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California Air Resources Board News Clips for July 19, 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. AIR POLLUTION EPA sued over Los Angeles smog. A federal lawsuit says the Environmental Protection Agency failed to force officials to crack down on Los Angeles smog. Clean air advocates, including Physicians for Social Responsibility and the Natural Resources Defense Council, say in Monday's suit that the EPA missed a May deadline to certify whether ozone levels are hazardous to public health. Under the federal Clean Air Act, Congress established a one-hour standard for ozone pollution. Posted. http://www.dailynews.com/ci_18505946?IADID=Search-www.dailynews.com-www.dailynews.com http://www.insidebayarea.com/ci_18505946?IADID=Search-www.insidebayarea.com-www.insidebayarea.com http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_18505946?IADID=Search-www.contracostatimes.com-www.contracostatimes.com http://www.fresnobee.com/2011/07/18/2468783/suit-epa-must-clean-up-san-joaquin.html#storylink=misearch http://www.modbee.com/2011/07/18/1780105/suit-epa-must-clean-up-san-joaquin.html Advocates Sue Valley Air Board. Clean air advocates are suing to force the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to bring air quality in the polluted San Joaquin Valley to national standards. The environmental law firm Earthjustice filed a lawsuit Monday in federal court seeking to compel the agency to make an official finding on whether the valley has met national ozone standards adopted by the EPA three decades ago. Posted. http://www.modbee.com/2011/07/18/1780430/advocates-sue-valley-air-board.html FUELS Corn Futures Gain On U.S. Crop View. U.S. corn futures jumped as a heat wave baking the Corn Belt caused the government to scale back its view of the upcoming crop and fueled expectations of further downward adjustments. Corn for December delivery, the most actively traded contract, climbed 17.5 cents, or 2.6%, to $6.945 a bushel in late morning trade on the Chicago Board of Trade. Posted. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303661904576455963352321504.html?KEYWORDS=fuel VEHICLES Nissan raises price of electric Leaf, expands ordering to southeastern states. Nissan Motor Co. will more than double the number of states where it offers its Leaf electric car by this fall. But buyers will have to pay more to get it. The base price of the 2012 model-year Leaf will be $35,200, up nearly $2,500 from the 2011 model year. Drivers can also lease the Leaf for $369 per month, up $20. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/nissan-raises-price-of-electric-leaf-expands-ordering-to-southeastern-states/2011/07/19/gIQAkF5kNI_story.html http://www.autonews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20110719/OEM05/110719896/1186 Toyota utilizing hybrids to help with power crunch. Toyota's electric-gasoline hybrid car technology will be utilized to help ease power shortages in Japan's disaster-struck northeast, part of a set of measures the automaker hopes will underline its commitment to the region. Toyota Motor Corp. said Tuesday it will donate emergency power supply systems linked to its Prius hybrid cars to prefectures (states) in the Tohoku region ravaged by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. Posted. http://www.vcstar.com/news/2011/jul/18/toyota-utilizing-hybrids-to-help-with-power/ http://www.nctimes.com/business/article_f6f357a8-2570-527c-b7ee-3441e4882891.html http://www.dailynews.com/ci_18505029?IADID=Search-www.dailynews.com-www.dailynews.com http://www.insidebayarea.com/ci_18504320?IADID=Search-www.insidebayarea.com-www.insidebayarea.com http://www.modbee.com/2011/07/18/1780335/toyota-utilizing-hybrids-to-help.html Toyota to begin offering AC outlets in the Prius in Japan. How’s this for a more user-friendly hybrid? Next year, Toyota Motor Corp. will start offering AC electric outlets as an option on its popular Prius hybrid so drivers can plug in household appliances -- from computers to refrigerators. The idea was born from watching victims of Japan’s March 11 earthquake using the Toyota Estima hybrid van as a source of emergency electricity when the power was knocked out. Posted. http://www.autonews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20110719/OEM04/110719897/1290 Thailand Emerges As Global Hub For Fuel Efficient And Environment Friendly Car Manufacturing. From its position as the world's No. 1 producer of one-ton pickup trucks, Thailand is quickly emerging as a global hub for fuel efficient, eco-friendly car manufacturing, with EURO-4 emission standards and a fuel economy of nearly 50 miles per gallon. Six of the world's top auto producers have based their fuel efficient car production in Thailand in recent years. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2011/07/18/3777624/thailand-emerges-as-global-hub.html#storylink=misearch GREEN ENERGY Project uses landfill gas to power vehicles. Beginning next year, trucks operating at the St. Landry Parish landfill will be able to refuel with a natural energy source from the garbage mounds. The $700,000 project involves cleaning and compressing on site the methane gas emitted from the solid waste and making the gas suitable for vehicle fuel. Posted. http://www.vcstar.com/news/2011/jul/19/project-uses-landfill-gas-to-power-vehicles/ Rep. Mary Bono Mack Changes Mind On Bulb Change. After voting for the law that called for phasing out sales of incandescent light bulbs in 2012 — in favor of more energy-efficient models such as fluorescents — Rep. Mary Bono Mack has reversed course. With the economy slumping, her office said, this probably isn't the right time to impose new lighting standards. Posted. http://www.mydesert.