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newsclips -- Newsclips for April 8, 2011

Posted: 08 Apr 2011 11:10:51
California Air Resources Board News Clips for April 8, 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.


EU to Propose Carbon Tax on Fuels.  BRUSSELS—The European Union
next week will propose taxing transport and heating fuels
according to their greenhouse-gas emissions as well as their
energy content, introducing a climate-change component in EU tax
rules for the first time, after years of negotiations.  Posted. 

Climate change targets developing world's cities.  Many
fastest-growing cities, especially those in the developing world,
stand to suffer disproportionately from the effects of climate
change, a new study reported on Thursday.  Posted. 

BUDGET: Climate riders invite a midnight shutdown.  Urgent
efforts to avert a government shutdown at midnight faltered
yesterday over Republican initiatives to freeze climate rules, a
challenge to the president's environmental priorities at the
outset of his re-election bid.  Controversial policy provisions
meant to defund U.S. EPA's rulemaking for greenhouse gas
emissions and abortion programs are the key obstacles to
negotiating a government funding package through September,
Senate Democrats and administration officials said yesterday. 
Posted.  http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2011/04/08/1/ 


US program seeks to increase use of E-85 fuel.  DES MOINES, Iowa
— DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The federal government wants to
increase production and use of a higher blend of ethanol fuel by
giving financial assistance to gas stations that install more
pumps for the fuel, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said
in advance of a formal announcement planned for Friday.  Posted. 




Los Angeles utility lucked into meeting renewable energy goals,
audit says.  The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power spent
the last four years pushing aggressively toward the adoption of
renewable energy without developing a coherent strategy for
paying for such fuels, according to an audit released Thursday by
City Controller Wendy Greuel.  Posted. 

RENEWABLE ENERGY: Industry claims wind now as cheap as natural
gas.  NEW YORK -- If wind industry advocates are to be believed,
wind power is now as cheap as natural gas, thanks to
technological breakthroughs achieved last year.  At a finance
workshop here, company executives and representatives of the
American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) are telling investors
that the average 20-year purchase power agreement for wind now
goes for 6 cents per kilowatt-hour.  Posted. 


Electric-vehicle technology accelerates toward tipping point. 
WASHINGTON -- When oil hit a record price of $147 a barrel in
July 2008, it was a game-changing moment that sparked a serious
push to create electric cars and hybrid electric engines that
could help wean Americans off oil. Today, crude is back over $100
a barrel and the payoff is the first generation of mass-produced
electric cars rolling off production lines.  Posted. 

eCarTec: Global Insight gives forecast for EV market.  According
to Global Insight, demand for CO2 reduction as well as consumer
behaviour changes will define new mobility solutions for the
future. However, the firm projects a slow global EV adoption
process, believing that even in an optimistic scenario, market
shifts from gasoline and other fuels to electric will not occur
until around 2030.  Posted. 


Facebook shares design of energy-efficient data center.  PALO
ALTO, Calif -- PALO ALTO, Calif. - Having designed and built a
new energy-efficient data center in Oregon, Facebook is sharing
the technology for the center and its customized servers with
other Internet companies, hoping to cut the huge amounts of
electricity consumed by the industry.  Posted. 


Solar power shines as clean tech industry grows.  What with gas
prices soaring, nuclear energy off the table, at least for the
time being, and Republicans looking to dismantle environmental
regulations, how is clean tech investment looking these days? 


Blocking EPA regs threat to security goals.  The Senate recently
rejected proposals — originating from both sides of the aisle —
that sought to delay or even prohibit the Environmental
Protection Agency (EPA) from setting clean air standards.  Some
even went further, proposing to undercut proven aspects of the
Clean Air Act which have dramatically improved our health and
America’s air and water quality.  Posted. 

Wonkbook: How small differences could lead to a shutdown.  We’re
hours away from a shutdown, yet there’s still no deal. The
negotiations have become slightly reminiscent of Max Baucus’s
Gang of Six: a group of people in a room who desperately want to
agree on something but can’t figure out how to get the people
outside the room to sign off on it. You can tell that Reid and
Boehner want to come to an agreement. But having taken Democrats
past the Republican leadership’s opening offer of $32 billion in
cuts, Boehner can’t take them much further. But so far as the Tea
Party is concerned, Boehner still has not taken them far enough. 

Climate hawks fight GOP efforts to shut down the clean energy
economy.  During yesterday's debate on the Upton-Inhofe bill
(H.R. 910) to block climate pollution rules, Democrats who
support clean energy manufacturing debunked conservative myths
about the green economy. Reps. Mike Doyle (D-Pa.) and Tim Ryan
(D-Ohio) discussed their amendment to study the economic impact
to American competitiveness of abolishing climate standards while
the rest of the world wins the future.  Posted. 

Vestas Announces Launch of the World’s Most Efficient Wind
Turbine.  Danish wind power manufacturer Vestas has announced the
launch of the world’s most efficient wind turbine, the
V163-7.0MW. This huge windmill boasts a 7 megawatt (MW) capacity
and a rotor diameter of 164 meters. Improving the commercial
viability of renewable energy sources is central to pushing them
up the energy supply chain and ultimately reducing our reliance
on fossil fuels and offshore wind power projects in particular
require substantial investment.  Posted. 

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