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California Air Resources Board News Clips for April 6, 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 Wood-Burning Power Plants -- Carbon-Neutral Or High Carbon Emitters? Environmental groups yesterday pressed U.S. EPA to backtrack on its plans to exempt biomass from climate regulations for the next three years, arguing that such a step would prompt more fuel switching to biomass and spark an uptick in unregulated carbon emissions. The Natural Resources Defense Council and Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC) opposed a proposed rule from EPA that would allow facilities burning woody waste, landfills and ethanol facilities to be exempt from carbon regulations for the next three years. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2011/04/06/5 CLIMATE CHANGE U.N. Climate Talks Risk Backsliding On Cancun Outcome. Bangkok (Reuters) - Arguments over the agenda that have stalled U.N. climate talks in Bangkok this week show that some nations are trying to row back from hard-won agreements reached last December, Russia said on Wednesday. The December deal in Cancun included a Green Climate Fund to manage $100 billion a year in aid to poor nations by 2020 and to limit a rise in average world temperatures to less than 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 Fahrenheit) over pre-industrial times. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/04/06/us-climate-talks-russia-idUSTRE7353JZ20110406 Lawsuit Must Not Derail Greenhouse Gas Regulations. California's first-in-the-nation global warming law, AB32, is in jeopardy following a San Francisco Superior Court ruling recently. The setback can't be allowed to derail the legislation aimed at cutting greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020 and making California more energy efficient. Judge Ernest Goldsmith told the California Air Resources Board to more thoroughly analyze alternatives to the cap-and-trade program it adopted last year to reach the goals of AB32. Posted. http://www.dailydemocrat.com/editorial/ci_17781999 Does Cap-And-Trade Work? Still A Work In Progress. In these days of concern over global warming, a cement factory in southern Belgium is abandoning coal and moving to more unorthodox fuels: old tires, plastics, sewage sludge, city garbage, ground cattle bones. The result is less carbon dioxide wafting from the smokestack - and in Europe, less carbon is worth more cash under a much vaunted EU scheme that allows industries to swap CO2 pollution rights just like any commodity. So, has cap-and-trade actually dented Europe's greenhouse gas emissions? Views vary, but an evaluation today shows that the system has so far delivered more promise than results. But gradually, most analysts say, it is changing the way Europeans manufacture goods, produce energy and conduct business. Posted. http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/04/06/v-print/2153064/does-cap-and-trade-work-still.html DIESEL EMISSIONS $106 Million Available To Owners Of Big Rigs. The 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, including $44.7 million for the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District. 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. The program, supported by $1 billion in voter-approved Proposition 1B bonds, has already awarded $230 million to clean up heavy-duty trucks over the past 2 years. Posted. http://www.recorderonline.com/news/air-48385-million-owners.html FUELS U.S. EIA Boosts Global Gas Resource Estimate By 40 Percent. The U.S. government increased its estimate of the world's recoverable natural gas resources by more than 40 percent yesterday after making its initial assessments of 48 shale gas basins in 32 countries. New gas resources could be massive if the unconventional basins are drilled, said the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) in a 300-page initial report on energy prospects that have the potential to significantly change the global energy picture. According to EIA, the estimates are likely to change -- and get bigger. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2011/04/06/3 VEHICLES A Program To Help Electric Cars Conserve Their Batteries. A Department of Energy researcher has found a way to prolong the life of a hybrid car's battery: It must be programmed to think like a distance runner. The technology would get more life out of a battery by mimicking a runner who paces himself, using exactly the right amount of energy for his trip -- not sprinting at the start and panting to the finish. A plug-in hybrid like the Chevrolet Volt can run its first 40 miles on battery power alone, but to go any farther, it needs gasoline. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2011/04/06/6 Toyota Sells 1M Priuses in U.S. Toyota announced today that it has sold 1 million Prius hybrid vehicles in the United States. The company said the gas- and electric-powered Prius has been the top-selling hybrid since it hit the market 11 years ago. The car gets up to 51 mpg in the city and 48 on the highway. Worldwide, the company has sold more than 2 million Priuses. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/Greenwire/print/2011/04/06/23 GREEN ENERGY Solar Power Vendors Bullish About U.S.; Wind Power Companies Less So. New York -- Alternative energy company executives predict more sunny days ahead for the solar power industry, while wind power project developers are less optimistic. But wind manufacturers say that by and large, they are not too worried about the downturn in their industry. They say the marketplace has risen to a scale that offers enough future business opportunities, even with a depressed market in the United States. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2011/04/06/4 OPINION Climate Change Hoax. Re: Your April 5 Article, “Snowy Plover Critical Habitat May Be Doubled”: The reason the global-climate panic industry changed the name of the swindle from “global warming” to “climate change” is that no statistically significant abnormal global warming or sea level rise has ever been proved. Independent researchers have demonstrated gross errors in data collection, data analysis and calibration in the so-called science of warming. Posted. http://www.vcstar.com/news/2011/apr/06/climate-change-hoax/?print=1 BLOGS Nuclear Plants, Blackouts And Carbon Capture At FORTUNE Conference. The U.S. must shore up its backup power infrastructure to avoid the electricity shortages that roiled Japan following the devastating earthquake and tsunami, a key federal energy official said Tuesday. “We take electricity for granted in a lot of ways,” said Philip Moeller, commissioner of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, at a conference in Dana Point. “Right now, we’re vulnerable.” Posted. http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/greenspace/2011/04/preparing-the-electricity-network-for-a-catastrophe-and-getting-off-coal-at-dana-point-conference.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+GreenspaceEnvironmentBlog+%28Greenspace%29 Solar Panel Manufacturing And Disposal -- Is It Green And Safe? Major solar companies aren’t just prioritizing market share and installed megawatts these days, according to a study contending that the environmental and health effects of photovoltaic panels are also becoming a major consideration. In its most recent Solar Scorecard, the nonprofit advocacy group Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition ranked international solar manufacturers on factors such as extraction of the raw materials, toxic chemical use in production, worker safety issues, product disposal and recycling and more. German company SolarWorld nabbed the top score of 91, followed by Trina Solar in China. Posted. http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/greenspace/2011/04/solar-panel-manufacturing-and-disposal-is-it-green-and-safe.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+GreenspaceEnvironmentBlog+%28Greenspace%29