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newsclips -- Newsclips for April 14, 2011

Posted: 14 Apr 2011 10:58:05
California Air Resources Board News Clips for April 15, 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.


EPA Wears Many Hats in Sprawling Environmental Justice
Initiative.  Lisa Garcia has no illusions: In a recent interview,
the U.S. EPA associate assistant administrator compared her
vision of nationwide environmental equity to achieving world
peace.  Indeed, when Garcia first joined EPA as its environmental
justice adviser, she was struck by the educational work that
still needed to be done in overburdened communities.  Posted. 


B.C. has become straggler in battle against greenhouse gases. 
VANCOUVER - British Columbia and Ontario have become stragglers
in the Western Climate Initiative and the ambitious plans of its
member provinces and U.S. states to start carbon trading and
reduce their collective emissions of greenhouse gases.  Posted. 

CARBON MARKETS: Del. lawmakers want out of cap-and-trade program.
 Some lawmakers in Delaware want to remove the state from a
regional cap-and-trade system that last year brought it $7.4
million, most of which went to energy efficiency upgrades to
businesses and homes.  Posted. 

CLIMATE: Bloomberg, Clinton team up groups to cut emissions.  New
York Mayor Michael Bloomberg (I) and former President Clinton
yesterday announced they are joining up on climate efforts.  The
pair said they will merge their two climate groups -- C40, a
coalition of cities led by Bloomberg, and the Clinton
Foundation's Clinton Climate Initiative.  Posted. 


German Firms Move Toward Postnuclear Economy. HANOVER, Germany —
Josef Mehrer, a family-owned German company established more than
120 years ago, has survived by adapting with the times. Early on,
it made sewing machines, then machines for cleaning beer vats,
then it switched to compressors in the 1950s. In the early 1990s,
the company placed a bet on the renewable energy sector and
started to make compressors for the emerging biogas industry.

Most homeowners buying solar panels are over age 50.  New
research shows that seniors are on the cutting edge, at least
when it comes to solar panels.  Posted. 

POLITICS: Obama, entering the budget fray, warns against clean
energy cuts.  President Obama braced for months of tense budget
negotiations yesterday by warning Republicans that clean energy
funding and other "win the future" priorities will be defended
during a summerlong assault on national spending.  Posted. 


EarthEXPO under way in downtown Oakland.  OAKLAND -- The 17th
annual EarthEXPO is under way Wednesday afternoon in Oakland,
kicking off the season of Earth Day events in the Bay Area.  The
popular outdoor environmental fair is expected to attract more
than 2,000 attendees interested in sustainability, event
organizers said.  Posted. 


Approve environmentally friendly quarry. I am a proud Southwest
Riverside County resident and have called Temecula Valley home
for the last 13 years. Through my long career as a local realtor,
I have seen our region through times of growth and recession.
When I first heard of the Liberty Quarry project in 2005, I knew
it made sense for Riverside County both environmentally and
economically. Posted. 


Toxic mystery unfolds in Newport Beach.  Emissions of a toxic and
potentially cancer-causing substance have spiked twice in recent
months in a Newport Beach industrial area, bringing a warning
from county health officials as experts investigate the possible
source.  Posted. 

Los Angeles to slather its rooftops with solar panels.  Here's a
crazy idea: apply the same incentives that have made Germany the
world leader in rooftop solar power to a place that is actually
sunny. Also, use the power generated from these panels to zero
out the electricity costs of people in low-income housing, so the
city has more money for education.  Posted. 

SAE World Congress Goes Green: Alternative Fuels, EV Tech, and
Award for Chevy Volt. This year’s SAE World Congress in Detroit
has gone green, honoring the design of electric vehicles such as
the Chevy Volt and focusing on technologies that bring better
efficiencies to new and existing vehicles. Posted. 

Ford Releases List of Top 25 Electric Vehicle Friendly Cities. 
Ford Motor Company just released a list of the top 25 electric
vehicle (EV) friendly cities in anticipation of the release of
their Ford Focus Electric later this year. The list was compiled
by researchers at the company and digs deep into what makes one
place more EV friendly than the next. Posted. 

California Utilities to be Powered by 1/3 Renewables. California
has a long tradition of leading innovation - and the clean energy
technology sector is no different. While the clean energy debate
in Congress continues to stall, the state is charting the way
toward building a diverse, clean and resilient energy portfolio.

40 Years in, Solar is Ready for a Makeover. Think quick: What
brand comes to mind when you think of batteries? Is it Energizer,
the brand that keeps going and going? How about fuel efficient
cars? Did the Toyota Prius come to mind first? What about solar
panels? Anyone having trouble on this one? Posted. 

When the Weather Outside is Frightful, Americans Find Climate
Change Suspect. If you want to change the mind of a climate
change skeptic, argue with them on a warm day. These words of
advice stem from studies done by researchers affiliated with
Columbia University’s Center for Research on Environmental
Decisions (CRED), which found that people who thought the current
day was warmer than usual were more likely to be concerned about
global warming than those who thought the day was unusually cold.
Posted.  http://www.triplepundit.com/2011/04/weather-be-hot/ 

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