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newsclips -- CARB Newsclips for August 21, 2017 Posted: 21 Aug 2017 14:13:32
CARB Newsclips for August 21, 2017. HAPPY SOLAR ECLIPSE DAY! 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 A controversial California effort to fight climate change just got some good news. A controversial California climate program got a shot of good news this month when a study suggested it is successfully reducing the state’s greenhouse gas emissions and providing other environmental benefits on the side. The study, conducted by a trio of Stanford University researchers, concerns a California “carbon offset” program, which allows companies to pay to preserve carbon-storing… https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2017/08/21/a-controversial-california-effort-to-fight-climate-change-just-got-some-good-news/?utm_term=.44a4c67b41c3 California Senate leader eyes cap-and-trade funding for cleaner tractors, trucks and cars. Now that lawmakers have extended the cap-and-trade program, it’s time for them to divvy up the money generated by the sale of pollution permits. Most of the revenue is already being routed to affordable housing, mass transit and building the bullet train. But there’s still at least $1.4 billion available… http://www.latimes.com/politics/essential/la-pol-ca-essential-politics-updates-california-senate-leader-eyes-1503265460-htmlstory.html https://firenewsfeed.com/politics/378684 CLIMATE CHANGE The Trump administration just disbanded a federal advisory committee on climate change. The Trump administration has decided to disband the federal advisory panel for the National Climate Assessment, a group aimed at helping policymakers and private-sector officials incorporate the government’s climate analysis into long-term planning. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2017/08/20/the-trump-administration-just-disbanded-a-federal-advisory-committee-on-climate-change/?utm_term=.819b6e75a2e1 https://www.cbsnews.com/news/report-trump-dissolves-climate-change-advisory-panel/ Stitching Together Forests Can Help Save Species, Study Finds. In the 1980s, an ecologist named Thomas Lovejoy conducted an unusual experiment in Brazil’s Amazon rain forest. As loggers moved in with chain saws to clear trees for cattle pasture north of Manaus, he asked them to leave untouched several small “islands” of forest to see how the animals within them fared. The results were unsettling. Even in the largest protected forest fragments… https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/21/climate/rain-forest-corridors-species-habitats-extinctions.html Support for climate change bill is haunting a California Republican leader. A Republican lawmaker who helped propel a bipartisan climate bill to victory last month could lose his leadership post on Monday, as lawmakers return to the Capitol after a month-long summer recess. Assembly Republican Leader Chad Mayes, R-Yucca Valley, is facing a sustained backlash from conservative party activists for supporting an extension of California’s cap-and-trade climate program… http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/08/21/support-for-climate-change-bill-is-haunting-a-california-republican-leader/ DIESEL ACTIVITIES Trucking worries CARB may step into GHG gap. Move by EPA to “revisit” Phase 2 rules may encourage more California-only regulation, trade groups fear.The American Trucking Associations (ATA) and the Truck Renting and Leasing Association (TRALA) are two industry trade groups worried that the intent announced by the Environmental Protection Agency last week to “re-evaluate” parts the Phase 2 greenhouse gas (GHG) and fuel efficiency rules… http://fleetowner.com/emissions/trucking-worries-carb-may-step-ghg-gap VEHICLES California added 1,300 fuel cell hydrogen vehicles over the last year – projections lowered again. The California Air Resources Board (CARB) released its latest annual evaluation of “Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle Deployment and Hydrogen Fuel Station Network Development” report today. The assessment shows that about 1,300 new fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) have been deployed… https://electrek.co/2017/08/21/california-fuel-cell-hydrogen-vehicles/ Diesel still needed to meet climate goals, Merkel says. German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned on Sunday against a swift abandonment of diesel cars after a series of emissions scandals, saying the fuel is still needed if climate change targets are to be met. Speaking at a pre-election town hall event on RTL television on Sunday, Merkel called on German carmakers, all of which have been caught using workarounds to cheat nitrogen emissions tests… http://www.reuters.com/article/us-germany-emissions-idUSKCN1B00QH?feedType=RSS&feedName=environmentNews https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/aug/21/emissions-scandal-is-a-risk-to-german-economy-says-ministry VW