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newsclips -- CARB Newsclips for July 31, 2017.

Posted: 31 Jul 2017 17:00:46
CARB Newsclips for July 31, 2017. 

This is a service of the California Air Resources Board’s Office
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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:


Will cap-and-trade deal cost Chad Mayes his Assembly Republican
leadership? The bipartisan deal to renew cap-and-trade was
supposed to be a major accomplishment in Assembly Republican
Leader Chad Mayes’ bid to remake the California Republican Party
and its relevance within the state Legislature. But a wave of
conservative backlash since the vote two weeks ago…

Cap-And-Trade Deal Extinguishes Controversial Fire Protection
Fee. Rural California property owners now have one fewer bill to
pay—one they’ve scorned for the last six years. The cap-and-trade
deal signed last week by Gov. Jerry Brown ends a $150-a-year fire
protection fee. Brown and Democratic lawmakers created the fee in
2011, with the state budget mired in red ink.


German carmakers face political reckoning over diesel. German
lawmakers must balance conflicting demands at a national summit
to discuss pollution from diesel vehicles this week, wanting to
appear tough ahead of federal elections next month while trying
to avoid damaging the car industry. Political leaders and car
industry executives will meet in Berlin on Wednesday to discuss
inner-city pollution…


Are new-tech trucks ready to replace diesel, keep California’s
pollution-fighting promise? The race to replace Southern
California’s biggest polluter is on. It’s going to take science,
time, money — and maybe an assist from Elon Musk. At the ports of
Los Angeles and Long Beach, an ambitious $14 billion clean-air
plan calls for the elimination of dirty-burning diesel equipment
by 2035 — $9 billion just to purchase and deploy trucks.

German court orders diesel ban in bid tackle air pollution. Judge
demands ban placed on most polluting diesels entering German city
of Stuttgart from January 2018, ruling previous plans from city
government not ambitious enough, A judge in the German city of
Stuttgart has ordered the most polluting diesel cars be banned
from entering the city from January 2018 in a bid to curb illegal
levels of air pollution.

In-Car Exposure To Particulate Air Pollution Twice As High As
Previously Thought. The levels of some forms of particulate air
pollution (PM2.5 in particular) present inside of car cabins
while driving are up to twice as high as previously estimated,
according to a new study that was performed as part of the
Atlanta Commuter Exposures (ACE) Study.


Bison Returned From the Brink Just in Time for Climate Change.
The ranchers bringing back the iconic beast have a healthy,
trendy, profitable meat—and, some say, an answer for global
warming. Ted Turner owns more than 100,000 acres of pristine land
in southwest Montana, complete with lush grassland and forested
hills rolling with Douglas firs.

We only have a 5 percent chance of avoiding ‘dangerous’ global
warming, a study finds. In recent years, it has become
increasingly common to frame the climate change problem as a kind
of countdown — each year we emit more carbon dioxide, narrowing
the window for fixing the problem, but not quite closing it yet.
After all, something could still change. Emissions could still
start to plunge precipitously. Maybe next year.

US coal floods Europe despite continent's fear about climate
change. Coal exports to Europe and Asia are surging despite
criticism from countries such as France and China over President
Trump's decision to exit the Paris climate change agreement,
according to new federal data. Coal exports for making steel and
generating electricity rose 58 percent in the first three months
of the year…

As Bay Area heats up, beachgoers warned of sneaker waves. A heat
advisory was in effect Monday along the West Coast as forecasters
advised they expect the hottest stretch of the year thus far
across Northern California. But weather experts said some Bay
Area beaches may pose more of a risk than relief from the
sweltering temperatures due to tropical storms stirring up
sneaker waves and rip currents.

How Congress Is Cementing Trump's Anti-Climate Orders into Law.
These efforts are mostly flying under the radar, but they could
short-circuit lawsuits and make it harder to restore
environmental protections. President Donald Trump marvels at his
own velocity when he boasts about dismantling the Obama climate
legacy. "I have been moving at record pace to cancel these
regulations and to eliminate the barriers…

Cases Against Oil Giants Over Climate Change 'Credible'. Several
coastal communities in California are suing giant oil companies,
contending they knowingly concealed the threat of climate change
and sea level rise from fossil fuels. Marin and San Mateo
counties, along with the city of Imperial Beach, accuse 37
companies—such as Exxon, BP and Chevron—of concealing for decades
that fossil fuels affect the climate and sea levels.

