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newsclips -- Newsclips for July 22, 2011.

Posted: 22 Jul 2011 14:13:07
California Air Resources Board News Clips for July 22, 2011.  

This is a service of the California Air Resources Board’s Office
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Business Blasts Ozone Limits. Trade Groups Warn White House That
New EPA Curbs Would Choke Off Growth. Business groups are
stepping up pressure on the Obama administration to stop the
Environmental Protection Agency from enacting tougher limits on
smog-forming ozone, saying a new rule pending White House
approval would damp the fragile economic recovery. Posted.

The 20 States With The Most Toxic Air. A new analysis ranks
states by the levels of air pollution produced by power plants.
Coal- and oil-fired power plants produce almost half the toxic
air pollution in the U.S., according to a new report by the
Natural Resources Defense Council and Physicians for Social
Responsibility, which identifies the 20 states with the biggest
polluters and the worst air quality. For those who follow these
issues, the results are not at all shocking. Posted.


Ideal Carbon Capture Solution Years Off: Study. A dream climate
change cure to turn planet-warming greenhouse gases into useful
products from jet fuel to plastics will take years to develop
from the lab and pilot projects, a report found on Thursday.
Pilot projects already use carbon dioxide (CO2) to feed plants,
for example to boost tomatoes in glasshouses, while laboratories
have tested the manufacture of concrete, plastics and oils, but
costs are high and projects depend on concentrated streams of
CO2. Posted.

Petitions Filed To Repeal NM Greenhouse Gas Rules. New Mexico's
largest electric utilities, the oil and natural gas industry and
others are seeking to have the state's greenhouse gas emissions
rules overturned. Petitions to repeal the rules were filed late
last week with the state Environmental Improvement Board (EIB).
The board was expected to decide Aug. 1 whether the case will go
forward. Posted.

Cap And Trade Pols Move On. One year ago Friday, Senate Majority
Leader Harry Reid ended the climate bill’s misery. “It’s not a
happy anniversary,” said Sen. Joe Lieberman, the Connecticut
independent who has co-sponsored nearly all the major global
warming bills debated over the past decade. Posted.

How Much Does Global Warming Cost? A new report suggests that the
social cost of carbon — the economic damage done by one ton of
carbon dioxide emissions — could be drastically higher than
government agencies have estimated. Most people understand that
global warming is happening, but it is hard to get a firmer sense
of exactly what effects it is going to have on the future of the
world. Posted.

Calif. Activists Urge Gov. Brown To Ditch Cap-And-Trade Scheme.
San Francisco -- Activists whose lawsuit hobbled California's
cap-and-trade scheme for curbing greenhouse gases launched a
second offensive yesterday aimed at Gov. Jerry Brown (D). A dozen
or so college students demonstrated against cap and trade on a
bustling corner of the Mission neighborhood here. "Cap and trade
kills!" they shouted as they showered classmates, huddled on the
ground, with shreds of green paper. Posted.


Which Cities Use The Most Gas? Which cities eat up the most gas?
Mint.com has the lowdown on how often their users buy gas every
month, and how much they spend (click for a larger infographic).
The slobbiest gas guzzlers, according to Mint data, are San Jose,
Calif. and Birmingham, Ala. The daintiest gas sippers are New
York, Brooklyn (a kind of New York), D.C., and Boston -- places
with robust public transportation systems. Posted. 


California Electric-Car Rebate Program Resumes. San Francisco --
California's electric-car rebate program, so popular that it ran
out of cash last month, is back in business. The California Air
Resources Board on Thursday approved spending $15 million to $21
million to fund the program, which gives rebates to buyers of
electric vehicles or plug-in hybrids. Posted.

S. Valley Residents Raise High-Speed Rail Concerns. Hanford –
Residents fighting a proposed high-speed rail route east of
Hanford are being ignored, a legislator from Hanford said
Thursday. "No one is answering our questions" is the most common
complaint that Assembly Member David Valadao, R-Hanford, said he
gets from Kings County residents. "I have been contacted by
numerous constituents who feel they have been pushed aside,
ignored and in some cases mistreated," Valadao said. Posted.

New York Approves Ford, Nissan Vehicles As Taxis.  New York City
has approved the Ford Taurus sedan and Ford Transit Connect van
for use as taxis for the next two years, allowing the carmaker to
keep a foothold in the New York cab market even as it phases out
the Crown Victoria sedan. New York originally wanted only hybrid
or gas-powered equivalents of hybrids to be allowed, but it
loosened the rules after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the
city lacks the authority to set mileage standards for taxis.

TCAG Weighs Air-Improvement Grants For Rails. The Tulare County
Association of Governments is expected to vote Monday to apply
for a series of air improvement grants that could pay up to 80
percent of the cost to upgrade 20 miles of train tracks between
Lindsay and Dinuba. An official with the San Joaquin Valley Air
Pollution Control District suggested that TCAG apply now for
grants to help pay the estimated $15 million cost to fix …Posted.

Michigan Delegation Faults 56 Mpg Target For 2025. Michigan’s
congressional delegation said setting a 56 mpg target for 2025
could result in a loss of American jobs and urged President Obama
to meet with the Detroit 3 and the UAW “to work through an
acceptable solution.” The letter yesterday from Sens. Carl Levin
and Debbie Stabenow, both Democrats, as well as the 14 House
members from Michigan, did not recommend a particular mileage
target. Posted. 

