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newsclips -- CARB Newsclips for August 9, 2017.

Posted: 09 Aug 2017 14:29:21
CARB Newsclips for August 9, 2017. 

This is a service of the California Air Resources Board’s Office
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The Air Resources Board (ARB or Board) will conduct a public
hearing at the time and place noted below to consider approving
for adoption the proposed amendments to California Evaluation
Procedures for New Aftermarket Catalytic Converters. 

DATE:             September 28, 2017

TIME:             9:00 A.M.

LOCATION:         California Environmental Protection Agency
                  Air Resources Board
                  Byron Sher Auditorium
                  1001 I Street
                  Sacramento, California  95814
Electronic submittal:  


The California Air Resources Board (CARB) invites you to
participate in a public workshop to begin discussing concepts for
minimizing community health impacts from seaports, railyards, and
warehouses/distribution centers.   

Workshops will be held at the locations and dates shown below.
Both workshops will follow the same format and present the same

Tuesday, August 29, 2017, (1:00 – 3:00 pm) Junipero Serra
320 West 4th Street, Los Angeles, California 90013

SACRAMENTO (also webcast)
Wednesday, September 6, 2017, (1:00 – 3:00 pm) California
Environmental Protection Agency Headquarters, Sierra Hearing
1001 I Street, Sacramento, California 95814

For more information on this workshop, please see the meeting
notice at:  https://www.arb.ca.gov/gmp/sfti/FreightFacility.htm  


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

Here's what you will find at this One-Stop event: 
• One-on-one compliance assistance (Asistencia en español
• 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 extension included fire fee repeal. The bill to
extend California’s cap-and-trade program through 2030, which was
signed recently by Gov. Jerry Brown, included the repeal of a
controversial fee charged to rural landowners for fire
The cap-and-trade reauthorization bill Gov. Jerry Brown recently
signed also did away with a controversial fee charged for state
fire protection, pleasing ranchers and other rural landowners.


LA air regulators say cool roofs may increase air pollution. A
popular solution to combat the urban heat island effect may have
an unforeseen consequence: increasing air pollution. “Cool roofs”
are required on most new non-residential buildings in California,
and cities like Pasadena and Los Angeles have cool-roof
ordinances that go even further. Cool roofs work by bouncing
solar radiation…

Air Pollution Advisory Extended Until Friday. An air pollution
advisory for Portland has been extended until noon Friday as haze
from Northwest wildfires remains in the region. An air pollution
advisory for Portland has been extended until noon Friday as haze
from Northwest wildfires remains in the region.

L.A. to make sure air filters are being installed in homes near
freeways. Mayor Eric Garcetti has ordered Los Angeles building
inspectors to begin tracking whether required air filtration
systems are being installed in new homes near freeways, officials
said Tuesday. The Department of Building and Safety will add a
“check box” to its inspection forms to ensure dwellings are
equipped with the proper-strength filters to protect residents
from traffic pollution…

Smart city: Leeds to trial tech that switches engines to electric
when air pollution spikes. The government's controversial air
quality plan argued that cities should not introduce new charges
for diesel vehicles until innovative alternative approaches to
tackle air pollution had been tired first. But could that
condition soon lead to UK cities embracing cutting-edge smart
technologies and hybrid-electric vehicles…

How poor air quality can mask global warming's effects: Airborne
pollutants dim sunlight at Earth's surface by reflecting it back
into space. Poor air quality can mask increasing temperatures
caused by climate change, researchers have found. During the 20th
century, temperatures rose by almost 1 degree Fahrenheit (0.5
degrees Celsius) everywhere in the US - except for the Southeast,
where temperatures actually decreased slightly until the 1980's.

Fremont-area residents worry about air pollution from planned
Costco plant. More than a dozen Fremont-area residents raised
concerns Tuesday that Costco’s planned chicken processing plant
could hurt air quality in their community. Evelyn McKnight of
rural Fremont was one of several who asked the Nebraska
Department of Environmental Quality to postpone issuing a
construction permit.

