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CARB Newsclips for July 31, 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 (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 CAP AND TRADE 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… http://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/capitol-alert/article164302797.html#storylink=cpy 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. http://www.capradio.org/articles/2017/07/31/cap-and-trade-deal-extinguishes-controversial-fire-protection-fee/ AIR POLLUTION 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… http://www.reuters.com/article/us-germany-emissions-idUSKBN1AG12U?feedType=RSS&virtualBrandChannel=11563 http://www.reuters.com/article/us-germany-emissions-factbox-idUSKBN1AG1KD 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. http://www.dailybulletin.com/article/20170730/NEWS/170739968 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. https://www.businessgreen.com/bg/news/3014727/german-court-orders-diesel-ban-to-tackle-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. https://cleantechnica.com/2017/07/30/car-exposure-particulate-air-pollution-twice-high-previously-thought/ CLIMATE CHANGE 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. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2017-07-31/bison-returned-from-the-brink-just-in-time-for-climate-change 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. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2017/07/31/we-only-have-a-5-percent-chance-of-avoiding-dangerous-global-warming-a-study-finds/?tid=pm_business_pop&utm_term=.4f14a8cff8a1 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… http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/us-coal-floods-europe-despite-continents-fear-about-climate-change/article/2630079 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. http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/As-Bay-Area-heats-up-beachgoers-warned-of-11720978.php 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… https://insideclimatenews.org/news/31072017/trump-climate-change-executive-orders-congress-turning-into-law-via-budget 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. http://www.capradio.org/articles/2017/07/31/cases-against-oil-giants-over-climate-change-credible/ 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… http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/heres-climate-change-spew-toxic-air-pollution/ 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 through… http://www.broomfieldenterprise.com/news/ci_31182493/study-promotes-link-between-climate-change-intensity-2013 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… https://yubanet.com/enviro/climate-change-means-more-rain-more-nitrogen-runoff-more-problems-in-u-s/ 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… http://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/on-the-brink-95-per-cent-chance-of-global-warming-reaching-tipping-point-20170731-gxmn8o.html 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 Niño event. El Niños bring warm ocean water to the surface… https://www.theguardian.com/environment/climate-consensus-97-per-cent/2017/jul/31/2017-is-so-far-the-second-hottest-year-on-record-thanks-to-global-warming 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… http://time.com/4831018/clean-energy-climate-change-renewable-energy/ 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 away. https://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2017/07/31/stories/1060058130 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. https://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2017/07/31/stories/1060058106 FUELS 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. http://www.capradio.org/articles/2017/07/27/next-climate-change-political-battle-cleaner-fuels/ 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. http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/344602-greens-ask-court-to-reinstate-epa-methane-pollution-rule VEHICLES 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. https://www.reuters.com/article/fiatchrysler-emissions-idUSL1N1KJ0TL 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. https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/cars/2017/07/31/tesla-stock-model-3/525355001/ 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 percent. http://www.autonews.com/article/20170731/OEM10/170809989/freudenbergs-goal:-slick-seals-that-boost-mpg-cut-emissions 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… http://www.motorauthority.com/news/1111842_report-audi-looking-to-save-12b-to-fund-electric-car-development HIGH-SPEED RAIL 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 rail… http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-high-speed-rail-court-20170728-story.html VW RECALL 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… http://electriccarsreport.com/2017/07/carb-approves-200-million-vw-zero-emission-vehicle-investment-california/ https://eponline.com/articles/2017/07/28/carb-approves-vw-electric-vehicle-plan.aspx?admgarea=ht.industrytrends http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/07/27/ev-charging-network-gets-800-million-spark-from-vw/ http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/article/NE/20170727/NEWS/170729681 GREEN ENERGY 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. http://www.foxnews.com/science/2017/07/31/californians-urged-to-save-energy-during-solar-eclipse.html http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2017/07/30/california-website-reduce-energy-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. https://www.bizjournals.com/baltimore/news/2017/07/31/multi-million-dollar-solar-energy-park-in.html 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… https://www.upi.com/World-Bank-tries-to-make-Pacific-solar-power-decisions-easier/7451501505693/ MISCELLANEOUS 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. https://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2017/07/31/stories/1060058105 ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE 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. http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2017/07/has-the-moment-for-environmental-justice-been-lost/ OPINIONS 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… https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/californias-cap-and-trade-program-could-offer-other-states-guidance/2017/07/28/80aadf4c-6e4c-11e7-96ab-5f38140b38cc_story.html?utm_term=.21c1139a758c 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 abound. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/31/opinion/britain-electric-cars.html 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!” http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/jul/31/climate-change-religious-imperative/ 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. http://www.latimes.com/opinion/editorials/la-ed-ferc-gas-pipelines-shale-marcellus-20170731-story.html 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… http://www.washingtonpost.com/cars/epa-approves-fix-for-326000-vw-diesels-but-will-owners-take-it/2017/07/28/0299299a-73c1-11e7-8c17-533c52b2f014_story.html?utm_term=.76403a5e6dcb 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. http://www.sacbee.com/opinion/editorials/article164303497.html#storylink=cpy 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. http://www.fresnobee.com/opinion/readers-opinion/article164194017.html#storylink=cpy 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… http://www.modbee.com/opinion/article164185742.html#storylink=cpy 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… http://napavalleyregister.com/news/opinion/columnists/dan-walters/could-complex-cap-and-trade-deal-derail-jerry-brown-s/article_9a6de054-1ba2-5f98-b5f9-86f52e66b22f.html 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… http://www.vvdailypress.com/news/20170731/8-republicans-didnt-have-to-vote-for-cap-and-trade 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 change… http://www.ocregister.com/2017/07/30/mayes-cap-and-trade-misstep-reverberates-in-orange-county-races/ 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. http://www.pe.com/2017/07/29/use-cap-and-trade-funds-to-boost-wildfire-response/ 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. http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2017/07/31/biodiesel-can-improve-bottom-line/ BLOGS 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. http://fortune.com/2017/07/31/tesla-3-buying-advice/