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newsclips -- Newsclips for June 30, 2011.

Posted: 30 Jun 2011 14:55:51
California Air Resources Board News Clips for June 30, 2011.

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EPA To Approve Air Cleanup For 2 Calif. Regions. The U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency said Wednesday it will approve
plans and extend the deadline to clean up the soot-laden air in
California's San Joaquin Valley and the Los Angeles region after
threatening to reject the same plans last fall. Posted.

U.S. Environmentalists Back EU Emission Plan. U.S. environmental
groups are attacking the Obama administration's opposition to the
European Union's plan to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from
airplanes, arguing Washington is reneging on its commitment to
fight global warming. American diplomats last week for the first
time presented EU officials with formal U.S. objections to the
27-country bloc's plan to regulate airline emissions at talks in
Oslo. Posted.

Residential CO2 Detector Law Taking Effect. In recent weeks,
Brandon Ruscoe has bought about 100 battery-operated carbon
monoxide alarms for the 100 or so homes he takes care of for
Yosemite Property Management. He bought them to get ready for the
new law, effective Friday, that requires all existing
single-family homes with an attached garage or a fossil fuel
source to install detectors that monitor the colorless, odorless
gas. Posted.

Another Climate Change Concern: Indoor Air.  Add another one to
the list of unintended consequences. As we try to button up our
workplaces and homes for better energy efficiency, we may be
creating or exacerbating other problems.  Sure, it saves on heat
and air conditioning to seal leaks. But if there's a moldy area
or radon seepage, those problems could worsen.  A report released
June 7 by the Institute of Medicine and sponsored by the federal
Environmental Protection Agency said people may face unexpected
health problems from all this.  Posted. 


Calif. Delays Cap And Trade. San Francisco (AP) — California
regulators on Wednesday said they would give power plants,
refineries and other major polluters another year to comply with
a new state program that provides financial incentives to emit
fewer greenhouse gases. Mary Nichols, chairwoman of the Air
Resources Board, said in testimony before a state Senate
committee that the government is giving California's major
polluters until 2013 to comply with its cap-and-trade program.

Judge Sides With Federal Scientists On Global Warming’s Threat To
Polar Bears. Washington — A federal judge is upholding a decision
by government scientists that global warming is threatening the
polar bear’s survival. U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan on
Thursday ruled that a May 2008 decision to place the bear on the
endangered species list as threatened because of melting sea ice
was rational based on science. Posted.

NOAA Report Shows Warmer Weather In U.S. Data from the National
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration indicates that the new
30-year normal has raised half a degree Fahrenheit. Some experts
call it further proof of global warming. The new normal is
warmer. That's the assessment of the nation's top weather agency,
which will release data Friday showing the 30-year "normal"
temperature in the United States. Posted.


Cobalt Technologies Grabs Cheap Waste to Break into Vehicle
Fuels. For biofuels startup Cobalt Technologies, the quest to
replace petroleum has led to sugary waste water from Decorative
Panels International, a wood paneling manufacturer in the small
town of Alpena in northern Michigan. Mountain View (Calif.)-based
Cobalt and its partner, biorefinery consulting firm American
Process in Atlanta, are building an industrial-scale cellulosic
refinery -- one of the world’s first -- on Decorative Panels’
campus. Posted.


Hybrid Drivers Lose Fast-Lane Privilege In California. For six
years, California gave owners of hybrid cars the keys to the fast
lane: permission to drive alone among carpoolers. Now hybrids are
about to lose the special privilege that was intended as a reward
for saving gas and protecting the environment. The vehicles are
no longer novel, their key-shaped yellow decals faded from the
sun, and transportation officials want to make way for a new
generation of even cleaner cars. Posted. 

15 Governors Warn Against Tough Fuel Economy Rules. The Obama
administration needs to ensure it doesn't set fuel economy
standards for the 2017-2025 model years that are too aggressive,
a group of governors wrote in a letter to the administration
today. The governors -- 14 Republicans and one Democrat -- said
in a letter to Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood and EPA
Administrator Lisa Jackson that "overreaching regulations can
place a significant cost burden on individuals, families and
businesses in our states." Posted. 

Who’s Down With (More) MPG?  When it comes to sweeping carbon
regulation, America often seems like a house divided. But there’s
one area where we agree by a wide margin: 78 percent of Americans
support efforts by the auto industry to reduce vehicle carbon
dioxide emissions, according to this survey [PDF] by the Mellman
Group. Their data also finds almost three-quarters of voters
strongly in favor of higher fuel efficiency standards… Posted. 


3 Calif Solar Projects In Line For Loan Guarantees. Three
California solar projects have been identified as recipients of
nearly $4.5 billion in conditional commitments for loan
guarantees from the Department of Energy. The announcement
Thursday includes $680 million for the Antelope Valley Solar
Ranch in Los Angeles County, $1.88 billion for the Desert
Sunlight project in Riverside County and $1.93 billion in loans
for the Topaz Solar project in San Luis Obispo County. Posted.


Fire Up the Grill, Not the Atmosphere. FOOD is responsible for 10
to 30 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions. By many
estimates, cooking represents more of a meal’s carbon footprint
than transport. For certain vegetables, it accounts for more
emissions than agriculture, transport and disposal combined.


CA Cap and Trade Compliance Delayed. California power plants and
refineries will likely have an extra year to comply with the
state's proposed cap & trade program, according to Mary Nichols,
head of the California Air Resources Board. In testimony to the
Senate Select Committee on the Environment, the Economy, and
Climate Change on Wednesday, Nichols said that the program would
still begin in 2012 as planned, but that polluters would not be
held accountable during that year. Posted.

The Slow Roll Of "An Extraordinary Piece Of Work": California
Cap-And-Trade Slows, Again. At a California State Senate
committee Wednesday, Air Resources Board chair Mary Nichols put
the brakes on the centerpiece work of AB 32 - the state's
landmark law that sets limits on greenhouse gas emissions.
Nichols holds dominion over implementation of AB 32. Did she tap
the brakes, or screech the state to a halt? And will reporters
ever stop with the tailpipe-emissions-inspired metaphors? Posted.

San Francisco Named Greenest City In U.S. And Canada. We at City
Insider just love it when San Francisco comes out tops in major
rankings - and this is definitely one to crow about. San
Francisco has been named the greenest city in the United States
and Canada in a study commissioned by Siemens. (Yes, San
Franciscans, the occasional annoyances of mandatory composting
and not being able to get a plastic bag at the grocery store are
paying off.) Posted.

City Urges Residents To Put Carbon Monoxide Detectors In All
Homes. Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless, invisible
nightmare of a gas that kills 500 people a year in the U.S., and
injures 20,000 more. San Francisco officials are now pushing
people to heed a new state law that requires residential property
owners to install carbon monoxide detectors in homes and
apartments that have a gas-fueled furnace or other appliance.

EPA Head Says New Fracking Air Quality Regs Coming Soon. As the
New Jersey legislature votes to ban fracking, some word on what
the EPA is doing to minimize the environmental damage which could
be caused with unregulated hydraulic fracturing: Natural Gas
Watch reports that EPA head Lisa Jackson has said that there may
soon be Federal regulations dealing with air pollution caused by
the natural gas extraction process. Posted.

US DOT To Award Up To $101.4M To Transit Projects To Reduce
Emissions And To Promote Clean-Fuel Technologies.  The US
Department of Transportation will award up to total of $101.4
million to transit projects that improve emissions while
supporting emerging clean fuel and advanced propulsion
technologies. The money is being provided competitively through
the Federal Transit Administration’s Fiscal Year 2011
Sustainability Initiative, which includes funding from two
programs:… Posted. 

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