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CARB Newsclips for August 11, 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 ___________________________ AIR POLLUTION Study: Fines for illegal pollution plummet under Trump. Fines for illegal pollution have plummeted under President Donald Trump, according to analysis by an environmental advocacy group. The Environmental Integrity Project looked at that civil penalties paid by polluters during the first six months under Trump. The group published an analysis Thursday that found penalties were less… http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_TRUMP_ENVIRONMENTAL_FINES?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT CLIMATE CHANGE 2016 weather report: Extreme and anything but normal. Last year's global weather was far more extreme or record-breaking than anything approaching normal, according to a new report. The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on Thursday released its annual checkup of the Earth, highlighting numerous records including hottest year, highest sea level, and lowest sea ice in the Arctic and Antarctica. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_SCI_BAKED_2016?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT Study finds climate change altering Europe's river floods. Climate change is affecting the timing of river floods across Europe and societies may have to adapt to avoid future economic and environmental harm, scientists said Thursday. River floods are among the costliest natural disasters worldwide, causing annual damages of more than $100 billion. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/E/EU_EUROPE_CHANGING_FLOODS?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT Science Says: Trump team garbles climate science. President Donald Trump and his cabinet often avoid talking about the science of climate change, but when pressed what they have said clashes with established mainstream science, data and peer-reviewed studies and reports. Even the federal government's own reports - including a draft science study… http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_SCI_SCIENCE_SAYS_CLIMATE_CHANGE?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT Court Scuttles Rule Cutting Potent Greenhouse Gas. The decision makes efforts to cut hydrofluorocarbons more difficult both in the U.S. and globally. One of the most powerful climate pollutants on earth, hydrofluorocarbons or HFCs, account for a small portion of U.S. climate pollution, but scientists say it’s important for countries to urgently cut them just because they’re so potent—and growing. https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/court-scuttles-rule-cutting-potent-greenhouse-gas/ Federal climate report finds ‘extreme’ conditions, despite Trump’s cold shoulder. A new federal report could again challenge the Trump administration’s dismissive stance on global warming, finding that last year the planet was hotter than any time in well over a century and witnessed perhaps the most significant climate disruption in modern history. http://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/Fed-climate-report-finds-extreme-11749180.php MA rolls out new rules to curb greenhouse gas emissions. Gov. Charlie Baker's administration will issue a set of new rules aimed at bringing Massachusetts into full compliance with an ambitious state law that calls for a 25 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by the end of the decade. The regulations being rolled out on Friday include clean energy… http://www.sacbee.com/article166639037.html#storylink=cpy John Harte to present proof of global warming at Quarryhill. High in the Rocky Mountain, climate change is getting the scientific proof that should settle the question once and for all: Is the earth getting warmer? “We’re at about 9,600 feet on the Western Slope, about half-way between Aspen and Crested Butte right at the edge of the Maroon Bells Wilderness,” said John Harte… http://www.sonomanews.com/news/7295004-181/john-harte-to-present-proof?ref=most&artslide=0 Under court order, San Diego County releases revamped climate plan — proposes 90 percent green energy future. San Diego County released a draft climate plan on Thursday, pledging to dramatically reduce greenhouse-gas emission by limiting backcountry sprawl and using at least 90 percent renewable energy by 2030. The proposed blueprint for fighting global warming comes five years… http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/environment/sd-me-county-cap-overhaul-20170810-story.html U.S. emissions probably won’t increase under Trump, study says. But they won’t fall, either. Carbon-cutting efforts in the United States may be more resilient to Trump administration policies than expected, according to a new study. But under even one term for President Trump, the nation will still fall behind on an ambitious Obama-era plan for reducing emissions over the next few decades. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2017/08/11/u-s-emissions-probably-wont-increase-under-trump-study-says-but-they-wont-fall-either/?utm_term=.53ffa40833f8 Millennials think their cash can affect climate change. Millennials are driving a U.S. surge in sustainable investment. That generation — defined as people between 18 and 35 years old — is twice as likely as other age groups to "invest in companies or funds that target social or environmental outcomes," according to a new survey from Morgan Stanley. https://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2017/08/11/stories/1060058671 DIESEL ACTIVITIES Railroads fined for violating state’s drayage truck regulation. The California Air Resources Board reached settlements with Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Company (BNSF) and Union Pacific Railroad Company (UPRR) to resolve violations of the state's drayage truck regulation, which requires cleanup of trucks servicing the state's busy ports and intermodal rail yards. http://www.publicnow.com/view/74BBA7B4D0AD63F8A28029C3CD07CE93879BE432?2017-08-11-00:30:11+01:00-xxx8112 http://scvnews.com/2017/08/10/carb-reaches-settlement-with-railroads/ FUELS Cooking gas shortages force Venezuelans to turn to firewood. Venezuelan homemaker Carmen Rondon lives in the country with the world's largest oil reserves, but has spent weeks cooking with firewood due to a chronic shortage of home cooking gas - leaving her hoarse from breathing smoke. Finding domestic gas cylinders has become increasingly difficult, a problem that oil industry analysts attribute to slumping oil output in the OPEC nation… http://www.reuters.com/article/us-venezuela-gas-idUSKBN1AQ23Q