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California Air Resources Board News Clips for February 1, 2011. 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. AIR POLLUTION Smog-Eating Tile Roofs Being Offered By KB Homes. It is a green home-building feature that is particularly fitting for Southern California: a concrete tile roof that neutralizes the smog-forming nitrogen oxides spewed into the air by automobiles. Hoping to attract environmentally concerned homebuyers, KB Home, based in Los Angeles, has joined forces with Boral Roofing, the Irvine-based manufacturer of what is being called "smog-eating tile." Posted. http://www.pe.com/localnews/stories/PE_News_Local_D_smogeating01.208048e.html CLIMATE CHANGE Sen. John Barasso, R-Wyo., Introduces Bill To Keep EPA From Regulating Carbon Emissions. The Daily Caller reports on Barrasso's legislation, which aims to stop the EPA from from becoming the de facto regulators of the American economy:The Defending America’s Affordable Energy and Jobs Act seeks to stop bureaucracies from unilaterally passing economically unsound regulations for the sole purpose of addressing climate change. It has seven co-sponsors, including Republican Sens. Mike Enzi of Wyoming, James Inhofe of Oklahoma and John Thune of South Dakota. Posted. http://washingtonexaminer.com/print/blogs/beltway-confidential/2011/02/sen-john-barasso-r-wyo-introduces-bill-keep-epa-regulating-carbon Natural Gas, Electronics Groups Sue EPA Over Emission-Reporting Rules. New federal regulations that require companies to disclose their greenhouse gas emissions have drawn several new lawsuits from electronics companies and the natural gas industry, which argue that there are flaws in the way U.S. EPA designed the program. Trade groups such as the American Gas Association and the Semiconductor Industry Association, as well as the manufacturing giant 3M Co. and natural gas producer Chesapeake Energy Corp., want the agency to rethink various elements of the reporting rules that were finalized at the beginning of December. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/Greenwire/print/2011/02/01/2 U.S. Chamber Supports Some Admin Energy Plans But Not Emission Regs. The U.S. business community can make common cause with the Obama administration on the promotion of new energy technologies and expanded siting for electricity transmission at the same time it urges Congress to bar U.S. EPA's plans to curb greenhouse gas emissions, a U.S. Chamber of Commerce official said today. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/Greenwire/print/2011/02/01/5 U.S. Should Let States Regulate CO2 Pipelines -- DOE-Backed Report. The federal government should avoid taking over the regulation of carbon dioxide pipelines, leaving future infrastructure build-out to the private sector with primarily state oversight, according to a new Department of Energy-backed report. That framework, the report says, would allow future networks of CO2 pipes developed for carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) to follow the successful model that has created a more limited pipeline network to transport CO2 for use in oil and natural gas production. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/Greenwire/print/2011/02/01/9 $46M Spent On Failed Calif. Global Warming Measure. Sacramento, Calif. -- More than $46 million was spent for and against a failed November ballot measure that would have suspended California's landmark global warming law, according to campaign finance reports filed Monday. Out-of-state oil companies and their supporters spent $10.5 million promoting Proposition 23, while opponents spent more than $36 million. The initiative would have suspended the state's 2006 greenhouse gas reduction goals until California's unemployment rate, now 12.5 percent, drops to 5.5 percent and holds there for a year. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/01/31/AR2011013106274_pf.html http://www.eenews.net/Greenwire/print/2011/02/01/10 Global CO2 Output Slightly Lower In 2009. Although the United States, Europe, Canada, Russia and South Africa all saw lower carbon emissions in 2009, China had an increase of more than 13 percent from the previous year. In 2009, U.S. emissions fell to levels not seen since 1995-1996 because of lower industrial output related to the recession. China's increase was the equivalent of adding the annual emissions of Germany, Greece and Peru combined. India saw strong growth in its carbon output from an increase in coal burning. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2011/02/01/6 GREEN ENERGY Energy Panel Leader Expects Push For Production Of More U.S. Oil. The chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee said Monday that the crisis in oil markets sparked by Egypt’s political unrest should not divert Congress from pursuing long-term strategies to develop more clean and renewable energy resources. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, New Mexico Democrat, predicted that the latest Middle East crisis will amplify calls on Capitol Hill to expand U.S. oil production as a way to ease dependence on unstable foreign suppliers. Posted. http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/jan/31/energy-panel-leader-expects-push-for-production-of/print/ Obama's Energy Plan and Your Energy Bill. Electricity prices will increase, but your bill could actually come down. A national energy plan proposed last week by President Obama could have a paradoxical impact on the nation's energy bills. It is likely to raise electricity prices by forcing utilities to use certain sources of energy, but it could lower energy bills by offering people incentives to reduce the amount of electricity they consume. According to an outline supplied by the White House, the energy plan would include a clean energy standards that would require that the United States get 80 percent of its energy from "clean" sources by 2035. Posted. http://www.technologyreview.com/energy/32247/?ref= VEHICLES Are Consumers Really Ready For Plug-Ins? While many potential consumers are getting their first glimpse of plug-in electric vehicles at the auto shows across the country, it may be a while before they actually start buying the cars. More EVs are on display than ever before, and the press coverage is heating up. At the Washington Auto Show, the Ford Focus Electric, slated to hit the market later this year, received the 2011 Green Car Vision Award. Ford also recently unveiled its C-Max Energi, the first plug-in SUV of its kind. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2011/02/01/3 BLOGS Filling in the Blanks on Himalayan Glaciers. Last year the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change ended up with a bit of mud on its face, when it had to retract an alarming claim in its landmark 2007 assessment: that the probability of Himalayan glaciers “disappearing by the year 2035 and perhaps sooner is very high.” Climate skeptics pilloried the panel for including what proved to be an unsubstantiated and, glaciologists said, unlikely figure. Rajendra K. Pachauri, the head of the panel, called the inclusion of the statistic a “regrettable error.” Posted. http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/02/01/filling-in-the-blanks-on-himalayan-glaciers/?pagemode=print In a Warm Room, the Globe Feels Hotter. As any climate scientist will attest, proof of global warming is found not in the warmth or cold of any given day or even a particular year, but in long-term trends in temperature averaged across the entire planet. Yet research has shown that local weather does play a role in people’s judgment about climate change: one recent national study found that for each 3.5 degree Fahrenheit rise in temperature above a local average, Americans became 1 percent more likely to agree that “solid evidence” exists that the earth is getting warmer. Posted. http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/02/01/in-a-warm-room-the-globe-feels-hotter/?pagemode=print Natural Gas: It’s Not Easy Being Green. Bloomberg Tapping natural gas in Texas. The green bona fides of the energy source are coming under increased scrutiny. Natural gas has long enjoyed a clean-and-green reputation — at least in comparison with coal, its brethren fossil fuel and most immediate substitute in the electricity-generation game. And of course, T. Boone Pickens and others would like to see natural gas replace oil as the chief source for the nation’s transportation fuels. Posted. http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/02/01/natural-gas-its-not-easy-being-green/?pagemode=print Energy Crises Don’t Necessarily Lead to Energy Legislation. Political instability in Egypt is sending the price of oil higher. But could it be the catalyst for an overhaul of the nation's energy policy? Though Egypt is not a large producer of oil, it does serve as a critical link in the supply chain. About 600,000 barrels of crude oil and roughly 1.2 million barrels of refined oil products travel through Egypt's Suez Canal each day. To date, the vital shipping lane remains open for business, but if it stops running the public could be in for some major pain at the pump and elsewhere. Posted. http://politics.blogs.foxnews.com/2011/01/31/energy-crises-don-t-necessarily-lead-energy-legislation