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newsclips -- Newsclips for April 12, 2011

Posted: 12 Apr 2011 10:33:43
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.


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. 


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. 


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. 


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.  




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. 

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. 



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 


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. 

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. 


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. 

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. 

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. 

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