Carmaker lobbyist urges fuel-economy deal to keep emission limits, but stretch them out (updated). Automakers appear to have united behind a surprising position: reviews of emission rules should not involve scrapping the current standards. The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, a lobbying group that represents automakers building cars in the U.S., has suggested the Trump administration should back a deal… http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1111930_carmaker-lobbyist-urges-fuel-economy-deal-that-could-raise-cafe-requirements Oil and gas industry loses latest row over Obama standards. The oil and gas industry will not have another shot at swiftly delaying Obama-era greenhouse gas restrictions. A federal appeals court yesterday rejected industry groups' request to reconsider a July decision ordering U.S. EPA to enforce New Source Performance Standards for methane emissions from oil and gas sites. A coalition of states and industry groups made the request last… https://www.eenews.net/energywire/2017/08/11/stories/1060058675 Trump admin targets CO2 standards for cars. The Trump administration has reopened the Obama-era greenhouse gas standards for vehicles manufactured between 2021 to 2025. U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt and Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao yesterday signed and published a notice asking for comments on the rules. President Trump announced he would review the tailpipe standards at the request of automakers in March. https://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2017/08/11/stories/1060058680 VEHICLES Trump Administration Targets CO2 Standards for Vehicles. California officials have vowed a fierce legal battle if the federal rules change. The Trump administration has reopened the Obama-era greenhouse gas standards for vehicles manufactured between 2021 to 2025. U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt and Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao… https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/trump-administration-targets-co2-standards-for-vehicles/ GREEN ENERGY New map shows wind farms spreading rapidly across US. 52,000 large wind turbines in 41 states now generate twice as much electricity as in 2010. Wind power started in California in 1981 when the Altamont wind farm in Alameda County was built as a reaction to the Arab Oil Embargo of the 1970s. But now, as a new map released Thursday shows, the industry is spreading rapidly across the United States… http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/08/10/new-map-shows-wind-farms-spreading-rapidly-across-us/ Proponents rally in Santa Cruz for state clean energy bill. Even as state lawmakers look to completely displace fossil fuel energy use in California within 38 years, Santa Cruz County is helping to move the conservation needle forward locally. On Wednesday in Santa Cruz, state lobbyist group Environment California launched an 11-city tour in support of the pending Senate Bill 100. http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/article/NE/20170809/NEWS/170809620 MISCELLANEOUS The Scripps Research Institute ranked first worldwide in science. The Scripps Research Institute ranks first worldwide in the quality and impact of its science, besting world-renowned research centers such as MIT, the National Institutes of Health and Stanford University, according to a report by the top-tier scientific journal Nature. Privately held TSRI scored the highest impact… http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/business/biotech/sd-me-scripps-science-20170810-story.html OPINIONS Staid utility investing world upended by green energy revolution: James Saft. The formerly staid, predictable world of utilities investing faces a revolution as the price of solar and wind energy plunges, creating new winners and losers. Generally tightly regulated and thus with reliable cash flows, utility stocks and bonds have long been beloved by pension funds and other conservative investors for their safe income generation. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-markets-saft-idUSKBN1AR03N BLOGS California Senate Leader Kevin de Léon Blasts Trump at Chamber of Commerce Luncheon. California State Senate leader Kevin de Léon on Thursday blasted President Donald Trump’s policies, pledged to tackle housing costs, and support the film industry in a wide-ranging State of the State address to the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. Speaking at the third annual luncheon on the… http://variety.com/2017/biz/news/kevin-de-leon-trump-california-tax-credit-chamber-of-commerce-1202523298/ Scientists warn climate change is leading to deaths on massive scale in India. As many as 59,000 suicides in India over the last three decades can be attributed to climate change. And unless global carbon emissions are curbed, at least four per cent of India’s population will face near-fatal six-hour heatwaves at least once between the years 2071-2100. https://www.thenational.ae/world/asia/scientists-warn-climate-change-is-leading-to-deaths-on-massive-scale-in-india-1.618504 Climate Action: Global Transition Away from HFCs. In India and the world, governments, businesses, and environmental groups continue to make steady progress toward phasing down the use of harmful climate-damaging hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) in air conditioners, as shown in the recent Bangkok talks. While the recent decision of the DC Circuit Court to limit the Environmental Protection Agency’s regulations… https://www.nrdc.org/experts/anjali-jaiswal/climate-action-global-transition-away-hfcs-moving-forw As US leadership on climate falters, California steps up. President Trump may want to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement, but California, the most populous US state, is intent on pushing ahead with significant climate legislation regardless. In August 2016, the California Legislature set a goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than 40% below today’s levels by 2030. https://www.chinadialogue.net/blog/9976-As-US-leadership-on-climate-falters-California-steps-up/en Why Pollution Trading Will Never Be the Climate Solution for California—or Anywhere Else. Carbon prices have never been high enough to drive the technological innovation to fully stop carbon pollution. The planet’s largest carbon trading, or cap-and-trade platform, the European Union Emissions Trading System (or EU ETS) was introduced 12 years ago. http://www.alternet.org/environment/why-pollution-trading-will-never-be-climate-solution-california-or-anywhere-else