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newsclips -- CARB Newsclips for July 26, 2017

Posted: 26 Jul 2017 13:54:07
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Board Meeting: On July 27 in Sacramento, the California Air
Resources Board will consider the following items: Proposed
Amendments to the Market-Based Compliance Mechanism Regulation
(Cap-and-Trade Regulation); Proposed Compliance Plan for the
Federal Clean Power Plan; and Volkswagen Zero-Emission Vehicles
Investment Plan.

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 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:


Why California’s most polluting vehicles aren’t required to get
smog checks.
It’s California’s dirty little emissions secret. As Gov. Jerry
Brown and the mayors of Los Angeles and Long Beach promise an
emissions-free future, some diesel fumes aren’t going anywhere.
That’s because, unlike your car, there’s no routine
emissions-testing program for big rigs in California. 

Cement and oil companies to fund air pollution studies.
Local cement and aggregate companies and the oil and gas industry
will fund efforts by the Alamo Area Council of Governments to
study emissions that affect San Antonio’s air quality. Capitol
Aggregates, Martin Marietta, CEMEX, Alamo Cement Co., the South
Texas Energy and Economic Roundtable and the Texas Aggregates and
Concrete Association will contribute a total of $60,000, AACOG
director Diane Rath said at a Wednesday meeting of local


California knocks Trump as it extends climate change effort.
Gov. Jerry Brown and his predecessor, Arnold Schwarzenegger,
stood side by side Tuesday to cheer the extension of one of the
most ambitious programs in the U.S. to reduce fossil fuel
pollution, while condemning President Donald Trump's failure to
see climate change as a deadly threat. Schwarzenegger, a
Republican, joined Brown, a Democrat, for a sunny outdoor
ceremony overlooking San Francisco where the governor signed
legislation to extend a program limiting emissions of
climate-changing carbons that both have urged the world to


How California Plans to Go Far Beyond Any Other State on
Over the past decade, California has passed a sweeping set of
climate laws to test a contentious theory: that it’s possible to
cut greenhouse gas emissions far beyond what any other state has
done and still enjoy robust economic growth. Now that theory
faces its biggest test yet. Last August, the State Legislature
set a goal of slashing emissions more than 40 percent below
today’s levels by 2030, a far deeper cut than President Barack
Obama proposed for the entire United States and deeper than most
other countries have contemplated.

Corn Could Be Major Victim of Climate Change.
The weather has always been an unpredictable element of
agriculture, but climate change is expected to make matters
significantly worse. Determining how much worse has historically
been a challenge. A new study, however, says climate-induced
drought could hit several of the world's major corn producing
regions all at once. 

Ireland's staggering hypocrisy on climate change.
On the face of it, Ireland appears to be acting on climate
change. Last year it appointed its first ever “climate action
minister”, and in June it outlawed onshore fracking. What’s more,
the telegenic new taoiseach Leo Varadkar dedicated much of the
first day of his Cabinet retreat to discussing climate change.


California truckers would get fewer breaks under new law.
Truckers rolling down California’s highways are entitled to take
more breaks than drivers in most of America, but that would
change if a congressional attempt to override the state’s work
rules succeeds — which union officials and truck drivers say
would make the state’s highways more dangerous. 


Britain to Ban New Diesel and Gas Cars by 2040.
Scrambling to combat a growing air pollution crisis,
Britainannounced on Wednesday that sales of new diesel and gas
cars would reach the end of the road by 2040, the latest step in
Europe’s battle against the damaging environmental impact of the
internal combustion engine.

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The challenges and consequences of moving to electric cars.
 Britain will ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars from
2040 in an attempt to reduce air pollution that could herald the
end of over a century of popular use of the fossil fuel-guzzling
internal combustion engine. Following are some of the possible
challenges and consequences related to the decision…


Renewable Energy Booming after a Decade of Progress.
The sun is rising on a newer, cleaner era of American energy use.
The United States generates nearly eight times as much
electricity from the sun and the wind than it did in 2007 –
enough to power more than 25 million homes – and the average
American uses 10 percent less energy than he or she did 10 years
ago, according to a new report by Environment America Research
and Policy Center. The report, Renewables on the Rise: A Decade
of Progress Toward a Clean Energy Future, also cites a 20-fold
increase in battery storage of electricity and the meteoric rise
in sales of electric cars – from virtually none in 2007 to nearly
160,000 last year – as evidence that despite attempted rollbacks
in Washington, a clean energy revolution is under way across the

The 5 red states leading America in green energy.
With Donald Trump officially putting an end to the so-called war
on coal, states whose economies were hampered by clean air and
emissions regulations are finally free to return to the days of
rugged, fossil fuel–dependent industry. But will they? Certainly,
the states that have long relied on coal and mining jobs for
economic stability will benefit from the end of Obama-era
regulations. But among those states — the overwhelming majority
of which swing conservative — a select few have made strides in
renewable energy, recognizing that advances in green technology
are often accompanied by cost savings. 

Renewable Energy Just Hit a Big Milestone.
This year, for the first time in the modern nuclear era,
renewable energy has surpassed nuclear power as a percentage of
U.S. energy generation. Nuclear power generation has been facing
hurdles for a while: it's expensive to expand, often politically
unsavory, and not as competitive as the cheap natural gas that
has flooded the market in recent years.

CSU Joins Effort to Drive Clean Energy Innovation.
The California State University (CSU) has partnered with the Los
Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI) to develop the next generation
of clean energy entrepreneurs. The CSU received a $250,000 grant
from LACI's new Energize California initiative that will fund
innovation workshops and events for students, faculty, staff and
community members at five Los Angeles-area CSU campuses over the
next five years.


L.A. County Fights Aliso Canyon Re-Opening.
Los Angeles County officials asked a state court to halt the
resumption of natural gas withdrawals from the Aliso Canyon
storage facility until more risks are analyzed, days after a
stage agency said it is safe to restart operations at the site.
The Los Angeles Superior Court on Wednesday will review a request
by county officials to issue a stay against the California
Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources’ (DOGGR) order
allowing facility owner Southern California Gas to resume
injections into the facility. The county does not object to
withdrawals on an emergency basis, which is currently allowed.


Valley Voice: Angst in Sacramento over cap and trade.
Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a California cap and trade bill in
2006. George Schultz, secretary of state under President Ronald
Reagan, said that Reagan would be proud to see cap and trade pass
with bipartisan support. California Senate Bill 32 passed another
Cap and Trade in 2016, which requires companies to buy permits to
release greenhouse gases. This is more business friendly than
other methods regarding greenhouse gases, which would dictate how
companies reduce emissions.

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