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newsclips -- Newsclips for July 18, 2011.

Posted: 18 Jul 2011 15:48:13
California Air Resources Board News Clips for July 18, 2011.  

This is a service of the California Air Resources Board’s Office
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New Pollution Standards Are In The Air. Key air pollution
standards may be raised in California and the nation, which could
result in more stringent regulations and requirements for the
production and sale of zero-emission cars, federal and local
officials said. Earlier this month, the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency approved a plan for ridding the skies of
microscopic soot particles that lodge deep in the lungs and cause
asthma, cancer and even premature death - a move that could save
the lives of 3,000 Southlanders. Posted.

TEMECULA: Air-Quality Study Finds Quarry Won't Affect Wineries.
The dust and emissions that would be generated by Granite
Construction's proposed Liberty Quarry project wouldn't affect
the vitality of Riverside County's Wine Country, according to a
study by The Kleinfelder Group that was paid for by Granite.

EPA Backs Away From Dust Testing Renovation Proposal. U.S. EPA
announced Friday that it decided against a proposed rule that
would have required contractors to test dust to prove the absence
of lead following renovations. The announcement was immediately
criticized by public health advocates but applauded by Senate
Republicans, who said the requirement -- while well intended --
would have put an undue economic burden on contractors. Posted.


Green Exchange to Start California Carbon Futures in September.
Green Exchange LLC, the second- biggest emission exchange by open
interest in European permits, will offer futures contracts for
Californian carbon allowances starting Sept. 11. The New
York-based exchange will list California futures contracts for
delivery in December in 2012, 2013 and 2014, the exchange said
today in an e-mailed statement. Green Exchange is owned by a
group that includes CME Group Inc. (CME), which oversees the New
York Mercantile Exchange. Posted.

EPA Ozone Proposal Draws Fire.  Manufacturers are fighting to
stop a new Environmental Protection Agency plan to curb ozone
that they say would deliver a devastating blow to the economy and
job growth by creating tougher pollution laws.  The EPA wants to
cut the national ambient air-quality standard to between 60 and
70 parts per billion, which would push thousands of communities
over the current limit of 75 ppb. Posted. 

Study: Earth Losing Its Climate Change Defenses.  Like your body,
the planet can heal itself a little bit. Some places, like
forests and oceans, are carbon sinks -- they absorb carbon from
the atmosphere, slowing down the rate at which everything goes to
hell. But climate change is no papercut, and as it gets worse,
it’s actually breaking the planet’s immune system. Posted. 

Poorer Countries Lead Global Movement Toward Low-Carbon Power –
Study. Poor countries have spent just as much as rich ones -- and
in the case of China, more -- to develop low-carbon energy,
according to a study coming out this week. Its conclusions could
turn the conventional wisdom about the differences among nations
over mitigation efforts on its head. Posted.


Michigan Industry Defends 'Fracking' Process. Michigan
environmental regulators and the oil and gas industry hope to
fend off a political brawl over a method of extracting natural
gas that has stirred furious debate around the nation. Hydraulic
fracturing, or "fracking," involves pumping huge volumes of water
laced with chemicals and sand at high pressure into wells that
can extend a mile or more underground. Posted. 

Wood-To-Energy Road Map Emphasizes Sustainability, Long-Term
Viability. Woody biomass like mill residues and forest thinnings
can play an important role in the future of energy, but the
patchwork of incentives and regulations surrounding its use
should be steered toward sustainability and the long-term use of
public and private forestlands, according to a new stakeholder
"road map." Posted.


G.M. Said to Consider Diesel Cruze. General Motors is said to
have plans to attract more buyers to Chevrolet showrooms by
introducing a diesel-powered version of the Cruze, the compact
sedan that was the country’s best-selling car in June. According
to an Associated Press report last week, based on unidentified
sources, United States sales of a diesel Cruze, a model already
offered in other countries, are two years away. Posted. 

Industry, Calif. Clash Over ZEV Plan. Automakers and California
regulators are locking horns over the state's plan to increase
sales of alternative-fuel vehicles, making it one of the most
contentious issues in talks on 2017-25 federal fuel economy
standards.  Since May, the two sides have privately debated
whether California's pending zero emission vehicle plan should be
superseded by the U.S. corporate average fuel economy program.

In State's High-Speed Rail Plan, Ambitions Collide With Financial
Realities. Sacramento, Calif. -- In his State of the Union
address in January, President Obama spoke of an America that
"does big things," one that delivers on grand ambitions and
leaves the world in awe. Among those "big things" was this goal:
giving 80 percent of Americans access to high-speed rail in the
next 25 years. Posted.

