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California Air Resources Board News Clips for February 9, 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 EPA's Power Plant Rules Would Spur Job Creation – Report. Despite claims that U.S. EPA's regulations are destroying jobs at a time of already high unemployment, two new sets of air pollution rules for power plants would create hundreds of thousands of jobs over the next five years, according to a report (pdf) released today. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/gwire/2011/02/09/09greenwire-epas-power-plant-rules-would-spur-job-creation-48692.html?scp=2&sq=air%20pollution&st=cse Professors Take Part in Anti-Pollution Initiative. Urban and Environmental Policy (UEP) professor Martha Matsuoka and professor of Environmental Science James Sadd have joined forces with the "Clean Up Green Up" organization, a grassroots movement that aims to transform the most polluted neighborhoods in Los Angeles into healthier residential spaces. The campaign focuses on helping to clean up the local air supply through on-the-ground research as well as collaboration with community members and city council members. Posted. http://www.oxyweekly.com/news/professors-take-part-in-anti-pollution-initiative-1.1968584 CLIMATE CHANGE Global Warming Fix Heats Up Hearing With EPA Chief. Washington (AP) — Congressional Republicans are vowing to prevent the Environmental Protection Agency from using the Clean Air Act to control pollution that contributes to global warming, underscoring the threat with a proposed deep cut to the agency's budget. Rep. Ed Whitfield, R-Ky., chair of a House subcommittee on energy and power, said that "Congress intends to reassert itself" in the regulatory process at EPA and the Clean Air Act. He spoke at the start of a hearing Wednesday on a bill that would curtail the EPA's powers. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2011/02/09/v-print/3388375/global-warming-fix-heats-up-hearing.html http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5gLSlMBuUgf08F8pDqUa-65S_Besw?docId=9286e9cbb72445a4b5d19c0006790bae http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2011/02/09/national/w000910S34.DTL http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/wire/sns-bc-apfn-us--epaunderfire,0,1360570.story http://www.modbee.com/2011/02/09/1548623/global-warming-fix-heats-up-hearing.html http://www.vcstar.com/news/2011/feb/09/global-warming-fix-heats-up-hearing-with-epa/ http://www.nctimes.com/news/national/article_b26ee78c-725e-57fe-a77d-f0ce3522cf04.html http://www.fresnobee.com/2011/02/09/2265117/global-warming-fix-heats-up-hearing.html#storylink=misearch State AG Rejects Premise Of Tentative Court Ruling On A.B. 32. California Attorney General Kamala Harris yesterday rejected a state judge's tentative ruling that the state had failed to complete an environmental review of its broad greenhouse gas emissions reduction plan, charging that the court had in many respects ignored the facts. Harris, a Democrat, was responding to a ruling issued last month by San Francisco Superior Court Judge Ernest Goldsmith that faulted the California Air Resources Board (ARB) for not completing environmental analyses or considering alternatives to a cap-and-trade market to regulate carbon emissions. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2011/02/09/8 Lawsuit By Low-Income Groups May Delay Climate Law. The latest legal challenge to California's landmark climate-change legislation isn't coming from big polluters faced with a series of new regulations. Instead, groups representing low-income residents are challenging the environmental law as unfairly burdening their beleaguered communities. A handful of community groups, represented by the San Francisco-based Center on Race, Poverty and the Environment have filed a motion that could delay the implementation of parts of the Global Warming Solutions Act, also known as AB 32. Posted. http://californiawatch.org/dailyreport/lawsuit-low-income-groups-may-delay-climate-law-8582 UK's Prince Charles Blasts Climate-Change Skeptics. Brussels (AP) — Prince Charles lashed out Wednesday at climate change skeptics, saying they are playing "a reckless game of roulette" with the planet's future. Skeptics are having a "corrosive effect" on public opinion, the British heir to the throne added. "Their suggestion, that hundreds of scientists around the world ... are somehow unconsciously biased, creates the implication that many of us are secretly conspiring to undermine and deliberately destroy the entire market-based capitalist system," he said. