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CARB Newsclips for July 20, 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 Gov. Brown's climate change deal was a lesson in compromise that should be studied in the White House. One particular message to the agriculture industry was simple: You want Gov. Jerry Brown to be a friend or an enemy the rest of his term? Friends will support his climate change legislation, it was made clear. To business leaders: This legislation provides tax and regulatory breaks that you’ve long sought. Grab them now or forget it. http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-pol-sac-skelton-cap-and-trade-climate-change-california-bipartisan-vote-20170720-story.html Statewide fire fee suspended as part of California climate change deal. As part of a climate change deal designed to help reduce California’s greenhouse gas emissions, the controversial state fire fee, which charges rural residents $117 a year for fire prevention programs, has been suspended. The Sacramento Bee reported earlier this week that a promise has been made to put the fee on hold as part of an extensive cap-and-trade deal. http://www.sierrastar.com/news/local/article162664698.html AIR POLLUTION California farm region plagued by dirty air looks to Trump. California's vast San Joaquin Valley, the country's most productive farming region, is engulfed by some of the nation's dirtiest skies, forcing the state's largest air district to spend more than $40 billion in the past quarter-century to enforce hundreds of stringent pollution rules. The investment has steadily driven down the number of days with unhealthy air… http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_CALIFORNIA_DIRTY_AIR?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT OTHER RELATED STORIES http://www.sfgate.com/news/science/article/California-farm-region-plagued-by-dirty-air-looks-11301609.php UPDATE 1-U.S. Justice Department drops $3 million Harley-Davidson emissions penalty. The Justice Department said on Thursday it had dropped a requirement that Harley-Davidson Inc should spend $3 million to reduce air pollution as part of a settlement that the Obama administration had announced in August. Last year, the Milwaukee-based motorcycle maker agreed to pay a $12 million… http://www.reuters.com/article/usa-harleydavidson-emissions-idUSL1N1KB153 https://www.eenews.net/greenwire/2017/07/20/stories/1060057685 Plan calls for L.A., Long Beach ports to go to zero-emissions technology; cost could hit $14 billion. The nation’s largest port complex will seek to slash air pollution and health risks to Southern Californians by replacing diesel trucks and cargo equipment with zero-emissions technology over the next two decades, according to a plan released Wednesday. http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ports-clean-air-20170719-story.html http://www.govtech.com/fs/LA-Long-Beach-Ports-Clean-Air-Action-Plan-Call-for-Deploying-Zero-Emissions-Technology.html Lawsuit aims to force EPA to crack down on air polluters in Texas. Environmental groups accuse agency of turning blind eye as Texas ‘renders useless’ pollution controls by issuing lax permits for oil and gas facilities. Campaign groups are suing the Environmental Protection Agency in a bid to force it to clamp down on industrial air pollution in Texas. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/jul/20/epa-lawsuit-texas-industrial-air-pollution CLIMATE CHANGE 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 This Zen priest continued her cross-country trek against climate change even after it resulted in a rare disease. Melissa McCarthy was frustrated. She was disgruntled about the state of the country’s politics and irked by what she saw as people’s disregard for the environment. So she decided to walk it out — across the entirety of the United States over the course of more than two years. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/inspired-life/wp/2017/07/20/this-zen-priest-continued-her-cross-country-trek-against-climate-change-even-after-it-resulted-in-a-rare-disease/?utm_term=.d442d97b6565 This could be the next big strategy for suing over climate change. Two California coastal counties and one beach-side city touched off a possible new legal front in the climate change battle this week, suing dozens of major oil, coal, and other fossil fuel companies for the damages they say they will incur due to rising seas. The three cases, which target firms such as Chevron, ExxonMobil, BP and Royal Dutch Shell… https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2017/07/20/this-could-be-the-next-big-strategy-for-suing-over-climate-change/?utm_term=.2e4a01f7019c A Cheap Fix for Climate Change? Pay People Not to Chop Down Trees. The tropical forests in western Uganda, home to a dwindling population of endangered chimpanzees, are disappearing at some of the fastest rates on Earth as local people chop down trees for charcoal and to clear space for subsistence farming. Now, a team of researchers has shown that there is a surprisingly cheap… https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/20/climate/a-cheap-fix-for-climate-change-pay-people-not-to-chop-down-trees-uganda.html Climate Scientist Says He Was Demoted For Speaking Out On Climate Change. A former head policy adviser at the Interior Department is accusing the Trump Administration of reassigning him to a lesser position for speaking out about the dangers of climate change. Joel Clement, a scientist who was director of the Interior Department's Office of Policy Analysis… http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/07/19/538216232/climate-scientist-says-he-was-demoted-for-speaking-out-on-climate-change