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newsclips -- Newsclips for July 25, 2011.

Posted: 25 Jul 2011 11:28:03
California Air Resources Board News Clips for July 25, 2011. 

This is a service of the California Air Resources Board’s Office
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Study Ranks Air Pollution From Coal And Oil-Fired Power Plants.
The most toxic air pollution from coal- and oil-fired power
plants can be found in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Florida, according
to a new study released Wednesday by the nonprofit Natural
Resources Defense Council and Physicians for Social
Responsibility. The study, "Toxic Power: How Power Plants
Contaminate Our Air and States," used public data from the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency's Toxics Release Inventory, a
national database of toxic emissions reported by industrial
sources. Posted.

Business Groups Say New Smog Rule Will Hurt Economy And Obama In
2012. Within weeks, the Environmental Protection Agency is
expected to tighten the national standard for ozone, the main
ingredient in smog. In last-minute lobbying, business groups are
warning that the country can't afford cleaner air in an economic
downturn and that President Barack Obama can't afford it
politically, either. Posted. 


Australia’s Carbon Tax May Slash Coal-Industry Value by $8.7
Billion. Australia’s planned carbon tax may reduce the value of
the coal industry by about A$8 billion ($8.7 billion) as
producers including Xstrata Plc (XTA) and Anglo American Plc
(AAL) bear higher costs, according to a research group Wood
Mackenzie Ltd. “This is an average of a 4 percent reduction in
net present value of coal companies’ Australian portfolios,” Ben
Willacy, Wood Mackenzie’s Australasia coal supply lead analyst
said in an e-mailed report today. Posted.

Debate Intensifies Over Climate Change Aspects of Canada's Oil
Sands Pipeline. As the State Department weighs approving an oil
pipeline stretching from Canada to Texas, experts are divided on
whether the Keystone XL project would worsen global warming. The
split opinion is coming to a head, as the House considers a bill
speeding up the approval process for the $7 billion pipeline and
the State Department readies release of a final environmental
assessment in August. Posted.

Fight Brews Over Offsets In Calif. Cap And Trade. If a tree falls
in the forest and it was supposed to have canceled out a
company's carbon emissions, who bears responsibility? It's among
many dilemmas California faces as it rolls out its landmark
climate law. The state's Air Resources Board (ARB) soon is
expected to unveil its proposed rules for enforcing A.B. 32, the
law ordering reductions in heat-trapping gases blamed for climate
change. Posted.

Utilities, Environmentalists Press California For Cap & Trade
Rule Changes. California utilities are pressing regulators to
adopt numerous changes to the basic rules governing how the
state's planned greenhouse gas (GHG) cap-and-trade program will
be carried out -- including a request to eliminate all language
pertaining to rate-making policies and to provide more
flexibility to use GHG offsets and allowances earlier in the
program to help contain costs and ease compliance. Posted.

Where Do Greenhouse Gases Come From?  This chart from the United
Nations Environment Programme (click to embiggen) looks
complicated, sort of like a traffic sign cross-bred with a banyan
tree. But it basically just traces the path of greenhouse gases
from polluting industries, through uses, out into the atmosphere.
So you can tell at a glance, for instance, that energy industries
produce by far the most greenhouse gases, or that most of the
methane comes from oil processing and livestock.  Posted. 

Packing Heat: Why Violence Boils Over On A Warming Planet.  A
Kenyan pastoralist killed in a cattle raid; an Afghan farmer
trusting the Taliban to protect his poppy crop; more crackdowns
along the U.S.-Mexico border; the Arab Spring -- are these
isolated incidents of region-specific violence and turmoil? Or
can they all claim a common root cause: climate change?  Posted. 


Seaport Complex Takes Delivery Of Zero-Emission Hauling Truck.
The heavy-duty rig, which will transport cargo between the ports
of L.A. and Long Beach and Inland Empire warehouses and
distribution centers, runs on electric batteries powered by a
hydrogen fuel cell. July 23, 2011|By Ronald D. White, Los Angeles
TimesAn El Segundo Company aims to help the nation's busiest
seaport complex advance its green technology efforts by providing
zero-emission trucks for heavy-duty hauling. Posted.

CARB To Offer Up To $16 Million For Clean Trucks. The California
Air Resources Board has approved between $11 and $16 million for
the third year of funding toward the purchase of lower-emitting
and fuel-efficient hybrid and zero-emissions trucks and buses.
The money is part of a $40 million funding for the third year of
the program, which promotes the purchase of the next-generation
of clean cars, trucks, and off-road equipment. Posted.

