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CARB Newsclips for August 1, 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 AIR POLLUTION Judge denies ExxonMobil request to reduce $20 million air pollution fine. A federal judge on Monday declined ExxonMobil's request to reconsider a $20 million fine he ordered the energy giant to pay earlier this year for spewing millions of pounds of unauthorized air pollution from Houston-area industrial facilities. In April, U.S. District Judge David Hittner said the the company should… https://www.texastribune.org/2017/07/31/judge-denies-exxonmobil-request-reduce-20-million-air-pollution-fine/ Judge rebuffs Exxon request for lower fine. A federal judge has denied Exxon Mobil Corp.'s bid to reduce or eliminate the roughly $20 million in fines he imposed in April for repeated air pollution violations at the company's massive Baytown refinery and chemical complex near Houston. In an order yesterday, U.S. District Judge David Hittner of the Southern District of Texas rebuffed Exxon's arguments… https://www.eenews.net/greenwire/2017/08/01/stories/1060058224 CLIMATE CHANGE Icebreaker sets mark for earliest Northwest Passage transit. After 24 days at sea and a journey spanning more than 10,000 kilometers (6,214 miles), the Finnish icebreaker MSV Nordica has set a new record for the earliest transit of the fabled Northwest Passage. The once-forbidding route through the Arctic, linking the Pacific and the Atlantic oceans, has been opening up sooner and for a longer period… https://www.apnews.com/caf51d15f87e4542a9cec75ec3159bc0/Icebreaker-sets-mark-for-earliest-Northwest-Passage-transit 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. 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=.477ac4b521f4 59,000 farmer suicides in India over 30 years may be linked to climate change, study says. Every year, thousands of Indian farmers commit suicide. Now one researcher thinks it may have something to do with climate change. Tamma Carleton, a researcher at the University of California at Berkeley, compared almost five decades worth of suicide and climate data and concluded that temperature variations… https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2017/08/01/59000-farmer-suicides-in-india-over-three-decades-may-be-linked-to-climate-change-study-says/?utm_term=.4e4058127a90 https://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2017/08/01/stories/1060058187 At EPA museum, history might be in for a change. Scott Pruitt has repeated a particular line again and again since becoming the head of the Environmental Protection Agency. “The future ain’t what it used to be at the EPA,” he’s fond of saying. As it turns out, the past may not be what it once was, either. In an obscure corner of the Ronald Reagan International Trade Building… https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/at-epa-museum-history-might-be-in-for-a-change/2017/07/30/9d83692c-6bd1-11e7-96ab-5f38140b38cc_story.html?utm_term=.18b1f51e3a98 Islamic State and Climate Change Seen as World’s Greatest Threats, Poll Says. Climate change is essentially tied with the Islamic State as the most-feared security threat across much of the world — except in the United States, where cyberattacks are considered a greater danger than global warming, according to a Pew Research Center report released on Tuesday. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/01/climate/islamic-state-climate-change-worlds-greatest-threats-pew-survey.html http://www.cnn.com/2017/08/01/politics/pew-world-threats-survey/index.html https://www.usnews.com/news/best-countries/articles/2017-08-01/pew-survey-shows-isis-climate-change-viewed-as-leading-security-threats Inevitably hotter world: U.S. and German scientists calculate “committed warming” that cannot be stopped. Colorado-based scientists and German partners found locked-in warming already is approaching targets set in Paris climate agreement. Earth rapidly is approaching the point where the amount of warming locked in by human pollution exceeds the limits nations set last year at the international climate meeting in Paris… http://www.denverpost.com/2017/07/31/committed-warming-nature-climate-change-pollution-global-warming/ Climate change before your eyes: Seas rise and trees die. They're called "ghost forests" — dead trees along vast swaths of coastline invaded by rising seas, something scientists call one of the most visible markers of climate change. The process has happened naturally for thousands of years, but it has accelerated in recent decades as polar ice melts and raises sea levels… http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory/seas-rise-trees-die-climate-change-eyes-48961148 Climate Change Has Damaged Historic Seminole Sites, Archaeologists Say. Despite some GOP members’ skepticism about the state of the environment, climate change continues to affect the geographically vulnerable ecology of South Florida. State politicians such as Gov. Rick Scott have circumvented the issue, denied its urgency, and even refused to acknowledge the existence of sea-level rise… http://www.miaminewtimes.com/arts/florida-summit-addresses-climate-changes-effects-on-historic-seminole-tribe-sites-9540801 Global Warming By 2 Degrees Unavoidable By 2100, 2 Studies Find. Two separate studies published online Monday in the journal Nature Climate Change found Earth will be warmer by at least 2 degrees by the