors to act on the threat. The group, representing more than $7 trillion, started a pilot project to implement the recommendations… https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-07-11/carney-draws-bank-support-for-climate-risk-reporting-campaign The stubborn worry about climate change that just won’t go away. As if melting glaciers, thawing permafrost and starving polar bears weren’t enough, scientists are finding that the effects of climate change in the Arctic are even more complex — and far-reaching — than we thought. New research suggests that warm spells at the top of the world can, surprisingly… https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2017/07/10/the-stubbornly-persistent-idea-about-climate-change-that-just-wont-go-away/?utm_term=.23643861830a&wpisrc=nl_most-draw7&wpmm=1 Trump's environmental rollbacks are hitting major roadblocks. As President Trump flouts international calls to act on climate change, his administration is finding the pressure at home tougher to ignore. The limitations of Trump’s power to reset U.S. climate policy has been on full display over the last few days in Washington. White House plans to scrap restrictions on the release of a potent greenhouse gas… http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-na-pol-trump-environment-20170711-story.html United States going it alone on climate change: What it means. President Trump’s decision not to sign a Group of 20 declaration on climate change this weekend further isolated the United States on the issue. Trump’s action — making the U.S. the only G-20 country not to support the Paris climate agreement or its underlying goals — further solidifies the White House’s embrace of the president’s “America First” campaign pledge. http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/341365-united-states-going-it-alone-on-climate-change-what-it-means Spokane City Council to consider climate change law following departure from Paris accords. The Spokane City Council is expected to once again tackle a national issue next Monday, affirming the city’s commitment to limit greenhouse gas emissions to combat global climate change. City Council President Ben Stuckart said President Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris climate accords… https://phys.org/news/2017-07-european-impacts-climate-ocean.html Why a Warming Arctic May Be Causing Colder U.S. Winters. A new study shows how a warming Arctic could negatively impact regions thousands of miles away. When a U.S. Republican senator threw a snowball onto the Senate floor in late February of 2015, he used it to underscore his belief that humanmade climate change was an alarmist conclusion. http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/07/global-warming-arctic-colder-winters-climate-change-spd/ Should we change Earth to halt warming? Scientists say maybe. On most days here, a small team of scientists uses a global climate model to explore a scenario that begins 23 years from now. It starts in 2040 after a series of shocks have finally roused the world to take immediate action against the escalating effects of climate change. https://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2017/07/11/stories/1060057162 Extreme sea levels could hit West Coast — study. Researchers are getting better at modeling some of the most damaging effects of sea-level rise. As the climate changes, less-intense storms like a Category I hurricane gain the potential to do the same amount of damage as a Category II or III storm did when sea levels were lower. By 2050, those "extreme sea-level events" could go from happening once a century to every year in some places… https://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2017/07/11/stories/1060057183 Which global companies are the biggest emitters? More than half the world's greenhouse gas emissions since 1988 trace back to the same 25 companies, according to a new report from the environmental nonprofit CDP aimed at galvanizing climate policy through corporate and investor action. Zoom out a little further, and 100 companies are responsible for 70 percent of the world's emissions. https://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2017/07/11/stories/1060057159 Canada's new climate boss talks Trump's Paris withdrawal. Jennifer MacIntyre was a novice in climate and energy policy when she was tapped by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to become Canada's climate ambassador. But the 15-year veteran of Canada's Foreign Service says she's no stranger to the issue. "Climate change is real for all of us," she said. https://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2017/07/11/stories/1060057163 DIESEL ACTIVITIES Ditching Diesel: Sacramento Schools Test Drive Electric Buses. Nancy Jensen is a driving instructor with the Twin Rivers school district. She has been driving school buses for 20 years. About 10 years ago, she developed a long-term case of bronchitis. When she went to the doctor to get a chest X-ray, he told her that her lungs looked like she was a smoker. But she’s never smoked. http://www.capradio.org/articles/2017/07/11/ditching-diesel-sacramento-schools-test-drive-electric-buses/ Utilities among advocates for electric school buses under Volkswagen settlement. It’s a childhood memory for many Americans: the yellow school bus with uncomfortable vinyl seats, a cantankerous driver and the ever-present smell of diesel. But at least the olfactory part of that