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CARB Newsclips for July 17, 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) 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 California climate law touted as global model faces key test. California lawmakers are nearing a high-stakes decision that will decide the fate of a climate initiative that Gov. Jerry Brown holds up as a model to be replicated around the world to confront rising global temperatures. The vote Monday on whether to give another decade of life to California’s cap-and-trade program has global implications… https://www.apnews.com/cfcab234561842fcba738707802319c9/California-climate-law-touted-as-global-model-faces-key-test California lawmakers to decide fate of landmark climate law. California lawmakers are nearing a high-stakes decision that will decide the fate of a climate initiative that Gov. Jerry Brown holds up as a model to be replicated around the world to confront rising global temperatures. The vote Monday on whether to give another decade of life to California's cap-and-trade program has global implications as the largest U.S. state moves to be a leader in reducing carbon emissions at a time… http://customwire.ap.org/dynamic/stories/A/APFN_US_CALIFORNIA_CLIMATE_CHANGE_CAOL-?SITE=CASON&SECTION=STATE&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2017-07-17-03-41-51 California climate law backers look for support. California lawmakers leading an effort to extend the state’s signature climate change initiative made a last-minute appeal Saturday to critics on the left who say their plan doesn’t do enough to reign in polluters. The unusual weekend conference call with reporters underscores the trouble facing Gov. Jerry Brown and his legislative allies as they try… https://www.apnews.com/3daa8022443e4fb8874a26ed5f49b8c6/California-climate-law-backers-look-for-support The Latest: Absence, vacancy complicate cap and trade path. The Latest on California’s efforts to extend its cap and trade climate change-fighting program (all times local): 9:30 a.m. An absence and a vacancy among California Assembly Democrats are complicating the math for renewing the state’s cap-and-trade program. The Assembly needs 54 votes to pass legislation reauthorizing the climate change-fighting initiative through 2030. https://www.apnews.com/f43240f3bd8e40eca9f59f8d2b3a44ca/The-Latest:-Absence,-vacancy-complicate-cap-and-trade-path Will cap and trade survive Capitol politics? After months of speculation, and weeks of intense negotiations to secure a compromise package, lawmakers are scheduled to take up an extension of the state’s signature climate change program today. The complex system, known as cap and trade, is a market-based approach that began as a Republican idea. In California, which views itself as an environmental laboratory for the world… http://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/capitol-alert/article161659743.html#storylink=cpy As cap-and-trade evangelist, Gov. Brown shows he's the most effective politician Sacramento has seen in a long time. He’s single-minded like a bull,” said a close friend of Gov. Jerry Brown. That was more than 42 years ago. Another Times reporter and I had tracked down friends and relatives of Brown, looking for some insight into the young man about to be inaugurated California governor for the first time. http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-pol-sac-skelton-cap-trade-jerry-brown-20170717-story.html Judgment day for California climate-change program. After weeks of closed-door talks and days of intense debate, a proposal to extend California’s signature program for regulating global-warming greenhouse gases through the end of 2030 finally faces a showdown today in both the Senate and the Assembly. Gov. Jerry Brown, who has been making a name for himself as an international climate leader… http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/07/17/judgment-day-for-california-climate-change-program/ Cap-and-trade will cost less than current regulatory regime. California has the most ambitious greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction goal in this or any other country. By 2030, Californians must reduce carbon emissions by 40 percent below our already-constrained 2020 levels. California produces only one percent of GHG emissions, but we outpunch our weight in global influence on climate policy. http://www.foxandhoundsdaily.com/2017/07/cap-trade-will-cost-less-current-regulatory-regime/ 'Most important vote' set today for cap and trade. California lawmakers are expected to vote today on a successor program to the state's cap-and-trade system for greenhouse gases that would extend the carbon market through 2030. The vote on A.B. 398 is being imbued with