Geeks, 'Early Adopters' Turn Calif. Into Test Track For Plug-Ins.
Del Mar, Calif. -- Malcolm Hebert backs his red Nissan Leaf out
of the driveway of his home and heads down a hill toward the
Pacific Ocean. Navigating streets in his beach neighborhood,
Hebert passes gasoline stations where premium fuel costs $4.49 a
gallon. Hebert calculates his savings driving the Leaf. His wife
commutes in a Volvo that uses top-grade gas and gets about 20
miles per gallon. Posted.


Power Grid Building Gets Top Green Rating. The California
Independent System Operator Corp.'s new Folsom headquarters – a
$150 million power grid control center completed in January this
year – has received the highest possible certification under the
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating
system for green buildings. The "platinum" certification means
the building meets LEED's most stringent environmental standards
for construction and operation. Posted.

Wrapping The Cost Of Energy Improvements Into A Mortgage.  Stuck
with soaring utility bills in a home that's a glutton for energy?
Buying a home that has a lot to be desired in terms of
energy-efficient features?  There's hope. An under-the-radar
program that has been around since 1995 can help buyers save on
their utility bills by letting them fold the cost of energy
improvements into their mortgage.  Posted.  

Lawmakers Target Capitol Power Plant To Reduce Their Own
Emissions. Since Republicans took over the House in January,
former Speaker Nancy Pelosi's "Green the Capitol" campaign has
faded into the background: Gone are the corn-based forks and
spoons from the cafeteria and the posters urging member offices
to become energy-efficient. But the Capitol Power Plant is still
a concern to both sides of the aisle. The plant is a century old,
originally built to provide electricity for the Capitol using
coal. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/Greenwire/print/2011/07/18/2

EU Researchers Develop New Type Of Polymer Battery.  A European
Union (EU)-funded research project will this month start
developing a prototype polymer-zinc car battery, significantly
lighter, safer and more environment-friendly than existing
batteries.  Their lead acid, lithium and nickel bases have waste
disposal, weight and chemical stability problems. They can also
be slow to charge and sometimes unsafe.  Posted. 


Sacred Heart Embarks On Next Phase Of Campus Improvements. 
Atherton -- Another phase in Sacred Heart Schools' $95 million,
long-range capital campaign will reconstruct the learning
environment of elementary and middle school students.  Sacred
Heart is now constructing four buildings with state-of-the-art
classrooms for those children, having already built a new science
center and renovated the space for high school students.  Posted.


Don't Pull The Plug On New Light Bulbs.  The following editorial
appeared in the Kansas City Star on Thursday, July 14: Four years
ago President George W. Bush offered excellent reasons for
endorsing the congressionally approved Energy Independence and
Security Act of 2007.  "The legislation I'm about to sign should
say to the American people that we can find common ground on
critical issues," the Republican president said that day. Posted.


Lighting the Hopes of the Grid-less. From Lenin to Franklin
Delano Roosevelt, 20th-century political leaders made the
provision of universal electricity a centerpiece of their
programs and oratory. “Communism is Soviet power plus the
electrification of the whole country,” one slogan went. Or, in
the case of F.D.R.’s Tennessee Valley Authority, “T.V.A.:
Electricity For All.” Posted. 

As ‘Sinks’ for Carbon, Forests Are Even Mightier Than Assumed.
The world’s forests are magnificent palaces of biodiversity,
teeming with wacky and wonderful creatures and plants that seem
otherworldly. But they’re also something far more mundane
although useful: they’re giant sponges, soaking up vast amounts
of carbon dioxide. Posted. 

New Australian Carbon Tax Offers Comprehensive Model for All.
Last Sunday the Australian Prime Minister, Julia Gillard,
announced a new a plan to tax carbon emissions from the country’s
500 worst polluters. Starting next year, these companies will pay
for each ton of carbon dioxide emitted, first through a fixed
carbon tax and from 2015 via a carbon trading scheme. Posted. 

Turning Off The Light on the Environment. On June 12, U.S. House
Republicans failed   to revoke the lighting efficiency
restrictions mandated by the 2007 law, The Energy Independence
and Security Act of 2007, or HR 6. This law would phase out
incandescent bulbs, and is one that Republicans themselves
sponsored. Posted. 

IMO Environment Meeting Adopts Mandatory Energy Efficiency
Measures For International Shipping; First Mandatory Global GHG
Reduction Regime For An International Industry Sector.  Mandatory
measures to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs) from
international shipping were adopted by Parties to MARPOL Annex VI
represented in the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC)
of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), when it met for
its 62nd session from 11 to 15 July 2011 at IMO Headquarters in
London. These measures constitute the first mandatory global
greenhouse gas reduction regime for an international industry
sector.  Posted. 

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