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California Air Resources Board News Clips for April 5, 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 Estimated Cancer Risk for Air Pollution in Stockton. Newly-released data from the Environmental Protection Agency attempts to estimate cancer risk due solely to air pollution. Broken down by Census Tract, the data identifies some areas of Stockton — such as Boggs Tract and the neighborhood south of Charter Way and west of Interstate 5 — that face nearly twice the risk as other city neighborhoods. Posted. http://www.recordnet.com/apps/pbcs.dll/section?Category=A_SPECIAL0274 CLIMATE CHANGE UPDATE 2-Japan Says Not Seeking Exemption From Kyoto CO2 Pledge. Tokyo, - Japan is not seeking an exemption from its Kyoto Protocol pledges to cut greenhouse gases, a government official said on Tuesday, despite a nuclear safety crisis that could hamper efforts to reduce its use of fossil fuels. Japan remains committed to achieving reduced emissions in the 2008-2012 period averaging 6 percent less than its 1990 level, said Takehiro Kano, director of the Climate Change Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/04/05/climate-japan-idUSL3E7F52E020110405 Global Warming Skeptics Get Unexpected Early Results. Los Angeles -- A team of physicists and statisticians that set out to challenge the scientific consensus on global warming is finding that its data-crunching effort is producing results nearly identical to those underlying the prevailing view. The Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature project at the University of California, Berkeley, was launched by physics professor Richard Muller, a longtime critic of government-led climate studies, to address what he called "the legitimate concerns" of skeptics who believe global warming is exaggerated. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2011/04/05/v-print/3528736/global-warming-skeptics-get-unexpected.html Critics' Review Unexpectedly Supports Scientific Consensus On Global Warming. A UC Berkeley team's preliminary findings in a review of temperature data confirm global warming studies. A team of UC Berkeley physicists and statisticians that set out to challenge the scientific consensus on global warming is finding that its data-crunching effort is producing results nearly identical to those underlying the prevailing view. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-climate-berkeley-20110404,0,5510928,print.story Ozone Layer Faces Record 40 Pct Loss Over Arctic. Geneva, Switzerland (AP) --The protective ozone layer in the Arctic that keeps out the sun's most damaging rays — ultraviolet radiation — has thinned about 40 percent this winter, a record drop, the U.N. weather agency said Tuesday. The Arctic's damaged stratospheric ozone layer isn't the best known "ozone hole" — that would be Antarctica's, which forms when sunlight returns in spring there each year. But the Arctic's situation is due to similar causes: ozone-munching compounds in air pollutants that are chemically trigged by a combination of extremely cold temperatures and sunlight. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2011/04/05/international/i011406D91.DTL&type=printable U.S. Vows Continuing Effort Toward A 17% Emission Cut. U.S. Deputy Special Envoy for Climate Change Jonathan Pershing told a U.N. group today that the Obama administration still plans to cut its greenhouse gas emissions about 17 percent below 2005 levels by the end of this decade. Meeting in Bangkok this week for a round of U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) talks, delegates from nearly 200 countries appeared keenly aware that a new Republican majority in the U.S. House and increased GOP strength in the Senate have killed chances for passage of cap-and-trade legislation. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2011/04/05/4 AMA Sees Climate-Related Medical Problems Moving North. Climate change is already affecting Americans' health, the American Medical Association said yesterday. "If physicians want evidence of climate change, they may well find it in their own offices," the doctors' group said in an editorial published in American Medical News. During the past two years, the tropical disease dengue fever has cropped up in the Florida Keys. Farther north, Maine now reports 10 times more cases of Lyme disease than it did a decade ago, with outbreaks of the illness recorded in the previously unaffected central and northern parts of the state. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2011/04/05/7 Clean Technology Investors See Bumpy Road Ahead In U.S. New York -- Investors want a more efficient, more flexible and less bureaucratic Department of Energy if they are to partner with the agency to move domestic clean energy innovation, complaints that the government says it's responding to. Griping over red tape, time lags and lack of flexibility and nimbleness found in various DOE schemes colored the start of a renewable energy industry gathering that opened yesterday. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2011/04/05/3 DIESEL EMISSIONS EPA Streamlines Aftermarket Natural Gas Conversion. The federal government just made it easier to convert cars and trucks to run on natural gas. NGVAmerica, the trade association that represents the natural gas vehicle industry, applauded the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's decision to streamline the requirements for certifying aftermarket systems that are used to convert vehicles to run on natural gas. The agency's action modifies regulations that have been in force for aftermarket conversions since April 2002 and that were adopted pursuant to the federal Clean Air Act. Posted. http://www.truckinginfo.com/news/news-print.asp?news_id=73420 FUELS Transmission Plant On Obama's Itinerary. President Obama plans to visit an Indianapolis transmission plant that produces systems for hybrid vehicles as part of his push for reducing U.S. dependence on foreign oil. The White House said Mr. Obama will tour a plant operated by Allison Transmission in Indianapolis on Friday. Last week, the president outlined his goals of increasing domestic oil exploration and production, making cars and trucks more energy efficient and building vehicles that run on alternative fuels or electricity. Posted. http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/apr/5/inside-politics-713418521/print/ http://www.modbee.com/2011/04/04/1629263/obama-to-talk-energy-at-indianapolis.html Clean Fuel Station Opens For Sanitation Vehicles. Los Angeles - The city opened its newest clean fuel station Monday to service part of its sanitation fleet operating around East Los Angeles. "This clean fuel facility will help the families of East L.A. breathe a little easier for years to come," Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said. "Our city already leads the nation with the largest municipal fleet of natural gas solid resources collection vehicles." Posted. http://www.dailynews.com/ci_17769445 VEHICLES To Cut Smog, Navistar Blazes Risky Path of Its Own. In a testing cell tucked deep in the bowels of Navistar’s engine plant and technical center here, a hulking prototype of a truck engine sits behind a large glass window like a patient on an operating table. A snarl of sensors and wires is attached to nearly every part of the humming engine, feeding reams of data to a battery of computers and watchful engineers in the adjacent control room. One measurement — for nitrogen oxide emissions, or NOx — is of particular concern to Navistar. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/05/business/energy-environment/05truck.html?scp=3&sq=diesel%20emissions&st=cse Will Buying An Electric Car Make An Environmental Difference? Sure, you might get a carpool sticker and a tax break. But if you buy an electric car, will it make much environmental difference? Experts say that depends on three factors: What were you driving before? How is your electricity generated? And how many other electric cars are going to be sold? In many cases, people who trade gasoline-powered cars for electric ones won't be dramatically lessening the smog they emit. Posted. http://www.mercurynews.com/cars/ci_17767977?source=rss&nclick_check=1 Obama's Push For Clean Federal Fleet Could Spur U.S. Green-Car Market. In two energy speeches last week, President Obama targeted changes in the transportation sector as key to reducing U.S. petroleum consumption and vowed that change would start with the federal motor-vehicle fleet. By 2015, Obama said, the government would be buying only "100 percent alternative fuel, hybrid or electric vehicles" and would be helping companies turn over their fleets. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/Greenwire/print/2011/04/05/4 GREEN ENERGY Wind Power Hits a Trough. Houston—Gabriel Alonso, who runs one of America's biggest wind-farm developers, often reminds his employees their goal isn't to stage a renewable-energy revolution. "This is about making money," the chief executive of Horizon Wind Energy LLC tells his troops. And right now, his strategy is to retrench. After years of blustery growth, wind power is facing a blow-back in some of its major markets. Posted. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704629104576190812458488694.html Pragmatism Influencing Energy Debates. Political support may be holding for nuclear power and offshore oil, despite the Fukushima and Gulf of Mexico disasters, as decision makers confront the challenges of climate change and dwindling energy reserves. A theory of “peak everything” suggests the world is running short of vital assets like clean water, carbon-free air, some minerals, fish stocks and the cheap fossil fuels that have powered the world economy and helped rein in the price of food Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/04/business/energy-environment/04green.html?_r=1&scp=2&sq=green%20energy&st=cse Republicans Weigh a Federal 'Reverse Auction' to Push Clean Energy. As House Republicans try to move energy legislation in "chunks," one piece has gone largely unnoticed: an attempt to fund renewable energy with maximum mileage for the federal dollar. The provision sits deep in H.R. 909, a bill Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) proposed in early March. Overall, the bill focuses on ramping up oil and gas production, oil shale and nuclear energy; it also cancels U.S. EPA's ability to regulate greenhouse gases. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/cwire/2011/04/04/04climatewire-republicans-weigh-a-federal-reverse-auction-18453.html?scp=10&sq=green%20energy&st=cse Democrats Revive Bills Vetoed By Schwarzenegger. Lawmakers hope Jerry Brown will sign renewable energy, labor and immigration proposals rejected by his predecessor. But Brown may not support them. Dozens of proposals vetoed by former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger are zooming through the Legislature anew, with the ruling Democrats hoping Jerry Brown will sign them. But getting the governor on board may not be easy. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-legislature-20110405,0,7690897,print.story Supermarkets Appear To Be Fertile Ground For Fuel Cells. Fuel cells are under study for potential alternative-energy uses in cars and homes, but they may be ready to take off in neighborhood supermarkets. An online presentation yesterday sponsored by the Department of Energy, the Clean Energy States Alliance and Technology Transition Corp. asserted they would sharply cut power use. "Supermarkets are often overlooked and taken for granted," said Scott Larsen, a project manager for New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), a public benefit corporation. They're also energy hoggers. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2011/04/05/5 States Defend 2 DOE Energy Programs For Providing Jobs And Energy Savings. State officials warned on Capitol Hill yesterday that federal cuts to two energy programs could lead to job losses and higher greenhouse gas emissions in local communities. The U.S. State Energy Program and Weatherization Assistance Program, both funded by the Department of Energy, are facing potential reductions as Congress continues to hash over the budget for the current fiscal year. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2011/04/05/6 OPINION Nugent: Glowing with Green Energy. The anti-American green goony squad squawks endlessly about the need to ween ourselves from oil after last year’s spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Due to the disaster in Japan, we are hearing more of the same from leftists about nuclear energy. It wouldn’t surprise me if the anti-energy leftist crowd in America will soon be yammering that what America needs to do is to ban all forms of energy that produce heat, including matches. Green energy is energy-less. Embracing so-called green energy is an energy death sentence for America. Posted. http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/apr/4/glowing-with-green-energy/ BLOGS Bill To Fund 'Green' Job Training For Students Goes To Jerry Brown. The Senate today sent legislation aimed at expanding "green" jobs training for high school students across the state to Gov. Jerry Brown for approval. SB X1 1, by Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg would provide grant funding for "green partnership academy" programs that include in their curriculum training for careers in the clean technology and renewable energy sectors. The bill redirects $8 million from a California Energy Commission special fund to pay for the programs. Posted. http://blogs.sacbee.com/capitolalertlatest/2011/04/jerry-brown-gets-bill-to-fund-green-job-training.html California Air Resources Board Makes More Than $100M Available To Clean Up Big Rigs. The California Air Resources Board in coordination with six local air districts is offering $106 million in grant funding to help qualified diesel truck owners upgrade or replace their vehicles. Projects selected for funding include upgrades or replacements that achieve the greatest emission reductions per state dollar and also achieve early or extra emission reductions not required by law or regulation. Posted. http://www.favstocks.com/california-air-resources-board-makes-more-than-100m-available-to-clean-up-big-rigs/0541461/ California Cap-And-Trade Blocked By Court. AB 32 is the landmark California bill that mandates greenhouse gas emissions in the state be reduced to 1990 levels by 2020. One method it will use is cap-and-trade. However, a coalition of environmental justice groups sued to block it, saying cap-and-trade will do little but dump polluting industries in low-income neighborhoods as they could simply buy credits rather than decreasing their pollution. Posted. http://caivn.org/article/2011/04/05/california-cap-and-trade-blocked-court World Bank To The Poor: ‘Coal’s Good Enough For You!’ The World Bank -- famous for funding gobsmackingly huge, planet-killing coal-fired power plants -- is changing its tune, sort of. Under a new set of proposed rules, the Bank would only be allowed to fund gobsmackingly huge, planet-killing coal-fired power plants in the world's poorest countries. Progress! Posted. http://www.grist.org/list/2011-04-04-world-bank-to-poors-coals-good-enough-for-you Downplaying Or Remaining Silent About Climate Change Was And Is A Blunder For Progressives. Some of the best pollsters have known for years that progressives can and should talk about climate change. Mark Mellman calls the polling that suggests one shouldn’t talk about global warming, a “politically naïve, methodologically flawed, and factually inaccurate.” Posted. http://www.grist.org/climate-change/2011-04-04-downplaying-or-remaining-silent-about-climate-change-was-and-is GISS Study Finds Applying Stricter Non-CO2 Vehicle Emission Standards Worldwide Would Yield Climate Benefits In Addition To Major Health And Agricultural Benefits. Stricter non-CO2 vehicle-emission standards are extremely likely to mitigate short-term climate change in most cases, in addition to providing large improvements in human health and food security, according to a new analysis conducted by a team of scientists led by Drew Shindell of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) and published this week in the inaugural issue of the journal Nature Climate Change. Posted. http://www.greencarcongress.com/2011/04/giss-20110404.html#more GE Study Finds 5% Of World’s Natural Gas Production Wasted Per Year By Flaring. A newly released GE study—Flare Gas Reduction: Recent Global Trends and Policy Considerations—estimates that 5% of the world’s natural gas production is wasted by burning or “flaring” unused gas each year, despite some progress on the flaring issue. Posted. http://www.greencarcongress.com/2011/04/ge-20110404.html#more Renewable Energy Generation: “Change is not a destination, just as hope is not a strategy,” a lesson exported from Detroit. On May 25, 1961 President John F Kennedy, in a special joint session of Congress, declared, “I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the earth.” A very clear, time-bound, one nation goal. Fifty years later, the USA is faced with a similar challenge, energy independency and climatic change. Posted. http://www.greencarcongress.com/2011/04/glynne-20110405.html#more