Here’s where climate change could spew toxic air pollution.
Climate change could choke parts of the planet. Global shifts in
temperature and precipitation can create pockets of two air
pollutants — ozone and fine particulate matter — around populated
areas, according to a study published Monday in Nature Climate
Change. In a business-as-usual scenario, the consequence would be
60,000 extra deaths annually by 2030…

Study promotes link between climate change, intensity of 2013
rains. New research concludes global warming enhanced record rain
amounts by 30 percent. The amount of rain delivered by the
devastating storms that flooded Boulder County and much of
Colorado's Front Range of 2013 was enhanced by about 30 percent

Climate change means more rain, more nitrogen runoff, more
problems in U.S. An intensifying water cycle will likely cause
dramatic increases – nearing 20% by 2100 – in the amount of
nitrogen runoff in the U.S., according to a new study. Excessive
nitrogen that mixes with rivers and estuaries can profoundly
affect water systems; for example it can spur algal blooms, which
have negative impacts on human health…

On the brink: 95 per cent chance of global warming reaching
'tipping point' London: World temperatures are likely to rise by
more than two degrees Celsius this century, surpassing a "tipping
point" that a global climate deal aims to avert, scientists said
on Monday. A study published in the journal Nature Climate Change
shows a 90 per cent chance…

2017 is so far the second-hottest year on record thanks to global
warming. With the first six months of 2017 in the books, average
global surface temperatures so far this year are 0.94°C above the
1950–1980 average, according to NASA. That makes 2017 the
second-hottest first six calendar months on record, behind only
2016. That’s remarkable because 2017 hasn’t had the warming
influence of an El Nińo event. El Nińos bring warm ocean water to
the surface…

Inside the Effort to Fight Climate Change Beyond the Power
Sector. The transportation, manufacturing and agriculture
industries have received a fraction of the attention of the power
sector in the fight against climate change, but together they
account for more than twice the harmful pollutants that are
emitted during the production of electricity in the United
States. And as sources of clean energy such as wind and solar
comprise more of the nation's power…

Beach disappearing in city where sea walls dominate. It was just
before sunset as Jim Jaffee walked along the beach beside a row
of sea walls. Concrete was bolted against the bluffs to protect
multimillion-dollar homes, perched along the top, from falling
into the rhythmic tides below. Waves rolled in. Some landed at
the walls, leaving no dry sand. High tide was still a few hours

Forget that big iceberg; a smaller one is more troubling. The
world saw headlines about one of the largest icebergs ever calved
a few weeks ago. But a smaller one on the other end of the globe
might have bigger consequences. The chunk of ice, which broke
free in the Arctic last week, is more worrisome to climate
scientists who are watching one of Earth's largest glaciers shed
pieces in a way that stands to raise sea levels.


Next Climate Change Political Battle: Cleaner Fuels. This week,
California’s key climate change program known as cap-and-trade
was extended another decade. Now Governor Jerry Brown’s
administration is turning its attention to extending another key
greenhouse gas reduction program. California’s Low Carbon Fuel
Standard is intended to clean up emissions from cars and trucks.

Greens ask court to reinstate EPA methane pollution rule.
Environmentalists are asking a federal appeals court to reinstate
immediately the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) methane
pollution rule for oil and natural gas drillers. The Court of
Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled earlier this
month that the Trump administration broke the law when it tried
to delay the methane rule’s enforcement in June.


U.S. regulators approve 2017 Fiat Chrysler diesel vehicles for
sale. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and California Air
Resources Board on Friday said they approved Fiat Chrysler
Automobiles request to sell 2017 diesel vehicles with updated
emissions software after months of testing. Reuters reported the
planned approvals on Thursday.

Tesla stock falls after delivering Model 3 electric car. Tesla's
stock vacillated Monday during the market's first chance to react
to the official delivery of the Model 3 electric car, which is
critical to the automaker's financial performance. Tesla shares
were up 1.8% in early trading before reversing course and falling
2.1% in the late morning, perhaps reflecting continued
uncertainty over the Model 3's prospects.

