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CARB Newsclips for August 10, 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 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: http://www.arb.ca.gov/lispub/comm/bclist.php __________________¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬____________ 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 material. LOS ANGELES Tuesday, August 29, 2017, (1:00 – 3:00 pm) Junipero Serra Building 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 Room 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 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 Will Other States Join California's International Climate Pact? The state has for years been part of the Western Climate Initiative, Inc.—a nonprofit company it formed with Canadian provinces to coordinate emissions programs. The same day President Trump withdrew the United States from the Paris climate agreement, the governors of New York, California, and Washington announced… https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/08/california-emissions-cap-trade/536430/ CLIMATE CHANGE This Hurricane Season May Generate as Many as 19 Atlantic Storms. The Atlantic hurricane season will probably end with an above-average 14 to 19 named storms that can rattle energy and agriculture markets now that it is almost certain a system-deterring Pacific El Nino won’t arrive. At least 5 to 9 will become hurricanes with 2 to 5 becoming major systems with winds of 111 miles (179 kilometers) per hour or more, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration… https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-08-09/atlantic-may-spawn-as-many-as-19-storms-as-el-nino-odds-fade?utm_source=Need+2+Know&utm_campaign=9608a22e49-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_08_09&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_97f672225d-9608a22e49-313576909 Climate report validates global warming warnings; Indiana experts weigh in. The draft report on climate change by scientists from 13 federal agencies released earlier this year issued a warning about human-caused global warming, but didn't surprise some experts. David Konisky, associate professor of public and environmental affairs at Indiana University in Bloomington… http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/post-tribune/news/ct-ptb-climate-change-report-st-0811-20170811-story.html Alaskan towns at risk from rising seas sound alarm as Trump pulls federal help. Communities in danger of falling into the sea say assistance from Washington has dried up: ‘It feels like a complete abdication of responsibility on climate change’. https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/aug/10/alaska-coastal-towns-sea-level-rise-climate-change EPA head casts doubt on ‘supposed’ threat from climate change. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) head Scott Pruitt on Wednesday cast doubt on the idea that climate change poses a threat to the United States. Pruitt told conservative North Dakota talk radio host Scott Hennen on WHO-AM that that’s one of the reasons why he is organizing a “red team/blue team”… http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/345937-epa-head-casts-doubt-on-supposed-threat-from-climate-change Developers are bolting. But will that cut emissions? Oil majors are fleeing Canada's oil sands, but critics of the industry's climate footprint shouldn't celebrate yet. ConocoPhillips Co., Royal Dutch Shell PLC and Marathon Oil Corp. together sold about $23 billion worth of oil sands projects this year. Total SA and Statoil ASA pulled out of similar projects earlier. https://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2017/08/10/stories/1060058623 DIESEL ACTIVITIES Greening the fleet. Chico Unified gets grants to replace school buses, add electric model. When students wait on a street corner for their school bus, sometimes they’ll hear the arrival before spotting the big yellow vehicle. Buses, which traditionally are powered by diesel fuel, can be loud and obnoxious. https://www.newsreview.com/chico/greening-the-fleet/content?oid=24809091 State Exceeds National Average in Adopting New Clean Diesel Trucks. Introduction of new clean diesel truck engines and emissions control systems into Pennsylvania’s trucking fleet over the last five years is now at a 35% level, according to new research commissioned by the Diesel Technology Forum. “Pennsylvania, with 35 percent of commercial trucks equipped with the latest generation clean diesel technology… https://ngtnews.com/pennsylvania-exceeds-national-average-adopting-new-clean-diesel-trucks Neighbors want electric buses for Division Transit Project. Four neighborhood associations and the Southeast Uplift neighborhood coalition are pushing TriMet to purchase electric buses for the agency's next big project along Southeast Division Street. But TriMet officials are still hesitant to take the leap, as the Tribune reported in January for this project or any other large commitment to an all-electric fleet… http://www.pamplinmedia.com/pt/9-news/368629-249409-neighbors-want-electric-buses-for-division-transit-project FUELS Trump review of Obama-era mileage rules expanded. President Donald Trump’s administration is expanding its review of stringent fuel economy rules enacted by former President Barack Obama that are estimated by some to add at least $2,000 to the sticker price of a vehicle. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Transportation said Thursday that they are accepting comments on mileage rules… http://www.detroitnews.com/story/business/autos/2017/08/10/trump-review-obmama-mileage-rules-expanded/104484034/ VEHICLES Ford Germany says all models, engines comply with emissions rules. Ford's (F.N) division in Germany said on Thursday that all its vehicles and engines, including its latest diesel motors, comply with current emissions guidelines. Ford is not using illegal devices to cheat on emissions tests, the carmaker's German division said by email. