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newsclips -- CARB Newsclips for July 11, 2017.

Posted: 11 Jul 2017 16:14:49
CARB Newsclips for July 11, 2017. 

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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
1220 N Street, Sacramento
More information on Subgroup #1 can be found at:


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:


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:


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… 









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…


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

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…

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…

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.

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…

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.

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.

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…

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

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.


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.

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…


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…

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

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…

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


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…

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.

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.

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…

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.

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.


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


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.

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…

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…

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."


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…

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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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