Utilities cite EPA sluggishness, seek delay in CSAPR filings. A
slow-moving raft of legal challenges to U.S. EPA's Cross-State
Air Pollution Rule update would be delayed another four months
under a motion filed yesterday with a federal appeals court by a
host of power producers and trade groups. The motion seeks to
push back the deadline for opening briefs, currently due by Aug.
21, until mid-December…


Federal scientists leak sweeping climate change draft in clash
with Trump administration. Environmental resistance inside the
Trump administration hit new heights this week as a group of
federal scientists leaked a draft of a sweeping climate change
report to the press, pushing the study out into the bloodstream
before their superiors had the chance to alter or approve it.

Climate Report Could Force Trump to Choose Between Science and
His Base. The impending release of a key government report on
climate change will force President Trump to choose between
accepting the conclusions of his administration’s scientists and
the demands of his conservative supporters, who remain deeply
unconvinced that humans are the cause of the planet’s warming.

Federal report sees human-caused changes to California’s climate.
The changes to California’s climate since 1980 — higher
temperatures, with more extreme swings between droughts and
floods — are caused directly by human activity and will
accelerate rapidly unless greenhouse gas emissions are cut
sharply, according to a new federal climate report that is
awaiting action by the Trump administration.

Pruitt climate science challenge splits conservative allies. EPA
chief Scott Pruitt’s attacks on mainstream climate science are
causing discomfort in a surprising corner — among many of the
conservative and industry groups that have cheered his efforts to
dismantle Barack Obama’s environmental regulations.

‘Spongy’ Soil Can Help Farmers Combat Climate Change. Droughts
are expected to worsen and intense storms to become more frequent
across much of the country in coming decades as the planet warms,
but their impact on agriculture could be blunted if American
farmers focus on their roots. A new study, released Wednesday,
examines the benefits of cover cropping—planting soil-enriching
plants between crop cycles.

NASA reports new Study looks at Poor Air Quality and its effects
on masking Global Warming. During the 20th century, the average
temperature of the continental United States rose by almost 1
degree Fahrenheit (0.5 degree Celsius) — everywhere, that is,
except in the Southeast. There, until the 1980s, the temperature
actually decreased slightly.

Norway Inks Agreement with California to Cooperate on Zero
Emission Goals. The Norwegian Maritime Authority (NMA) says
Norway's climate and environmental minister Vidar Helgesen,
during an official visit to California last week, signed an
agreement with the U.S. state in support of cooperation toward
zero emission goals. "The deal with California provides
opportunities for Norway.


Nevada plant will turn garbage into jet, diesel fuel. The state
Board of Finance today approved issuing $140 million in bonds to
help build a plant at the Tahoe-Reno Industrial Center that plans
to turn garbage into jet and diesel fuel. Fulcrum Sierra BioFuels
will build and run the facility with a total cost estimated at
$340 million. It will take trash from a nearby landfill, refine
it into sludge and ship it to California for final processing.


As Tesla ramps up Model 3 deliveries, California mulls giving
electric car owners larger rebates. California lawmakers are
considering a bill that would devote $3 billion to clean car
incentives, including bigger rebates for consumer that buy
electric cars or plug-in hybrids. The bill, which is being
sponsored by Assemblyman Phil Ting(D-San Francisco) and has
already passed the California Assembly…

Tesla's 'alien mothership' kept out of reach for debut lenders.
Elon Musk calls Tesla’s mammoth battery factory in Nevada an
“alien mothership.” For the carmaker’s newest lenders, the plant
might as well be in outer space. The billionaire coined that
moniker for Tesla Inc.’s Gigafactory 1 as he waxed poetic about
his company’s future on a Monday call with would-be bond buyers.

Faraday Future gets $14 million; factory moved to CA from Vegas.
Electric-car maker Faraday Future has received an emergency
injection of $14 million to move its FF 91 luxury electric car
closer to market. The rescue funds come in the form of a loan
from Innovatus Capital Partners, after Faraday Future pledged its
California-based headquarters as collateral.

