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California Air Resources Board News Clips for February 25, 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 Pre-Emptive Attacks On Dust Rules Draw Rebuke From EPA. Farm groups and members of Congress are jumping the gun in their efforts to stop U.S. EPA from making its air pollution rules tougher on dusty rural areas, the agency's second-in-command said yesterday. The stopgap spending bill passed by the House last week included an amendment, sponsored by Rep. Kristi Noem (R-S.D.) that would prevent EPA from updating the national air quality standards for coarse particles. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/Greenwire/print/2011/02/25/4 Enviro Groups Sue EPA For Texas Coal Plant Documents. Two environmental groups are suing U.S. EPA for access to documents about coal-fired power plants that they say may be contributing to pollution in Texas. The Sierra Club and the Environmental Integrity Project say the documents they have sued for under the Freedom of Information Act will reveal Clean Air Act violations by five coal plants belonging to Dallas-based energy company Luminant. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/Greenwire/print/2011/02/25/18 CLIMATE CHANGE Scientists Are Cleared of Misuse of Data. An inquiry by a federal watchdog agency found no evidence that scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration manipulated climate data to buttress the evidence in support of global warming, officials said on Thursday. The inquiry, by the Commerce Department’s inspector general, focused on e-mail messages between climate scientists that were stolen and circulated on the Internet in late 2009 (NOAA is part of the Commerce Department). Some of the e-mails involved scientists from NOAA. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/25/science/earth/25noaa.html?_r=2&pagewanted=print http://www.modbee.com/2011/02/24/1571212/new-report-exonerates-climate.html http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/feb/24/new-report-exonerates-climate-researchers/ Which Nations Are Most Vulnerable to Climate Change? The Daunting Politics of Choosing. Is it worse to be swallowed by the sea or racked by famine? As climate change tightens its grip on the world, institutions charged with protecting the most vulnerable nations could be faced with just such a question. Because there is no international consensus for ranking the possibilities of future devastation -- and because there are limited dollars lined up to help cope with climate change -- some countries already are battling over who will be considered most vulnerable. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/cwire/2011/02/24/24climatewire-which-nations-are-most-vulnerable-to-climate-95690.html?scp=8&sq=climate%20change&st=cse Meeting Scheduled To Design The 'Green Climate Fund' Climate change negotiators will meet March 14 and 15 in Mexico City to begin building the multibillion-dollar Green Climate Fund. The meeting -- announced in a notice by the U.N. climate secretariat yesterday -- will be the first step in designing the fund, aimed at helping vulnerable nations cope with the impacts of climate change, protect forests and develop low-carbon economies. Officials have not spelled out the precise amount of money expected to flow through the Green Climate Fund. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2011/02/25/7 NASA Delays Launch Of Satellite Designed To Probe Causes Of Global Warming. NASA has delayed the launch of a new satellite designed to study aerosols' influence on Earth's climate and continue a long-standing record of solar energy. The space agency was set to launch the satellite, called "Glory," on Wednesday. But problems with the equipment NASA uses to relay commands to the satellite's launch vehicle caused the agency to scuttle the plans with 15 minutes to spare. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2011/02/25/9 DIESEL EMISSIONS CARB Hosts Meetings, Posts Online Calculator To Explain Truck Rules. The California Air Resources Board has posted an online calculator to help truck owners determine their compliance options for the state’s on road truck and bus regulation. The on-road truck and bus regulation requires all trucks to meet 2010 model year engine emissions standards by the year 2023, and for fleets to begin meeting other diesel emission standards by 2014 through a variety of compliance options. Posted. http://www.landlinemag.com/todays_news/Daily/2011/Feb11/022211/022411-04.shtml GREEN ENERGY Calif. Senate Approves Rules For Renewable Energy. Sacramento, Calif. (AP) — The state Senate approved a law Thursday setting new rules for how California utilities can meet the most aggressive renewable energy standard in the nation, giving them 10 years to get a third of their power from wind, solar, geothermal and other renewable sources. California utilities already are required to meet the 33 percent goal through a 2009 executive order by former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger issued after he vetoed a bill similar to the one passed Thursday. