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newsclips -- CARB Newsclips for September 5, 2017

Posted: 05 Sep 2017 13:25:00
This is a service of the California Air Resources Board’s Office
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CARB Business:

Staff of the California Air Resources Board (CARB or Board)
invites you to participate in a webinar on Tuesday, September 19,
2017 to discuss the South Coast Incentive Measure.
The webinar will be conducted by CARB staff to discuss the
concept of an incentive measure for on-road heavy-duty vehicles
operating in the South Coast Air Basin. 

The webinar will be casted from this link:

The webpage and hearing notice is available at this link: 


California Air Resources Board (CARB) staff invites you to
participate in the Refinery Investment Credit Pilot Program
(RICPP) workshop to discuss potential amendments to the RICPP
under LCFS to make credit calculations simpler and workable for a
wide-range of refinery investment projects. The RICPP is designed
to encourage GHG reduction projects at refineries. The RICPP
provides credits for GHG reductions at refineries.  

The workshop will be held at the following time and location:

Date:                     Thursday, September 14, 2017
Time:                     9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Location:              Coastal Hearing Room, Second Floor
Address:              Cal/EPA Headquarters Building
1001 "I" Street
Sacramento, California 95814

Staff presentation and a staff discussion paper will be posted
before the workshop here:

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) invites you to
participate in community meetings to discuss concepts to control
pollution from large freight facilities including seaports,
railyards, and warehouses/distribution centers.  CARB staff are
co-hosting the following meetings to talk with residents living
in communities near seaports, railyards, warehouses, and
distribution centers about regulatory actions already underway
and the development of new concepts to reduce the air pollution
and health impacts from freight.   

Community Meetings will be held at the locations and dates shown
below.  The meetings will begin with a brief welcome and overview
of the issues at hand, then convene with multiple breakout
sessions where participants can gather in smaller groups to
discuss their views and raise questions with CARB staff.   

Monday, September 18, 2017, (6:00 – 8:00 pm) David Head Center
10300 San Diego Street, Lamont, CA 93241

Tuesday, September 19, 2017, (6:00 – 8:00 pm) Long Beach Main
101 Pacific Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90822

Wednesday, September 20, 2017, (6:00 – 8:00 pm) Jessie Turner
Health & Fitness Community Center
15556 Summit Avenue, Fontana, CA 92336

Monday, September 25, 2017, (6:00 – 8:00 pm) West Oakland Senior
1724 Adeline Street, Oakland, CA 94607

Location and date TBD

For more information on this workshop, please see the meeting
notice at:  https://www.arb.ca.gov/gmp/sfti/FreightFacility.htm.



Study: Light Rail Commuters Exposed to Lowest Pollution Levels
The mode of travel you take on your daily work commute can make a
big difference in your exposure to air pollution, a new study
finds. The study, “Commuter exposure to PM2.5, BC, and UFP in six
common transport micro-environments in Sacramento, California,”
conducted by researchers at the California Air Resources Board
(CARB), was published recently in Atmospheric Environment, a
prestigious scientific journal in the field of air pollution.

Map shows which SF neighborhoods are hit hardest by air
Black dust cakes the poplar trees in South Park, the San
Francisco waterfront neighborhood at the western end of the Bay
Bridge. The soot piles up on stairwells and speckles window
blinds. It stains the surfaces of magnolia branches. It covers
the leaves that fall into nearby Alice Street Community Gardens,
where low-income seniors tend vegetable plots.

Federal judge orders EPA to act on Delaware air pollution
A federal judge on Friday ordered The U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency to take action within 90 days on a Delaware
plan to reduce ozone-causing air pollution. The order came as
Judge Phyllis Hamilton denied EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s
motion for relief from a consent decree, which had mandated the
EPA either approve or reject Delaware’s plan to use “reasonably
available technologies to control major sources” of ozone
pollution by Sept. 29.

Air Quality Alert Issued Due To California Fires
Smoke from wildfires in the southern Sierra has prompted an air
quality alert that remains in effect until Tuesday, September 5
at 11 a.m. Tuolumne, Mariposa and San Joaquin Valley air
pollution control districts issued the alert Monday. Affected
counties include Mariposa, Tuolumne, Mariposa, Merced,  Madera,
Fresno, Kings, Tulare, and Kern.