Electric car startup Faraday Future has lost yet another
executive.  The Verge is reporting that Alan Cherry, its vice
president of human resources, is leaving the firm. 
In a statement, a company spokesperson told the publication that
Cherry will be leaving the auto industry: "We can confirm that he
will be starting a new role at a non-automotive industry startup
... Alan has been instrumental in building out Faraday Future’s
talent pool to more than 1,000 employees.

European Union Says No To Electric Car Quotas. The European Union
doesn’t intend to follow in China’s footsteps by introducing a
minimum quota for all-electric or plug-in hybrid car sales…or at
least that is what they are saying publicly at this moment.
Currently in the EU there are only general emission requirements
that are designed to nudge (when testing is applied correctly
anyway) manufacturers into selling...


Eclipse Will Give Us a Glimpse of the Future of Natural Gas.
Natural gas is about to get a glimpse of its future role in the
U.S. power mix as solar energy’s backup. During the upcoming Aug.
21 eclipse, operators of giant solar fields from California to
the Carolinas will rely on power from fast-start natural gas
generators as well as hydroelectric plants and other sources to
fill the gaps as the sky darkens.

Target Will Buy 100MW of Wind Energy to Power 150 Stores. Target
Corp. agreed to buy 100 megawatts of output from an Infinity
Renewables wind project in Kansas. Power from the 474-megawatt
Solomon Forks wind facility will help offset the energy used at
150 Target stores in the area, Santa Barbara, California-based
Infinity said in an emailed statement Wednesday.

Ohio among country's top states for distributed, on-site wind
power. Ohio is among the country’s top states for distributed
wind energy, according to a new report by a federal agency run by
Battelle Memorial Institute. The state has the sixth-highest wind
capacity in distributed applications – that is, small-scale wind
turbines installed at a business or home, which is increasingly
used to help power businesses.

Energy storage gets ready for its close-up. Energy storage
technology keeps making strides, even though it’s still unclear
just how dramatically it will change the grid. For the more than
2,000 storage devotees who have descended on the San Diego
Convention Center for the Energy Storage North America
conference, though, the future is now.
The conference’s expo floor is sold out, with 80 exhibitors and
entrepreneurs joining energy executives…

3M partnership will use drones for wind turbine maintenance. To
reduce wind turbine downtime that can affect annual energy
production, 3M has announced an agreement with Camp Six Labs to
apply 3M products to wind turbine blades using
soon-to-be-developed robotic applicators. Doing maintenance and
inspections on wind turbines 400-feet tall can be dangerous work.

South Florida makes energy history with new rule requiring solar
panel installation. Starting in 2015, Miami-based environmental
activist Delaney Reynolds began asking dozens of public officials
across South Florida to consider working with her to create a law
that would change the way new homes are constructed – and “help
change the world for the better.”

Energy speaker champions natural gas. Vaclav Smil isn’t convinced
nuclear technology is the key to our energy future. “If there
will be a beautiful, working, pocket-sized reactor, I’ll install
it in my basement tomorrow … But lay of the land hasn’t been
encouraging to say the least,” Smil said Tuesday in reference to
a handful of nuclear-related plans and plants that folded in
recent years.


From spectacular vistas to the pits: A decades-long public land
battle continues in the California desert. Just beyond the
southeast corner of Joshua Tree National Park, rows of boarded-up
houses, gouged mountainsides and concrete ruins are an ugly
reminder of the never-ending battle over the West’s public lands.
This scarred piece of California desert is what’s left of one of
the country’s largest open-pit mining operations and the little
company town that Kaiser Steel Corp.


