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California Air Resources Board News Clips for April 12, 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 China’s ambitious, high growth 5-year plan stirs a climate debate. Derek Scissors is a late-night number cruncher at a conservative policy shop that tends to be among the last places the Obama White House goes for advice. Among the small band of U.S. analysts who occupy the nexus of the Chinese economy and global climate change policy, Scissors, an economist at the Heritage Foundation's Asian Studies Center, is a dyed-in-the-wool contrarian. Lately, as Congress thrashes about trying to understand China's nature as an economic competitor, Scissors has been pushing back against the U.S. environmental community's top China experts. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2011/04/12/archive/1?terms=air+pollution CLIMATE CHANGE UK publishes roadmap for reducing CO2 emissions from commercial and off-highway vehicles. The UK Automotive Council has published a long-term strategy aimed at helping manufacturers of commercial vehicles and construction equipment move to low-carbon solutions. Posted. http://www.greencarcongress.com/2011/04/hgv-20110412.html#more FUELS Going green costing Palm Desert pretty penny. In the Coachella Valley, Palm Desert has been at the forefront of using alternative vehicle fuels and even put the nation's first compressed natural gas-run ambulance on the road early last year. But the benefits to air quality have come at a cost of higher repair bills from mechanics at shops outside the Coachella Valley and low gas mileage. Posted. http://www.mydesert.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2011104120318 GREEN ENERGY Calif. to set ambitious renewable power standards. SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Gov. Jerry Brown plans to sign legislation that would require California utilities to get one-third of their power from renewable sources, giving the state the most aggressive alternative energy mandate in the U.S. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/calif-governor-to-sign-nations-most-aggressive-renewable-energy-rules-critics-cite-costs/2011/04/12/AFiLLTOD_story.html http://www.modbee.com/2011/04/12/1641034/calif-to-set-ambitious-renewable.html http://www.vcstar.com/news/2011/apr/12/calif-to-set-ambitious-renewable-power-standards/ http://www.dailynews.com/ci_17824985?IADID=Search-www.dailynews.com-www.dailynews.com http://www.insidebayarea.com/ci_17824985?IADID=Search-www.insidebayarea.com-www.insidebayarea.com http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_17824985?IADID=Search-www.contracostatimes.com-www.contracostatimes.com&nclick_check=1 http://www.nctimes.com/news/national/article_7d282b81-c5ad-57ed-a777-bd18fe50905b.html http://www.fresnobee.com/2011/04/12/2346893/calif-to-set-ambitious-renewable.html#storylink=misearch Studies Say Natural Gas Has Its Own Environmental Problems. Natural gas, with its reputation as a linchpin in the effort to wean the nation off dirtier fossil fuels and reduce global warming, may not be as clean over all as its proponents say. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/12/business/energy-environment/12gas.html?scp=2&sq=fuels&st=cse&gwh=331B27455306574AE7BBFA2B86FD826F Solar power projects debut today in Sacramento, Auburn. New solar power projects are transforming a Superfund site in south Sacramento and a wastewater treatment plant in Auburn into sources of green energy. The Depot Park commercial complex today will unveil its new 15-acre solar array, one of the largest privately owned solar power systems in Sacramento. Posted. http://www.modbee.com/2011/04/12/1640678/solar-power-projects-debut-today.html http://www.sacbee.com/2011/04/12/3545770/solar-power-projects-debut-today.html VEHICLES France to ban old polluting cars from cities. Eight French cities have volunteered to become Priority Action Areas for Air Quality (ZAPA) which limit or forbid the access for polluting cars. Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, the French Minister for Ecology, Sustainable Development, Transport and Housing announced this initiative during the first meeting on air quality organised by Ademe and the French Minister for Ecology on 6 April 2011. Posted. http://www.cars21.com/content/articles/55720110412.php OPINION Pass the Boone Pickens Bill. On Wednesday, amid all the hullabaloo over the budget battles, a simple, discrete and largely overlooked bill was dropped into the Congressional hopper. Sponsored by two Democrats and two Republicans — that’s right: an actual bipartisan piece of legislation — its official title is the New Alternative Transportation to Give Americans Solutions Act, or the Nat Gas Act, for short. People in the know, however, call it the Boone Pickens bill. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/12/opinion/12nocera.html?_r=1&gwh=016CA00EF8E38E267B438A31EDA8B8BA EDITORIAL: Embrace reality: Repeal valley's EPA ozone fine. We've got to work together, here in the most polluted region in America, to make our air more breathable. We've got to make sacrifices, accept restrictions and change long-entrenched habits. Posted. http://www.bakersfield.com/opinion/editorials/x617060327/EDITORIAL-Embrace-reality-Repeal-valleys-EPA-ozone-fine?utm_source=widget_60&utm_medium=summary_entries_teaser_widget&utm_campaign=synapse BLOGS Fugitive Methane Stirs Debate on Natural Gas. Not surprisingly, a new study suggesting that the greenhouse gas footprint of unconventional natural gas development is far worse than coal is already undergoing a furious deconstruction. Posted. http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/04/12/fugitive-methane-stirs-debate-on-natural-gas/?gwh=3BFCD5FC4213D6E01698C2986CDB043F Clean Energy Loan Program at Risk in Budget Talks. Dozens of large-scale clean energy projects could be derailed if a measure to defund a federal loan guarantee program becomes part of a final Congressional budget deal. http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/04/12/clean-energy-loan-program-at-risk-in-budget-talks/?gwh=AFA60ECB89B393FEFA86AF3EFCD443F1 California solar has a sunny week. It's only Tuesday but two milestones have been reached this week in the long march toward a carbon-free future. On Monday, BrightSource Energy became the first solar power plant developer to complete the financing of a large-scale project in two decades. Posted. http://www.grist.org/renewable-energy/2011-04-12-california-solar-has-a-sunny-week