Freudenberg's goal: Slick seals that boost mpg, cut emissions. To
support automakers in their new zeal to reduce transmission
friction, Freud-enberg-NOK Sealing Technologies has added two
innovations to its Low Emission Sealing Solutions portfolio:
Levitas and Levitorq. Freudenberg claims the lightweight sealing
approaches can reduce transmission friction as much as 70

Audi looking to save $12B to fund electric car development. Audi,
like most brands at the Volkswagen Group, is turning toward
electrification in an attempt to help clean up its image in the
wake of the diesel scandal. One of the major goals is to have
electric cars account for almost one out of every four sales by
2025. Reaching such a lofty goal will require a lot of electric
cars, and that means a lot of investment dollars…


California's bullet train is likely to face more environmental
hurdles after a high court ruling. California’s high-speed train
project is likely to continue to be buffeted by environmental
challenges as a result of a decision by the state’s top court. In
a 6-1 ruling last week written by Chief Justice Tani
Cantil-Sakauye, the California Supreme Court decided that federal


CARB approves $200 million VW zero-emission vehicle investment in
California. The California Air Resources Board (CARB) approved
the first of four plans by VW to invest $800 million over 10
years in zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) infrastructure, public
outreach, and access to these ultra-clean vehicles for residents
of disadvantaged communities. The investment is part of a
multi-pronged settlement…





Californians urged to save energy during solar eclipse.
Californians have been asked to save energy during next month's
eagerly-anticipated solar eclipse to help reduce the strain on
the state's solar power resources. The California Public
Utilities Commission (CPUC) has set up the CalEclipse.org
website, where Californians are urged to “do your thing for the
sun,” by reducing energy usage from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. PT during
the Aug. 21 solar eclipse.

Multimillion-dollar solar energy park in Annapolis gets green
light. It has taken eight years, but a renewable energy park is
at last on the way in Annapolis. The 16.8 megawatt solar energy
facility, the Annapolis Renewable Energy Park, is set to be built
on 80 acres of a closed landfill near Interstate 97, Route 450
and Crownsville Road in Anne Arundel County. When completed, it
will be the largest non-federal solar project on a closed
landfill the U.S.

World Bank tries to make Pacific solar power decisions easier. A
do-nothing policy on climate change could cost some of the
low-lying Pacific Island nations as much as $52 billion per year.
The World Bank said it was rolling out new mapping tools to help
countries in the Pacific determine where best to develop solar
energy. At a regional energy summit in Samoa, the World Bank said
it was detailing the potential for its online solar atlas…


Obama officials 'puzzled' by science, energy office split. The
Trump administration's Energy Department is breaking up its
energy and science office, a move that's perplexing some former
agency officials. The Obama administration in 2013 merged two
offices to create the Office of the Under Secretary for Science
and Energy. The new shop had a budget of more than $5 billion to
bridge basic laboratory research with its applications in the
real world.


Has the Moment for Environmental Justice Been Lost? Facing
Trump’s proposals for cutting programs that help minorities and
the poor, Democrats scramble to make up for missed opportunities
to protect them. Given how President Donald Trump has taken aim
at the Environmental Protection Agency with regulatory rollbacks
and deep proposed budget cuts, it may come as no surprise that
the Office of Environmental Justice is on the chopping block.


California’s cap-and-trade program could offer other states
guidance. CALIFORNIA’S LEADERS this month expanded the nation’s
most significant operating climate policy, the state’s
groundbreaking greenhouse-gas cap-and-trade program. The state
could have departed from its market-based climate plan in favor
of much worse ideas. Instead, Gov. Jerry Brown (D) and two-thirds
of the legislature, with the support of several Republicans…

Britain Joins the Shift to Electric Cars. The drive to switch to
electric cars went a mile further last Wednesday when Britain
joined France in pledging to end the sale of new gas and diesel
cars by 2040. Norway and India have also said they want to get
rid of gas and diesel cars, and at least 10 other countries have
set targets for electric cars. All that is good news for the
planet and for human health, even if caveats and challenges

Climate change: It’s not Just for liberals anymore. Al Gore’s
prominence in the climate change discussion has led some in the
media to assume that it’s strictly a liberal and secular issue.
They are wrong. On a viciously hot day in Jerusalem this brutally
hot summer, three prominent religious figures - a Christian, a
Muslim and a Jew - gathered at the Jerusalem Press Club to call
for action on climate change, “the ultimate religious imperative
of our time!”