Port Of LA Gets Keys To First Zero-Emission Truck. It looks just
like a regular big-rig truck, but when the motor starts it sounds
more like a Prius. It's called the Tyrano, and it is the world's
first zero emission, hydrogen fuel cell-powered class 8 truck. On
Friday, the Port of L.A. got the keys to the first such semis to
drive on Los Angeles' roads. The ports, together with trucking
company Total Transportation Services, Inc. (TTSI), will begin
using one hydrogen fuel cell truck for a trial period of one
year. Posted.


GM's Coming Cars, Trucks To Target Fuel Efficiency. Cars have
dominated General Motors' vehicle-launch schedule lately. Expect
more of the same for the next 18 months, as GM readies several
key car launches across its four brands. Trucks, though, will
dominate in 2013. GM is expected to unveil both its
next-generation of full-sized pickups and SUVs that year, as 2014
models. On the car and truck fronts, fuel economy will be the
overarching theme as the automaker prepares for the next round of
fuel-efficiency standards. Posted. 

Toronto Company Makes A Non-Toxic Battery For Green Cars. 
Electric vehicles for The Green Highway today and for the
foreseeable future all require lithium ion batteries. 
Manufacturing them is expected to be a $100-billion industry in
less than 20 years. Today, Japanese companies like Sony,
Panasonic and Toyota are leaders in a $9-billion business.


India To Set Up Independent Environmental Body.  India's
government will set up a new environmental regulator to review
investment projects, the prime minister said, freeing politicians
from making unpopular decisions to protect ecology at the cost of
development.  India has been embroiled in fierce debate over how
to protect the environment while also lifting hundreds of
millions of people from poverty through investment and
infrastructure.  Posted. 

AP Newsbreak:

Less Red Tape On Solar Projects Would Mean More Jobs, Study Says.
Reducing government red tape for the California solar industry
would create nearly 4,000 additional jobs statewide over the next
decade, according to a new study. SunRun, a leading San
Francisco-based solar provider, said inconsistent government
permitting processes in California add nearly $2,500 to the
average cost of installing a residential solar power system,
creating barriers to growth for the fast-emerging industry.

From Governor Moonbeam To Governor Sunbeam -- Brown Pushes For
Alternative Energy.  During his first two terms nearly four
decades ago, Jerry Brown became famously known as Governor
Moonbeam. Now he seems destined to become Governor Sunbeam.  With
the epic battle over the state budget finally behind him, Brown's
first major policy initiative aims to fulfill the ambitious goal
laid out in his campaign: to develop a clean-energy economy in
California.  Posted.  http://www.insidebayarea.com/ci_18541377

Wind Farms Multiply, Fueling Clashes With Nearby Residents.
Demand for clean energy has led to a wind turbine building boom.
But many living in their shadow decry the electricity generating
projects as pesky eyesores. Donna and Bob Moran moved to the
wind-whipped foothills here four years ago looking for solitude
and serenity amid the pinyon pines and towering Joshua trees.

Yolo Drafts Measure To Protect Ag Lands From Solar Projects. It's
a battle of deities in Yolo County this summer, sun against
earth. The city of Davis and some notable developers say they
want to build solar energy projects on hundreds of acres near
Interstate 80 and the Yolo Causeway. Posted.

From Governor Moonbeam To Governor Sunbeam -- Brown Pushes For 
Solar Power Continues To Push Its Way Into New Markets, Despite
Recession. Despite global economic chaos, renewable energy use,
especially solar power, expanded throughout the world in 2010.
Growth is continuing as innovations in technology improve
efficiency and cost-effectiveness while governments provide
regulatory incentives to use clean electricity. Posted.

How To Power Homes With 100% Clean And Increasingly Local Power. 
After 10 years of battling incumbent utilities, Marin Clean
Energy became California's first operational community choice
aggregation (CCA) authority in 2010. Already, local ratepayers
can opt to get 100 percent of their electricity from renewable
resources.  CCA offers an option for cities, counties, and
collaborations to opt out of the traditional role of energy
consumers. Posted. 


Opinion: Bad Economy Can't Stop Bay Area Communities From
Advancing Clean Energy. With unemployment still alarmingly high
and budgets thin everywhere, great concern about the direction of
the economic recovery persists. At the same time, the continuing
tragedy surrounding Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant
reinforces the importance of safe, clean energy to power the
economy. Can we create jobs, improve budgets, strengthen our
energy security and address climate change? Posted.

Drop Ethanol, Drill At Home. Ethanol is a bad choice. It is well
known that more emissions are created by ethanol production than
fuel made from crude oil. Tractors, transportation and cooking of
the corn all add to carbon emissions. It also costs more. That is
why the ethanol producers need a subsidy to compete. If we want
to reduce our dependence on foreign oil, all we need to do is
drill more oil here. Posted.

