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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 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. https://www.arb.ca.gov/board/ma/2017/ma072717.pdf 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 here: https://www.arb.ca.gov/fuels/lcfs/credit/lrtmonthlycreditreports.htm Staff also publishes weekly LCFS credit transfer activity reports on the Tuesday of every week. The weekly credit transfer activity reports can be accessed here: https://www.arb.ca.gov/fuels/lcfs/credit/lrtweeklycreditreports.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 AIR POLLUTION 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. http://www.dailynews.com/environment-and-nature/20170722/why-californias-most-polluting-vehicles-arent-required-to-get-smog-checks 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 officials. http://www.expressnews.com/news/local/article/Cement-and-oil-companies-to-fund-air-pollution-11437353.php CAP AND TRADE 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 emulate. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_CALIFORNIA_CLIMATE_CHANGE?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT CLIMATE CHANGE How California Plans to Go Far Beyond Any Other State on Climate. 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. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/26/climate/california-climate-policy-cap-trade.html 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. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-07-26/corn-could-be-major-victim-of-climate-change 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. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/jul/26/irelands-staggering-hypocrisy-on-climate-change DIESEL ACTIVITIES 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. http://www.dailynews.com/business/20170722/california-truckers-would-get-fewer-breaks-under-new-law?source=most_viewed VEHICLES 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. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/26/world/europe/uk-diesel-petrol-emissions.html Related articles https://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2017/07/26/world/europe/ap-eu-britain-diesel.html http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/E/EU_BRITAIN_DIESEL?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-40726868 https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-07-25/u-k-to-ban-diesel-and-petrol-cars-from-2040-daily-telegraph https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/jul/25/britain-to-ban-sale-of-all-diesel-and-petrol-cars-and-vans-from-2040 https://www.buzzfeed.com/kellyoakes/scientists-say-the-governments-air-quality-plan-is-not?utm_term=.rdwOZ9jxr#.xv2QovRBj 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… https://www.reuters.com/article/us-britain-autos-factbox-idUSKBN1AB1RJ GREEN ENERGY 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 U.S. http://www.environmentamerica.org/news/ame/renewable-energy-booming-after-decade-progress 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. http://www.cnbc.com/2017/07/26/5-red-states-leading-america-in-going-green-energy.html 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. http://fortune.com/2017/07/26/nuclear-energy-milestone-renewable/ 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. http://www.newswise.com/doescience/?article_id=678446&returnurl=aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cubmV3c3dpc2UuY29tL2FydGljbGVzL2xpc3Q= MISCELLANEOUS 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. https://www.rtoinsider.com/socalgas-aliso-canyon-46639/ OPINIONS 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. http://www.desertsun.com/story/opinion/contributors/valley-voice/2017/07/26/valley-voice-casella-angst-sacramento-over-cap-and-trade/512893001/