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CARB Newsclips for July 19, 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) 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 A Canadian Province Pushes California on Climate Change. California Governor Jerry Brown just won a big victory in his efforts to fight climate change, but Canada’s Ontario province has been pushing him to go further. As the two sides hammer out details of a long-planned merger of their carbon markets, Ontario minister for environment Glen Murray says there are holes in the Golden State’s system… https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-07-19/a-canadian-province-has-a-surprising-message-for-california Eight Republicans backed Jerry Brown's climate change bill — here's what that means for their political futures. How peculiar are the politics of climate change in California? Just look at this week’s vote on cap and trade, which saw a Republican former grape farmer from Modesto and a Democratic former math teacher… http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-pol-sac-cap-trade-climate-change-california-legislature-political-landscape-20170719-htmlstory.html What the approved cap-and-trade package could mean to Central Valley residents. Legislation approved Monday by the state lawmakers will extend the cap-and-trade program to combat global warming, despite concerns it could raise gasoline prices. A companion bill, AB 617, will require more localized monitoring of air pollution and calls for the state Air Resources Board to establish minimum standards… http://www.modbee.com/news/article162288718.html#storylink=cpy Eight California Republicans defy national party line, support climate change regulation. An almost surreal 2017 political scene was on display Monday in Sacramento: Republicans and Democrats, including Gov. Jerry Brown, standing on a stage together at a late-night news conference — celebrating a climate-change policy victory. The glimmer of bipartisanship over a tough vote… http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/07/18/eight-california-republicans-defy-national-party-line-support-climate-regulation/ Latest California innovation: A Republican case for cap and trade. Minutes after a bipartisan coalition of California lawmakers voted to extend the state’s landmark climate change policy for another decade, Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown stood in front of a bank of television cameras and compared the plan to one championed 30 years ago by GOP icon Ronald Reagan. https://calmatters.org/articles/latest-california-innovation-republican-case-cap-trade/ AIR POLLUTION Employers warned to offer commuter benefit to workers in Bay Area. Air pollution regulators are warning thousands of Bay Area employers they could be fined for failing to comply with a rule requiring them to offer a commuter benefit to employees who get to work via van pool, bus, train or bike. Under the 2014 rule made permanent last year, employers with 50 or more full-time workers… http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/07/18/bay-area-employers-warned-to-offer-commuter-benefit-to-workers/ LA, Long Beach ports’ plan to clean up air pollution will cost as much as $14 billion. Declaring it the largest environmental investment ever undertaken by a cargo complex to wean itself off diesel dependency, Los Angeles and Long Beach port officials today unveiled their Clean Air Action Plan update — with a price tag that could reach $14 billion. The latest installment in a decade-long effort to reduce pollution… http://www.presstelegram.com/environment-and-nature/20170719/la-long-beach-ports-plan-to-clean-up-air-pollution-will-cost-as-much-as-14-billion House votes to delay Obama-era smog reductions. The House voted Tuesday to pass a Republican-backed bill delaying implementation of Obama-era reductions in smog-causing air pollutants. Congress voted 229 to 199 to approve the Ozone Standards Implementation Act of 2017. http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/house-votes-delay-obama-era-smog-reductions/ Heavy Smoke From Wildfires Causing Health Concerns Across Valley. Heavy smoke from several wildfires is drifting across the Central Valley and the foothills. Warnings are out for people to take precautions if they see or smell smoke. A smoky haze runs from southern Tuolumne County down to Tulare as 4 wildfires continue to burn. In some areas such as Merced County, ash is falling from the sky. http://www.capradio.org/99040 EPA administrator Scott Pruitt comes to Utah, says he’ll reconsider new pollution mandates at two coal-fired power plants. The Environmental Protection Agency plans to reconsider a 2016 order mandating new pollution controls at two coal-fired power plans in Utah intended to keep the skies clear around national parks. http://www.sltrib.com/news/5522569-155/top-epa-administrator-to-talk-air EPA, businesses blast states' bid to intervene in ozone case. Too late and out of place. That's the initial response from