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newsclips -- CARB Newsclips for August 21, 2017

Posted: 21 Aug 2017 14:13:32
CARB Newsclips for August 21, 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.


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    



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…

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…


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.


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…

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…


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…


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…

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…


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

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


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.

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."


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).

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”…

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.

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…

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)…

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.

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