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2011107190309 MISCELLANEOUS UN chief says sustainable development top priority next 5 years. Global development that reduces poverty but preserves the environment for future generations will be the top priority during Ban Ki-moon's second five-year term as U.N. secretary-general, he said Tuesday. Ban, whose second term at the helm of the United Nations starts Jan. 1, laid out his overarching theme for his next administration during a speech to the World Trade Organization. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/un-chief-says-sustainable-development-will-be-top-priority-next-5-years/2011/07/19/gIQAzlnINI_story.html http://www.dailynews.com/ci_18505353?IADID=Search-www.dailynews.com-www.dailynews.com http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_18505353?IADID=Search-www.contracostatimes.com-www.contracostatimes.com http://www.modbee.com/2011/07/19/1780556/un-chief-says-sustainable-development.html OPINION Time To Clear The Air. You hear a lot these days about how mindless government policy stifles innovation in the private sector. But in West Virginia's coal country, the opposite has happened. The lack of government rules has prompted a private company to stop work on a promising antipollution technology, which sets a dangerous precedent that utilities across the nation may follow. Posted. http://www.modbee.com/2011/07/19/1780715/time-to-clear-the-air.html A Trade-Off With Benefits. The Obama administration already has set a quicker pace for putting more fuel-efficient cars on the road, vehicles that go farther on a gallon of gas, emit fewer pollutants and reduce how often drivers have to tank up. Now it should follow through on the president's stated commitment to push auto manufacturers to adhere to even tougher standards by the year 2025. You can't argue with the beneficial results: cleaner air, weaning our addiction to foreign oil and creating more technology jobs. Posted. http://www.modbee.com/2011/07/18/1779436/a-trade-off-with-benefits.html BLOGS A Climate Hazard, Medium Rare, Please. Eating a small cheeseburger for lunch is, in terms of greenhouse gas emissions, equivalent to driving an extra 10 miles. By contrast, eating a serving of lentils would barely get your car out of the driveway, according to a new report released on Monday by the Environmental Working Group, a research organization. Posted. http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/07/18/a-climate-hazard-medium-rare/?scp=10&sq=climate%20change&st=cse Battling Energy Waste in Hot, Rich Cities. Bettina Wassener, who is based in Hong Kong for the International Herald Tribune, has filed a Green column for The Times exploring why there is so much energy waste there and in other advanced cities. One reason is that energy costs are a tiny fraction of the price of owning expensive real estate, so why not have the windows open while the air conditioning is blasting. Posted. http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/07/18/battling-energy-waste-in-hot-rich-cities/?scp=10&sq=fuels&st=cse N.R.C. Chief Plans Quick Response to Post-Fukushima Study. The chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission said Monday that it should decide within 90 days on how to address recommendations to be issued this week by a task force that examined the lessons of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident in Japan. Almost simultaneously, House Republicans and the industry’s trade association warned him not to rush. Posted. http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/07/18/n-r-c-chief-plans-quick-response-to-post-fukushima-study/?scp=4&sq=green%20energy&st=cse Green Algae Meets Dirty Coal for Carbon Capture. An unlikely marriage of algae and coal-plants could become a reality through a company called OriginOil. The company helps algae growers with the incredibly difficult process of extracting oil from their product for commercial use. It is bringing together dirty coal and green algae as part of a carbon capture project at a coal plant in Australia that could be an alternative to risky and expensive underground carbon capture and storage (CCS) schemes. Posted. http://www.triplepundit.com/2011/07/green-algae-meets-dirty-coal-carbon-capture/ T.R., Obama, and the Environment. This week I drove through at least three national forests created by Theodore Roosevelt--Cache, Unitah, and Wasatch. T.R.'s interest in protecting public lands and wildlife set him apart from other American Presidents. During his presidency, he created or expanded 150 national forests. He also put into place more than 50 bird or wildlife preserves, 6 national parks, and almost 20 national monuments. Posted. http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/environmental_law/2011/07/tr-obama-and-the-environment.html EPRI assesses status of 8 key power generation technologies for US; estimates of capital cost and levelized cost of electricity. The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) released a report, Integrated Generation Technology Options on the cost, performance, and technology status for eight central-station power generation technologies likely to dominate the US generation mix over the next two decades: pulverized coal; integrated gasification combined-cycle (IGCC); natural gas combined-cycle (NGCC); nuclear; biomass; wind; solar photovoltaic (PV); and concentrating solar thermal generation technologies from the near term to 2025. Posted. http://www.greencarcongress.com/2011/07/epri-assesses-status-of-8-key-power-generation-technologies-for-us-estimates-of-capital-cost-and-lev.html