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California Air Resources Board News Clips for April 13, 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 EPA Budget Deal Slams State, Regional Programs. The spending deal brokered last week by President Obama and Congress to avert a government shutdown would balance most its $1.6 billion in cuts to U.S. EPA's budget on the backs of state regulators and local environmental projects, according to details of the bill that were released by appropriators early this morning. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/gwire/2011/04/13/13greenwire-epa-budget-deal-slams-state-regional-programs-26003.html?scp=8&sq=air%20pollution&st=cse&gwh=28442A48FF9B6FFBD39AA2B29A0851DE EPA Budget Cut to Limit Clean Air Enforcement, Activists Say. April 12 (Bloomberg) -- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency efforts to protect public health by enforcing clean air and water rules will be undermined by a planned 16 percent budget reduction, environmental groups said. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/g/a/2011/04/12/bloomberg1376-LJJPW41A74E901-6VCHNS1ID85J5GBE0JPB81HKJQ.DTL CLIMATE CHANGE California-Canadian carbon market to start small. (Reuters) - A regional carbon market between California and some Canadian provinces will start off next year smaller than expected due to a delay by industrial powerhouse Ontario and a possible slowdown in a second province, British Columbia. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/04/13/us-carbon-california-idUSTRE73C07B20110413 http://www.bloomberg.com/news/print/2011-04-13/california-to-join-canada-provinces-in-carbon-market-group-says.html http://www.pointcarbon.com/1.1528371 California is expanding its carbon-trading program to three Canadian provinces. California officials announced Tuesday that the state will expand its newly adopted carbon-trading program to three Canadian provinces, creating the largest regional cap-and-trade system in North America. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-cap-trade-20110413,0,7800882.story EU proposals could raise taxes on diesel, coal to account for CO2 emissions, energy production. BRUSSELS — BRUSSELS (AP) - The European Union has proposed a radical overhaul of how energy in the 27-country bloc is being taxed that could lead to higher levies on diesel and coal. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/eu-proposals-could-raise-taxes-on-diesel-coal-to-account-for-co2-emissions-energy-production/2011/04/13/AFznuKVD_story.html http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704415104576250363830343404.html?KEYWORDS=diesel+emissions http://www.vcstar.com/news/2011/apr/13/eu-plans-radical-overhaul-of-fuel-taxes/ MARKETS: Calif. claims British Columbia, Quebec as 2012 trading partners; British Columbia not so sure. California tried to pull in two Canadian provinces as active trading partners in its nascent greenhouse gas market yesterday -- but only one decided to come along. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2011/04/13/6/ B.C., Ontario hinder California green plan. British Columbia and Ontario have thrown a wrench into a plan spearheaded by California to launch a cross-border greenhouse-gas emissions reduction scheme next January. Posted. http://m.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/bc-ontario-hinder-california-green-plan/article1982893/?service=mobile Cargill to Work With EOS Climate to Curb Emissions from Aging Refrigerators and Air Conditioners. MINNEAPOLIS, April 13, 2011 -- /PRNewswire/ -- Cargill will be a financial and exclusive marketing partner for the tradable emission credits generated by San Francisco-based EOS Climate, a company which uses market-based incentives to prevent emissions of harmful greenhouse gases (GHGs) associated with older refrigerators and cooling systems. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2011/04/13/3549697/cargill-to-work-with-eos-climate.html FUELS Getting Rid of Gas. Sometimes it’s hard to tell the players without a scorecard — a phrase that’s just as true in the automotive world as it is in sports. Drivers are already tooling around in vehicles propelled by electricity, fuel blends, clean diesel and biodiesel, plus hybrid engines that combine various power sources. Hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles loom just over the horizon. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/custompublishing/altvehicles/la-ss-altvehicles-gettingridofgas-04132011,0,3976792.story GREEN ENERGY Gov. Brown signs law requiring 33% of energy be renewable by 2020. Reporting from Milpitas, Calif.— Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed into law a requirement that California get 33% of its electricity from renewable sources, such as wind and solar energy, by the year 2020. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-renewable-energy-20110413,0,3118203.story Calif. sets nation's highest renewable power goals. Gov. Jerry Brown signed far-reaching energy legislation Tuesday that will require California utilities to obtain up to a third of their electricity from wind, solar and other green sources. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2011/04/12/state/n120916D27.DTL http://www.fresnobee.com/2011/04/13/2348477/brown-signs-green-energy-legislation.html#storylink=misearch VEHICLES Where the H is my Fuel-Cell Car? If the many upsides of hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles were more widely known, the nation’s conspiracy buffs would be busy indeed. “Wait a second,” they might say. “You’re telling me that this car requires no foreign oil, goes almost 250 miles on a single refueling, can be refueled as quickly as internal-combustion-engine vehicles, boasts excellent responsiveness and great torque, can carry heavy loads, operates efficiently in any temperature — and water vapor is its only emission? Why aren’t we all driving one?” Posted. http://www.latimes.com/custompublishing/altvehicles/la-ss-altvehicles-hydrogen-04132011,0,7728663.story Fuel-saving Tips. If you’re not ready to buy a more fuel-efficient car, you can still save money in a number of ways in whatever vehicle you drive. Cars.com provides the tips and dispels the myths. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/custompublishing/altvehicles/la-ss-altvehicles-gastips-04132011,0,2757141.story MISCELLANEOUS Lawn mower program begins. The San Joaquin Valley’s popular cheap lawn mower program resumed Monday, giving residents the chance to give up their gas-powered mowers in exchange for new electric ones. Posted. http://www.recordnet.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20110413/A_NEWS/110419956&cid=sitesearch Air district offers electric mowers. The valley air district's popular electric lawn mower trade-in program is back with new funding and a simplified voucher request process. Beginning this week, valley residents can replace their polluting, gas-powered mower with a clean, electric Neuton mower for $50 for a 14-inch blade model or $100 for the 19-inch mower, shipping included, the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District said in a release. Posted. http://www.bakersfield.com/news/local/x2092349201/Air-district-offers-electric-mowers OPINION What early-blooming plants tell us about global warming. The April 9 front-page article “Earlier blooms give flower lovers a chill” nicely summarized the worldwide evidence for season creep, the increasing length of the growing season. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/what-early-blooming-plants-tell-us-about-global-warming/2011/04/10/AFJLbvSD_story.html Was it an academic mission or UCLA speech code? If you think that academia is not the exclusive playground of the academic left, consider the fate of UCLA epidemiologist James Enstrom. In 2008, Enstrom thought that a report on the health effects of diesel emissions presented by the California Air Resources Board was faulty. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/04/12/ED541IUA8N.DTL http://www.recordnet.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20110413/A_OPINION0619/104130308&cid=sitesearch BLOGS If Flying Isn’t Green, Can the Airport Wait Be? In Tuesday’s Times, I wrote about San Francisco International Airport’s renovated Terminal 2 and efforts to make flying a less carbon-intensive and stressful experience. The art-filled terminal, known as T2, features Danish modern furniture, organic chow, 350 power outlets, free Wi-Fi and other creature comforts and innovations designed to cut the building’s energy footprint while making air travel, dare we say it, more fun. Posted. http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/04/13/if-flying-isnt-green-can-the-airport-wait-be/?gwh=58A3F361D0354F9A7C3E4C9E6B996AC6 Energy Options and Polarized Politics. The Bipartisan Policy Center, as its name implies, tries to define a path on issues like energy that can work in a period of polarized politics and shrinking budgets. It’s a tough challenge. That’s why the new center’s latest effort, “An Open Letter to the American People and America’s Leaders: A New Era for U.S. Energy Security,” focuses arguments for action on oil mainly on the basis of economic and geopolitical conflict, with the environment and climate in the background. Posted. http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/04/12/energy-options-and-polarized-politics/?gwh=3144FFA335877AF0B837FF0BDD860068 GM develops prototype two-mode hybrid transmission with enhanced EV capability for plug-in hybrids. GM has developed a prototype of its two-mode front-wheel drive (FWD) hybrid transmission (earlier post) with enhanced electric vehicle capability (2MH4EV) for application in a plug-in hybrid; GM presented a paper detailing the work at the SAE 2011 World Congress in Detroit. Posted. http://www.greencarcongress.com/2011/04/gm-develops-prototype-two-mode-hybrid-transmission-with-enhanced-ev-capability-for-plug-in-hybrids.html#more The budget deal slows innovation and slashes rail, green jobs, and cleanup programs. The Republican slash-and-burn budget accepted by President Obama to avoid a government shutdown will put our fragile economic recovery in jeopardy. Moreover, the cuts are ideologically motivated, preserving massive subsidies for fossil fuel polluters while knocking out support for a cleaner, more innovative economic future. Posted. http://www.grist.org/article/2011-04-13-budget-deal-slows-innovation-slashes-rail-green-jobs-cleanup