year 2100. The main difference between the two analyses of climate change was that one used Fahrenheit and the other Celsius to predict the rise in global temperatures. http://www.ibtimes.com/global-warming-2-degrees-unavoidable-2100-2-studies-find-2572839 Climate change expected to increase premature deaths from air pollution. “As climate change affects air pollutant concentrations, it can have a significant impact on health worldwide, adding to the millions of people who die from air pollution each year,” said Jason West, who led the research at UNC-Chapel Hill with former graduate student and first author Raquel Silva. Hotter temperatures speed up the chemical reactions… http://www.enn.com/climate/article/52011 There's a 5% chance of holding temps at 2 C — study. New research suggests that keeping global temperature rise under 2 degrees Celsius might be out of reach. Pictured here is a map showing atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations in 2016. NASA. President Trump's decision to yank the United States from the Paris climate agreement spurred… https://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2017/08/01/stories/1060058201 Report sees 6 states as climate battlegrounds in 2018. Since President Trump announced his intent to leave the Paris Agreement and roll back the Clean Power Plan, more states have stepped up to pledge independent action on curbing global warming. New York, California and Washington state launched the U.S. Climate Alliance, which has since gained support from nine other states and the territory of Puerto Rico. https://www.eenews.net/greenwire/2017/08/01/stories/1060058233 DIESEL ACTIVITIES Germany to agree plan to cut diesel emissions: sources. The German government will not force the car industry to make costly changes to engines to cut diesel emissions but will settle for software updates for around 2 million vehicles, industry and government sources said on Tuesday. The sources were speaking before a summit of politicians and car executives scheduled for Wednesday to discuss ways to cut inner-city pollution… http://uk.reuters.com/article/us-germany-emissions-diesel-idUKKBN1AH48I Electric Bus Makers Poised for an L.A. Gold Rush. There’s a highly charged competition going on in Los Angeles right now, and it’s between manufacturers of electric buses. Transit agencies around the country are going electric. San Francisco has been buying biodiesel hybrid buses and electric trolleys for years. Los Angeles wants to go electric, too. https://ww2.kqed.org/news/2017/07/31/electric-bus-makers-poised-for-an-l-a-gold-rush/ German automakers offer software update to cut NOx emissions by 25%. German automakers will offer software updates that will reduce diesel emissions from Euro 5 and Euro 6 diesel cars by at least 25 percent on average, the VDA industry association said. The offer will be made Wednesday at a summit of politicians and car executives called to discuss ways to reduce inner-city pollution… http://europe.autonews.com/article/20170801/ANE/170809965/german-automakers-offer-software-update-to-cut-nox-emissions-by-25 FUELS The Energy 202: How Pruitt's hustle to deregulate the EPA may bite him. In his aggressive pursuit of rolling back Obama administration regulations, President Trump's top environmental official may be bumping up against his legal limits. Late Monday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to enforce an Obama administration rule limiting the amount of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas… https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/paloma/the-energy-202/2017/08/01/the-energy-202-how-pruitt-s-hustle-to-deregulate-the-epa-may-bite-him/597f5db230fb045fdaef1019/?hpid=hp_hp-more-top-stories-2_energy202-pruitt-1045am%3Ahomepage%2Fstory&utm_term=.c483ef9d7325 Giant Appeals Court Victory For Biofuels. As DuPont’s (DD) Jan Koninckx put it in his understated way, Friday was “a good day for biofuels.” But it was the biggest victory in the courts for biofuels, ever. Specifically, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled in favor of Americans for Clean Energy and other renewable fuels advocates… http://www.altenergystocks.com/archives/2017/08/giant_appeals_court_victory_for_biofuels.html http://www.csnews.com/industry-news-and-trends/legislative-regulatory-legal/appeals-court-hands-major-victory-alternative-fuels-industry http://www.kcrg.com/content/news/Courts-Rule-Against-EPA-Biofuel-Waiver-437830183.html There's more than corn in Indiana – corn uses that is. Indiana Corn Farmers are keeping their products close to home, at least as far as farmer Larry Bucher is concerned. He farms about 1,200 acres of land, most of which is in LaPorte County. He does farm some fields in Porter and Jasper counties. He produces 900 bushels of corn, with 400 bushels going for ethanol production at a plant in Rensselaer. http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/post-tribune/crown-point/ct-cps-corn-st-0803-20170731-story.html Refineries go to battle with oil majors over ethanol. Independent refineries are making another stab at getting the Trump administration to change the rules on how ethanol is mixed into the nation's fuel supply. At a hearing before the Environmental Protection Agency in Washington on Tuesday lobbyists from Valero and other merchant refining companies will battle gas station chains… http://www.chron.com/business/energy/article/Refineries-press-ethanol-reform-at-EPA-hearing-11723011.php#photo-13241191 Court orders EPA to enforce methane standards. The Trump administration must enforce Obama-era restrictions on greenhouse gas emissions from the oil and gas industry — at least for now. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit last night issued a mandate striking down U.S. EPA's attempt to pause methane restrictions for the sector. https://www.eenews.net/energywire/2017/08/01/stories/1060058196 ALISO CANYON Gas facility resumes operations 21 months after big blowout. The biggest gas storage facility in the West resumed operations Monday, nearly two years after a blowout led to the nation's largest-known methane release and drove thousands of families from their Los Angeles homes. Southern California Gas. Co. said it began injecting gas in underground wells after it completed final steps required to resume limited operations and shortly after a state appeals courts rejected… http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/us/article/Gas-facility-resumes-operations-21-months-after-11721660.php VEHICLES Albuquerque startup developing material for hydrogen cars. A New Mexico startup is betting on automakers to develop hydrogen cars and wants to provide material for them as nations and companies scramble to bring pollution-free vehicles to drivers. The Albuquerque-based Pajarito Powder is developing material for hydrogen fuel cells that CEO Tom Stephenson hopes will one day aid those concept hydrogen-powered cars… https://www.apnews.com/4d192391441c46b7925b0ec39f3659c3/Albuquerque-startup-developing-material-for-hydrogen-cars GREEN ENERGY Shell invests in Singapore solar firm Sunseap; eyes solar projects. Royal Dutch Shell has invested in Singapore-based solar firm Sunseap Group for an undisclosed sum as part of a planned collaboration on solar projects in the Asia-Pacific region, the companies said on Tuesday. Shell declined to reveal the amount invested by Shell Technology Ventures, the company's corporate venturing arm. http://uk.reuters.com/article/us-singapore-shell-idUKKBN1AH2WF MISCELLANEOUS Homeland Security to Bypass Environmental Laws in Border Wall Work. The Department of Homeland Security on Tuesday said that it would use its authority to exempt the agency from having to comply with environmental and other laws in its efforts to build border walls and access roads in the San Diego area. The waiver would apply to the construction of several wall prototypes the agency plans to build in the region in response to an… https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/01/us/politics/homeland-security-to-bypass-environmental-laws-in-border-wall-work.html?hpw&rref=politics&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&module=well-region®ion=bottom-well&WT.nav=bottom-well OPINIONS Skeptical scientists are lukewarm on Trump. Scientists who have been combating the prevailing views about climate change for years might find plenty to be giddy about with the new administration. President Trump hired vocal climate skeptics to help shape his administration; top government officials are publicly questioning the role humans play in global warming and whether regulations are worth the costs… https://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2017/08/01/stories/1060058185 BLOGS Cap-and-Trade Protest Forces California GOP Chair Underground. A flurry of protests against Republican state legislators in San Bernardino County who voted for Gov. Jerry Brown’s cap-and-trade extension has made an impact. Threats of protests forced the cancellation of a fundraiser last week for Assembly Minority Leader Chad Mayes (R-Yucca Valley), and drove California GOP Chairman Jim Brulte underground… http://www.breitbart.com/california/2017/08/01/pro-trump-protestors-draw-massive-police-response-forcing-california-gop-chair-brulte-underground/ It's Taken Time, But Electric Utilities Are Warming Up To Climate Change. In 1968, bombs were dropping in Vietnam. But a different kind of bomb was about to dropped here at home — one that put the country’s utility industry on notice that the burning of fossil fuels would lead to climate change. Now, though, much of the industry is working to tackle those environmental challenges. https://www.forbes.com/sites/kensilverstein/2017/08/01/its-taken-time-but-electric-utilities-are-warming-up-to-climate-change/#59b3171973eb This Is How Climate Change Will Shift the World’s Cities. Summers around the world are already warmer than they used to be, and they’re going to get dramatically hotter by century’s end if carbon pollution continues to rise. That problem will be felt most acutely. Summers around the world are already warmer than they used to be, and they’re going to get dramatically hotter… https://www.climaterealityproject.org/blog/how-climate-change-will-shift-world-cities Could Tesla Jump Start Japan’s Solar Industry? Tesla may be the ticket to getting Japan’s solar industry back off the ground. Japan’s current solar energy situation is bleak. This is due in part to the country’s tariff system. Added to this, energy storage units are considerably expensive in Japan. One might assume that Tesla’s Powerwall would price out at least at or even above current competition, but surprisingly, that’s not the case. At the recent PV Japan exhibition in Yokohama (the country’s most… http://insideevs.com/tesla-jump-start-japans-solar-industry/