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2011/02/09/v-print/3389147/prince-charles-blasts-climate.html http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5gUqY1JxD4ZFgGwJCcmFxS37sANBA?docId=80fc535f62e44817a9d414c91f0e79da http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2011/02/09/international/i064037S69.DTL http://www.latimes.com/news/science/wire/sns-ap-eu-climate-prince-charles,0,4327005.story http://www.modbee.com/2011/02/09/1548904/prince-charles-blasts-climate.html http://www.nctimes.com/news/world/article_8adc2fdc-977a-5180-9bc1-ff76a599f851.html http://www.fresnobee.com/2011/02/09/2265385/prince-charles-blasts-climate.html#storylink=misearch California Releases First State-Approved K-12 Environmental Curriculum In U.S. At Searles Elementary School in Union City, fifth-grade students last week eagerly shared what they learned during a pilot run of the nation's first state-approved K-12 environmental curriculum. The California Environmental Protection Agency, which developed the material, this month, released it to school districts statewide. Instead of generic chemistry lectures, students will learn how chlorine-containing molecules from products such as aerosol cans and refrigerators chew away -- through chemical reactions -- the protective ozone layer over the Earth's poles. Posted. http://www.contracostatimes.com/california/ci_17333357?nclick_check=1 Obama's Foreign Aid for Climate Change Bound for GOP Chopping Block. When Congress passes appropriations legislation this year, the short list of programs getting more money is unlikely to include international climate aid. The new Republican majority in the House and many members in the Senate have made cutting discretionary spending their flagship issue for the 112th Congress, a stance that doesn't bode well for international aid programs. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/gwire/2011/02/09/09greenwire-obamas-foreign-aid-for-climate-change-bound-fo-61622.html?scp=1&sq=Obama%27s%20Foreign%20Aid%20for%20Climate%20Change%20Bound%20for%20GOP%20Chopping%20Block&st=cse EU Carbon Little Changed Ahead of U.K. Sale; Power Declines. European Union carbon-dioxide prices were little changed as the U.K. prepares to sell 4.4 million metric tons of allowances tomorrow, boosting supply. EU emission permits for December rose 2 cents to 14.73 euros ($20.09) a metric ton on London’s ICE Futures Europe exchange in London as of 12:51 p.m. The U.K., Europe’s second-biggest emitter, will sell 4.4 million tons of spot permits tomorrow at auction. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-02-09/eu-carbon-little-changed-ahead-of-u-k-sale-power-declines.html ArcelorMittal Made $140 Million Selling Carbon in 2010. (Corrects year in third, fourth paragraph.) ArcelorMittal, the world’s biggest steelmaker, made a net gain of $140 million from the sale of carbon-dioxide permits last year, according to company earnings published yesterday. Emissions from manufacturers in the European Union are capped under the bloc’s carbon-trading program. Companies are allocated free allowances and can trade them to ensure they have enough to cover their emissions each year. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/print/2011-02-09/arcelormittal-made-140-million-selling-carbon-permits-last-year.html Bush EPA Chief Supported Greenhouse-Gas Regulation. Washington—An Environmental Protection Agency administrator under President George W. Bush told the former president in 2008 that his administration was obliged to declare that emissions of heat-trapping greenhouse gases linked to climate change endanger public health and welfare. Stephen Johnson, the EPA's administrator from 2005 until 2009, also suggested in a Jan. 31, 2008 letter that the agency propose regulations to limit greenhouse-gas emissions from automobiles and from other human sources—a stance that the Obama administration has taken. Posted. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704364004576132582012134122.html?mod=googlenews_wsj 23 States Back White House In Supreme Court Case. A group of states has announced support for the Obama administration in a case before the Supreme Court over whether federal common law can be invoked to regulate greenhouse gases. In total, 23 states have joined an amicus brief backing the administration's position in the case, American Electric Power v. Conn. that will be argued April 19. The move pits those states against eight others that want to use federal common law to force utilities operating fossil fuel-fired electric power plants to reduce emissions. The plaintiffs say the power companies are contributing to a "public nuisance" by releasing greenhouse gases into the air. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/EEDaily/print/2011/02/09/8 Around the State: Idaho Geothermal; Oregon Energy Efficiency; California Cap-Trade Setback. Idaho is working to encourage geothermal power development in the state, which ranks third in geothermal potential--behind only California and Nevada. Current state laws restrict development on state-owned lands, but four bills in the state legislature aim to create a more friendly environment for investment in new geothermal power wells. According to the New York Times, the proposed legislation would eliminate restrictions on the size of geothermal leases, reduce royalty fees and remove 10-year expiration clauses on leases. Posted. http://www.sustainablebusiness.com/index.cfm/go/news.printerfriendly/id/21850 FUELS Ethanol Gets Seat on California LCFS Panel. Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) Vice President of Research and Analysis Geoff Cooper has been selected to represent the ethanol industry on the California Air Resources Board’s (CARB) Low Carbon Fuels Standard (LCFS) Advisory Panel. Panel members will participate in periodic reviews of the LCFS program and provide input on issues related to implementation of the LCFS. The first panel meeting is scheduled for Feb. 16 in Sacramento. “California has always been an important market for biofuels like ethanol,” Cooper said. Posted. http://domesticfuel.com/2011/02/08/ethanol-gets-seat-on-california-lcfs-panel/ GREEN ENERGY Utilities, Cool to Obama's Clean Energy Standard, Are Redefining It. If President Obama's clean energy plan depends on the support of electric utilities, he has a lot of convincing to do. Leery industry officials are maneuvering for leverage in the opening lap of Obama's push for a clean energy standard, a plan that one official described as "DOA" if Democrats fail to make major concessions. The plan offers a complicated goal -- making cleaner fuels competitive with cheap coal -- but nearly no details. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/cwire/2011/02/09/09climatewire-utilities-cool-to-obamas-clean-energy-standa-95295.html?pagewanted=print Grant Boosts Green Upgrades At Sacramento Schools. Plans for $100 million in green upgrades to Sacramento's school buildings received a boost from the national organization that certifies eco-friendly and energy-efficient buildings. The U.S. Green Building Council on Tuesday named the Sacramento City Unified School District as one of the first school systems in the nation for its $300,000 green schools fellowship program. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2011/02/09/v-print/3388033/grant-boosts-green-upgrades-at.html VEHICLES China's New Urban Plan -- Buy a Car, but Don't Use It. One aspect of this country's high-speed economic growth is that Chinese are getting richer and prefer to have their own cars. After decades of streets crowded with bicyclists pedaling their way to work, suddenly China has blossomed into the world's largest auto market. But that isn't something worth celebrating, at least not for Chinese mayors. In fact, cities here are trying hard to pry drivers out of their shiny new cars and lure them into mass transit. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/cwire/2011/02/09/09climatewire-chinas-new-urban-plan-buy-a-car-but-dont-use-36267.html?scp=4&sq=air%20pollution&st=cse Auto Program Passes With Flying Colors. The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District and Valley Clean Air Now hosted the free Tune In and Tune Up Car Clean-Up Event on Jan. 22 at the Shima parking lot at San Joaquin Delta College. Residents with 1995 model or older cars were provided free emissions tests. Those cars found to be repairable were signed up for a $500 voucher for repairs at a certified Gold Shield smog shop. More than 400 cars were tested. Posted. http://www.recordnet.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20110209/A_INTERACT/102090301&cid=sitesearch Toyota To Build New Hybrid Compact Vehicle. The car company has announced plans to assemble a new compact hybrid electric vehicle at its plant, its second model after the best-selling Prius. Central Motor Co., an assembly unit of Toyota, will produce the model at a plant in Ohira, Miyagi prefecture, according to a confidential source. The move to Ohira is a shift from the company's usual production center in Aichi prefecture. Sources cite lower labor costs and proximity to a port as reasons for the change. Toyota plans to begin selling a compact version of the Prius hybrid in the first half of 2012. The car was first revealed at the Detroit auto show last month. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2011/02/09/12 Oregon, Washington Mull Electric Car Fees. GREEN FEES: Both the Oregon and Washington legislatures are considering bills imposing fees on electric car owners, moves designed to make up for revenue that's lost when drivers don't pay gas taxes because they don't use gas. The bills have key legislators behind them. In Washington, the transportation committee chairs in both houses of the legislature support a $100-a-year fee, the Seattle Times reports. The Register Guard reports that Oregon's bill, which would charge electric car drivers six cents for every 10 miles they drive, is the product of a task force that has been studying alternatives to the gas tax for years. http://www.stateline.org/live/details/story?contentId=548840 Car Buyers Care About CO2 Emissions By Default. Only 0.1 per cent of prospective car buyers consider the environmental impact of CO2 emissions more important than other factors when choosing a new vehicle. According to a poll carried out by car comparison site, car buzz, of the 1% of respondents who claimed CO2 emissions would be the first thing they looked at, two thirds said this was to save money through cheaper road. Only one in ten of those respondents were concerned about the impact on the environment. Posted. http://www.eta.co.uk/2011/02/09/car-buyers-care-about-co2-emissions-default OPINION Pollution. Air pollution is a matter of life and death. Right now there are no limits on the amount of carbon pollution companies are allowed to emit. We need Congress to stand up for our health and our future. It must stop caving in to corporate polluters and end attempts to undermine the Environmental Protection Agency's authority to limit dangerous greenhouse pollution. Posted. http://www.vcstar.com/news/2011/feb/09/pollution/ BLOGS Teaming Tenants and Landlords for Energy Savings. Last week I wrote about how small businesses are going green by taking steps that reduce waste and energy use. While personal convictions may drive many business owners to reduce their environmental impact, most still make decisions based on a model that requires a quick return on such an investment. Posted. http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/02/09/teaming-tenants-and-landlords-for-energy-savings/#more-90941 E.P.A. Chief Faces House Grilling. As Republican lawmakers move to prevent the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating emissions of greenhouse gases, Lisa P. Jackson, the E.P.A. administrator, has been called to testify before the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Energy and Power. Posted. http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/02/09/e-p-a-chief-faces-house-grilling/ Attacks On EPA Misrepresent Regulations' Effects On Economy. Having successfully blocked the legislative branch from adopting carbon regulations, congressional Republicans and a few Democrats are now moving to cripple the EPA, whose mandate under the Clean Air Act, the Supreme Court found, includes addressing climate change. A bill co-authored by the new chair of the Energy and Commerce Committee, Fred Upton, and notorious climate denier James Inhofe, would block the agency's ability to regulate greenhouse gases. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/green/detail?entry_id=82644 The Dark Side Of Leds: Some Colored Lights Contain Lead. As the light from incandescent bulbs dims in the face of their impending phase-out, new concerns are being raised about the hazardous materials contained in some of their more energy-efficient replacements, such as light-emitting diodes or LEDs. While LEDs consume a fraction of the energy of incandescent and last exponentially longer, some colored LEDs may contain lead, according to Potential Environmental Impacts of Light-Emitting Diodes, a new study by UC Irvine. Posted. http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/greenspace/2011/02/the-dark-side-of-leds-some-colored-lights-contain-lead.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+GreenspaceEnvironmentBlog+%28Greenspace%29 How the Carbon and Energy Software Market Grew 400% Without a Cap-and Trade Bill. Cap-and-trade legislation — back when Congress had an interest in limiting greenhouse gas emissions — promised to cultivate a slew of carbon-related markets, including one for companies that had developed software tools to track environmental data. Of course, we know what happened next. Congress punted on the issue and the economy continued its tailspin, which you’d think would erase any need for carbon accounting software. Posted. http://www.bnet.com/blog/clean-energy/how-the-carbon-and-energy-software-market-grew-400-without-a-cap-and-trade-bill/4166