global significance by supporters and opponents, with Gov. Jerry Brown (D) calling it the "most important vote" lawmakers will ever face as federal climate policy stalls and other jurisdictions look to California for leadership. https://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2017/07/17/stories/1060057456 CLIMATE CHANGE Climate change and less federal money may hit states hard. The tornado hit the suburbs east of New Orleans at lunchtime on a mild Tuesday in February. The twister spun across midcentury ranch houses still bearing spray-painted symbols that search-and-rescue squads left after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. At its calmest, the tornado tugged at asphalt shingles. https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/climate-change-and-less-federal-money-may-hit-states-hard/2017/07/14/f74f03f0-61d4-11e7-a4f7-af34fc1d9d39_story.html?utm_term=.25e2655ee77b Why Macron might be best bet to bring U.S. back to Paris climate deal. President Trump’s suggestion during his visit with French President Emmanuel Macron that “something could happen with respect to the Paris agreement” awakened hopes that he just might be willing to reverse the decision to pull the United States out of the landmark climate agreement. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2017/07/15/why-macron-might-be-best-bet-to-bring-u-s-back-to-paris-climate-deal/?utm_term=.67facd0c7764 In Chile, Many Regard Climate Change As The Greatest External Threat. Fernando Rojas is holding up a photograph of a pocket of countryside, between the Pacific Ocean and the Andes mountains, that has been his home, his livelihood, and his passion for all of his 74 years. His picture shows a lake, brimming with water, in front of a range of hills that are silhouetted by the sun. http://www.npr.org/sections/parallels/2017/07/16/536896748/in-chile-many-regard-climate-change-as-the-greatest-external-threat Unabated climate change would reverse the development gains in Asia: Report. Unabated climate change would bring devastating consequences to countries in Asia and the Pacific, which could severely affect their future growth, reverse current development gains, and degrade quality of life, according to a report produced by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK). https://yubanet.com/world/unabated-climate-change-would-reverse-the-development-gains-in-asia-report/ Jeopardy for the Bullet Train with Cap-n-Trade Amendment? Late Friday, Assembly Republican Leader Chad Mayes threw into the cap-and-trade negotiation mix a plan to require a one-time two-thirds vote requirement on how cap-and-trade revenues are spent. The vote would come no sooner than 2024. That proposed vote is a long way off but it could play a role in the funding of the controversial high-speed-rail project. http://www.foxandhoundsdaily.com/2017/07/jeopardy-bullet-train-cap-n-trade-amendment/ After discussion, Macron says Trump 'understood' importance of Paris climate deal. French President Emmanuel Macron said he pressed President Trump on the possibility of returning the U.S. to the Paris climate agreement during the two leaders' Paris meeting last week. During an interview Sunday in the Journal du Dimanche newspaper, Macron said Trump "listened" to him, according to the Associated Press. http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/342255-macron-on-trump-meeting-we-spoke-in-detail-about-what-could-allow Calif. AG hints at investigation of oil giant. The attorney general of California said state officials could prosecute oil companies such as Exxon Mobil Corp., which is under investigation by authorities in New York and Massachusetts, for deceiving the public about climate change. At a town hall in Pasadena, Calif., Attorney General Xavier Becerra (D) said Thursday he was aware of accusations… https://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2017/07/17/stories/1060057457 DIESEL ACTIVITIES NGT notice to Centre on air pollution caused by ships. A plea alleging rising air pollution by diesel-run ships in the Indian territorial waters on Monday prompted the National Green Tribunal (NGT) to seek replies from the Centre and others. A plea alleging rising air pollution by diesel-run ships in the Indian territorial waters on Monday prompted the National Green Tribunal (NGT) to seek replies from the Centre and others. http://www.moneycontrol.com/news/trends/current-affairs-trends/ngt-notice-to-centre-on-air-pollution-caused-by-ships-2327843.html FUELS Neighboring states a world apart on methane regulations. Little more than a change in title separates the border between New Mexico and Colorado north of Farmington. The landscape remains an expanse of low, brown hills spotted with stout juniper trees. Untamed Siberian elms burgeon along La Plata River, which runs between the two states. http://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/local_news/neighboring-states-a-world-apart-on-methane-regulations/article_7ed78010-26f2-5d65-a80b-45112785bbbc.html VEHICLES Big Oil Just Woke Up to Threat of Rising Electric Car Demand. The world’s biggest oil producers are starting to take electric vehicles seriously as a long-term threat. OPEC quintupled its forecast for sales of plug-in EVs, and oil producers from Exxon Mobil Corp. to BP Plc also revised up their outlooks in the past year, according to a study by Bloomberg New Energy Finance released on Friday. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-07-14/big-oil-just-woke-up-to-the-threat-of-rising-electric-car-demand California Pushes New Incentives for Zero-Emissions Vehicles. California lawmakers are considering $3 billion worth of rebates for buyers of electric cars in an effort to power an industry that relies heavily on public subsidies. The bill has passed the state Assembly, and is advancing in the state Senate, which is expected to take up the bill once it clears a final committee next month. http://www.foxbusiness.com/features/2017/07/15/california-pushes-new-incentives-for-zero-emissions-vehicles.html Utilities are giving people cash for clean cars. Utilities have begun offering direct rebates for electric vehicles in an effort to jump-start sluggish sales in an emerging car market that stands to benefit them financially. Electric companies in Vermont and California have offered customers $450 to $1,200 off their electric bill if they buy a plug-in car. Others have partnered with Nissan to offer $10,000 in rebates. https://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2017/07/17/stories/1060057459 MISCELLANEOUS Greens launch ad campaign to defend EPA budget. An environmental group has launched a $1 million ad buy to pressure vulnerable Republicans on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) budget. The ad campaign highlights local public health work undertaken by the EPA and contends the agency's efforts would be curtailed if the Trump administration’s proposed 31 percent funding cut… http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/342323-greens-launch-ad-campaign-to-defend-epa-budget OPINIONS As cap-and-trade evangelist, Gov. Brown shows he's the most effective politician Sacramento has seen in a long time. He’s single-minded like a bull,” said a close friend of Gov. Jerry Brown. That was more than 42 years ago. Another Times reporter and I had tracked down friends and relatives of Brown, looking for some insight into the young man about to be inaugurated California governor for the first time. http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-pol-sac-skelton-cap-trade-jerry-brown-20170717-story.html Gov. Brown's cap-and-trade compromise is a giveaway to the very polluters causing climate change. To the editor: I disagree that AB 398, which would extend California’s cap-and-trade program “for the sake of the planet,” is the “balanced approach” that Gov. Jerry Brown touts. The bill was written in consultation with the oil and gas lobby and is opposed by more than 50 of California’s leading environmental organizations. (“For the sake of the planet and our state, extend California's cap-and-trade program,” editorial, July 13) http://www.latimes.com/opinion/readersreact/la-ol-le-brown-cap-and-trade-20170717-story.html Cap and Trade opponent: Climate change gives California Democrats an excuse to raise taxes. If you want to understand Assembly Bill 398, the “cap and trade” bill, just follow the money. As with most “juice” bills in the California Legislature, the negotiations go on behind closed doors where special interests decide who will pocket what piece of the new revenue stream. http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/07/16/cap-and-trade-opponent-climate-change-gives-democrats-an-excuse-to-raise-taxes/ Cap and trade is about the money, not the climate. There is one thing that is not up for discussion as Gov. Jerry Brown battles to win support for the extension of California’s cap-and-trade program: the flow of cap-and-trade funds to the bullet train. “If that’s a killer for you, then you have a dead body,” Brown told this newspaper’s editorial board. http://www.ocregister.com/2017/07/16/cap-and-trade-is-about-the-money-not-the-climate/ Southern California too important to be a cap-and-trade afterthought. Southern California represents nearly one-half of the state’s population, is the nation’s largest manufacturing job center and faces some of the most daunting air quality challenges in the United States. Despite all that, our region has received only 29.6 percent of state funds targeted to reduce greenhouse