Greenlining Says New VW Diesel Plan a Step Forward for
Disadvantaged Communities. The Greenlining Institute is
supporting the California Air Resources Board’s approval of a
clean vehicle investment plan stemming from a settlement to
address the Volkswagen diesel emissions scandal. Greenlining has
been critical of the plan, as it falls short of prioritizing
meaningful investment…


100 percent renewables -- for a healthful California. If we want
a healthy California, it’s time to embrace a 100 percent
renewable energy future. Senate Bill 100 — which will be up for a
vote in the state legislature shortly after the summer recess —
would do just that. Climate change is the greatest health
challenge of this century, according to the Lancet Commission it
is a medical emergency.

California's Smart Approach to Climate Change.  The Golden
State's evolving policy sets a good example for the rest of the
U.S. California’s decision last month to extend its cap and trade
program truly was, as Governor Jerry Brown said, a “milestone” in
the fight against climate change, and all the more welcome for
coming in the wake of the Trump administration’s misguided
decision to withdraw from the Paris accord.

Extending Cap and Trade in California. To the Editor: Re
“California Leads, Again, on Climate” (editorial, July 24): While
California’s extension of its cap-and-trade program will serve to
reduce greenhouse gas emissions and stimulate a shift to cleaner
fuels, this approach is not sustainable in the long term. Levying
a tariff for the right to pollute is not a mitigation strategy,
nor is burning cleaner fuels.

Jerry Brown talks a green game. So why isn't California tougher
on these polluters? Do regulators in California have your back
when utilities or industries run amok, or when there’s a threat
to public health in your neighborhood? We’d all like to think so,
but there’s a long history of coziness between regulators,
industry titans and politicians. So you’d have to be a hopeless
optimist, or a very trusting soul.

California should phase out gas-powered cars. California is a
global environmental leader, but it’s falling behind in one key
respect: phasing out gasoline cars. Germany, India, Norway and
the Netherlands are moving to ban the sale of gas-powered
vehicles by or before 2030, and France and the United Kingdom by
2040. Here’s why California should join that list. It would…

Why California lawmakers did the right thing with cap and trade.
Gov. Jerry Brown’s signing of legislation last month to extend
the state’s cap-and-trade program advances the clean economy that
has bolstered much of the East Bay since the Great Recession and
will sustain key investments in transit and smart planning for
the next 13 years. The current cap-and-trade program will sunset
on Dec. 31, 2020.

How climate change became a question of faith. Every four years,
the nation’s scientists from myriad federal agencies come
together to release a comprehensive report synthesizing the
current state of climate science. It’s become a routine affair,
with a predictable process involving extensive analysis of
studies, numerous drafts, and eventual approval from the White
House before…

U.S. can't ignore climate change science: Editorial. In all the
sound and fury that is President Donald Trump's White House,
Delawareans should not lose track of the issues that really
matter. One is global climate change. No state should be more
anxious to see the federal government fight sea level rise than
small, low-lying Delaware. The alarm bells are clanging again
with news of a draft report…

How much will Ontario suffer for handcuffing carbon prices to the
California gorilla? On climate change policy, Ontario is about to
shackle itself to California. And as with those old jailhouse
chain-gang films, the province will soon find itself a prisoner
to the whims and designs of a much larger and more powerful
partner. Ontario residents could — once again — end up paying
more for energy than anticipated.


Shell Canada launches methane technology pilot, and its timing is
perfect. This week, oil and gas giant Shell announced the launch
of a technology pilot at one of its shale gas facilities in
Canada that will continuously monitor methane levels and provide
real-time leak detection to facility operators. This is a big
deal and shows what can happen when companies, environmental
groups and innovators work together to find solutions.


Midwest ‘Flash Drought’ Warns El Niño May Hammer West Coast. The
“flash drought” in the upper plains states, and rising
temperatures in the Equatorial Pacific, are warnings that another
El Niño is forming that could slam the West Coast this winter
with heavy rainfall, widespread flooding and infrastructure
failure risks.