VIDEO: How you can help reduce air pollution
Smog, haze, pollution -- it's bad for you, your family and the
Bay Area. 
Watch the video above for some ways on how you can help spare the
air every day.


State Attorney Generals Attack Trump’s EPA Over Clean Power Plan
As promised, the left-leaning states are carrying through with
their promises to bring about carbon reductions not just in their
jurisdictions but also nationally. To that end, the attorney
generals in such states as California, Illinois and New York have
written EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt letters stating that his
advice to states that wish to delay their implementation of the
Clean Power Plan is both ill-advised and terribly conflicted.

California Today: Is This What Climate Change Looks Like?
It was a wild weather weekend in California. In Los Angeles,
firefighters battled a blaze that swept through 11 square miles
in the Verdugo Mountains. It burned four homes, forced hundreds
of residents to flee and prompted an emergency declaration from
the governor.

Those 3% of scientific papers that deny climate change? A review
found them all flawed
It’s often said that of all the published scientific research on
climate change, 97% of the papers conclude that global warming is
real, problematic for the planet, and has been exacerbated by
human activity. But what about those 3% of papers that reach
contrary conclusions? Some skeptics have suggested that the
authors of studies indicating that climate change is not real,
not harmful, or not man-made are bravely standing up for the
truth, like maverick thinkers of the past. (Galileo is often
invoked, though his fellow scientists mostly agreed with his
conclusions—it was church leaders who tried to suppress them.)

Climate Action Won’t Happen Unless the Private and Public Sectors
Work Together, Fast
The cost of electric vehicles (EVs) will fall to match those
running on combustion engines by 2022, a key trigger that will
mean by 2035 half of all passenger vehicles sold globally will be
electric, according to the head of a top energy consultancy. But
this expected exponential rise in cleaner vehicles, coupled with
booming renewable energy production, will not be enough to meet
the Paris Agreementgoal of limiting climate warming, Ditlev
Engel, chief executive of DNV GL's energy consulting business,
told Reuters in an interview.

Electric cars and renewables not enough to meet Paris climate
goal: consultant
The cost of electric vehicles (EVs) will fall to match those
running on combustion engines by 2022, a key trigger that will
mean by 2035 half of all passenger vehicles sold globally will be
electric, according to the head of a top energy consultancy. But
this expected exponential rise in cleaner vehicles, coupled with
booming renewable energy production, will not be enough to meet
the Paris Agreement goal of limiting climate warming, Ditlev
Engel, chief executive of DNV GL’s energy consulting business,
told Reuters in an interview.


Germany’s Merkel, Vulnerable on Diesel Emissions, Moves to
Address Issue
Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany has been hailed as the
“climate chancellor” for her efforts to help the country shift
toward renewable energy. But she has faced criticism from
consumers angered by her refusal to come down harder on German
automakers over a widening diesel emissions scandal.


Diesel cars will never be fully replaced by electric vehicles,
says man who exposed VW emissions scandal
What is the market leader in equipment for measuring car
emissions to do if the vehicles of the future don’t spew exhaust?
Japan’s Horiba, whose gear was central in exposing Volkswagen’s
diesel-cheating scandal, believes that day will never come.
Electric vehicles won’t ever make up more than a third of cars
worldwide, says chief executive Atsushi Horiba, because it’s just
not feasible to build the scale of infrastructure to enable
battery-powered cars.

Toyota chairman: Battery technology must evolve before widespread
electric vehicle adoption
Despite the buzz around electric vehicles, the chairman of
Japanese car maker Toyota is skeptical that consumers will
embrace such cars immediately, given current limitations in
battery technology. The remarks by Takeshi Uchiyamada, told to
CNBC in an exclusive interview, mark a departure from the
sentiment of several players in an industry that's trying to
shift quickly to more "green" technology. Volvo, for instance,
says that all new models launched from 2019 will be fully
electric or hybrids.

So You Want To Buy An Electric Car? It Requires Some Planning
Over the last few years, many of my colleagues have asked me
questions about cars. Recently at NPR West in Culver City,
Calif., we got two electric chargers. When my colleague Melissa
Kuypers said she wanted an electric car, I thought: perfect
guinea pig for a little test. "I drive by myself 13 miles each
way. I don't care about performance. I sit in a lot of traffic,"
says Kuypers, the mother of a toddler. Her family also has
another car that can serve as primary vehicle. And since NPR
recently installed an electric charging station, Melissa would
have a place to charge a car.


