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California Air Resources Board News Clips for July 1, 2011. This is a service of the California Air Resources Boardís Office of Communications. You may need to sign in or register with individual websites to view some of the following news articles. AIR POLLUTION The Week Ahead: Coal plants must clean up their act. Do you know where the air you breathe comes from? Next week, the Environmental Protection Agency moves to regulate dirty air across state lines. The new limits on power plant emissions are a half-decade in the making. Thirty-one states from Florida to New York, Wisconsin to Texas would be subject to reducing certain chemicals spewed into the air. The agency argues it has to put these limits in place for states to achieve national clean air standards. After all, sulfur dioxide from a smokestack doesn't stop at the state border. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2011/07/01/3741032/the-week-ahead-coal-plants-must.html#storylink=misearch CLIMATE CHANGE California delays cap and trade compliance. Californian authorities have announced a one-year delay in the full application of the stateís carbon emissions cap and trade scheme, initially scheduled to start in January. California Air Resources Board Chair Mary Nichols said the regulator now proposes to implement the scheme on time, but to delay by one year compliance obligations for emitters. This effectively means a shadow carbon market would operate during 2012. Posted. http://www.carbonpositive.net/viewarticle.aspx?articleID=2346 Traders see emissions credit delay as 'reassuring'. Those with the most to gain from California's pending carbon market insisted yesterday that the state is still on track to have a robust emissions trading system, despite regulators' announcement this week that enforcement would be delayed by a year. Carbon traders and brokers uniformly expressed optimism about the fact that emitters are getting at least a six-month reprieve from participating in emissions trading. The delay, they said, would give policymakers time to flesh out details of how the nation's first comprehensive cap on carbon dioxide will be monitored and enforced. Posted. BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2011/07/01/1/ FUELS N.Y. proposes to allow drilling, with strict frack rules. New York state would have some of the most restrictive rules in the country for shale gas drilling, including the hydraulic fracturing process, under a proposal to be released today by state regulators. The draft would prevent shale gas drilling near the watersheds of New York City and Syracuse, by banning the high-volume fracturing required to pry gas from the rock formation. But implementing the policy, which is at least months in the future, would allow drilling to start elsewhere in the state. Posted. BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY. http://www.eenews.net/EEDaily/2011/07/01/4/ Too little, too late? Some Democrats seek investigations of gas industry claims. A group of energy companies -- like, say, the natural gas industry -- would never, ever mislead the public and politicians about how profitable it could be over the long-term. Obviously, we should just believe the natural gas industry's financial projections, which promise that any negative environmental impacts will be worth the jobs, the profits, and the energy security that come with the promised national gas boom. That's basically been the stance of most legislators in Washington when it comes to natural gas. The picture the industry painted of huge supplies of low-carbon fuel proved really compelling. Posted. http://www.grist.org/list/2011-07-01-too-little-too-late-some-democrats-seek-investigations-of-gas-in VEHICLES Hybrid Drivers Lose Special Access To California Carpool Lanes. LOS ANGELES ó 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. http://www.mydesert.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2011106300347 GREEN ENERGY Utah researchers experiment with electric roads to charge electric cars. LOGAN ó Electric vehicles have long been touted as the answer for drivers who want to avoid high gas prices and help protect the environment. But the heavy, short-lived batteries are a big obstacle to the vehicles becoming affordable and commonplace. Suppose an electric vehicle could just go on and on, without stopping to recharge batteries. Suppose it was continually charging as it drove along the highway. A technical breakthrough at Utah State University could make that happen. The idea is to make the highways themselves a source of energy. Posted. http://www.deseretnews.com/article/705375497/Utah-researchers-experiment-with-electric-roads-to-charge-electric-cars.html BLOGS EPA, Freight Stakeholders Roll Out SmartWay Drayage Program. Freight handling stakeholders in port areas and the Environmental Protection Agency have launched an initiative thatís designed to help clear the air in the nationís port areas. Itís called the EPA SmartWay Drayage Program and it has potential for a nationwide solution to port pollution. It builds on clean truck programs that have been around at various port regions for several years. Posted. http://www.triplepundit.com/2011/07/epa-freight-stakeholders-roll-smartway-drayage-program/ Exxon Cut Financing to Climate Skeptics, Group Says. Greenpeace U.S.A. has issued a report saying that all of the research funding received since 2003 by Willie Soon, an astrophysicist who has been a critic of climate science, came from oil or coal interests like ExxonMobil and the Southern Company, a utility that burns coal. Dr. Soon, who works at the Harvard-Smithsonian Astrophysics Observatory, has researched whether solar variance might be responsible for climate warming. Posted. http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/07/01/exxon-is-financing-fewer-climate-skeptics-group-says/?ref=earth Hybrids Rejoin California Gridlock As HOV Stickers Expire Today. The vehicles are no longer novel, their yellow stickers have faded from years of exposure to the sun and, after six years of enjoying the privilege, it's now time for California's hybrid owners to suffer with the rest of us in the state's traffic-clogged non-High Occupancy Vehicle lanes. Posted. http://www.autoblog.com/2011/07/01/californias-hybrid-vehicles-lose-access-to-hov-lanes/ CARB to host community meetings to discuss 2018-2025 LEV III regulations. The California Air Resources Board (CARB) is in the process of inking out an amendment to the state's low-emissions vehicle (LEV) regulations. The proposed amendments, referred to as LEV III, ask for more stringent tailpipe and greenhouse gas emission standards for passenger vehicles sold between 2018 and 2025. Posted. http://green.autoblog.com/2011/06/30/carb-to-host-community-meetings-to-discuss-2018-2025-lev-iii-reg/#aol-comments Obama Calls for 56.2 MPG Fuel Efficiency Mandate by 2025. The Obama administration is currently in talks with the three big automakers ó General Motors, Ford and Chrysler ó about future fuel efficiency standards, and it looks like the Presidentís team is calling for an average of 56.2 miles per gallon mandate by 2025. After a failed attempt at climate change legislation, the Obama administration has focused their efforts on more specific ways to reduce our national carbon emissions. Posted. http://inhabitat.com/obama-calls-for-56-2-mpg-fuel-efficiency-mandate-by-2025/ New Labels For a New Ethanol Fuel. This week, the EPA finalized labeling regulations for "E15" fuels--gasoline-ethanol blends that have "more than 10 and up to 15 percent ethanol." The regulations attempt to ensure that drivers of light-duty vehicles with model years older than 2001 will not fill up their gas tanks with E15. Posted. http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/environmental_law/2011/07/new-labels-for-ethanol.html