Greater Powers to Enforce Waste Laws for CalRecycle in
California. California's Governor Brown has signed into law AB
1572, which gives CalRecycle greater flexibility in enforcing
waste laws. In California Governor Brown has signed into law AB
1572, which gives the California Department of Resources and
Recycling Recovery (CalRecycle) greater flexibility in enforcing
waste laws.

Swing Voters in California Climate Deal Among Top Oil Money
Recipients. California Assembly members considered swing votes on
legislation to reduce carbon emissions by charging polluters were
among the top recipients of donations from oil companies, an
analysis of campaign finance filings shows. Records show oil
companies in the Western States Petroleum Association…

California Considers Bigger Rebates for Electric Cars. It’s the
same approach California used 10 years ago to kick-start sales of
rooftop solar arrays with rebates. California has far more
electric cars and plug-in hybrids plying its roads than any other
state — about 300,000 so far. But they’re still just a tiny
fraction of auto sales. Now, legislation in Sacramento is
designed to juice the market…

The Coming Solar Eclipse Is a Big Moment for Natural Gas. Natural
gas is about to get a glimpse of its future role in the U.S.
power mix as solar energy’s backup. During the upcoming Aug. 21
eclipse, operators of giant solar fields from California to the
Carolinas will rely on power from fast-start natural gas
generators as well as hydroelectric plants and other sources to
fill the gaps as the sky darkens.

Polluted lake to algae biofuel source. Scientists from Sandia
National Laboratories are working to see if one of California’s
most polluted lakes can be turned into a profitable source of
algae biofuel. The 350-square-mile Salton Sea in Southern
California has elevated levels of nitrogen and phosphorus due to
agricultural runoff. Algae thrives in these conditions, something
which causes a host of environmental problems.

California’s New ‘Cap-and-Trade’ Scheme to Cut Emissions. Last
month, California’s politicians agreed a new cap-and-trade bill
to help curb the state’s emissions. This week, Governor Jerry
Brown signed it into law, representing a major step forward in
the state’s effort to combat climate change. “Cap and trade”
requires large emitters such as power plants, refineries and
factories to buy permits…

Can Poor Air Quality Mask Global Warming's Effects? There, until
the 1980s, the temperature actually decreased slightly. Climate
scientists dubbed this peculiar phenomenon the "warming hole,"
and it was the cause of much speculation. But beginning in the
1990s, temperatures in the Southeast began to warm again, and in
the early years of the 21st century this warming has accelerated.

The Asian Cities Battling The Worst Air Pollution Are Doing The
Most To Combat It. In many Asian cities, a generation of children
is growing up that rarely sees blue skies. Air pollution
penetrates their lungs and stings their eyes -- but they must
keep breathing it in. It is one of the most pernicious threats to
health precisely because it is so pervasive.

Climate change is disrupting the birds and the bees. We all know
that climate change will cause more extreme weather and rising
seas. But it is also having an unexpected effect on sex. Our
changing climate seems set to disrupt just about everything. From
rising sea levels to ocean acidification, the list of negative
consequences from climate change is endless.

Here’s how you attract $2 billion of investment into a
9,000-person county. Nearly 40 years ago, something amazing
happened in the California desert. American ingenuity turned
mountain pass breezes into large amounts of electricity, and
grid-scale wind energy as we know it was born. That has made a
world of difference in rural America, without changing lifestyles
that rely on the land.

There's No Point To Carbon Pricing If It Doesn't Make Renewable
Energy Cheaper. Climate change is already costing Canadians
money, and it will cost us more.
Pricing carbon is about much more than getting people to drive
less. It is also about generating the money we need to accelerate
the process of getting our economy off fossil fuels and onto

How’s that? Cellulosic fuels now worth $4.98/gallon, up 15% in 2
mos. The value of cellulosic fuels has reached $4.98 per gallon
in the California market. That’s real-world, today, including the
energy and the low-carbon attributes, and not based on
speculation. The value has risen 65 cents, or 15.1 percent in the
past 56 days — and is up $1.24 per gallon, or 33.1 percent, in
the past 19 months.

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