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CARB Newsclips for July 18, 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 (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 Extends Climate Bill, Handing Gov. Jerry Brown a Victory. California lawmakers voted Monday to extend a cap-and-trade program until 2030, ending a legislative standoff that had threatened a critical component of the state’s pioneering efforts to reduce climate-altering emissions. The measure was approved by a two-thirds majority in both the Assembly and the Senate, a margin that Gov. Jerry Brown, a Democrat… https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/17/climate/california-cap-and-trade-approved-jerry-brown.html?emc=edit_ca_20170718&nl=california-today&nlid=79449713&te=1&_r=1 http://customwire.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_CALIFORNIA_CLIMATE_CHANGE_CAOL-?SITE=CASON&SECTION=STATE&TEM http://www.businessinsider.com/ap-brown-lawmakers-celebrate-bipartisan-cap-and-trade-victory-2017-7 http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-40640445 http://wuwf.org/post/california-legislature-renews-signature-cap-and-trade-program http://www.latimes.com/politics/essential/la-pol-ca-essential-politics-updates-la-s-newest-congressman-gets-committee-1500394130-htmlstory.html http://www.politico.com/tipsheets/california-playbook/2017/07/18/brown-scores-cap-and-trade-victory-housing-deal-in-the-works-jenner-didnt-vote-last-year-221372 http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/342476-california-votes-to-extend-cap-and-trade http://www.cbsnews.com/news/california-lawmakers-extend-landmark-climate-change-law-ten-years-cap-and-trade/ How did your lawmaker vote on California's climate change program? California legislators approved an extension of the state's signature climate change program known as cap and trade. The measure passed 55 to 21 in the Assembly and 28 to 12 in the Senate. It was a rare bipartisan vote, with seven Republicans joining all but three Democrats in the Assembly. http://www.latimes.com/politics/essential/la-pol-ca-essential-politics-updates-minority-leader-nancy-pelosi-democrats-1500406486-htmlstory.html Will you end up paying more for gas under California’s cap-and-trade extension? An effort to extend California’s signature program for reducing greenhouse gas emissions to combat climate change cleared the California Legislature Monday, sending the deal to Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk. How will it affect consumers? Q: Will extending the cap-and-trade program raise my gas prices? http://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/capitol-alert/article161904813.html#storylink=cpy California's Cap-and-Trade Program is Alive and Well. This is the eighth installment in a series of posts on California's climate leadership. These posts address a wide range of related topics including economic benefits and renewable energy. California's carbon pricing program is key to meeting the state's ambitious carbon reduction targets. http://www.thegreenmarketoracle.com/2017/07/californias-cap-and-trade-program-is.html Aguiar-Curry supports cap-and-trade extension. Assemblywoman Cecilia Aguiar-Curry, D-Winters, voted in favor of landmark legislation Monday to extend California’s cap-and-trade program. The package includes AB 398 by Assemblyman Eduardo Garcia, D-Coachella; AB 617 by Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia, D-Bell Gardens; and ACA 1 by Assembly Republican Leader Chad Mayes, R-Yucca Valley. http://www.davisenterprise.com/local-news/aguiar-curry-supports-cap-and-trade-extension/ Berryhill Lone Republican Senator Supporting Cap-And-Trade: Hails Suspension Of Fire Fee. California lawmakers have extended the cap-and-trade program for another decade. A majority of Democrats in the Senate and Assembly were in favor, while most Republicans were opposed. In the Senate, Mother Lode District 8 Republican Tom Berryhill was the lone vote in favor. https://www.mymotherlode.com/news/local/313447/berryhill-lone-republican-senator-supporting-cap-and-trade-hails-suspension-of-fire-fee.html AIR POLLUTION Air pollution is the ‘tobacco of the 21st century’, warn experts. Bad air is the source of 'huge illness which is entirely preventable if we take the issue seriously', IPPR researcher says. Air pollution caused by burning fossil fuels is the “tobacco of the 21st century”, an expert has warned after a report found some cities in northern England were breaching legal safety limits by up to 150 per cent. http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/air-pollution-tobacco-21-century-quality-breathing-health-problems-lungs-experts-ippr-a7846761.html Parents could face a fine of £130 (€146) for driving their children to school as part of a plan to reduce air pollution. The London borough of Croydon is the latest area to trial the scheme, which will see roads leading up to three primary schools becoming "pedestrian zones" for six months from September. http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/parents-hit-130-fine-driving-kids-school-air-pollution-crackdown-1630795 DIESEL ACTIVITIES Has California Hit The Brakes In Regulating Breath-Robbing Big Rigs? James Lockett sits on his bed and opens the drawer of his nightstand, revealing a stash of asthma inhalers: purple disc-shaped ones he uses twice a day to manage his symptoms and others for full-blown attacks. Lockett, 70, says he never leaves home without an emergency inhaler. http://khn.org/news/has-california-hit-the-brakes-in-regulating-breath-robbing-big-rigs/ Air pollution: Diesel is now better than gas, emitting fewer carbonaceous particulates. Modern diesel cars emit less pollution generally than cars that run on gasoline, says a new six-nation study published today in Scientific Reports whose groundwork was laid in part by an American chemist now working at Université de Montréal. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/07/170717110429.htm FUELS Two Bay Area counties sue 37 fossil fuel companies over sea-rise. Two Bay Area counties sued 37 oil, gas and coal companies Monday asserting the companies knew their fossil fuel products would cause sea level rise and coastal flooding but failed to reduce their greenhouse gas pollution. The lawsuit was part of a coordinated litigation attack by Marin, San Mateo County and the city of Imperial Beach. http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/07/17/two-bay-area-counties-file-complaint-against-oil-companies-over-sea-rise/ VEHICLES Daimler to Modify 3 Million Mercedes Cars Over Diesel Concerns. Daimler, the German automaker, said on Tuesday that it would update three million Mercedes cars in Europe to reduce their diesel emissions, an apparent effort to combat a widening inquiry and a public backlash over allegations that it evaded rules controlling vehicle pollutants. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/18/business/daimler-diesel-emissions.html Would a new carpool lane bring more cars to Highway 50 downtown? New lawsuit says yes. An environmental group has sued Caltrans over the state’s plans to build carpool lanes on Highway 50 in downtown Sacramento, saying the state has failed to analyze the health impacts on local residents from potential increased vehicle emissions. The lawsuit, filed by the Environmental Council of Sacramento… http://www.sacbee.com/news/local/transportation/article161877143.html#storylink=cpy Utilities Are Giving People Cash for Clean Cars. Automakers, regulators, legislators and utilities are increasingly working together to boost sales of electric vehicles. 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. https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/utilities-are-giving-people-cash-for-clean-cars/ ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE This army base once drove West Oakland’s economy. Now it drives discrimination. Part of a series on communities overcoming obstacles to become cleaner and greener. A veil of dust covers the windowsills of Ray Kidd’s home. Outside, in his backyard, particles coat a lemon tree, sticking to the fruit’s pimpled, yellow skin. “Diesel pollution,” says the 72-year-old Kidd, who has lived in West Oakland since 1973. “It’s just pervasive.” http://grist.org/justice/an-old-army-base-could-mean-new-pollution-for-beleaguered-residents-of-west-oakland/ BLOGS California Votes to Extend Landmark Cap-and-Trade Program—While Allowing Big Polluters to Get Away with Murder. The new legislation makes huge concessions to the fossil fuel industry. There's no doubt that California has established itself one of the world's climate leaders, setting aggressive goals for clean economy jobs, clean transportation, emissions reductions, renewable energy adoption by utilities, energy efficiency in existing buildings and climate resiliency. http://www.alternet.org/environment/california-votes-extend-landmark-cap-and-trade-program-while-allowing-big-polluters-get Sen. Glazer’s Statement on Climate Change Package. Senator Steve Glazer, D-Orinda, voted for the Legislative package on climate change. Here is his statement: “This legislative package fulfills California’s requirement to reduce carbon pollution with the least amount of impact on our people and economy. That is why environmental and business organizations have joined together to urge its adoption. http://eastcountytoday.net/sen-glazers-statement-on-climate-change-package/