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California Air Resources Board News Clips for May 18, 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 Britain Sets Strict Targets for Greenhouse Gas Emissions. Brussels — Britain announced on Tuesday some of the world’s most ambitious targets for cutting greenhouse gas emissions, calling for a reduction of 50 percent by 2025. Chris Huhne, the secretary of state for energy and climate change, said the measures would be aimed at weaning the country off cars that pollute and at encouraging new industries. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/18/business/global/18carbon.html?_r=2&pagewanted=print MILLOY: 2012 GOP Guide To The Climate Debate. If you’re thinking of becoming a Republican presidential candidate - and who isn’t these days - you can plan on being pressed on the climate issue. In the wake of last week’s new report from a panel of the National Research Council (NRC) reiterating its old talking points on climate, The Washington Post editorialized that all (read “Republican”) candidates for political office should be quizzed about whether they agree with the “scientific consensus of America’s premier scientific advisory group.” Posted. http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/may/17/2012-gop-guide-to-the-climate-debate/?utm_source=RSS_Feed&utm_medium=RSS DIESEL EMISSION Making Clean Air a Reality at the Port of Oakland. The docks. Ships. Rail and trucks. Images of moving cargo readily come to mind when we think of the working waterfront. The Port of Oakland is a busy, bustling hub of cargo transport conveying, among other things, a steady stream of containerized consumer goods from China to distribution warehouses as far away as Reno. Posted. http://www.baycrossings.com/dispnews.asp?id=2537 VEHICLES Connecticut Seeks To Support Electric Car Usage. Hartford, Conn. (AP) - A key legislative committee is expected to act on legislation intended to improve Connecticut's infrastructure for electric cars. The bill, up for a vote on Wednesday in the General Assembly's Transportation Committee, would require updating the state building code to address the need to electrically charge the vehicles. Posted. http://www.vcstar.com/news/2011/may/18/connecticut-seeks-to-support-electric-car-usage/ Green Automotive To Begin All-Electric SUV Impact Testing. Green Automotive Company Corporation (OTC:GACR) last night confirmed its initiation of a 20 MPH FMVSS 214 Oblique Pole Side Impact test on its All-Electric SUV, and plans to continue testing as part of the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards testing required before the Company's planned launch of its All-Electric vehicle line late this year. Posted. http://www.4-traders.com/news/Green-Automotive-To-Begin-All-Electric-SUV-Impact-Testing--13629906/ GREEN ENERGY Wind Vs. Water Conflict Roils The Pacific Northwest. The wind energy industry is sharply protesting a decision by the Bonneville Power Administration that could force wind generators in the Pacific Northwest to shut down this spring when power demand is low and the Columbia River flow is high. Such an order could come this weekend, BPA says. In the short run, the wind producers' remaining hope would be a difficult bid for a court injunction against BPA's "environmental dispatch" decision, which was announced Friday after months of public debate. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2011/05/18/4 Going To Church Works To Promote Renewable Energy And Sell Energy Efficiency. The public attitude and religious groups' attitudes toward belief in man-made climate change are roughly the same, with both currently in the minority, but that's not stopping faith-based organizations from taking action. Faith-based organizations on the East Coast have teamed up with utilities and energy consultants to promote going green. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2011/05/18/7 MISCELLANEOUS State Gives Long Beach $3.3 Million For Colorado Lagoon Cleanup. Funding in addition to $1.8 million OKed earlier. Long Beach — The State Water Resources Control Board approved $3.3 million to fund the final cleanup phase to restore the Colorado Lagoon. The 15-acre lagoon, near Fourth Street and Park Avenue, has been plagued by contaminated sediment. Posted. http://www.presstelegram.com/news/ci_18082935 OPINION Denial Won't Make Climate Change Go Away. There are truthers who think the Sept. 11 attacks were staged by the U.S. government. Then there are birthers who believe President Obama isn't native born. And then there are the deniers who refused to accept the overwhelming scientific consensus on climate change. A study by an agency of the National Academy of Sciences, the nation's premier scientific think tank, stated the case in plain, bumper-sticker English: "Climate change is occurring, is very likely caused primarily by human activities and poses significant risks to humans and the environment." Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/05/18/EDG01JH7MB.DTL&type=printable BLOGS You’ve Got to Start Somewhere: A Climate Prescription. Hoping to find a way around the current political impasse on climate change and energy policy, a former top adviser to President Obama has devised a policy proposal to drive down greenhouse gas emissions from the utility industry over the next 20 years. The plan, “Promoting Clean Energy in the American Power Sector,” borrows from a range of policy proposals, including President Obama’s latest clean energy policy, the cap and trade plan that foundered in Congress last year, and state-level clean electricity mandates. Posted. http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/05/18/youve-got-to-start-somewhere-a-climate-prescription/ The True Cost of Carbon. Michael Greenstone and Adam Looney, economists at The Hamilton Project, are releasing a new paper Wednesday on the costs of American energy policy. They argue: … our energy choices are based on the visible costs that appear on utility bills and at the gas pump. This system masks the social costs arising from those energy choices, including shorter lives, higher health care expenses, a changing climate, and weakened national security. Posted. http://economix.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/05/18/the-true-cost-of-carbon/?scp=6&sq=air%20pollution&st=cse&gwh=EC917D2A34AB600083EADEA10E6A649F Exploring Roots of Climate Stasis, and Next Steps. David Roberts, the Grist blogger, has written a double-barreled book review for the American Prospect that’s well worth reading. It explores “The Climate War,” Eric Pooley’s deconstruction of the long, and ultimately failed, effort to pass a comprehensive climate bill in the United States. But Roberts focuses most on David Victor’s new book “Global Warming Gridlock,” which I’m way overdue to read. Posted. http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/05/17/exploring-roots-of-climate-stasis-and-next-steps/ With 700 E.V.’s to Lease, BMW Announces Charging Partner for U.S. Market. BMW will lease 700 ActiveE electric cars, which are based on the 1 Series coupe, in the United States beginning this year. On Wednesday, the automaker announced a partnership to ensure that customers have a place to plug in. BMW calls AeroVironment, a California-based supplier of charging units, its “preferred provider,” which is similar to the role filled by the supplier for the purely electric Nissan Leaf. Posted. http://wheels.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/05/18/with-700-e-v-s-to-lease-bmw-announces-charging-partner-for-u-s-market/ PG&E Abandoning Wave Power. Challenges prove too much for one of California's largest utilities. One of the nation's more progressive electric utilities is bailing out of wave energy. Pacific Gas & Electric is giving up its pilot projects along the California coast. "There's definitely still a future for wave energy," PG&E renewable energy spokesman Denny Boyles told me in a Sacramento interview. Posted. http://blogs.kqed.org/climatewatch/2011/05/17/pge-abandoning-wave-power/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+kqed%2FClimateWatchBlog+%28KQED%27s+Climate+Watch+Blog%29&utm_content=Google+Reader