equation could change if electric vehicle proponents get their way. They envision electric school buses that eliminate diesel emissions… https://midwestenergynews.com/2017/07/11/utilities-among-advocates-for-electric-school-buses-under-volkswagen-settlement/ FUELS Shell Plans to Spend $1 Billion a Year on Clean Energy by 2020. Royal Dutch Shell Plc plans to spend as much as $1 billion a year on its New Energies division as the transition toward renewable power and electric cars accelerates. “In some parts of the world we are beginning to see battery electric cars starting… https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-07-10/shell-plans-to-spend-1-billion-a-year-on-clean-energy-by-2020 Trump admin to reconsider penalties for car efficiency violations. The Trump administration is reconsidering higher penalties put in place last year for automakers that violate vehicle fuel efficiency standards. In a pair of notices released Tuesday and due to be published Wednesday in the Federal Register… http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/341456-trump-administration-to-reconsider-penalties-for-car-efficiency After court loss, EPA moves ahead in pulling down methane rule. A week after a federal appellate court blocked the Trump administration from delaying a methane regulation opposed by the oil and gas industry, the Environmental Protection Agency is moving ahead on rewriting the rule. Officials from the agency took testimony from the public Monday during a hearing in EPA's Washington headquarters… http://www.sfgate.com/business/energy/article/After-court-loss-EPA-moves-ahead-in-pulling-down-11278128.php Greens, tribes sue to stop BLM stay. Environmental and tribal citizen groups yesterday challenged the Interior Department's postponement of an Obama administration rule to curb methane emissions from energy operations on public lands. Represented by Earthjustice attorneys, the groups called on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California to require industry compliance… https://www.eenews.net/energywire/2017/07/11/stories/1060057168 VEHICLES Experts: Scrapped electric-car plant may mean industry woes. An electric car maker deserted its plan to construct a $1 billion manufacturing plant in southern Nevada in a move experts say could spell trouble for the company and the broader niche electric automobile industry. The decision to scrap the plant was due to a shift in business strategy… https://www.apnews.com/d6792adf0a2342cd81d25dac685cdf7d/Experts:-Scrapped-electric-car-plant-may-mean-industry-woes California electric-car rebates out of cash again; legislature neglected to fund them. Incentives for the purchase of a plug-in battery-powered vehicle continue to be a powerful motivation to get new buyers to consider electric cars. The federal income-tax credit of $2,500 to $7,500 has long been supplemented by various state programs, including a purchase rebate in the crucial California market. http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1111465_california-electric-car-rebates-out-of-cash-again-legislature-neglected-to-fund-them With more electric cars, state considers charging network. Thousands of electric cars could soon be rolling on Minnesota's roads, spurring discussions about how to keep them all juiced for long hauls from Austin to Alexandria or Blue Earth to Bemidji. Still a novelty in the state, electric vehicles are poised at the edge of the mainstream with the coming release of several more affordable models boasting lengthy ranges. http://www.postbulletin.com/news/state/with-more-electric-cars-state-considers-charging-network/article_00c1bbf2-f532-5cab-a9b9-114aa534dd15.html The technology-packed A8 is Audi's attempt to turn a new leaf after its emissions scandal. Battered by its emissions scandal, Audi launched its latest technology-packed A8 luxury saloon on Tuesday, aimed at overtaking rivals Mercedes-Benz and BMW as it struggles to overcome its biggest-ever corporate crisis. Last week Munich prosecutors arrested an Audi employee in connection with "dieselgate", the latest setback… http://www.businessinsider.com/audi-a8-car-turn-a-new-leaf-emissions-scandal-2017-7 A $100,000 electric car trying to take on Tesla hit a top speed of 235 mph — here's what you need to know. Lucid Motors, a startup going after Tesla's grip on the luxury electric car market, said Monday that a prototype of its Lucid Air sedan hit a top speed of 235 mph, crushing the top speed of a Model S (155 mph). That's not exactly a fair comparison considering the Lucid prototype was adjusted to go as fast as possible. http://www.businessinsider.com/lucid-air-electric-car-top-speed-record-2017-7 Tesla To Get Serious Competition From Volvo And Porsche In Electric Battle. Tesla’s boss Elon Musk just tweeted a photo of the first Model 3 to roll off the production line. In the world of electric cars, this model is a true watershed moment as it will bring good-looking, range anxiety-free, state-of-the-art pure electric motoring to the masses for around $35,000. https://www.forbes.com/sites/peterlyon/2017/07/11/the-inevitable-happens-as-carmakers-opt-for-electric-car-future/#546f370c5a2e VW RECALL U.S. EPA Chief Says to Treat Diesel Emissions Cheating 'Very Aggressively'. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Chief Scott Pruitt said the agency must ensure Volkswagen AG's excess diesel emissions is not repeated, and will treat improper behavior by automakers "very aggressively." Since Volkswagen admitted in September 2015 to illegally using software to evade emissions regulations… https://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2017/07/11/business/11reuters-usa-epa-pruitt-autos.html GREEN ENERGY Siemens and AES team up on industrial-size batteries. Transnational engineering giant Siemens is taking aggressive steps to expand into the alternative energy market through a new partnership with AES, an Arlington-based power company that operates in 17 countries. The two firms said in a Tuesday regulatory filing that they are forming a new D.C.-based joint venture called Fluence, which will sell industrial-scale batteries to large businesses. https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/siemens-and-aes-team-up-to-make-industrial-size-batteries/2017/07/10/41a6677e-659d-11e7-9928-22d00a47778f_story.html?utm_term=.c1565c7f989a Solar funding down as uncertainty grows over trade. The solar finance sector cooled over the last three months as concerns about trade disputes, softening U.S. markets and other uncertainties cast a shadow over the world's fastest-growing energy field. Corporate funding of solar fell steeply during the second quarter of 2017 compared with the same period in 2016, with venture capital, public market… https://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2017/07/11/stories/1060057164 Suniva trade case ruffles feathers in Korea. A major Korean supplier of solar modules is threatening to stop shipments to the U.S. if President Trump starts a trade war. The move shows that the mere prospect of solar trade barriers is starting to strain the American solar industry, even though any action on tariffs is still months away. Hanwha Corp., one of the world's largest makers of photovoltaic solar modules… https://www.eenews.net/energywire/2017/07/11/stories/1060057180 Energy investments dropped again globally in 2016 — IEA. Investment in energy globally declined by 12 percent last year, while electric vehicles grabbed an ever larger share of the money directed at transportation. Those are some of the findings from the International Energy Agency, outlined in a new report out this morning, "World Energy Investment 2017." https://www.eenews.net/energywire/2017/07/11/stories/1060057169 OPINIONS Cap and Trade – Corporate Shell Games and Environmentalist Chest-Beating. In 2006 on virtually a party line vote, the Democrat controlled Legislature passed Assembly Bill 32, the pompous sounding “California Global Warming Solutions Act.” Then-Governor Schwarzenegger, who often commuted daily in a private jet from Los Angeles to Sacramento, signed AB 32… http://www.foxandhoundsdaily.com/2017/07/cap-trade-corporate-shell-games-environmentalist-chest-beating/ China's Elevated Bus Project Seemed Too Good To Be True — And It Was. In China, a futuristic new kind of urban transport that its promoters claimed would beat traffic jams appears to have gone off the rails. That became clear last week when police arrested the people behind the project on suspicion of fraud. Dubbed the Transit Elevated Bus, the vehicle looks a bit like a catamaran on rails or a bus that straddles two lanes of traffic. http://www.npr.org/sections/parallels/2017/07/06/535625957/chinas-elevated-bus-project-seemed-too-good-to-be-true-and-it-was BLOGS No, States And Cities Can't Uphold Paris Agreement, Congressional Research Service Says. Since President Donald Trump’s abandonment of the global agreement to mitigate climate change, at least 12 states and more than 200 cities have stepped up to say they’ll do it without federal leadership. But according to the Congressional Research Service, the Constitution doesn’t allow that. https://www.forbes.com/sites/jeffmcmahon/2017/07/11/no-states-cannot-uphold-paris-agreement-congressional-research-service-says/#59ed322a6db7 Report shows 97 percent of illegal air pollution not penalized in Texas. Throughout the vast Texas terrain lies a stretch of oil refineries and chemical plants that has become the backbone of the Lone Star State's economy. A new analysis by the Environmental Integrity Project and Environment Texas shows the state has imposed penalties on less than 3 percent of illegal air pollution released over the past five years. http://cw39.com/2017/07/11/report-shows-97-percent-of-illegal-air-pollution-not-penalized-in-texas/ Does the European public understand the impacts of climate change on the ocean? The oceans are our lifeline and the lungs of our planet producing 70% of the oxygen we breathe. They regulate our climate and provide us with food, new medicines, and energy. However, the ocean - and therefore the future of humanity - is threatened by climate change. https://phys.org/news/2017-07-european-impacts-climate-ocean.html#jCp Blue Bird Introduces All-New Electric School Bus Solutions. Blue Bird unveiled two new electric-powered school buses at the STN Tradeshow to nearly 1,000 live attendees and hundreds more on their live news feeds. Blue Bird introduced its all-new Type A Micro Bird G5 electric-powered school bus and then revealed its all-new electric powered Type D chassis which will power its Type D All American rear engine (RE) school bus. This announcement comes on the heels of a $4.4M Department of Energy grant awarded to Blue Bird in December of 2016 to develop a Type C Vision electric-powered school bus. http://www.stnonline.com/news/industry-releases/item/8759-blue-bird-introduces-all-new-electric-school-bus-solutions