gives green light for electric version of classic Microbus camper van. Volkswagen (VOWG_p.DE) has decided to go ahead with production of an electric version of its classic Microbus camper van as it seeks to boost its electric vehicle credentials. The potential battery-powered revamp of the van, known as the Bulli in Germany, was first announced at the Detroit auto show in January. http://www.reuters.com/article/us-volkswagen-microbus-idUSKCN1B00KG?feedType=RSS&feedName=environmentNews Santa Barbara Startup EVMatch Connects Electric Vehicle Drivers with Charging Stations. A company started by two Santa Barbara-area women that matches up electric vehicle drivers with charging stations now has registered users throughout Southern California. EVMatch was started by Heather Hochrein, its CEO, and co-founder Shannon Walker, and it was originally a master’s thesis… https://www.noozhawk.com/article/santa_barbara_evmatch_electric_vehicle_drivers_charging_stations_20170820 OPINIONS Ignoring causes of climate change is political malpractice: Opinion. How would you judge a doctor who prescribed a painkiller, but didn't tell you the headache was caused by a brain tumor? Now, how about a politician who argues for spending millions adapting to rising seas - but doesn't want to address the cause of the problem: climate change propelled by human activity. That's where we are today in Red State America. http://www.nola.com/opinions/index.ssf/2017/08/climate_change.html Want to fight climate change? Don't invest in Tesla. There are even hidden tax breaks for your local or sales tax paid during the year. “You’re permitted to deduct state or sales tax on your federal return,” said Ryan Saltz, Esq., licensed tax professional at Tax Defense Network. “This can be incredibly helpful, particularly if your state does not tax your income." http://www.msn.com/en-au/money/personalfinance/want-to-fight-climate-change-dont-invest-in-tesla/ar-AAqsBGV?li=AAgfOd8 BLOGS Clearing the Air, Ports Step up to Green Initiatives. The Ports of L.A. and Long Beach rolled out their 2017 “Clean Air Action Plan” (CAAP) this July aggressively stepping up air quality standards for the region. Originally adopted in 2006, the plan has steadily reduced emissions through the purchase of alternate fuel vehicles at the port and the imposition of a “Clean Truck Program” (CTP). https://www.ajot.com/blogs/full/blog-clearing-the-air-ports-step-up-to-green-initiatives Solar & Wind Subsidies = Less Than $0 In USA … Because Clean Energy Saves Lives! Anti-cleantech companies, think tanks, politicians, and messengers like to talk a lot about renewable energy and electric car subsidies. Meanwhile, they pretend that fossil fuels have gotten no subsidies and continue to get no subsidies. That’s absolutely rubbish, but it’s more or less something we’re going to ignore in this article. Aside from subsidies, polluting products come with massive “externalities”… https://cleantechnica.com/2017/08/21/solar-wind-subsidies-less-0-usa-solar-wind-save-lives/ How will global warming affect wood frogs? A far-ranging study of wood frogs have found that the bog-breeding amphibians could be vulnerable to global warming at the southern edge of their range, and that the population could shift northward, similar to many other species. But the research, covering more than 740 wood frog populations in 27 different areas, also showed some nuance in the response to climate change. https://summitcountyvoice.com/2017/08/20/how-will-global-warming-affect-wood-frogs/ Going in the Wrong Direction: We Need More Advice on the Impacts of Climate Change. As of Sunday, the federal Advisory Panel for the Sustained National Climate Assessment is no more. The charter for the panel was not renewed. That makes little sense from any perspective I can imagine. This panel was advising the federal government on how to best improve the scientific information for state… http://blog.ucsusa.org/andrew-rosenberg/going-in-the-wrong-direction-we-need-more-advice-on-the-impacts-of-climate-change US Cities Plagued by Poor Performance on SDGs. US cities still have a long way to go towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), according to the first-ever US Cities SDG Index, which ranks the 100 most populous metropolitan areas in the US based on their performance on the SDGs. Using 49 indicators from 16 of the 17 SDGs (SDG 14, life below water, was not assessed)… http://www.sustainablebrands.com/news_and_views/new_metrics/sustainable_brands/us_cities_plagued_poor_performance_sdgs Steyer Critics Call Out Tax-Break ‘Hypocrisy’ Over Support for New Tesla Subsides. Fight heats up over California's $3 billion electric-vehicle subsidy. The fight over a California state bill to create a $3 billion state subsidy program for electric vehicles, a potential boon for Tesla, is intensifying with the Senate set to take up the measure Monday. http://freebeacon.com/issues/steyer-critics-call-tax-break-hypocrisy-support-new-tesla-subsides/