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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 TVA Agrees to Shut Down 18 Coal-Fired Boilers and Curb Emissions. One of the nation's largest coal-burning utilities said yesterday it will shutter 18 of its coal-fired boilers and pay billions to rein in pollutants at many of its remaining units, underscoring the evolving energy landscape in the United States. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/cwire/2011/04/15/15climatewire-tva-agrees-to-shut-down-18-coal-fired-boiler-72955.html?scp=10&sq=air%20pollution&st=cse&gwh=16921C617692CC40AEF359C0463221B3 http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2011/04/15/1/ TVA agrees to pay $10 million penalty and phase out 300 to 400 coal jobs in clean air deal. CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — The Tennessee Valley Authority over the next five years will shutter operations that account for about 16 percent if its coal-fired capacity to settle lawsuits from several states over air quality, its board said Thursday. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/tva-agrees-to-pay-10-million-penalty-and-phase-out-300-to-400-coal-jobs-in-clean-air-deal/2011/04/14/AFXRTTdD_story.html EPA settles with TVA over pollution from coal plants. WASHINGTON -- The Environmental Protection Agency announced a sweeping settlement Thursday with the Tennessee Valley Authority over pollution from 11 coal-fired power plants in at least three states. Posted. http://www.modbee.com/2011/04/14/1645514/epa-settles-with-tva-over-pollution.html http://www.fresnobee.com/2011/04/14/2350696/epa-settles-with-tva-over-pollution.html#storylink=misearch TVA paring coal operations, paying $10M in deal. CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) - The Tennessee Valley Authority over the next five years will shutter operations that account for about 16 percent if its coal-fired capacity to settle lawsuits from several states over air quality, its board said Thursday. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2011/04/14/3553689/tva-paring-coal-operations-paying.html#storylink=misearch http://www.vcstar.com/news/2011/apr/14/tva-board-weighs-impact-of-japans-nuke-problems/ http://www.nctimes.com/news/national/article_c1e5facb-e516-5ade-bbb6-782308424838.html http://www.insidebayarea.com/ci_17846162 House Republicans attack life-saving mercury and air toxics standards. Long a rumored dirty secret, Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-Ky.) confirmed today that House Republicans plan to introduce legislation to delay mercury and air toxics standards that will save up to 26,000 lives every year. Posted. http://www.grist.org/pollution/2011-04-14-house-republicans-attack-life-saving-mercury-toxics-standards CLIMATE CHANGE Climate Change Heads to the Supreme Court. Next Tuesday, the Supreme Court hears American Electric Power v. Connecticut, a case that asks whether America's climate change policy can be designed and managed by the federal courts. The answer should be a resounding no. Posted. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703551304576261271226827718.html?KEYWORDS=grKEYWORDS%3Dgreen+energy CARBON CAPTURE: No cap and trade leaves CCS project with a finance hole. The United States's first commercial-scale carbon capture and storage (CCS) project is lacking necessary financing, a need that could have been met by pricing and trading carbon in a cap-and-trade system. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2011/04/15/8/ FORESTS: Climate change degrades potential of forests and other land-based systems to store carbon – study. America's forests, grasslands and other terrestrial ecosystems can absorb up to 40 percent of the country's carbon emissions from fossil fuels, states a five-year study. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2011/04/15/4/ FUELS 4 Clean-Energy Alternatives To Uranium. The recent accident at the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan has caused many observers to question the use of uranium as a fuel to create nuclear energy, and perhaps cast doubts on clean energy alternatives in general. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/g/a/2011/04/14/investopedia51732.DTL EPFL team discovers molybdenum-based catalysts enable more cost-effective hydrogen production from water. A team led by Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) Professor Xile Hu has discovered that a molybdenum-based catalyst allows the electrolytic production of hydrogen at room temperature, and is inexpensive and efficient. The results provide new opportunities for the development of renewable and economic hydrogen production technologies. A paper on the work appears in the RSC journal Chemical Science. Posted. http://www.greencarcongress.com/2011/04/epfl-20110415.html#more GREEN ENERGY Huge old home of US envoy to Belgium goes green. Enormous 18th-century houses aren't known as the most energy-efficient buildings in the world. But now the 230-year-old residence of the U.S. ambassador to Belgium has gone green, thanks in large measure to donations from private companies. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2011/04/15/international/i011634D92.DTL http://www.fresnobee.com/2011/04/15/2351049/huge-old-home-of-us-envoy-to-belgium.html#storylink=misearch http://www.nctimes.com/news/science/article_88fbebfb-4797-5701-aad6-3e4debbc06e5.html Alternative energy runs into headwind. For the renewable energy sector, it’s a wonder either wind or solar power is still standing. Austere budgets and small government have become Capitol Hill credos, and clean energy technology champions are scrambling to secure the tax breaks and loan guarantees they’ve depended on over the past decade to drive investments. Posted. http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0411/53195.html DOE announces EcoCAR 2; focus on electric drive technology. At the SAE 2011 World Congress in Detroit, Michigan, US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Assistant Secretary for Policy and International Affairs, David Sandalow, announced the official launch of the EcoCAR 2: Plugging into the Future competition and the sixteen university teams selected to participate. Posted. http://www.greencarcongress.com/2011/04/doe-announces-ecocar-2-focus-on-electric-drive-technology.html#more New York’s Capital District Launches Hybrid Bus Line With Sustainably Built Shelters. Public transportation is going green in Albany. The Capital District Transportation Authority has launched BusPlus, a new, limited stop bus line featuring hybrid buses and eco-friendly bus shelters, made with up to 85 percent recycled material and equipped with LED lights. Designed by Duo-Gard, the structures have a sleek appearance while still being sturdy enough to hand harsh Upstate New York winters. Posted. http://inhabitat.com/nyc/new-york-states-capital-district-launches-hybrid-bus-line-with-sustainably-built-shelters/ Smart Windows Automatically Adjust to Outdoor Temperature to Save Energy. Production is beginning for a new window coating that automatically adjusts to control solar gain through windows. Raven Windows, made by Denver-based RavenBrick, are made with a special nanomaterial coating which makes the windows responsive to outdoor temperature. The Raven Windows act as "an intelligent window filter that automatically blocks solar heat when the outside temperature is too hot, while delivering solar heat inside when the outside temperature is cold." Posted. http://www.ecogeek.org/component/content/article/3478 VEHICLES Beijing employs creative tactics to spur electric vehicle purchases. Under the approved “125 Project”, electric car buyers will be exempt from tax, and the car plate lottery, whereby drivers of ICEs or hybrids have to apply via lottery system for a license plate. Posted. http://www.cars21.com/content/articles/56120110415.php OPINION Is Natural Gas the Solution to Our Energy Problem? Re “Pass the Boone Pickens Bill,” by Joe Nocera (column, April 12): Before jumping on the natural gas bandwagon, Mr. Nocera might have consulted his colleagues. On the same day, there was an article in the business section about natural gas called “Poking Holes in a Green Image.” Mr. Nocera breezily claims that natural gas is cleaner than oil. Cleaner when burned, yes, but that’s just part of the story. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/15/opinion/l15nocera.html?scp=7&sq=green%20energy&st=cse&gwh=9B71908D5FB31A348A4F64B203D76F52 Protecting our air and public health. Californians, like all Americans, love breathing clean, healthy air. We relish that picture perfect moment: a clear view of the mountains or ocean, kids playing soccer or baseball, enjoying a picnic in the park on a warm day, or just a brisk walk with the dog. Posted. http://thedowneypatriot.com/bookmark/12795130-Protecting-our-air-and-public-health The best remedy for the price of gas. There is no magic wand that will bring down the price of gasoline, which has once again crossed the $4 mark in California. But there is a long-term solution that will inoculate us from higher costs in the future. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/commentary/la-oe-gerstenzang-automobile-standard20110414,0,485070.story Think about how your behavior harms environment. Trash doesn't disappear. It is packaged and tucked away into unpopulated corners. Some trash is invisible but smells poorly and diffuses quietly through the atmosphere. Waste is present everywhere. Posted. http://www.modbee.com/2011/04/14/1645399/think-about-how-your-behavior.html 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. But the people of the San Joaquin Valley shouldn't be asked to do the impossible. Posted. http://www.bakersfield.com/opinion/editorials/x617060327/EDITORIAL-Embrace-reality-Repeal-valleys-EPA-ozone-fine BLOGS Indonesia's Deforestation Halt, Halted. If you included emissions from deforestation into national greenhouse gas emissions (which isn't always done, but probably should...) Indonesia is the world's third-highest emitter--India is if you don't take into account deforestation emissions. It has made public pledges to rein in its rampant deforestation, but as is often the case there's a rather large difference between political rhetoric and action. Posted. http://www.treehugger.com/files/2011/04/indonesia-deforestation-halt-halted.php