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CARB Newsclips for August 22, 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 California’s Auto Crackdown Reinforced by Road Emissions Uptick. California’s advocates for fuel economy standards and zero-emission vehicle mandates should toughen their rules, according to a non-profit that said road emissions have undercut the state’s efforts to reduce pollution. Emissions from on-road transportation rose by the equivalent of 4.4 million metric tons of carbon dioxide in 2015… https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-08-22/california-s-auto-crackdown-reinforced-by-road-emissions-uptick https://insideclimatenews.org/news/22082017/california-greenhouse-gas-emissions-decoupling-economy-electric-car-culture http://grist.org/article/california-defies-trump-claim-that-environmental-regulation-kills-economic-growth/ https://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2017/08/22/stories/1060059024 Firm wants to burn methane leaking from Utah coal mine — creating credits to sell to carbon-emitting companies. By burning the greenhouse gas escaping from the retired West Ridge mine, a Colorado firm plans to help California companies that need to offset their own carbon emissions. Coal and trona mines are a big source of methane emissions, a potent greenhouse gas. http://www.sltrib.com/news/environment/2017/08/21/firm-wants-to-burn-methane-leaking-from-utah-coal-mine-creating-credits-to-sell-to-carbon-emitting-companies/ CLIMATE CHANGE Agriculture a culprit in global warming, says U.S. research. Agriculture has contributed nearly as much to climate change as deforestation by intensifying global warming, according to U.S. research that has quantified the amount of carbon taken from the soil by farming. Some 133 billion tons of carbon have been removed from the top two meters of the earth's soil over the last two centuries by agriculture at a rate that is increasing… https://www.reuters.com/article/us-global-climatechange-agriculture-idUSKCN1B20TR Report: California needs to address housing crisis to meet long-term climate change goals. California’s economy grew robustly during the past decade even as state-imposed environmental standards to combat climate-change helped lower greenhouse gas emissions. But authors of a report released Tuesday cautioned that the future might not be so rosy… http://www.ocregister.com/2017/08/21/report-california-needs-to-address-housing-crisis-to-meet-long-term-climate-change-goals/ California Republican leader survives party infighting over climate change — for now. A contentious, intra-party dispute over a Republican lawmaker who helped propel a bipartisan climate bill to victory last month is underscoring just how hard it is for the GOP to find a direction in politically progressive California. Assembly Republican Leader Chad Mayes, R-Yucca Valley, has come under withering attack from party stalwarts who say he sold out Republican… http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/08/21/california-republican-leaders-clash-over-climate-change/ http://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/capitol-alert/article168541377.html https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/california/articles/2017-08-21/assembly-gop-leader-fends-off-challenge-over-climate-vote http://www.sbsun.com/2017/08/21/inland-assemblyman-chad-mayes-remains-as-gop-leader-for-now/ http://www.scpr.org/news/2017/08/22/74902/assembly-gop-leader-fends-off-challenge-over-clima/ Trump team has slowed down or disbanded 3 climate panels. The Trump administration is choosing to let key climate advisory councils expire without renewing them. The Trump administration has quietly disbanded a growing number of scientific advisory committees, raising concerns that the latest research on climate change could be omitted from government decisions on things like infrastructure projects. https://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2017/08/22/stories/1060059025 Study: People furthest apart on climate views often most educated. As arguments about climate change heat up, don't underestimate your opponent. It turns out that people who are the furthest apart in their views on a scientific issue are often the most educated and informed, according to a study published yesterday in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. https://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2017/08/22/stories/1060059023 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”… http://fleetowner.com/emissions/trucking-worries-carb-may-step-ghg-gap FUELS With Obama EPA rule in force, compliance clash may loom. The Trump administration is giving scant details on how or whether it plans to enforce restrictions on greenhouse gas emissions from the oil and gas industry after a federal court revived the standards last month. U.S. EPA has been tight-lipped since the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit blocked the agency's efforts… https://www.eenews.net/energywire/2017/08/22/stories/1060059016 Delay of fossil fuel royalties reg still in legal crosshairs. The Trump administration's plan to swiftly scrap an Obama-era fossil fuel regulation isn't going as smoothly in the courtroom as officials had hoped. While the Interior Department this month successfully rolled back a rule that changed how royalties are calculated for federal coal, oil and gas development, the agency came up short in its attempt to sidestep related legal wrangling. https://www.eenews.net/energywire/2017/08/22/stories/1060059005 VEHICLES Electric cars now 5 percent of California new-car sales: report. California continues to lead the country in adoption rates for cars that plug in, both battery-electric and plug-in hybrid models. The state offers numerous local and statewide incentives, and many utility companies reward customers for choosing an electric car over a fossil-fuel powered vehicle. http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1112251_electric-cars-now-5-percent-of-california-new-car-sales-report GREEN ENERGY Grid