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newsclips -- CARB Newsclips for July 14, 2017.

Posted: 14 Jul 2017 13:58:15
CARB Newsclips for July 14, 2017. 

This is a service of the California Air Resources Board’s Office
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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

Staff also publishes weekly LCFS credit transfer activity reports
on the Tuesday of every week.  

The weekly credit transfer activity reports can be accessed


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.  



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.


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:


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:


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

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…


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…


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…


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

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…

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…

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

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,”…

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…

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

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…

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

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…

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…

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…

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.

'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.


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…

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

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…

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.

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.


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.

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.

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.


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…


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.

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


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

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