U.S. EPA and business groups opposed to a recent bid by California and a half-dozen other states to intervene in long-running litigation over the agency's 2015 ground-level ozone standard. "Such a request is due 30 days" after a petition for review is filed, attorneys for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce… https://www.eenews.net/greenwire/2017/07/19/stories/1060057617 CLIMATE CHANGE Climate change will force today’s kids to pay for costly carbon removal technologies, study says. The longer humans continue to pour carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, the closer we draw to leaving the next generation with an unmanageable climate problem, scientists say. A new study, just out Tuesday in the journal Earth System Dynamics, suggests that merely reducing greenhouse gas emissions may no longer be enough… https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2017/07/19/climate-change-will-force-todays-kids-to-pay-for-costly-carbon-removal-technologies-study-says/?utm_term=.a24bdc9b6842 How Y2K Offers a Lesson for Fighting Climate Change. Last week, New York magazine published a riveting and frightening look at the future of the planet we call home. Now that global warming is well underway, we are in for an apocalyptic awakening, and “parts of the Earth will likely become close to uninhabitable, and other parts horrifically inhospitable, as soon as the end of this century,” the writer, David Wallace-Wells, argues. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/19/technology/y2k-lesson-climate-change.html?_r=0 Talking About Climate Change With Al Gore. In 1997, Al Gore, then the vice president of the United States, helped forge the first climate change treaty, the Kyoto Protocol, promising the rest of the world that the United States would lead the fight against global warming. That promise was broken when President George W. Bush later announced that the United States would abandon the treaty. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/19/climate/al-gore-climate-change-timestalks.html Here are the political ripple effects from this week's big climate vote in California. How peculiar are the politics of climate change in California? Just look at this week’s vote on cap-and-trade, which saw a Republican former grape farmer from Modesto and a Democratic former math teacher from Bell Gardens aligned against a mild-mannered Santa Cruz liberal and a provocative… http://www.latimes.com/politics/essential/la-pol-ca-essential-politics-updates-here-are-the-political-ripple-effects-1500481502-htmlstory.html Climate change could mean a much wetter California. Californians have been bracing themselves for a drier future accompanying a warming climate. But research by scientists at the University of California, Riverside, suggests that the state may actually get wetter in the event of severe climate change. The study, published July 6 in Nature Communications, reports that more years in the state could look like El Niño ones… http://www.sacbee.com/news/local/environment/article160865574.html#storylink=cpy California’s economy will suffer plenty from climate change. But at least it’s not Florida. Higher crime rates and electric bills. Crops and laborers wilting in the sun. A new study says California’s economy is going to lose billions of dollars a year to climate change. But hey, it will be a picnic compared to states like Florida and Texas. The groundbreaking study, led by two UC Berkeley scientists, says global warming will punish some… http://www.sacbee.com/news/local/environment/article161851888.html#storylink=cpy So Far, 2017 Is 2nd-Hottest Year on Record. At the halfway point of the year, 2017 remains the second-hottest year to date—a surprise given the demise of the El Niño that helped boost temperatures to record levels last year. The continued near-record warmth is a marker of just how much global temperatures have risen thanks to the greenhouse gases accumulating in the atmosphere from fossil fuel use. https://ww2.kqed.org/science/2017/07/18/so-far-2017-is-2nd-hottest-year-on-record/ Fixing the planet could cost younger generations $530 trillion if nothing is done about climate change. By continuing to delay significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, we risk handing young people alive today a bill of up to US$535 trillion. This would be the cost of the "negative emissions" technologies required to remove CO₂ from the air in order to avoid dangerous climate change. http://www.businessinsider.com/climate-change-will-cost-future-generations-trillions-2017-7 Global warming melts ice, alters fabled Northwest Passage. More than a century has passed since the first successful transit of the treacherous, icebound Northwest Passage by Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen in 1906. Now The Associated Press is sending a text, video and photo team through the passage, where global warming is melting sea ice and glaciers at a historic rate… http://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/global-warming-melts-ice-alters-fabled-northwest-passage/ Nitric Oxide: A New Threat to Global Warming. They have found a vital step in the nitrification process, which is partially responsible for agricultural emissions of dangerous nitrous oxide and its chemical cousins into the atmosphere, causing global climate change. Present biochemical models hold the view that inorganic hydroxylamine is the only intermediary produced when bacteria convert ammonia… http://www.azocleantech.com/news.aspx?newsID=24194 GREEN ENERGY Clean Energy Is Trouncing Oil, Gas and Coal in Trump Era. President Donald Trump took office vowing to revive the coal industry’s fortunes. So far, the smart money has been on clean energy. An index of 40 publicly-traded solar companies, wind-turbine component makers and others that benefit from reduced fossil fuel consumption is up 20 percent this year. That’s more than double the S&P 500’s 9.8 percent gain. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-07-18/clean-energy-is-trouncing-oil-gas-and-coal-in-trump-era National lab blueprint would cut CO2 at low cost. The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory has developed a new blueprint for slashing emissions and energy use without much effort or cost. The recipe focuses on commercial buildings, which consume a significant portion of the nation's energy. Together, commercial and residential buildings spew about 12 percent of the nation's carbon dioxide, according to U.S. EPA. https://www.eenews.net/greenwire/2017/07/19/stories/1060057595 ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE Newly passed pollution bill is ‘downpayment’ to environmental justice. As the quieter ‘companion bill’ to Monday’s cap-and-trade extension legislation, Assembly Bill 617 sought to placate environmental justice advocates who have increasingly complained that the state’s globally ambitious climate policy overlooks a local problem: poor California communities living in the shadow of polluters. https://calmatters.org/articles/pollution-bill-legislature-just-passed-downpayment-environmental-justice/ OPINIONS Now that cap and trade is approved, here’s what Jerry Brown and legislators must do. Gov. Jerry Brown could rightly take a bow. Speaker Anthony Rendon and Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León ought to pat themselves on the back and give high-fives to Assembly Republican Leader Chad Mayes. They all deserve accolades. They had important parts in approving the far reaching cap-and-trade package of bills… http://www.sacbee.com/opinion/editorials/article162276683.html#storylink=cpy How cap-and-trade bill will help the state while reducing greenhouse gas. The Legislature passed a major environmental protection bill Monday that brings flexibility, clarity and transparency to California’s cap-and-trade program. By bringing a market-driven approach to curbing greenhouse gases, this plan will reduce regulation, lower costs, cut taxes, protect jobs and provide a model for other states. http://www.sacbee.com/opinion/op-ed/soapbox/article162248223.html#storylink=cpy Readers' best comments: Wildfires a harbinger of global warming. Letter to the editor: Many people are concerned about global warming but assume that its predicted damages will come well enough in the future that there will be plenty of time to deal with it later. This mindset is naive and dangerous. Wildfires are a case in point. The startling increase in the frequency and… https://www.usatoday.com/story/your-take/2017/07/19/readers-best-comments-global-warming-contributes-wildfires-your-say/475941001/ Cap-n-Trade—and Costs—Up. A punch from the left, a punch from the right but still standing, battered but victorious, the cap-and-trade extension. It was an odd fight. Republicans citing environmental groups’ positions to oppose the measure; Democrats hauling up the flag of big business in support. Establishment Republicans like former Gov. Pete Wilson … http://www.foxandhoundsdaily.com/2017/07/cap-n-trade-costs/ BLOGS Tuolumne County Air Pollution Control and Health Department Publishes Air Quality. Local air quality conditions have been impacted by nearby fires today and are forecast to be similar through mid-week. Air quality will be worse in the morning and improve with winds from the west as the day goes on. It is possible that the air quality may reach levels that are unhealthy. http://goldrushcam.com/sierrasuntimes/index.php/news/local-news/10470-tuolumne-county-air-pollution-control-and-health-department-publishes-air-quality-categories-and-visibility-in-miles No talking climate change to Zuck, White House tells scientist. As part of his “not running for president” cross-country tour, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg took a trip to Montana’s rapidly melting Glacier National Park last weekend. But a few days before his visit, according to a report in Mic, the Interior Department canceled his plans to chat climate change… http://grist.org/briefly/no-talking-climate-change-to-zuck-white-house-tells-scientist/