In the age of global warming, do we really need so many new
natural gas pipelines? The threat to the bucolic nature of that
trail (even though it already crosses roadways about every four
miles) has drawn a national spotlight to the project, one of a
half-dozen pending or approved natural gas pipelines running from
Appalachian shale fields to outlets along the East Coast and in
the Midwest.

EPA approves fix for 326,000 VW diesels, but will owners take it?
 If you live in the U.S. and you own one of the 475,000 or so
2.0-liter Audi or VW diesels affected by the Volkswagen
Dieselgate scandal, we have good news and bad news. Since it's
Friday, we'll start with the good news: your car can probably be
fixed. The Environmental Protection Agency and the…

As Trump denies science, California needs to step in. Given the
Trump administration’s adversity to science, U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency director Scott Pruitt’s decision to allow the
continued use of the pesticide chlorpyrifos seemed almost
preordained. In March, Pruitt concluded that the science
addressing the neurodevelopmental effects of chlorpyrifos are
unresolved, and put off a decision until 2022. It was a reversal.

Cap-and-trade deal will save Valley from harsh economy. I was
sent to Sacramento to give rural California a seat at the table
and to effectively do the business of the state. I didn’t go
there to sit on the sidelines. It was in that spirit I decided to
support Assembly Bill 398, which reforms and extends the
cap-and-trade program for a decade, while reducing taxes, fees
and regulations by more than $16 billion dollars.

Bipartisan cap-and-trade support benefits agriculture.
California’s legislators often introduce policy without
considering its impact on the agriculture industry, failing to
recognize the myriad unique regulatory and financial burdens that
we face as we feed not only our state and nation, but a
significant part of the world. As the makeup of the California
Legislature has become more urban…

Dan Walters: Could complex cap-and-trade deal derail Jerry
Brown’s bullet train? The political deal that led to
reauthorization of California’s cap-and-trade program to reduce
carbon emissions has many pieces, but one of the strangest is
Assembly Constitutional Amendment 1 (ACA1). To win support from
Assembly Republican leader Chad Mayes and presumably several
other Republicans, Gov. Jerry Brown…

8 Republicans didn’t have to vote for cap and trade. Last week
eight Republicans in the California Legislature made the
unfortunate decision to vote for an extension of cap and trade
that will increase the cost of fuel by as much as 71 cents a
gallon by 2031. The primary justification was that the
market-based cap-and-trade solution…

Mayes’ cap-and-trade misstep reverberates in Orange County races.
Assembly GOP Leader Chad Mayes of Yucca Valley is facing renewed
pressure from party activists to resign his leadership post after
he and six other Republican Assembly members helped Democrats
pass a 10-year extension to the state’s cap-and-trade system. I
don’t begrudge Mayes for trying to do something about climate

Use cap-and-trade funds to boost wildfire response. It doesn’t
take a climate scientist to know that the climate hasn’t been
kind to California these last few years. Whether it’s massive
flooding, record-setting drought or massive and destructive
wildfires, the planet’s wild climatic mood swings have been a
recipe for devastation in our state. Over the last decade, the
number and intensity of wildfires have steadily increased.

How Biodiesel Can Improve Your Bottom Line. Why is interest in
biodiesel growing among convenience store operators? In past blog
posts for CSD, I’ve touched on some of the reasons, including its
performance benefits, its lower emissions and the increasing
number of diesel-powered vehicles. But let’s be honest. If
biodiesel didn’t make economic sense, c-store operators would not
sell it. The good news is that biodiesel can help the bottom
lines of retailers. Let’s examine how.


Is It Time To Buy an Electric Car? Welcome back to the work week.
Aaron in for Adam, who is on vacation. My car is aging. At 11
years old and with its key feature, the convertible roof, now in
need of an expensive repair, I'm due–probably overdue–to go car
shopping. And since most of my driving consists of short trips,
I'm also in the target market for an electric car.

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