gas emissions under the state’s cap-and-trade program. http://www.ocregister.com/2017/07/16/southern-california-too-important-to-be-a-cap-and-trade-afterthought-2/ Leaf blowers: Outright ban in Palm Springs the wrong way to clear the air. After much community discussion, Palm Springs might be ready to implement an outright ban on the use of leaf blowers within city boundaries. While these noisy devices do have serious effects on quality of life and health that deserve addressing, such a Draconian move is uncalled for and likely would have unintended negative consequences. http://www.desertsun.com/story/opinion/editorials/2017/07/15/our-voice-leaf-blowers-outright-ban-palm-springs-wrong-way-clear-air/480187001/ Column: Fighting air pollution. Imagine a child living near a factory. The child is breathing the bad air all the time. This child will get sick. Factories are polluting the environment and making people sick. In my opinion, air pollution is bad for the environment. My first reason is people get sick from air pollution. In the article ‘‘What are the effects of air pollution?’’… http://www.salemnews.com/opinion/columns/column-fighting-air-pollution/article_29d95e7c-bc1b-57cc-bdeb-271ca3de62a1.html Don’t put the truck stop there. The upcoming meeting Tuesday on sign variance requests (“Rancho Viejo residents heckle, walk out of meeting for the proposed Pilot Flying J truck stop,” June 21) at the Santa Fe gateway — the intersection of N.M. 14 and Rancho Viejo Boulevard, just off Interstate 25 — is a formality in a long process that should result in no permits for this project because: http://www.santafenewmexican.com/opinion/my_view/don-t-put-the-truck-stop-there/article_7b65ac94-3a90-502b-bd86-5f67e19b9e29.html BLOGS The Future Of Cap-And-Trade In California Hangs In The Balance. “This isn’t for me. I’m going to be dead. It’s for you,” California Gov. Jerry Brown urged. California’s milestone climate legislation is at a critical crossroads, and reluctance toward the program from both liberals and conservatives could stand in the way of extending it. The California Senate will vote Monday on AB 398, a bill drafted to extend the state’s cap-and-trade program… http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/california-cap-and-trade-law_us_596b86fce4b0174186282ebd California’s leadership on climate change. Later today, California’s Senate will vote on new laws to tackle climate change, including an extension to its successful cap-and-trade programme until 2030. It is expected to be a close call with the new Bills needing some support from Republican lawmakers. Bill AB 398 was first introduced in February by Democrat Assembly Member Eduardo GarciA… http://www.lse.ac.uk/GranthamInstitute/news/californias-leadership-on-climate-change/ “This is the most important vote of your life”: Key California climate policy comes down to wire. Gov. Jerry Brown is pleading with lawmakers to extend the state’s cap and trade program to stop catastrophic climate change. On Monday, the California Senate will vote on AB 398, a bill to extend the state’s centerpiece cap-and-trade program, currently set to expire in 2020. https://www.vox.com/energy-and-environment/2017/7/15/15955756/california-climate-brown-ab398-cap-and-trade PurpleAir's $250 Air Pollution Monitor Gives Government Equipment Run for Money. Thinking about a personal air pollution sensor? Based on cost and on laboratory and field evaluations by air pollution experts, we recommend the PA-II by PurpleAir (purpleair.com) as the best outdoor air pollution monitor for personal use. Advances in technology have led to the development of relatively cheap air pollution… https://www.wunderground.com/cat6/purple-airs-250-air-pollution-monitor-gives-government-equipment-run-money Bacteria Capable Of Reversing Climate Change By Eating Pollution. Genetically modified bacteria might hold the key to reversing climate change by reversing environmental contamination by pollutants. Such bacteria might not only be able to take care of the 300 million tons of plastic produced around the world but even heavy metals such as Cadmium, which is used in nuclear reactors. http://www.ibtimes.com/4-bacteria-capable-reversing-climate-change-eating-pollution-2566624 ‘Because... Climate Change’ When our group of pipeline opponents goes to Washington this week to call on senators to reject Donald Trump’s nominees to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and to investigate the Commission instead, we’ll have no shortage of compelling reasons to provide. Communities in the path of natural gas pipeline projects have been on the receiving end of FERC’s abuses of power for decades. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/because-climate-change_us_596aa869e4b09e26b6d76888