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California Air Resources Board News Clips for March 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 Levels Of Soot In Valley Air Reach New Low. The San Joaquin Valley has concluded its cleanest winter wood-burning season since monitoring began a little more than a decade ago. The Valley recorded fewer than 50 violations of the federal health standard for dangerous soot -- half as many as its worst season nearly a decade ago. But the region still had more violations for this particle pollution than any other place in California, state records show. Posted. http://www.fresnobee.com/2011/02/28/v-print/2291004/valley-soot-violations-hit-new.html Kern Again Posts Fewer No-Burn Days. The eighth annual "Check Before You Burn" wood-burning season ended Monday in Kern County with 40 no-burn days -- one fewer than last year and 14 fewer than the year before. Officials from the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District credit the program for continued improvement in the valley's winter air quality. Posted. http://www.bakersfield.com/news/local/x722101476/Kern-again-posts-fewer-no-burn-days?utm_source=widget_56&utm_medium=photo_entries_teaser_widget&utm_campaign=synapse Update To Carbon Monoxide Rules Draws Scant Attention. At a time when the Obama administration's expansion of air pollution rules has become a topic of fierce debate, one of U.S. EPA's standards has gotten an unusually mild reaction from public health advocates and industry groups alike. At issue is EPA's update to the existing rules for carbon monoxide, which is listed in the Clean Air Act as one of six pollutants of particular concern. Though the agency has tightened the standards for several other "criteria" pollutants over the past three years -- and is headed toward doing so for the rest of them, including smog and soot – Posted. http://www.eenews.net/Greenwire/print/2011/03/01/21 Wood-Burning Season Ends with Cleaner Air. Another "Check Before You Burn" winter season has come to an end with the program once again proving successful. Officials with the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District say adherence to the "Check Before You Burn" policy has resulted in even cleaner air across the eight-county region. The program, which runs from November through February, encourages residents to hold off on striking up their fireplaces when air quality deteriorates. Posted. http://www.kmjnow.com/pages/print_landing?Wood-Burning-Season-Ends-with-Cleaner-Ai=1&blockID=430250&feedID=806& CLIMATE CHANGE Study: Lodgepole Pine Gone From NW by 2080. Grants Pass, Ore. -- Scientists predict that lodgepole pine - one of the most common trees at higher elevations in the Cascades and Rockies - will be largely gone from the Northwest by 2080 due to the warming climate. Posted. http://www.modbee.com/2011/02/28/1577103/study-lodgepole-pine-gone-from.html UN Says Shorter Lived GHG Key To Slowing Global Warming. According to a new UN study, the pace of climate change could be cut in half if immediate measures are taken toward shorter lived greenhouse gases. By increasing emphasis on shorter lived climate forcers like black carbon, methane and ground level ozone, we may be able to reverse the dangerous acceleration levels of global warming and give the earth enough time to get back into balance. The study, released by the UN Environment Programme, states that mitigation strategies for these threats should be equally emphasized along with carbon dioxide. Posted. http://www.examiner.com/green-business-in-seattle/un-says-global-warming-could-be-halved-with-focus-on-shorter-lived-greenhouse-ga DIESEL EMISSIONS Port Of Hueneme To Curb Ships' Diesel Pollution. A $9 million utility power system is being developed at the Port of Hueneme to comply with new regulations requiring that ships anchored at California ports turn off their engines to limit emissions. The vessels carry bananas and fruit from Central and South America and, to stay refrigerated, they run diesel auxiliary engines while docked at the port. Their engines have also powered shipboard cranes used to unload cargo, as the Port of Hueneme doesn't have overhead cranes. Posted. http://www.vcstar.com/news/2011/feb/28/port-of-hueneme-to-curb-ships-diesel-pollution/?print=1 Port Truckers Seek Emissions Rule Delay. Drayage trucking companies that serve the Port of Oakland, which use primarily owner-operators, are seeking support to delay a California Air Resources Board mandate that requires trucks to be retrofitted with nitrogen oxide-reduction equipment by 2014. A trade group representing port truck operators estimates that without a postponement in the NOx requirement 4,400 trucks of 1994-2006 model years would have to be replaced with 2007 or newer models by January 2014. Posted. http://www.etrucker.com/apps/news/article.asp?id=86301 GREEN ENERGY Rush to Renewable Energy Generates 'Enormous' Financial Questions in Europe. LONDON -- The spectacular growth in recent years in the number and size of renewable energy sources across the European Union -- particularly wind and solar power -- driven by high subsidies and government rhetoric on climate change has left the national electricity grids scrambling to cope. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/cwire/2011/03/01/01climatewire-rush-to-renewable-energy-generates-enormous-64885.html?scp=10&sq=climate%20change&st=cse Going Green With Exchange-Traded Funds. Exchange traded funds, or ETFs as they are commonly known, are investment funds that are traded on a stock exchange. Investors have a wide variety of ETFs from which to choose, from those that track a major market Index to ETFs that track a basket of foreign currencies. Another type of exchange traded funds are green ETFs, or those that focus on companies that support or are directly involved with environmentally responsible technologies, such as the development of alternative energy or the manufacturing of green technology equipment and devices. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/g/a/2011/02/28/investopedia6194.DTL&type=printable The Governator Goes Green. Arnold Schwarzenegger told you he’d be back. Just months removed from a raucous seven years as California governor, the global warming gladiator is about to hopscotch around the planet in his new role as a green technology cheerleader. Schwarzenegger will kick off his world tour Tuesday at an Energy Department-sponsored conference in suburban Washington, where he will try to connect the dots between energy policy and Hollywood stars who once doubted the benefits of weightlifting. Posted. http://dyn.politico.com/printstory.cfm?uuid=6EFD25DB-9593-644D-B85F41B37FDA080F House Dem Leaders Push For End To Oil Subsidies, Promote Clean Energy. House Democrats reaffirmed President Obama's call to end oil industry subsidies yesterday during a hearing that party leaders called as part of their effort to present an alternative to the GOP's economic agenda. "There are no more critical challenges facing this Congress than these two: creating jobs and reducing the deficit," said House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), calling for "smart investments in clean energy industries that will create new jobs for America's workers." Posted. http://www.eenews.net/EEDaily/print/2011/03/01/5 Calif. Prods Local Government To End Snarl Of Rules Delaying Renewables Permits. California is looking to local governments to deliver the latest salvo in the fight against labyrinthine permitting processes. A patchwork of regulations that are unevenly enforced even within individual cities is adding weeks and months to solar installers' schedules. The California Energy Commission called Feb. 1 for suggestions on how to encourage local governments to improve their oversight of renewable projects in their jurisdictions. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2011/03/01/5 Schwarzenegger Delivers Muscular Pitch For Clean Energy In DOE Stemwinder. U.S. energy policy should move beyond the debate over global warming to sell a clean energy policy based on the economic, health and other benefits it can offer, former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger told a Department of Energy gathering today. "Let's face it: If we haven't convinced the skeptics yet, we are not going to," the Republican told an annual meeting of scientists and innovation funders linked with the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E). Posted. http://www.eenews.net/Greenwire/print/2011/03/01/1 VEHICLES Carmakers Focus On Green Power As Fuel Costs Rise. Geneva (AP) — Just when carmakers thought it safe to roll out new models in the wake of the economic crisis — 170 premiers are advertised for the Geneva Auto Show opening this week — a spike in fuel prices has cast a new shadow over the industry and redoubled attention on green technologies. Ford Motor Co. said Tuesday it is boosting its offering of low-emissions technologies and will have five alternative powertrains to market in Europe by 2013. Posted. http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5iV6b3IHDT8Nzl40G6L4u7FL6tT0A?docId=7056dac59e4b4a4aafff35e226e96dd4 http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/03/01/AR2011030101993.html http://www.fresnobee.com/2011/02/28/2289794/rising-fuel-price-casts-shadow.html#storylink=misearch http://www.modbee.com/2011/02/28/1576600/rising-fuel-price-casts-shadow.html City’s Lengthy Push for Hybrid-Engine Taxicabs Hits a Legal Dead End. The Bloomberg administration has banned cars from parts of Broadway, prohibited smoking in public parks and cracked down on fats and salts in restaurants. But City Hall’s march toward better living, whether its citizens want it or not, may have finally met a yellow-hued Waterloo. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/01/nyregion/01taxi.html?scp=8&sq=climate%20change&st=cse OPINION TOMEKA POWELL: Crying wolf about over-regulation. Residents of the San Joaquin Valley continue to suffer the health effects of poor air quality, yet some industry groups are calling for the elimination of regulations that protect the public. Over the past 40 years, industry representatives have made claims about the adverse impacts from environmental regulations -- from phasing out chlorofluorocarbons to putting catalytic converters on vehicles to appliance efficiency standards -- that failed to materialize. Posted. http://www.bakersfield.com/opinion/community/x722101470/TOMEKA-POWELL-Crying-wolf-about-over-regulation BLOGS A Home for Captured Carbon Dioxide. FutureGen, the Energy Department’s on-again, off-again pilot project for capturing and sequestering carbon dioxide from coal-fired power plants, has chosen a place to put this greenhouse gas: in Morgan County, Ill., about 32 miles from a power plant in Meredosia, Ill., that was chosen for the project. Ameren the FutureGen project would ship carbon dioxide by pipeline from this power plant in Meredosia, Ill., and inject it into a porous layer of rock. The site must still pass an environmental review and, perhaps more important, the government’s policy must be maintained long enough to get the project done. Posted. http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/03/01/choosing-a-home-for-captured-carbon-dioxide/?pagemode=print The East Anglia Climate Snatch – Not (Yet) a ‘Crime’. David Roberts at Grist has posted a deconstruct of the machinations of professional climate deniers, the failures of the press and the staining of climate scientists’ reputations in the wake of “ Climategate.” There’s plenty worth exploring in his analysis, but one specific point needs to be rebutted right off the bat — his contention that the media, including yours truly, were wrong not to call a crime a crime. Posted. http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/03/01/the-east-anglia-climate-snatch-not-yet-a-crime/ Rolls-Royce Reveals Electric Phantom. Rolls-Royce Motor Cars released a photo of the 102EX, an electric-powered version of its Phantom ultra-luxury sedan that the company plans to unveil during the Geneva Motor Show today at 10 a.m. ET. The car, also known as the Phantom Experimental Electric or EE, is meant to test not only the feasibility of battery power for an outsize luxury car, but to help gauge potential acceptance of electric cars among longtime customers and potential new buyers. Posted. http://blogs.wsj.com/drivers-seat/2011/02/28/rolls-royce-reveals-electric-phantom/