operators take a stunning event in stride. As the moon's shadow raced across the U.S. yesterday, 1,900 utility-scale solar power plants and many thousands of rooftop solar cells dozed off or shut down, one after the other, their electric currents disappearing from power networks from coast to coast. At 2:32 p.m. EDT, on a park overlooking the Clinch River here, the sun disappeared behind the moon, revealed only by its dazzling corona. https://www.eenews.net/stories/1060059019 Trump to keep program that's given energy to 50M Africans. Six months into the Trump presidency, the Obama administration's signature program to electrify 60 million homes and businesses in Africa has quietly met or exceeded its near-term goals, according to a progress report issued yesterday. The U.S. Agency for International Development reports that the program, launched in July 2013… https://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2017/08/22/stories/1060059014 OPINIONS Chad Mayes decision on climate control was good: Letters. Chad Mayes’ decision on climate control was good. Re “Should Assemblyman Chad Mayes resign as Republican leader?” (Question of the Week, Aug. 15): I applaud the Southern California News Group for covering the important issues around climate change. Reduction of greenhouse gas emissions is a non-partisan goal… http://www.dailybreeze.com/opinion/20170821/chad-mayes-decision-on-climate-control-was-good-letters Response to ‘California is shrinking’ Editor, Sabrina Brennan’s perspective (“California is shrinking” in the Aug. 14 edition of the Daily Journal”) did a great job of highlighting California’s vulnerability to climate change and the cost of adapting to sea level rise. However, I’m surprised she neglected to mention the most obvious way to pay for these costs: a carbon fee. Since carbon dioxide and equivalent emissions are clearly… http://www.smdailyjournal.com/opinion/letters_to_editor/response-to-california-is-shrinking/article_edad6248-86db-11e7-aed2-1714ada0a5aa.html From global warming to redistricting: Is Arnold back? It was ‘way back in 1984 when Arnold Schwarzenegger first uttered the movie catchwords “I’ll be back” in The Terminator. Today, Arnold is back. Sort of. In the past several weeks, the former governor of California has: –Stepped up his advocacy for the environment, specifically by endorsing California’s controversial cap-and-trade law and launching an environmental policy resource for state governments. http://capitolweekly.net/global-warming-redistricting-arnold-back/ Energy, CCAs and the seniors’ cost burden. The Legislature will be reviewing a flurry of bills upon its return from summer recess, but an informational hearing regarding Community Choice Aggregations (CCAs) on Wednesday morning in the Senate Energy, Utilities and Communications Committee warrants equal attention. A current law that is supposed to protect seniors and all electricity customers... http://capitolweekly.net/ccas-seniors-energy-share-cost-burden/ Why the Trump Administration's Latest Auto Industry Move Will Fail. In the movie Groundhog Day, Bill Murray plays a weatherman doomed to relive the same day over again until he can get it right. The movie’s central truth has endured: everyone has issues, moments, problems or events that seem to keep reappearing. One of mine happened again recently… http://time.com/4906656/donald-trump-auto-industy-pollution/ Midwestern agriculture stands to lose with climate change skeptics in charge. Agriculture is central to Missouri’s economy. In 2016, agriculture, forestry and related industries comprised 9.3 percent of the state’s economy and 10.5 percent of its jobs. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the value of sales of soybeans alone exceeded $8.4 billion. But much of this could be threatened by global warming. http://www.stltoday.com/opinion/columnists/midwestern-agriculture-stands-to-lose-with-climate-change-skeptics-in/article_b53497ce-21ff-593c-ac3f-fafc7140be8a.html BLOGS California Proves That Environmental Regulations Don't Kill Profits. To anyone who believes environmental regulation is poison for profits, California must be infuriating. The state’s pollution policies rarely wilt its perennially blooming economy. For the past nine years, a Golden State-centric think tank Next 10 has been releasing its California Green Innovation Index. https://www.wired.com/story/california-proves-that-environmental-regulations-dont-kill-profits/ Diesel prices trickle down 2 tenths of a penny to $2.596. What goes up, must come down, and retreating oil prices are finally having an impact on diesel prices, albeit a small one, as on-highway diesel was down two-tenths of a penny today to $2.596, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported. Benchmark U.S. crude fell $1.14 to settle at $47.37 per barrel today… http://www.thetrucker.com/News/Story/Dieselpricestrickledown2tenthsofapennyto2596 http://www.ttnews.com/articles/diesel-slips-02c-2596 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 New study finds soil carbon losses nearly equal to total emissions from deforestation. The first effort to spatially quantify global soil carbon loss revealed that agriculture has removed 133 billion tons of carbon from the top 2 meters of soil, with the rate of loss increasing dramatically in the past 200 years. Those soil carbon losses are nearly equal to total carbon emissions due to forest clearing. http://whrc.org/new-study-finds-soil-carbon-losses-nearly-equal-to-total-emissions-from-deforestation/ Trump Just Killed a Study Looking Into the Health Effects of Coal in Central Appalachia. Understanding the risks of living near mountaintop removal mining sites just stalled. The Trump administration has told the National Academy of Sciences to stop working on a study about the potential health risks for people living near mountaintop coal-removing sites in Central Appalachia. “Everyone knows there are major health risks living near mountaintop removal coal mining sites… http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2017/08/trump-kills-coal-health-study/