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CARB Newsclips for July 14, 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 (ARB or Board) staff has posted a report on ARB's Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) credit transfer activity covering information on recent credit volumes transferred, credit prices and price trends through June 2017. Staff publishes monthly LCFS credit transfer activity reports on the second Tuesday of every month. The monthly credit transfer activity reports can be accessed here: https://www.arb.ca.gov/fuels/lcfs/credit/lrtmonthlycreditreports.htm Staff also publishes weekly LCFS credit transfer activity reports on the Tuesday of every week. The weekly credit transfer activity reports can be accessed here: https://www.arb.ca.gov/fuels/lcfs/credit/lrtweeklycreditreports.htm _______________________________ The California Air Resources Board (CARB or Board) staff have posted an agenda and the staff presentation for the July 12, 2017, workshop concerning proposed regulatory amendments to Heavy Duty Vehicle (HDV) emission warranty requirements in Title 13, California Code of Regulations, Section 2036. Agenda: https://arb.ca.gov/msprog/hdlownox/files/workshop071217/warrantyws_agenda.pdf Presentation: https://arb.ca.gov/msprog/hdlownox/files/workshop071217/warrantyws_presentation.pdf ______________________________ The California Air Resources Board (CARB) invites you to participate in a public workshop July 19 & 20, 2017 to discuss concepts for a regulatory revision intended to clarify California’s racing vehicle definition. Pursuant to California law, racing vehicles, defined as competition vehicles not used on public highways, are exempt from emissions control requirements. Agenda: https://www.arb.ca.gov/enf/racingvehicles/racingvehicles.htm 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 _______________________________ 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 CA affordable housing bills benefiting in political dealing over cap and trade. California's proponents of affordable housing say they've never been so bullish about making a dent in the housing crisis as in the current legislative session. Votes are planned Monday in Sacramento on a large package of housing bills expected to include millions of dollars in subsidies for low-income housing… http://www.scpr.org/news/2017/07/13/73761/ca-affordable-housing-bills-benefiting-in-politica/ Brown on climate bill: 'I'm going to be dead; it's for you'. A bill to extend California's cap-and-trade system for greenhouse gases emerged from its first committee vote yesterday, but battles likely lie ahead as Gov. Jerry Brown (D) seeks a supermajority consensus over the weekend. Brown and state legislative leaders are seeking a floor vote as soon as next Monday to extend the state's landmark… https://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2017/07/14/stories/1060057382 AIR POLLUTION Court orders France to clean up air pollution. France’s highest legal authority has ordered the government to clean up the nation’s air pollution. The Conseil d’État has given the French Government nearly nine months to produce a plan, detailing how it intends to bring air quality within legal limits by 31st March 2018. The news follows legal action launched… http://www.energylivenews.com/2017/07/14/court-orders-france-to-clean-up-air-pollution/ CLIMATE CHANGE Gov. Brown makes dire plea to save California climate law. Gov. Jerry Brown warned Thursday of a California ravaged by forest fires, disease and mass migration if lawmakers fail to renew the state’s signature program to fight climate change, which he called “a threat to organized human existence.” California’s longest-serving governor, who has spent most of his life in and around public service… https://apnews.com/fb94b2fdad3047a0a7e457a0f4ca6433/California-governor-scrambles-for-support-on-climate-deal OTHER RELATED STORIES http://www.sacbee.com/article161330148.html#storylink=cpy Climate-Altering Gases Spiked in 2016, Federal Scientists Report. Annual greenhouse gas emissions rose more quickly last year than they have in nearly three decades, an increase scientists attributed in part to a strong El Niño weather pattern, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported this week. The Annual Greenhouse Gas Index also shows that global emissions… https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/13/climate/greenhouse-gases-spike-noaa-global-warming.html?nl=todaysheadlines&emc=edit_th_20170713&_r=0 Climate change may make it too hot to fly, study says. A spike in summer temperatures in Phoenix last month forced American Airlines to cancel dozens of flights because some planes used by the carrier’s regional airline could not operate in such extreme heat. Airlines can expect to face such problems more often because of extreme temperatures… http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-travel-briefcase-climate-change-20170714-story.html Warming could lead to costlier tickets. Rising temperatures could make it harder for planes to take off, and may require them to offload fuel, cargo or passengers at the hottest points in the day, according to new research. That means climate change could spur higher airline ticket prices by midcentury. Airports with short runways, at high elevations or with hotter climates… https://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2017/07/14/stories/1060057384 Defense bill calls climate change a national security threat. The Republican-led House decisively approved a defense policy bill on Friday that declares climate change a national security threat, demands rigorous oversight of the Pentagon's cyber operations and rejects the Trump administration's bid to close military bases. Lawmakers voted 344-81 on Friday to pass the sweeping legislation. http://www.sacbee.com/news/article161329513.html#storylink=cpy Gov. Brown’s Cap-and-Trade Pitch: ‘This isn’t for me. I’m going to be dead. It’s for you and it’s damn real.’ Gov. Jerry Brown made a fiery pitch for his proposal to extend the state’s cap-and-trade system on Thursday, batting back concerns about the bill from both sides of the aisle. “I’m not here about some cockamamie legacy that people talk about,”… https://ww2.kqed.org/news/2017/07/14/governor-brown-on-cap-and-trade-its-for-you-and-its-damn-real/ Brown Lobbies For Cap-And-Trade, Loses Republicans. Calling California’s cap-and-trade program the most efficient way to fight climate change, Governor Jerry Brown told lawmakers extending the program is “the most important vote of your life.” In a highly unusual show of support, Brown sat through the entire four-hour Senate committee hearing on the bill… http://www.capradio.org/articles/2017/07/13/brown-lobbies-for-cap-and-trade,-loses-republicans/ House defeats amendment to strip climate study from Defense bill. The House defeated an amendment to a defense policy bill Thursday that would have blocked a Department of Defense study into the impacts of climate change on national security. The amendment, from Rep. Scott Perry (R-Pa.), would have stripped a National Defense Authorization Act provision that would have required a study… http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/341961-house-defeats-amendment-to-strip-climate-study-from-defense-bill Greenhouse Gases Are Rapidly Changing the Atmosphere. Humanity’s grand experiment in the atmosphere continues, and a new report documents just how far it’s gone. On Tuesday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released its annual index of 20 key greenhouse gases. It shows that their direct influence on the climate has risen 140 percent since 1750… http://www.climatecentral.org/news/greenhouse-gases-atmosphere-21618 Scientists see proposed climate debates as a trap. Climate scientists are perplexed by U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt's plans to challenge their work. They see it as a trap with no escape: Participating in the critique would lend the minority of researchers who question mainstream climate science an oversized microphone. But refusing the invitation to debate their findings could… https://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2017/07/13/stories/1060057297 White House official: U.S. is 'constructive' on climate. Divisions over climate and energy weren't as deep as they seemed at last week's Group of 20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, a White House official said yesterday. While the summit produced a text that isolated the United States in its opposition to the Paris Agreement and saw all 19 other members of the major economies club endorse… https://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2017/07/14/stories/1060057385 Can mayors fix rising temps? Bloomberg wants to find out. If Donald Trump is not interested in climate change, a growing number of American governors, mayors and CEOs are. But their pinpoint efforts on global warming raise a nagging question: How much carbon can they really cut? The quality of city greenhouse gas accounting and climate action varies widely… https://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2017/07/13/stories/1060057313 Banking regulators increasingly bothered by climate change costs. The intersection of climate change and finance can be a wilderness. It lacks a formal international framework, has no official accounting standards to quantify climate risk and runs on voluntary corporate disclosure rules. But companies and governments are increasingly viewing climate change as an economic red flag… https://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2017/07/14/stories/1060057368 DROUGHT Without water lifeline, tiny town on Santa Cruz coast is running dry. All across California, one storm after another dumped drought-busting rains last winter that put an end to water-saving emergency measures and the doomsday scenario of taps running dry. Except here. On the coastal bluffs just north of Santa Cruz, this hamlet is in danger of drying up because those storms were more than a 100-year-old water pipe could handle. http://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/Without-water-lifeline-tiny-town-on-Santa-Cruz-11284458.php 'Rain or Shine' exhibit at State Fair guides Californian's to conserve water. The California Department of Water Resources is stressing that water conservation is still important through a new exhibit at the state fair. "Water Conservation: Rain or Shine" features step-by-step instructions on how to remove a home lawn and replace it with low-water using landscape. http://www.abc10.com/news/local/rain-or-shine-exhibit-at-state-fair-guides-californians-to-conserve-water/456428921 FUELS Court lets EPA put drilling pollution rule on hold. A federal appeals court is letting the Trump administration put on hold an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) methane pollution rule for oil and natural gas drilling. The Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ordered