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newsclips -- CARB Newsclips for August 2, 2017. Posted: 02 Aug 2017 16:42:26
CARB Newsclips for August 2, 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 Northern California Truck Owners and Operators -- You’re invited to attend a One-Stop Truck event in Santa Rosa on Wednesday, August 30. At this event, you’ll be able to get help with all of your CARB compliance questions, get up-to-date info on truck rules, learn about financial incentives to help purchase new trucks, visit with vendors, and check out the latest clean trucks. Here's what you will find at this One-Stop event: • One-on-one compliance assistance (Asistencia en español disponible) • Enforcement inspection demo • Truck and bus and off-road regulation overview • New technology options for compliance • Funding options for on-road trucks • CHP Inspection update • Industry vendors & local agency booths • Clean vehicle/technology displays For more information and to sign up to attend, please visit our One Stop Truck Event webpage: www.arb.ca.gov/msprog/truckstop/azregs/onestop.htm or call the Diesel Hotline at 866-634-3735 _____________________________________ CAP AND TRADE Ont. premier: Glen Murray quitting isn't 'vote of non-confidence'. Ontario’s premier had to shuffle a few members of her cabinet Monday as her environment minister announced his resignation, a move she insisted should not be interpreted as evidence of declining Liberal fortunes. Environment Minister Glen Murray, who implemented Ontario’s ambitious cap-and trade program aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions… http://cnews.canoe.com/CNEWS/Canada/2017/07/31/22741927.html AIR POLLUTION 15 states, including California, appeal EPA delay of stricter air-quality standards. Attorneys general from 15 states, including California, filed a legal challenge on Tuesday over the Trump administration's delay of Obama-era rules reducing emissions of smog-causing air pollutants. The states petitioned the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to overturn Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt's extension… http://www.latimes.com/nation/nationnow/la-na-epa-lawsuit-20170801-story.html Court lets states intervene in ozone fight in setback for EPA. Dealing a blow to the Trump administration and business groups, a federal appeals court will allow California and a half-dozen other states to intervene in litigation to defend U.S. EPA's 2015 ground-level ozone standard. A three-judge panel on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit granted the states' motion without comment in a one-page order released this morning. https://www.eenews.net/greenwire/2017/08/02/stories/1060058293 CLIMATE CHANGE Chief of staff handled disasters touched by warming. New White House Chief of Staff John Kelly defended funding to confront natural disasters that he believed eroded stability and fueled migration in Latin America and the Caribbean as head of U.S. Southern Command. It's a signal that he may bring a global view about the threats of climate change to the West Wing, according to observers. https://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2017/08/02/stories/1060058250 VEHICLES BP in talks with electric carmakers on service station chargers. BP (BP.L) is in talks with electric vehicle makers on partnering to offer battery re-charging docks at its global network of fuel service stations as it seeks to benefit from the move away from diesel and petrol cars, Chief Executive Bob Dudley told Reuters on Tuesday. The expected rapid growth in the use of electric vehicles in the coming decades… http://www.reuters.com/article/us-bp-ceo-idUSKBN1AH4HW GREEN ENERGY New DOE funds target clean energy's hardest problem. For years, entrepreneurs who want to help solve the climate crisis through clean energy have sought funding from two main sources: venture capitalists and the government. But it's as hard as ever to survive. Now, a $7.8 million cash infusion from the Department of Energy is taking a baby step to solve that problem… https://www.eenews.net/energywire/2017/08/02/stories/1060058267 Industry to EPA: We want rule 'fixed, not just gone'. Industry has delivered a clear message to the Trump administration during a series of recent closed-door meetings: Don't completely gut the Obama-era Clean Power Plan. To be sure, leading industry associations are pushing White House and U.S. EPA officials to drastically roll back the landmark climate change rule. https://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2017/08/01/stories/1060058186 OPINIONS ‘America is fiddling around’: Jerry Brown says Trump is fueling California’s climate push. When President Trump withdrew the United States from the Paris climate agreement, it stunned the world. But it also had a less predictable effect: turning California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) into Trump’s antithesis and furthering his own climate-crusading agenda. Or so Brown claims. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2017/08/02/how-trump-is-fueling-jerry-browns-climate-change-push-in-california/?utm_term=.6403bc8adb26 BLOGS 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. The Energy and Policy Institute has issued a report pointing out that scientists first warned the electric power… https://www.forbes.com/sites/kensilverstein/2017/08/01/its-taken-time-but-electric-utilities-are-warming-up-to-climate-change/#7b506fd73eb2 Auto Engineers See Future CAFE Rules Easing. What a difference a year makes. After consistently predicting U.S. emissions and fuel-economy rules likely would be made even tougher than originally anticipated for the ’22 model year and beyond, a large percentage of automotive engineers and designers now believe government rules will be relaxed going forward to 2025. http://wardsauto.com/2017-car-management-briefing-seminars/auto-engineers-see-future-cafe-rules-easing Where we start the clock for climate change makes a big difference. Carbon emissions at the start of the Industrial Revolution are often unaccounted for but may have significant consequences, an analysis published last week in Nature Climate Change finds. According to the study, the small increase in temperature that may have resulted from these early emissions dramatically shrinks the global carbon budget – the amount of greenhouse gases… http://www.anthropocenemagazine.org/2017/08/the-global-carbon-budget-may-be-smaller-than-we-think/ US light rail funding: the Tiger loses its stripes. US president Donald Trump’s budget proposal for the 2018 financial year made grim reading for transit advocates, with plans to scrap popular federal funding programmes for public transport projects. If there was any doubt about US President Donald Trump’s intentions to defund federal transit investment programmes, his proposed budget… http://www.railjournal.com/index.php/financial/us-light-rail-funding-the-tiger-loses-its-stripes.html The mining sector’s US$16 billion emissions cost. A new report by CDP shows that the mining sector is contributing more carbon emissions than it initially shows, if one is to account for the deep and carbon-intensive supply chain where raw materials from mining are used. Thanks to its continued dependence on fossil fuels, the mining sector could be exposing its value chain to US$16 billion in emissions costs… http://www.eco-business.com/news/the-mining-sectors-us16-billion-emissions-cost/