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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. AIR POLLUTION 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. http://www.nytimes.com/gwire/2011/04/13/13greenwire-epa-wears-many-hats-in-sprawling-environmental-j-683.html CLIMATE CHANGE 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. http://www.vancouversun.com/technology/become+straggler+battle+against+greenhouse+gases/4611715/story.html 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. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2011/04/14/11/ 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. http://www.eenews.net/Greenwire/2011/04/14/13/ GREEN ENERGY 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. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/14/business/global/14energy.html?_r=1&scp=5&sq=green%20energy&st=cse# 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. http://www.modbee.com/2011/04/13/1643094/most-homeowners-buying-solar-panels.html 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. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2011/04/14/1/ MISCELLANEOUS 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. http://www.insidebayarea.com/ci_17836115 OPINION 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. http://www.pe.com/localnews/opinion/localviews/stories/PE_OpEd_Opinion_D_op_quarryyes_loc_14.1a0a5a2.html BLOGS 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. http://sciencedude.ocregister.com/2011/04/13/toxic-mystery-unfolds-in-newport-beach/125853/ 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. http://www.grist.org/list/2011-04-14-los-angeles-to-slather-its-rooftops-with-solar-panels 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. http://inhabitat.com/sae-world-congress-goes-green-alternative-fuels-ev-tech-award-for-chevy-volt/ 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. http://inhabitat.com/ford-releases-list-of-top-25-electric-vehicle-friendly-cities/ 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. Posted. http://www.triplepundit.com/2011/04/california-paving-clean-energy/ 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. http://www.triplepundit.com/2011/04/40-years-solar-ready-makeover/ 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/