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California Air Resources Board News Clips for February 2, 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 House GOP Readies Bill To Restrict EPA's Regulation Of Carbon Emissions. Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.) is expected to unveil draft legislation Wednesday that would prevent the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating carbon emissions under the Clean Air Act. Upton, the new chairman of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, aims to prevent the Obama administration from using the Clean Air Act as "a regulatory vehicle to impose a cap-and-trade energy tax," according to a committee aide. Sen. James M. Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, is expected to announce similar draft legislation in the Senate. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/02/02/AR2011020203720.html http://www.modbee.com/2011/02/01/1538089/ap-sources-house-gop-readies-restrictions.html http://www.vcstar.com/news/2011/feb/02/ap-sources-house-gop-readies-restrictions-on-epa/ http://www.nctimes.com/news/national/article_2458cd2d-ac5f-5098-8c3e-770fbe449fca.html http://www.fresnobee.com/2011/02/01/2256092/ap-sources-house-gop-readies-restrictions.html#storylink=misearch http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/02/02/AR2011020200615.html Long-Delayed Projects Get Exemption From New Air, Climate Rules. The Obama administration will spare a stalled power plant project in California from the newest federal limits on greenhouse gases and conventional air pollution, U.S. EPA says in a new court filing that marks a policy shift in the face of industry groups and Republicans accusing the agency of holding up construction of large industrial facilities. Posted. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/Greenwire/print/2011/02/02/1 CLIMATE CHANGE California Court Clouds Cap-And-Trade Outlook. * Alternatives to cap-and-trade not well analyzed-court * Tentative ruling could face objections, then appeals * California cap-and-trade plan due to start in 2012. SAN FRANCISCO - A San Francisco judge has tentatively ruled that California did not adequately consider alternatives to creating a carbon market, a decision which clouds the premier U.S. climate change program's outlook. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/02/02/environment-california-idINN0129249720110202 District Hailed For Adopting Environmental Curriculum. John Muir Elementary - Students in the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District could soon be getting an extra dose of environmental awareness in their science, history and social studies courses, thanks to a $50,000 grant from the Sempra Energy Foundation and a new curriculum developed by the California Environmental Protection Agency. Posted. http://www.smdp.com/Articles-c-2011-02-01-71237.113116-District-hailed-for-adopting-environmental-curriculum.html Obama Admin. Threatens Climate Veto. The Obama administration Wednesday repeated its threat to veto legislation that would curb its ability to regulate greenhouse gases. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson said that the White House continues to oppose any efforts from Capitol Hill to hamstring her agency on climate change. “What has been said from the White House is that the president’s advisors would advise him to veto any legislation that passed that would take away EPA’s greenhouse gas authority,” Jackson told reporters on Capitol Hill. Posted. http://dyn.politico.com/printstory.cfm?uuid=7E7DACDF-F8BE-4694-AC71-84B1437627B7 Award-Winning Scientists Ask Congress To Take A 'Fresh Look' At Climate Change. Scientists are urging Congress to take a "fresh look" at climate change, asking lawmakers to trust mainstream climate research and give lesser weight to the claims of skeptics. "Some view climate change as a futuristic abstraction. Others are unsure about the science, or uncertain about the policy responses," reads a Jan. 28 letter from 18 prominent researchers to members of the House and Senate. "We want to assure you that the science is strong and that there is nothing abstract about the risks facing our nation. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2011/02/02/3 Transparency International Plans Overview Of Carbon Trading Abuses. New York -- The Berlin-based anti-corruption group Transparency International is preparing a global assessment of carbon trading and climate finance in an effort to point regulators' attention to the high risk of abuse of the carbon markets. But that initiative will not take a look at specific cases of bribery, kickbacks or other schemes involving the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), officials clarified in response to a recent E&E report. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2011/02/02/7 Report Offers 'Affordable Ways' To Reduce Beef Industry's GHGs. Improving the diet of cattle and storing carbon in pasture soils can reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the beef industry, according to a report released today by the nonprofit Union of Concerned Scientists. "There is a range of affordable ways beef producers, especially those who raise beef on pasture, can significantly reduce their impact by cutting emissions and capturing more carbon in soil," said Doug Gurian-Sherman, the group's senior scientist and the report's author. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/Greenwire/print/2011/02/02/7 GREEN ENERGY San Diego Links With Utility, University To Speed Smart Grid. San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders announced yesterday that he would partner with General Electric Co., the University of California and local utility San Diego Gas & Electric to create a "holistic" electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure. San Diego Gas & Electric; GE; the University of California, San Diego; and the nonprofit business group CleanTECH San Diego -- a consortium of local government officials, lawyers, professors, bankers and executives from energy companies -- …Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2011/02/02/6 Chamber, Renewable Groups Clash Over Ability To Meet Clean Energy Goal. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce yesterday summarized how it views President Obama's goal of doubling the country's clean energy production in 25 years: "impossible." Hitting that target would require a nearly eightfold increase in renewable power generation, the business trade group said, a boom that can't happen with the existing obstacles. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/Greenwire/print/2011/02/02/4 VEHICLES Growing An American Electric Car Industry, A Tale Of Two Companies. The third of a four-part series. Click here for part one and here for part two. Not long after the auto bailouts, the financial crash and the election of President Obama, General Motors Co. had a choice to make. It had designed an electric car, the Chevrolet Volt, to prove it could build something besides gas guzzlers. To make this car even close to affordable, it would need a battery unlike any that had been made before. This battery would have to overcome its own bulk to power the Volt for 40 miles. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2011/02/02/1 Consumer Qualms Could Hamper Obama's Electric Vehicle Goals. President Obama's goal of having 1 million electric vehicles deployed in the United States by 2015 may be too ambitious, because manufacturers are hesitant to mass-produce the cars amid uncertain consumer demand, a panel of auto industry executives and analysts say in a new report. Although nearly every major car company is planning to produce either a battery electric vehicle or a plug-in hybrid, there may not be enough production volume to meet the million-vehicle goal in four years, the experts warn. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/Greenwire/print/2011/02/02/15 OPINION Working Together, We Can Clean Our Air. Can the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District do more to get buy-in from the people of Kern County and the Central Valley? Does the regional air-quality agency simply have an image problem? Or does this come down to a public that's not willing to make the necessary sacrifices to return the Central Valley's air to a state of reasonable healthfulness? Posted. http://www.bakersfield.com/opinion/editorials/x437101336/Working-together-we-can-clean-our-air Air Index Questions. In "Valley air gains worth touting?" the graph shows the number of good and unhealthy days between 1999 and 2010. In the Jan. 29 article, Mark Grossi writes: "The index includes air ratings -- healthy, moderate, unhealthy for people with lung problems and unhealthy for everyone." While the numbers seem encouraging, do these tell the whole story? Posted. http://www.fresnobee.com/2011/02/02/2255981/air-index-questions.html#storylink=misearch BLOGS A Few Sighs of Relief Over Cuomo’s Budget. Given the pressure for deep cuts in hard economic times, New York environmental groups seemed relieved that Governor Andrew Cuomo was more surgeon than hatchet man in announcing his proposed budget on Tuesday. “Governor Cuomo has effectively targeted cuts to inflict the least amount of pain while holding the line on vital services like mass transit, the Environmental Protection Fund and the Department of Environmental Conservation,” said Marcia Bystryn, president of the New York League of Conservation Voters. Posted. http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/02/02/a-few-sighs-of-relief-over-cuomos-budget/?scp=2&sq=climate%20change&st=cse Cooling Off The Heated Climate Change Rhetoric. The scene: A crowded room at the American Meteorological Society's 91st Annual Meeting in Seattle last week, where the theme was "communicating weather and climate." Climate scientists and weather experts from the U.S. and around the world, along with a sizable contingent of communications specialists from various media outlets, government agencies and academic institutions, are listening to a presentation by Kevin Trenberth, a climate researcher who heads up the Climate Analysis Section at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, Colo. Posted. http://voices.washingtonpost.com/capitalweathergang/2011/02/cooling_off_the_heated_climate.html Survey Shows 58% Of Polled Companies Have No Emissions-Measuring Plan. A recent survey of 143 energy and utility professionals indicates 58% have no system to record carbon emissions. That's a slight improvement from 61% who responded the same way during 2010, reports Enviance Inc., a software provider for management of environmental, health, and safety compliance activities. Posted. http://www.ogj.com/index/blogs/health-safety-environment/blogs/OGJ/health-safety-environment-blog/post987_4014142441511916797.html