How States Will Hit 100 Percent Clean Energy
California Democratic leaders want their state to commit to a
future of 100 percent renewable electricity, a goal approved so
far by only one U.S. state—Hawaii. Top officials in both places
hope their policies will serve as a model for others as the Trump
administration rejects actions on climate change. California and
Hawaii offer very different models for committing their power
sectors to clean electricity. They differ on everything from
mandate deadlines to what's considered renewable.

Renewables helping secure electricity but undersupply risk in
short term, report says
Australia’s Energy Market Operator says the introduction of more
renewable energy is helping secure Australia’s electricity grid
but that “new approaches” will be needed to avoid blackouts in
coming years. The report comes as the prime minister, Malcolm
Turnbull, confirms the government is seeking to extend the life
of Australia’s oldest coal power plant, Liddell, and is in talks
with owners AGL.

Report: Oil fading as an energy source because of electric
The global demand for oil will peak within the next five years,
driven largely by the increased market presence of electric
vehicles, a top energy consultancy said. DNV GL, a Norwegian
company providing risk management advice, said in an energy
transition outlook that global demand for energy in general will
level off by 2030 and then move lower as efficiency improves. For
oil, demand peaks in 2022 because of the rise in the use of
electric vehicles, though energy trends might not be enough to
stave off the impacts of climate change.

Santa Fe joins the movement of US cities committing to 100%
renewable energy
Last week, Santa Fe’s City Council adopted Mayor Javier Gonzales’
resolution to develop a feasibility study on how the city can
meet the 100 percent renewable electricity goal by 2025. The City
Council directed City Manager Brian Snyde to manage the
development of the report, and he will be responsible to present
the findings in ninety days.

Egyptian renewable energy projects get $210 million boost
The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) has announced as
much as $210 million in debt financing in order to "tap" the
renewable energy potential of Egypt. In a statement on Tuesday,
the Beijing headquartered AIIB said the project would comprise 11
solar power plants with an "aggregate" capacity of 490 megawatts
and would help the country to meet its pledges under the Paris
Climate Agreement.

Germany Needs to Halve Coal-Fired Capacity by 2030-Deputy Economy
MinisterGermany would have to shut 25 gigawatts (GW) of
coal-fired power capacity, equivalent to about half its current
total, by 2030 to meet carbon-cutting targets agreed under the
Paris climate deal, Deputy Economy Minister Rainer Baake said on
Tuesday. Baake told an energy conference in Munich that the
measures would have to be worked out by the incoming government
after this month's general election.


Hawthorne Cat to Host California Air Resources Board Training
Hawthorne Cat, the exclusive Cat® equipment dealer in San Diego,
the Hawaiian Islands and the Pacific Region, will host a training
course sponsored by the California Air Resources Board (CARB).
The free course will take place on Wednesday, September 27 at the
Hawthorne Cat Corporate Training Center located at 16945 Camino
San Bernardo, San Diego, CA from 8:30 am – 11:30 am.


Look Around: The Costs of Not Acting on Climate Are Adding Up
As Houston begins a recovery from Hurricane Harvey that is likely
to last several years and cost many billions of dollars, the
threat of extreme weather events around the country and the globe
are illustrating the impact of climate change—and the damage
being done by right-wing politicians including President Donald
Trump who have refused to heed repeated warnings from scientists
and other experts.

Can business save the world from climate change?
"We are still in." On June 5, with these four words a group of
U.S. businesses and investors with a combined annual revenue of
$1.4 trillion sent a powerful message to the world: U.S.
President Donald Trump may have withdrawn from the Paris
agreement on climate change four days earlier, but corporate
America was not following suit.

5 Ways to Take 100% Renewable Energy From Dream to Mainstream
At the Intersolar conference in San Francisco this year, I opened
a presentation on new solar and storage business models by
highlighting recent milestones for the industry: The United
States now has an impressive 44.7 gigawatts of operating solar
systems, solar became the No. 1 source of new electricity in
2016, and in April 2017, for the first time ever, solar energy
generation out-produced nuclear. I invited the audience to pat
themselves on the back.

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