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-global-oil-idUSKBN1AQ01H https://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2017/08/10/business/10reuters-germany-emissions-ford.html http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/346105-feds-to-expand-review-of-emissions-standards-for-cars The Diesel Scandal Haunts Bosch’s Hopes to Be a Global Giant. There’s a saying in Stuttgart, where Robert Bosch GmbH was founded in 1886: “Halt dei Gosch, i schaff beim Bosch.” It’s a dismissive retort—roughly “Shut up, I’m the one working for Bosch”—suggestive of the company’s culture of engineering brilliance, which has made it an icon of German industry. The world’s largest automotive supplier, with revenue of €73 billion ($86 billion) last year… https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-08-10/will-bosch-choke-on-vw-s-exhaust 7 Countries That May Ban Gas & Diesel Cars. “We are announcing an end to the sale of petrol and diesel cars by 2040,” Nicolas Hulot, France’s new ecology minister, said last month, adding that the move was a “veritable revolution.” It looks like England may follow suit. Jesse Norman, from England’s Department for Transport has announced, “a manifesto commitment for almost all cars… https://cleantechnica.com/2017/08/10/7-countries-may-ban-gas-diesel-cars/ OPINIONS 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. http://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-lopez-exide-aliso-08092017-story.html California shows leadership in climate-change fight: Bloomberg View editorial. California's decision last month to extend its cap-and-trade program truly was, as Gov. Jerry Brown, D, 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. http://www.oregonlive.com/opinion/index.ssf/2017/08/california_shows_leadership_in.html Scientists to Trump: Global warming is real | Guest editorial. A draft federal report on climate change that went public Monday contains little in the way of new science, and although its language is unequivocal, it merely confirms what has been obvious to so many scientists for so long: Human activity is increasing global temperatures, leading to potentially catastrophic climate change. http://www.sun-sentinel.com/opinion/fl-op-editorial-global-warming-20170809-story.html BLOGS El Cajon family endures months, possibly years of toxic indoor air. Alex and Vicki Masters are devoted parents. Their 8-year-old son Vincent has his own area of the living room for his Lego bricks, and a baby gate keeps his 8-month-old brother, Gabriel, away from the small choking hazards. The baby can crawl across a brightly blanketed room, all under the gaze of his brother and stay-at-home dad. http://inewsource.org/2017/08/10/el-cajon-family-toxic-home-air/ US can boost gas exports, cut global emissions in one fell swoop. Infamously, Donald Trump has called climate change a hoax, but the rest of the world knows better. In fact, the main reason European and Asian nations are interested in importing U.S. natural gas is to displace coal and cut greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change. http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/energy-environment/346082-us-can-boost-gas-exports-cut-global-emissions-in-one What changes minds about climate change? Seventy percent of Americans now believe global warming is occurring, and more than half understand that it is mainly caused by human activity, a new report reveals. This is an improvement over 2013, said Edward Maibach, a principal investigator on the report, which came out of the Yale Program on Climate Change... https://phys.org/news/2017-08-minds-climate.html#jCp New observations of Crab Nebula and pulsar reveal polarised emissions. New observations of polarised X-rays from the Crab Nebula and Pulsar, published today in Scientific Reports, may help explain sudden flares in the Crab's X-ray intensity, as well as provide new data for modeling – and understanding – the nebula. Since it was first observed little more than a thousand years ago, the Crab Nebula has been studied by generations of astronomers. https://phys.org/news/2017-08-crab-nebula-pulsar-reveal-polarised.html#jCp Cap & Trade 2.0: California Fine Tunes and Extends Cap & Trade Program to 2030. On July 17, 2017, the California legislature passed legislation to extend the state’s cap-and-trade program to 2030 (the program was originally set to expire in 2020). Bill AB 398 received broad bi-partisan support and was passed with a two-thirds majority vote, which is the threshold required to pass tax laws in California. http://www.canadianeraperspectives.com/2017/08/cap-trade-2-0-california-fine-tunes-and-extends-cap-trade-program-to-2030/?utm_source=Mondaq&utm_medium=syndication&utm_campaign=View-Original Chanje's electric delivery truck flattens noise and pollution. Urban dwellers may be used to noisy delivery trucks spewing soot from tailpipes, but Chanje offers an antidote: its V8070 electric delivery van. At 26 and a half feet long, Chanje's big white van takes up most of a yellow-painted loading zone in downtown San Francisco. https://www.cnet.com/roadshow/news/chanje-reduce-city-noise-pollution-electric-trucks-fossil-fuel/ Contra Costa County in California Gets More Renewable Energy. Community choice aggregation (CCA) programs are taking off in a big way in California. The first was Marin Clean Energy, now known as MCE, which opened its doors in 2010. MCE recently announced that 11 of its member communities had “opted up” for its Deep Green program, which provides 100% renewable energy. https://www.pvsolarreport.com/california-county-gets-more-renewable-energy/