The little enzyme that could help fight global warming. Scientists at USC and Cal Tech have discovered a a way to greatly speed up the process of transforming carbon dioxide into alkaline water, effectively neutralizing the gas, a development that could be a boon in the fight against excessive greenhouse gas emissions. To understand how the process works, think about soda water. http://www.scpr.org/news/2017/07/20/73961/the-little-enzyme-that-could-help-fight-global-war/ Scientists Say Family Planning Is Our Best Bet To Reduce Climate Change. New research suggests the most powerful way to reduce our carbon footprints is by making key choices about food, travel, and family planning. A Swedish study published this month found that having fewer children is the most effective thing we can do to lower our carbon impact and reduce climate change. https://www.forbes.com/sites/janetwburns/2017/07/20/scientists-say-family-planning-is-our-best-bet-to-reduce-climate-change/#3574dbf140f5 'Astounding': Shifting storms under climate change to worsen coastal perils. Shifting storm directions under climate change are likely to worsen threats to coastlines already at risk from rising sea levels and more intense tempests, according to researchers at the University of NSW. Scientists took advantage of the predicted huge east coast low in June last year to document the before and after… http://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/astounding-shifting-storms-under-climate-change-to-worsen-coastal-perils-20170720-gxf8ic.html Surprising scientists, 2017 could be among warmest ever. This year is on track to be the second-hottest on record, surprising climate scientists who thought natural weather patterns could break a multiyear trend of record-breaking temperature increases. Global temperatures this year have been 1.64 degrees Fahrenheit above the 20th-century average of 56.3 F, according to NOAA. https://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2017/07/20/stories/1060057634 Ex-GOP Cabinet official pushes carbon tax on Capitol Hill. At a private meeting on Capitol Hill last week, former Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson pressed members of Congress to swiftly address climate change — potentially through a carbon tax, E&E News has learned. Paulson and Gregory Page, the former CEO of agriculture giant Cargill Inc., made their case for addressing climate change… https://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2017/07/20/stories/1060057659 France is successfully wooing climate researchers. France's $69 million program to lure climate scientists to its shores is attracting hundreds, including many from the United States. Now Germany wants to establish a similar program. French President Emmanuel Macron unveiled the initiative six weeks ago amid the fallout of President Trump's saying the United States would quit the Paris climate agreement. https://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2017/07/20/stories/1060057630 FUELS Calif. facility where record methane leak occurred to reopen. The California site where a record-setting methane leak occurred last year will reopen to natural gas injections, a decision regulators deemed safe while others called it reckless. The Aliso Canyon facility in north Los Angeles County cleared all inspections and tests, making it safe to allow new storage of natural gas "at a greatly reduced capacity,"… https://www.eenews.net/energywire/2017/07/20/stories/1060057658 U.S. gas supplies up 10 percent in 2 years — assessment. A steady clip of shale gas discoveries is behind a new estimate that the country has 3,141 trillion cubic feet (Tcf) of future natural gas supplies, 10 percent more than analysts knew of just two years ago. "New exploration, more well drilling and continuous improvements in completion and stimulation technologies lead… https://www.eenews.net/energywire/2017/07/20/stories/1060057628 ALISO CANYON As state clears gas field to reopen, governor calls for it to close. Two state agencies cleared the Aliso Canyon gas storage field to resume operations on Wednesday, while the same afternoon Governor Jerry Brown called for it to eventually close. It's an odd juxtaposition of different state entities acting simultaneously on the controversial gas storage field, where a well ruptured in late 2015 and drove thousands of people from their homes. VEHICLES Porsche ponders diesel exit, pushes electric cars: CEO. Porsche's latest generation of diesel engines could be its last, Chief Executive Oliver Blume told Reuters, as Volkswagen's cheating on diesel emissions tests starts to cast a shadow over its Porsche sports-car division. Porsche is spending a billion euros ($1.16 billion) to overhaul its main Stuttgart plant… http://www.businessinsider.com/r-porsche-ponders-diesel-exit-pushes-electric-cars-ceo-2017-7 VW RECALL VW's settlement in emissions scandal reaches $1.3 billion. California says Volkswagen will pay the state another $154 million in penalties and costs over the automaker's emissions scandal. California's Air Resources Board says the increase in a consent decree filed Thursday brings VW's total settlement in California to $1.3 billion. Volkswagen Group of America acknowledges rigging 11 million of its vehicles with software used to cheat on vehicle emissions tests. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/A/APFN_US_VOLKSWAGEN_EMISSIONS_SCANDAL?