Thursday that its decision last week rejecting the EPA’s delay of the regulation could itself be delayed for 14 days… http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/341911-court-lets-epa-put-drilling-pollution-rule-on-hold Gas Company Sues to End County Oversight After Massive Natural Gas Disaster. After a massive methane gas leak at SoCalGas’s Aliso Canyon underground gas storage facility displaced thousands of families and took more than 100 days to plug, many residents in surrounding neighborhoods felt the energy company had gotten off lightly with a $4 million fine and tightened outside oversight. https://www.courthousenews.com/gas-company-sues-end-county-oversight-massive-natural-gas-disaster/ VEHICLES Mercedes cars to face more emissions tests in Germany. Germany has found no signs so far that Mercedes-Benz used illegal software to manipulate diesel emissions but a new round of tests is being conducted, the transport ministry said on Friday. The Transport Ministry summoned officials from Daimler, which owns the Mercedes-Benz brand… http://www.nydailynews.com/newswires/news/business/mercedes-cars-face-emissions-tests-germany-article-1.3326767 Germany Checking Daimler Cars Amid Diesel Emissions Probe. The German Transport Ministry says the country's motor transport authority will examine cars made by Daimler amid an investigation into suspected manipulation of diesel emissions controls. Daimler said in May that prosecutors would search several offices in Germany and it was cooperating with the probe. https://www.voanews.com/a/germany-checking-daimler-cars-amid-diesel-emissions-probe/3944025.html Battery-powered cars will soon dominate in Europe — study. By 2035, electric vehicles will account for every new car purchase in Europe, but the continent's carmakers are poised to lose out to their American and Asian competitors, according to a prediction by the Dutch bank ING. Government support, along with falling battery prices and the economies of scale, is expected to drive the trend. https://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2017/07/14/stories/1060057364 GREEN ENERGY Jerry Brown likely to face decision on 100 percent clean electricity. A key vote this week in Sacramento has moved California closer than most people could imagine to a future in which all electricity — 100 percent of it — is produced without releasing more carbon into the air. When Senate President Pro Tem Kevin De León proposed the bill, many viewed it as aspirational. http://inewsource.org/2017/07/14/california-100-percent-clean-electricity/ Trump will fund solar energy research, for now. Will President Trump keep up the effort to make solar energy cheaper? That question has swirled around the SunShot Initiative, a program with a doubtful future under a new president who thinks the government has unfairly tipped the scales away from coal. The answer is yes, though perhaps not for long. https://www.eenews.net/energywire/2017/07/14/stories/1060057381 Renewable energy set to expand in bellwether Midwest market. Illinois' sweeping energy bill took effect last month, setting the stage for a significant expansion of solar and wind energy in the state. Now comes the hard part — putting legislative language into action. The Future Energy Jobs Act is perhaps best known for a controversial provision that will provide up to $235 million a year in subsidies for Exelon Corp. https://www.eenews.net/energywire/2017/07/13/stories/1060057301 ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE Environmental defenders being killed in record numbers globally, new research reveals. Exclusive Activists, wildlife rangers and indigenous leaders are dying violently at the rate of about four a week, with a growing sense around the world that ‘anyone can kill environmental defenders without repercussions’. Last year was the most perilous ever for people defending their community’s land, natural resources or wildlife, with new research… https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/jul/13/environmental-defenders-being-killed-in-record-numbers-globally-new-research-reveals OPINIONS Editorial: Unite behind Brown’s greenhouse gas plan. Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by extending California’s cap-and-trade program has attracted complaints from all sides. It’s imperfect. There’s something for each faction in this complex debate to oppose. No one will come away completely happy. But this is what is politically possible. http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/07/14/editorial-unite-behind-gov-browns-cap-and-trade-plan/ Hickenlooper’s goal to reduce carbon emissions is a good one. Gov. John Hickenlooper set a good goal for Colorado Tuesday: reduce overall greenhouse gas emissions by 26 percent by 2025, compared to 2005 levels, and also cut power plant carbon emissions by 35 percent by 2030, compared to emissions levels in 2012. http://www.denverpost.com/2017/07/12/hickenloopers-goal-to-reduce-carbon-emissions-is-a-good-one/ BLOGS A diesel emissions test you can’t game? We try it out. From September, Euro 6 rules mean diesels have to prove they’re clean in the real world. Diesel is a dirty word in the auto industry these days. The fuel was once viewed—particularly in Europe—as a potential savior, since diesel engines offer much better fuel economy and emit much less CO2 per mile than engines that run on gasoline. https://arstechnica.com/cars/2017/07/a-diesel-emissions-test-you-cant-game-we-try-it-out/