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/print/2011-02-25/calif-senate-approves-rules-for-renewable-energy.html http://www.latimes.com/news/la-me-green-energy-20110225,0,1434935,print.story http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/02/25/BAJQ1HUCR8.DTL&type=printablehttp://www.nctimes.com/news/state-and-regional/article_6a248854-46f3-557a-86d6-d22396a8a977.html Solar Oil Project Debuts In Kern. Kern County's international reputation as a leader in the field of enhanced oil recovery took a step into the solar age Thursday with the unveiling of a McKittrick demonstration project that could anchor certain costs associated with producing thick, hard-to-get crude considered key to the industry's future. Posted. http://www.bakersfield.com/news/business/economy/x130284466/Solar-oil-project-debuts-in-Kern Energy Commission Awards Nearly $3.5 Million for Research Projects. The California Energy Commission awarded $3,454,247 for research projects tackling issues including reducing energy use, improving grid reliability, and saving fuel in light-duty vehicles. Funds for the eight research projects come from the Commission's Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) program. "California's strength comes from the ability to invest in energy research across the board. Posted. http://yubanet.com/california/Energy-Commission-Awards-Nearly-3-5-Million-for-Research-Projects_printer.php Petroleum Company Uses Solar Power For Oil Extraction. A solar power company in California has found a way to use sunlight to extract fossil fuels. GlassPoint Solar has built a solar power array that will create steam to be pumped into underground rocks to push out stubborn oil in the state's San Joaquin Valley. The site's owner, Berry Petroleum, already uses steam to recover oil, boiling water with natural gas. The solar method has proved to be much cheaper. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2011/02/25/13 MISCELLANEOUS Green Scene: Some Ideas For An Environmentally Friendly Landscape. Now is the time to formulate your spring garden plans. Before you choose the plants you will install this year- or design the entire landscape-consider the ways you could make your gardens more productive and environmentally friendly. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/02/25/AR2011022502812.html Genetically Engineered Bacteria Turn Garbage Into Plastic. You could call it recycling at the molecular level. A local biotechnology company says it is working to develop microbes that can help convert garbage into plastics. Genomatica has already genetically engineered a bacteria to feed on sugar and make a chemical typically produced from oil and natural gas. Now it’s targeting stuff that would otherwise literally go to waste or up in smoke. “This is what we call industrial biotechnology,” said 37-year-old co-founder Christophe Schilling. Posted. http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2011/feb/24/genetically-engineered-bacteria-turn-garbage-plast/ BLOGS California Air Board's Final Cap and Trade Resolution Shows Public Input Did Not Fall on Deaf Ears. Yesterday, the California Air Resources Board finalized the Board Resolution accompanying the adoption of California’s landmark program to cap and steadily reduce carbon emissions across the economy. The final resolution reflects changes the Board made after hearing from various stakeholders at a public hearing last December when the Board approved the program. Posted. http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/ajackson/california_air_boards_final_ca.html PCB Removal, With Zero Upfront. As I reported in Thursday’s paper, New York City is allocating $708 million for an energy retrofit program in public schools over the next 10 years that is mostly spurred by the need to replace light fixtures containing the toxic chemicals known as PCBs. For some months, the cost issue was a major factor delaying this week’s decision to replace the lighting at nearly 800 schools. Posted. http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/02/25/pcb-removal-with-zero-upfront/ Scientist’s View: In Climate Action, No Shortcuts Around CO2. There’s been much discussion recently of quick, cheap steps, with many benefits, that could slow warming driven by the atmospheric buildup of heat-trapping greenhouse gases. They all involve greenhouse gases other than carbon dioxide, along with black carbon — the sooty emanations from diesel engines and guttering cooking fires that both heat and kill. Posted. http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/02/24/scientists-view-in-climate-action-no-shortcuts-around-co2/?scp=2&sq=diesel%20emissions&st=cse Solar Projects Pit Green Against Green. As I wrote in Thursday’s Times, the fate of several multibillion-dollar solar thermal power plants to be built the Southern California desert is in question as conservationists and other groups sue to stop the projects largely on environmental grounds. Posted. http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/02/24/solar-projects-pit-green-against-green/ Glasspoint Solar Uses The Sun's Heat To Extract Oil. The solar industry is usually on the oil industry’s case -- sniping about dirty energy and whatnot -- but the two sides came together Thursday in an unlikely alliance. Fremont-based company GlassPoint Solar unveiled a demonstration facility that uses solar technology to coax petroleum out of an old oil field in Kern County. In a process that usually involves heated natural gas; the sun will heat water to create 750-degree-Fahrenheit steam, which will seep into the underground rock. Posted. http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/greenspace/2011/02/glasspoint-solar-uses-the-suns-heat-to-extract-oil.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+GreenspaceEnvironmentBlog+%28Greenspace%29 Commerce Dept. Report Clears U.S. Scientists In 'Climategate'. An independent review of thousands of emails stolen from climate researchers has found that scientists at the National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration did not manipulate data or otherwise engage in wrongdoing. Posted. http://voices.washingtonpost.com/post-carbon/2011/02/report_clears_us_scientists_in.html Renewables Standard One Step Closer to Law. Bill to require one-third renewable energy sails through state senate. That next gust of wind you hear may be a collective sigh of relief from the renewable energy industry. By a margin of more than two-to-one, state senators have approved a bill to cement California's requirement that utilities draw at least a third of their power from renewable sources by 2020. Posted. http://blogs.kqed.org/climatewatch/2011/02/24/renewables-standard-one-step-closer-to-law/