Letter: Coachella Valley Needs A Light-Rail System To Fight Air
Pollution. While I think the things being done are all great, is
anyone really looking to the future? We should be looking to
build a light-rail system. To start, it should run it between
downtown Palm Springs to the mall or El Paseo in Palm Desert. It
can be expanded to Desert Hot Springs and Indio. Posted. 

California Must Lead On Emissions. Automakers, union leaders,
environmental groups and the governors of California and Michigan
joined President Barack Obama at the White House in 2009 to
announce our country’s first joint standards to boost gas mileage
and cut pollution from new cars and light-duty trucks through
2016. Now, the Obama administration is reportedly looking at
ambitious new targets for 2017-2025 that could increase the fuel
standard significantly. Posted.


An Odder Look to Fuel-Efficient Trucks. New jet planes have
winglets, curved structures at the tips of the wings that change
the airflow and reduce the turbulence in the passing wind. That
reduces drag, the amount of effort needed to speed ahead, and
that in turn reduces fuel requirements. Can it work on the
ground? Posted. 

EPA Chief Lisa Jackson Speaks At NAACP Convention In Los Angeles.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson
spoke to the NAACP National Convention at the Los Angeles
Convention Center on Sunday about the impact of pollution on
minority communities, an issue that will be also be explored
during a Monday afternoon panel: "The air we breathe: …Posted.

AM Alert: Jerry Brown Revs Up Renewable Energy Conference. Gov.
Jerry Brown has emerged from his hiking trip in the Sierra to
kick off a two-day conference in Los Angeles on renewable energy.
The conference will explore how California's public and private
sectors can rev up local energy generation to meet Brown's
green-jobs goal of onsite or small systems producing 12,000
megawatts by the end of the decade. Posted.

Biofuels Slowly Take Flight with the Airline Industry. I’ve heard
a lot about biofuel for aviation tests, but they always sounded
suspiciously like airline ‘greenwashing’ PR to me. Richard
Branson’s $3 billion bet on an aviation biofuel company went
bankrupt. Successful tests turned out to be only fractionally
biofuel. Posted. 

EV Manufacturer Green Vehicles Files for Bankruptcy. According to
the Monterey County Weekly and Examiner.com, electric car startup
Green Vehicles has filed for bankruptcy, only months after
announcing a partnership with Leyden Energy, and relocating to
Salinas, CA, from their headquarters in San Jose. The failure of
Green Vehicles is a major setback for Salinas, which seeks to
position itself as a manufacturing hub for the Valley’s emerging
cleantech industry. Posted. 

Hot Is The New Normal: Why High Temperatures Are Evidence Of
Climate Change. Unless you’ve been living in an ice chest for the
past couple of weeks, you’ve probably noticed that it’s been a
tad hot. Ok, really hot. Ok, really, REALLY hot. Like
record-breaking hot. Just four days ago, when the heat indexed
reached 110F in New York City, 188 cities across the United
States broke high temperature records, and 138 more cities tied
them. Posted.

Consumer Federation Of America Says SUV/Truck Mpg Exemption Is
"Economic Suicide." In mid-July, automakers – in particular, the
Detroit Three – urged the Obama Administration to tone down the
proposed CAFE target of 56.2 miles per gallon by 2025 for
full-size trucks and SUVs. At the automakers' requests,
government regulators are reportedly considering a proposal that
allows for the fuel economy ratings of behemoth vehicles to
improve at a lesser pace than required for other passenger
vehicles. Posted. 

Study: Ultrafine Particles In Diesel Fumes Can Cause Heart
Attacks. When we think of dangerous auto emissions, we tend to
think first of greenhouse-causing gases or the components of the
smoggy haze that hovers over cities. However, another component
of the smoke pouring from some tailpipes may be even more
dangerous. Research published in European Heart Journal tested
the effects of diesel fumes on healthy volunteers. Posted.

CARB Approves Extension Of Clean Vehicle Rebates. The California
Air Resources Board (CARB), the funding agency behind the state's
zero-emissions Clean Vehicle Rebate Project (CVRP), has proposed
a significant increase in funding for CVRP in 2011-2012. CARB is
proposing tripling the funding from last year's level of $5
million to $15 million. Posted.

Pike Research Forecasts More Than 5,200 Hydrogen Fueling Stations
To Be Operational Worldwide By 2020.  According to a new report
from Pike Research, more than 5,200 hydrogen fueling stations for
cars, buses and forklifts will be operational worldwide by 2020,
up from just 200 stations in 2010. The cleantech market
intelligence firm forecasts that, by the end of that period,
annual investment in hydrogen stations will reach $1.6 billion,
with a cumulative 10-year investment totaling $8.4 billion. 

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