Mich. Lawmakers Decry 'Overly Aggressive' Target In Letter To
Obama. Michigan lawmakers warned President Obama yesterday that a
proposed 56.2 mpg target for automobile fuel economy talks is
"overly aggressive" and would spur further job losses in their
state's automotive industry. In a letter to Obama, Michigan's two
Democratic senators and 14 of its 15 House members outlined
concerns with the 56.2 mpg standard being weighed by the
administration. Posted.


The Pressure To Add Clean Power In California. Setting renewable
energy mandates for utilities has been the big policy hammer that
forces the use of wind, solar and other sources of cleaner power
in the U.S. The pressure has intensified in California now that
utilities are required to meet at least a 33 percent mandate by
2020. Utility Pacific Gas and Electric announced this week three
power purchase agreements with solar-project developers. Posted.

U.S., Seeking to Reshape Electric Grid, Adopts a Power Line Rule.
Federal regulators laid down principles on Thursday for planning
and paying for new power lines, part of a long-term policy effort
to help the nation’s electricity grid grow enough to meet the
demands of renewable energy and a competitive electricity market.
The rule, which has been in the works for several years, is
intended to push the organizations that manage the grid into
cooperating with one another…Posted. 

Multiple Benefits In Making Homes Green. Retired real estate
agent Vicky Friedman decided it was time to do some home
improvements to her 1937 charmer in the Rockridge area of
Oakland. But the changes she had in mind were not things you
might immediately notice. After conducting an energy audit of her
4,600-square-foot home, a contractor sealed off seven of 12
jalousie windows that were leaking air. Posted. 

FERC's New Grid Policy Gives A Major Push To Renewable Energy
Projects. The justification given for the mammoth new policy
issued yesterday by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is
that the nation's high-voltage transmission grid must change to
respond to profound changes that are under way in how the United
States generates, moves and uses electric power. Posted.


Bill on Governor Brown's Desk Could Force Businesses To Subsidize
Workers' Commutes. A bill sent to the governor's desk could put
California employers on the hook for subsidizing workers'
commutes if they travel by public transit, carpools or other
low-polluting ways. The legislation would allow regional
transportation and air pollution boards in the Bay Area and 17
other metropolitan areas to pass employee benefit ordinances that
could affect companies with as few as 20 workers. Posted.

Edison Customers Can Exchange Up To 10 Lamps For Energy-Efficient
Ones. If you're trying to "go green" at home and reduce your
energy use, you won't want to miss Southern California Edison's
lamp exchange program this weekend in Camarillo. Operation Lamp
Exchange takes place Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in
the Kmart parking lot, 940 Arneill Road. Posted. 


Mark Landsbaum: UN Climate Change Cops Coming? It was only a
matter of time. The climate change frenzy has spawned the latest
Global Warming Absurdity of the Day - green-helmeted green cops.
“UN security council to consider climate change peacekeeping,” is
the headline in the UK’s Guardian. A special meeting was called
to discuss how the UN can “intervene in conflicts” caused by
rising seas levels and shrinking resources. Posted.


Coal-Themed Sculpture Annoys Lawmakers. Some people in Wyoming,
one of the country’s top energy-producing states, are not happy
with a sculpture that has just been installed at the University
of Wyoming that depicts a link between human-caused climate
change and dead forests. The installation, by the British artist
Chris Drury, is called “Carbon Sink: What Goes Around Comes
Around.” Posted. 

The Big Bake. Welcome to life on Venus! We’ve got the greenhouse
effect going full blast, the sun is nearing Solar Maximum, and
the Earth is tilted toward the parent star as if trying to dip
the northern hemisphere into a vat of boiling oil. Now comes the
Heat Bubble. You’ve seen the maps. The Heat Bubble covers nearly
half the country, and it has been sauntering eastward, from the
midwest, and today camps out for the weekend right on top of us
here in Washington. Posted. 

Electric Vehicles: California Rebates Sliced In Half.
California’s Air Resources Board voted Thursday to slice in half
to $2,500 the rebate buyers of electric vehicles can collect. The
state ran out of money to fund the $5,000 rebates that had been
in place for several years.  About 500 buyers of cars such as the
Nissan Leaf and Tesla Roadster are on a rebate waiting list and
will collect the $2,500.  Posted.

ENERGY: California Halves Electric Vehicle Subsidy. The rebate
for electric vehicles is back, but it's been cut in half, the
California Air Resources Board said Thursday. The Clean Vehicle
Rebate Program ran out of cash in June, months ahead of schedule.
The board is increasing the original $5 million allocation to at
least $15 million, and offering rebates of up to $2,500 toward
the purchase of all-electric vehicles such as the Nissan Leaf.

Rebates Shrinking For Electric Vehicles. San Diego — San Diego
car buyers looking to purchase a new all-electric vehicle are no
longer getting an automatic $5,000 discount, but a drained
California rebate program was partially revived yesterday by the
State Air Resources Board. The panel voted to add more money
after it ran out of money last month. Posted.

Climate Change Reducing Ocean's Carbon Dioxide Uptake. How deep
is the ocean's capacity to buffer against climate change? As one
of the planet's largest single carbon absorbers, the ocean takes
up roughly one-third of all human carbon emissions, reducing
atmospheric carbon dioxide and its associated global changes. But
whether the ocean can continue mopping up human-produced carbon
at the same rate is still up in the air. Posted. 

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