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California Air Resources Board News Clips for April 19, 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. CLIMATE CHANGE Obama Joins American Electric to Fight Lawsuits With Environment Agency. In 2004, eight states decided they wouldn’t wait for President George W. Bush to take steps against climate change. They sued to force five power companies to cut plant emissions. The Obama administration today will urge the U.S. Supreme Court to throw out the suit, arguing alongside American Electric Power Co., Xcel Energy Inc. (XEL), Duke Energy Corp. (DUK) and Southern Co. (SO) The administration contends the Environmental Protection Agency is already taking steps against climate change. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-04-19/white-house-joins-aep-to-fight-climate-lawsuits-with-epa-off-its-duff-.html Court Hears Arguments In New Global Warming Case. Washington—The Obama administration and leading power companies are going before the Supreme Court in an effort to block a global warming lawsuit aimed at forcing cuts in greenhouse gas emissions. The justices are hearing arguments Tuesday in the court's second climate change case in four years. Posted. http://www.modbee.com/2011/04/19/1651449/court-hears-arguments-in-new-global.html http://www.fresnobee.com/2011/04/19/2355844/court-hears-arguments-in-new-global.html#storylink=misearch http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_17878807 http://www.vcstar.com/news/2011/apr/19/court-hears-arguments-in-new-global-warming-case/ States' 'Nuisance' Argument Seems To Fall On Deaf Ears In Supreme Court. Taking up a high-stakes case on climate change, a majority of Supreme Court justices appeared hostile today as to whether states can regulate greenhouse gases as a public nuisance under federal common law. Even the court's more liberal members gave little hope to the plaintiffs, six states, New York City and several land trusts, which want utilities that operate fossil fuel-fired electric power plants to reduce emissions by invoking federal "public nuisance" common law. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/Greenwire/print/2011/04/19/1 States, Utilities Ask EPA To Boost Regional Cap-And-Trade Plans. The states of California, New York and Minnesota, as well as about a dozen power companies and influential advocacy groups, have joined forces to persuade U.S. EPA to let states meet new federal climate change rules by crafting their own programs, such as the cap-and-trade plans that have been adopted by California and a handful of Northeastern states. Under a settlement that staved off lawsuits from environmentalists, EPA must set new limits on greenhouse gas emissions from the utility sector this year. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/Greenwire/print/2011/04/19/3 Study Of Cap-And-Trade Lobbying Draws Angry Rebuke From Left. The liberal Center for American Progress has launched a pre-emptive strike against a report by an American University professor that suggests environmentalists and their corporate allies spent more on lobbying and advertising then their adversaries during the debate on cap-and-trade legislation last Congress. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/Greenwire/print/2011/04/19/5 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Drop In Short Term, Rise In Long Term. The year 2009 marked a decrease in greenhouse gas emissions in the United States from the year before, according to an annual inventory from U.S. EPA released yesterday. A decline in electricity and fuel use led to the decrease in overall emissions, which dropped by 6.1 percent from 2008 to 2009, according to the inventory. A consumer shift to low-carbon fuels played another role as prices for coal went up and prices for natural gas went down, according to the inventory. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2011/04/19/8 In Mass., Belief In Climate Change Is Stronger Than Action To Prevent It. Promoting the economic benefits of lowering carbon emissions could cause "fatigue around global warming" if green jobs are oversold, says a new study on the attitudes of Massachusetts residents. The research, which finds that 59 percent of state residents believe humans are contributing to climate change, urges officials to focus on the environmental impacts of warming as the state seeks to reach its ambitious climate goals. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2011/04/19/2 Germany Squanders Chance to Pioneer CO2 Capture Technology. It's an unusual drilling facility that stands on the outskirts of Ketzin, a town in the eastern German state of Brandenburg. Instead of pumping something out of the ground, it is forcing something into the earth. That something is carbon dioxide. The scientists with the Potsdam-based German Research Center for Geosciences are injecting the gas into porous sandstone 650 meters (2,100 feet) beneath the surface. Posted. http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/0,1518,757651,00.html FUELS Ethanol Rebounds From Two-Week Low as Corn Prices Go Higher. Ethanol futures rebounded from a two-week low on concern that bad weather will hurt corn crops and boost production costs. The alternative fuel gained the most since April 8 as corn rose amid cold, wet Midwestern weather that could delay planting and reduce crop yields. Ethanol in the U.S. is distilled from the grain. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-04-18/ethanol-rebounds-from-two-week-low-as-corn-prices-go-higher.html New Fast-Fill Station For Compressed Natural Gas. The city of Elk Grove has opened a fast-fill compressed natural gas station, the first of its kind in south Sacramento County. The station, at 9050 Elkmont Drive near the city's corporation yard, is used to fuel the city's fleet of 43 CNG e-tran buses and is now open to other transit agencies and the general public 24 hours a day. Posted. http://www.modbee.com/2011/04/19/1651380/new-fast-fill-station-for-compressed.html VEHICLES Automakers Unveil Ambitious China Expansion Plans. Global automakers unveiled ambitious expansion plans for China on Tuesday, targeting the country's newly prosperous drivers as the industry struggles to recover from Japan's tsunami. Nissan Motor Co. plans to raise sales by about 15 percent to 1.15 million vehicles this year, said CEO Carlos Ghosn. He spoke as the company unveiled the new Tiida sedan, one of a series of world premieres at Shanghai's auto show by automakers that reflect China's critical importance to their sales. Posted. http://www.vcstar.com/news/2011/apr/19/automakers-unveil-ambitious-china-expansion/ http://www.nctimes.com/business/article_905e1eec-db14-5a64-a48f-3e9fd314ebe1.html DOE Allots $5M To Encourage Electric Vehicle Deployment. The Department of Energy will open up $5 million for community and local projects designed to facilitate the deployment of electric vehicles in the next few years, Secretary Steven Chu said today. Speaking at the opening of the Electric Drive Transportation Association conference in Washington, D.C., Chu also announced that the administration was launching a partnership with Google Inc. and more than 80 EV companies to create a national charging station map. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/Greenwire/print/2011/04/19/18 GREEN ENERGY San Joaquin Air Board Help On Electric Mowers. Air quality officials have trimmed the cost of switching from gasoline- powered lawn mowers to cleaner electric models. The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District is offering a limited number of vouchers that enable residents to pay $50 for a cordless electric mower with a 14-inch blade or $100 for a 19-inch version. The Clean, Green Yard Machine program will continue while funding lasts. Posted. http://www.modbee.com/2011/04/18/1651211/san-joaquin-air-board-help-on.html Solar Power: Breakthrough Could Herald Big Drop In Costs. Scientists at the University of Michigan have discovered a new effect from an old property of light, which they say could lead to an "optical battery" that converts sunlight to electricity at a fraction of the cost of today's photovoltaic cells. Posted. http://www.csmonitor.com/Environment/2011/0415/Solar-power-breakthrough-could-herald-big-drop-in-costs?cmpid=ema:nws:Weekend%20Weekly%2004162011&cmpid=ema:nws:NTI5OTY0ODM3NQS2