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newsclips -- Newsclips for May 27, 2011

Posted: 27 May 2011 11:41:02
California Air Resources Board News Clips for May 27, 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.


Greens threaten to sue EPA over leaded airplane fuel. 
Environmental groups warned U.S. EPA yesterday that they will go
to court if the agency doesn't start to phase out the last type
of leaded gasoline still on the market in the United States.  The
notice, which was filed by Earthjustice on behalf of Friends of
the Earth, asks EPA to make a formal declaration that people are
being put in danger by the lead emissions from general aviation
gasoline, or avgas, which is used by smaller piston-powered
airplanes. If the agency has not acted within 180 days, the
groups may decide to file a lawsuit, said Marcie Keever, legal
director at Friends of the Earth.  Posted. 

Expansion of wood stove program recommended.  AIRBANKS, Alaska—A
Fairbanks North Star Borough commission is recommending
additional incentives for people to trade in inefficient home
heaters in Fairbanks, where the borough could receive millions of
dollars to reduce air pollution.  The borough's year-old
pollution-prevention program involves a combination of cash and
tax breaks for people who swap older or inefficient heating
systems—including wood-fed and coal-fed outdoor boilers—for
cleaner models.  Posted. 


Christie Pulls New Jersey From 10-State Climate Initiative.  
Gov. Chris Christie said Thursday that New Jersey would become
the first state to withdraw from a 10-state trading system, the
Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, declaring it an ineffective
way to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.  The decision delighted
Republicans who have introduced bills in the New Jersey
Legislature to repeal a law authorizing the state’s participation
in the program. But it dismayed environmental advocates, who
called it a serious blow to the state’s efforts to reduce
emissions from power plants and foster a shift from fossil fuels
to renewable energy.  Posted. 







GOP presidential hopefuls shift on global warming.  For
Republican presidential contenders who once supported combatting
global warming, the race is heating up. Faced with an activist
right wing that questions the science linking pollution to
changes in the Earth's climate and also disdains big government,
most of the GOP contenders have stepped back from their previous
positions on global warming. Some have apologized outright for
past support of proposals to reduce heat-trapping pollution. And
those who haven't fully recanted are under pressure to do so. 




Program helps companies buy cleaner diesel vehicles, heavy
equipment.  The state has launched a loan-guarantee program to
help construction companies and other heavy-equipment users
replace aging off-road diesel vehicles with cleaner models.  The
program is a joint effort between the California Air Resources
Board and the California Capital Access Program, or CalCAP, which
uses federal economic stimulus money. In addition to
construction, it focuses on the agricultural, mining and
industrial sectors.  Posted. 


Small-Cap on Fire; Clean Diesel Technologies Soars.  Clean Diesel
Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: CDTI), a Stamford, Connecticut-based
vertically integrated manufacturer and distributor of emissions
control and products, announced earlier this week the receipt of
almost $2 million in orders for verified emission reduction
products. Shares of the company are surging more than 30% in
today’s early trade.  Clean Diesel said that its Heavy Duty
Diesel Systems division received nearly $2 million in orders for
its verified emission reduction products. The orders come on the
back of an April 6, 2011, announcement by the State of
California’s Air Resources Board (CARB) of a special compliance
option for California on-road diesel fleets pertaining to the
current “Truck and Bus Regulation.  Posted. 

Facing legal pressure, Pentagon shrinks backlog of challenged
renewable energy projects.  Clashes between military radar and
renewable energy catapulted into the limelight last year when
plans for a massive Oregon wind farm snagged on Pentagon
objections.  Military brass eventually approved the project, but
lawmakers did not forget the outrage wrought by that showdown --
or similar conflicts that preceded it. And in the fiscal 2011
National Defense Authorization Act, they did something about it. 
Posted.  http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2011/05/27/1/ 


EcoMotors Chief Don Runkle: “Electric Vehicles Are Not Zero
Emissions”.  The chief executive officers of two very different
clean tech startups, Brammo and EcoMotors, discussed the relative
merits and limitations of clean vehicle technology today, at
TechCrunch Disrupt in New York on Wednesday.  Oregon-based Brammo
designs and manufactures all-electric motorcycles and the battery
technology and software that powers them, while Michigan-based
EcoMotors designs and makes more efficient combustion engines. 


Viewpoints: Let's get it right on pricing carbon emissions.  Put
the brakes on cap and trade.  That was the clear message
delivered by San Francisco Superior Court Judge Ernest Goldsmith
last week when he ruled that the state's Air Resources Board must
refrain from any activity related to setting up a pricing
mechanism for carbon until alternatives to cap and trade are
fully explored.  Some environmentalists may see Goldsmith's
ruling as a setback on climate policy, but I see it as an
opportunity to get it right. And if California is going lead the
nation in curbing the heat-trapping gases that put our state and
our world at risk, it's important that we lead in the right
direction.  Posted. 


Republican’s Climate Solution: Clear-Cut the Rain Forest. 
Representative Dana Rohrabacher, Republican of California, needs
to hit the science books, forestry experts suggest.  They reached
that conclusion after hearing Mr. Rohrabacher declare during a
Congressional hearing on Wednesday that clear-cutting the world’s
rain forests might eliminate the production of greenhouse gases
responsible for climate change.  On the witness stand was Todd
Stern, the Obama administration’s climate change envoy, who was
questioned on whether the nation’s climate policy should focus on
reducing the more than 80 percent of carbon emissions produced by
the natural world in the form of decaying plant matter.  Posted. 


Confused Chris Christie embraces climate science, rejects climate
action.  Christie: "In the past I've always said that climate
change is real and it's impacting our state. There's undeniable
data that CO2 levels and other greenhouse gases in our atmosphere
are increasing. This decade, average temperatures have been
rising. Temperature changes are affecting weather patterns and
our climate.  "In order to to best deal with climate change you
have to understand its causes ... I've taken the time to develop
a better understanding of the role that humans play in global
warming and what impact human activities has on our climate.” 

New maps give Europeans close-up picture of air pollution from
diffuse sources.  New online maps published by the European
Commission and the European Environment Agency, in close
cooperation with the Institute for Environment and Sustainability
(IES) of the Joint Research Centre, allow citizens to pinpoint
the main diffuse sources of air pollution, such as transport and
aviation.  The new set of 32 maps allows Europeans to see on a
scale of 5 km by 5 km where pollutants are released.  Posted. 

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