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT#a41b884d-5982-4273-9316-c1558cefd6b9 OTHER RELATED STORIES https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/energy-environment/vws-settlement-in-emissions-scandal-reaches-13-billion/2017/07/20/6ed910ea-6d7a-11e7-abbc-a53480672286_story.html?utm_term=.79df794d4df8 Volkswagen to pay millions more in California for diesel scandal. Volkswagen agreed Thursday to pay California an additional $153.8 million in the carmaker’s diesel air-pollution scandal. The new payment comes on top of more than $15 billion Volkswagen already has agreed to pay government agencies and consumers after admitting it rigged hundreds of thousands of cars to cheat on air-pollution regulations. http://www.sacbee.com/news/local/transportation/article162685248.html#storylink=cpy http://www.scpr.org/news/2017/07/20/73973/volkswagen-s-settlement-in-emissions-scandal-reach/ http://www.nydailynews.com/newswires/news/business/vw-settlement-emissions-scandal-reaches-1-3-billion-article-1.3342466 http://www.4-traders.com/VOLKSWAGEN-436737/news/Volkswagen-VW-s-settlement-in-emissions-scandal-reaches-1-3-billion-24791523/ http://www.centralvalleybusinesstimes.com/stories/001/?ID=32984 https://www.ft.com/content/efee492b-f475-36e1-bfcc-8426f581c9e1 http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/afp/article-4715792/Volkswagen-fined-154-mn-US-dieselgate.html https://www.thestreet.com/story/14237454/1/volkswagen-agrees-to-pay-another-154-million-in-emissions-scandal-settlement.html http://www.breitbart.com/news/volkswagen-fined-154-mn-more-in-us-for-dieselgate/ http://www.canadianbusiness.com/business-news/volkswagen-settlement-in-emissions-scandal-reaches-1-3-billion/ GREEN ENERGY UC system honored for environmental, economic leadership. The University of California has been honored with the 2017 Edmund G. “Pat” Brown Award in recognition of the UC system’s legacy of environmental and economic leadership. The award is presented annually by the California Council for Environmental and Economic Balance, a nonpartisan coalition of business, labor and public leaders. http://www.davisenterprise.com/local-news/uc-system-honored-for-environmental-economic-leadership/ MISCELLANEOUS Countries awarded for combating crisis of desertification. Six countries that are tackling the "silent, invisible crisis" of land erosion were chosen by the United Nations on Thursday to compete for an award aimed at combating the world's top threats. Australia was shortlisted for making indigenous people guardians of more than 40 percent of its national reserves and Jordan for backing… http://www.reuters.com/article/environment-food-climatechange-idUSL5N1KB4IY OPINIONS The great global warming hustle. For environment ideologues, The Donald has ensured destruction of the world by removing the U.S. from the 2015 Paris climate accord. The key for global warming proponents is the increase in carbon dioxide (CO2) content in air from 200 parts per million during the ice age to 400 parts per million in 2013. http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/oped/ California is handling climate change all wrong. Gov. Jerry Brown has won praise for promising that California will live up to the Paris accord despite President Trump’s withdrawal from the treaty. He also signed a climate deal with China last month, and has unveiled plans for a global climate summit in San Francisco next year. Earlier this week, California lawmakers voted to extend the state’s cap-and-trade program for another 10 years. http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-lomborg-california-climate-change-paris-accord-cap-and-trade-20170720-story.html Meet Chad Mayes, California’s newest tax-and-spend Republican. If there was ever any question as to who is the most skilled, adept and persuasive politician in the state of California, the legislative debate over the recently passed cap-and-trade tax increase gives us the answer: unequivocally, Gov. Jerry Brown. Legislative Republicans, with their Assembly Leader Chad Mayes, R-Yucca Valley, at the helm… http://www.ocregister.com/2017/07/20/meet-chad-mayes-californias-newest-tax-and-spend-republican/ Bill Nye on the terrifying ascendancy of American 'dingbatitude'. From the Emmy-winning “science guy on” the PBS children’s television program to the lab-coat crusader who “saves the world” on Netflix, Bill Nye is a longtime science-is-entertaining educator, a onetime mechanical engineer and a perpetual science lover. He writes books at the publishing equivalent of the speed of light… http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-ol-patt-morrison-bill-nye-science-20170719-htmlstory.html http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/bill-nye-older-people-need-to-die-out-before-climate-science-can-advance/article/2629163 BLOGS Environmental groups sue EPA over lax Texas air pollution permits. Environmental groups are taking the EPA to court, alleging the federal agency isn't properly policing Texas air pollution permits they argues are too lax and complicated. A Washington, D.C.-based environmental advocacy group sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday, arguing the federal government isn't properly policing air pollution permits… https://www.texastribune.org/2017/07/20/environmental-groups-sue-epa-over-lax-texas-air-pollution-permits/ Investors Squeezing Oil & Gas Developers To Cut Methane. Oil and gas developers may soon be feeling the effects of a one-two punch — an adverse court ruling dealing with their methane emissions and now an investor-led initiative pushing them to be more transparent. Natural gas, of course, has become the fuel of choice — a fuel that markets itself as far less pollutive than coal. https://www.forbes.com/sites/kensilverstein/2017/07/20/investors-squeezing-oil-gas-developers-to-cut-methane/#789848b04be1