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newsclips -- CARB Newsclips for July 17, 2017.

Posted: 17 Jul 2017 14:52:39
CARB Newsclips for July 17, 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) 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:


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…

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…

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…

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

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…

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.

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…

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.

'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


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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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


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.


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.


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.

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.

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.


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…


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.

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)

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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


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…

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…

“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

PurpleAir's $250 Air Pollution Monitor Gives Government Equipment
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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…

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

‘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.

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