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California Air Resources Board News Clips for July 28, 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 Climate Change Could Fuel Spread Of Wildfires. Wildfires around the foothill towns near Yosemite National Park will grow more severe and consume more land as the world grows warmer in coming decades, according to fire specialists studying the impact of climate change. As the burning trees and other debris send up smoke, the airborne particles will also pose an increasing health threat to the region's people, the scientists said. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/07/27/MNPO1KDK8D.DTL&type=printable Fresno Activist To Lead Air Quality Coalition. Kevin Hall, who began a push to reform the Valley air board more than a decade ago, will now lead the Central Valley Air Quality Coalition, group officials announced Wednesday. Hall, 52, of Fresno will take over Monday as executive director of the air advocacy coalition, which includes 70 community, medical, environmental and health groups. Posted. http://www.fresnobee.com/2011/07/27/2479969/fresno-activist-to-lead-air-quality.html#storylink=misearch Oil Industry Pressures White House With New Smog Study. The cost of cleaning up smog across the country would outstrip any benefits for public health, the American Petroleum Institute says in a new report that is being taken to the White House to bolster the trade group's argument that President Obama should stop U.S. EPA from setting stricter limits on ground-level ozone. With a final decision now under review by the Office of Management and Budget, business groups are stepping up their attacks on the update to the ozone standard, which decides what counts as clean air from coast to coast. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/Greenwire/print/2011/07/28/2 BY PAID SUBSCRIPTION ONLY CLIMATE CHANGE Arctic Scientist Under Investigation. A federal wildlife biologist whose observation in 2004 of presumably drowned polar bears in the Arctic helped to galvanize the global warming movement has been placed on administrative leave and is being investigated for scientific misconduct, possibly over the veracity of that article. Posted. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_POLAR_BEAR_SCIENTIST?SITE=SCGRE&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT AP Newsbreak: http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/apnewsbreak-alaska-researcher-who-documented-polar-bears-demise-in-artic-is-placed-on-leave/2011/07/28/gIQALNfPeI_story.html http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_18566114 http://www.fresnobee.com/2011/07/28/2480146/apnewsbreak-arctic-scientist-under.html#storylink=misearch U.S. and Europe Battle Over Carbon Fees for Airlines. Sharply divergent climate change policies on opposite sides of the Atlantic are setting off political fireworks as European environmental regulators prepare to extend their reach across the ocean. Starting Jan. 1, the European Union will require all carriers entering or leaving its airports to either reduce their emissions or pay a charge — whether the airline is United, Air France or Lufthansa. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/28/business/energy-environment/us-air-carriers-brace-for-emissions-fees-in-europe.html?scp=4&sq=air%20pollution&st=cse Statewide Poll Finds Support For Climate Law Is Strong. A year of attacks on California's climate change law, first at the ballot box and then in the courtroom, has failed to curb public support for the policy, with 67 percent of those polled by a think tank saying they believe the effort is the right thing to do. The Public Policy Institute of California released a snapshot last night that asked 2,504 Californians whether they still support the Golden State's leadership on global warming. The answer appears to be a resounding "yes." Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2011/07/28/7 BY PAID SUBSCRIPTION ONLY Fight Over 'Cap And Tax' Stumbles On In N.M. The battle over a proposed carbon cap in New Mexico is heating up, with environmentalists and utilities preparing for an August showdown. This month, the state's largest utilities and oil and gas interests filed petitions with the state environmental board to overturn the cap, which is set to take effect in 2013. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2011/07/28/8 BY PAID SUBSCRIPTION ONLY DIESEL EMISSIONS Waste Management Company Fined $534,000 By CARB. The California Air Resources Board has fined a waste management company more than $500,000 for multiple violations of the state’s diesel truck air quality rules. Rewards Leasing Inc., which also does business as Northbay Corp. in Santa Rosa, CA, will pay $534,000 for failing to install emission reduction retrofits on its diesel refuse trucks. The company also failed to inspect its fleet to ensure the trucks meet state smoke emission standards. Posted. http://www.landlinemag.com/todays_news/Daily/2011/Jul11/072511/072711-06.shtml FUELS Automakers, Obama Administration Agree On Fuel Efficiency Standards Through 2025. The Obama administration and major auto manufacturers have reached a deal to raise fuel efficiency standards for cars and light trucks between 2017 and 2025, resolving a contentious negotiation over how to cut vehicles’ greenhouse gas emissions. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/obama-administration-auto-industry-strike-deal-on-vehicle-fuel-efficiency/2011/07/27/gIQA72mKdI_story.html http://www.modbee.com/2011/07/27/1792421/obama-to-announce-fuel-economy.html (Paid Subscription only) http://www.thirdage.com/news/emission-standard-agreement-reached-by-white-house-and-automakers_07-27-2011 To Boost Future Mileage, Carmakers Are Likely To Rely On Today's Advanced Technology. To hit a 54.5-mpg target, the key will be applying what's already known or on the drawing boards to almost every vehicle, not just a relative handful. In 2025, when the auto industry will be required to meet a 54.5-miles-per-gallon fuel economy target that the Obama administration plans to announce Friday, the vehicles Americans buy may not look very different from those on the road today. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-fuel-efficiency-20110728,0,6246834,print.story Solar Power To Help Charge Electric Cars. ClipperCreek Inc., the Auburn-based producer of charging stations for plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles, has partnered with a San Mateo company to distribute solar-powered chargers compatible with all new electric vehicles. SolarCity said it will install ClipperCreek chargers through its 24 operations centers nationwide. Posted. http://www.modbee.com/2011/07/28/1793318/solar-power-to-help-charge-electric.html (Paid Subscription Only) http://www.wired.com/autopia/2011/07/solar-ev-chargers-make-zero-emissions-reality/ Global Lithium Deposits Enough To Meet Electric Car Demands – Report. The world has enough lithium resources to power electric vehicles for the rest of the century, according to a newly published report. The study appears in the Journal of Industrial Ecology and is the product of a collaboration between the University of Michigan and Ford Motor Co. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/Greenwire/print/2011/07/28/12 BY PAID SUBSCRIPTION ONLY GREEN ENERGY Poll: Californians Favor More Alternative Energy. Eight in 10 Californians favor tougher fuel efficiency standards for cars, federal funding for solar and wind power and curbs on heat-trapping emissions from factories and power plants, a new public opinion poll has found. And even with the anemic economy, most state residents say policymakers must act now to head off the more damaging impacts of climate change. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/07/28/BAUV1KFU03.DTL&type=printable Poll: Support for Off-Shore Drilling Up, Nuclear Down. According to the P-P-I-C poll, support for new nuclear power plants in California has dropped in the wake of the Japanese nuclear crisis. Sixty-five percent of adults oppose building new plants, while 30 percent are in favor. That's a 14-point drop in support since last July. The question of off-shore oil drilling has Californians more evenly split: 46 percent favor and 49 percent oppose. Support for drilling is up 12 points from a year ago. Posted. http://www.capradio.org/articles/2011/07/28/poll-support-for-off-shore-drilling-up,-nuclear-down OPINIONS EDITORIAL: Jacking Up Your Electric Bill. America faces a European-style debt crisis, but you wouldn’t know it from observing what’s happening on Capitol Hill. At a Senate committee’s request, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) on Tuesday issued an analysis of proposed renewable (RES) and clean-energy standards (CES). The federal government has grown so large that it’s actually studying how to spend money to make electricity more expensive. Posted. http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/jul/27/jacking-up-your-electric-bill/ Big Business Ought To Contribute, Too. I hope the American people help their members of Congress identify the entitlements that have eroded the middle class and pushed the poor further into poverty. Why should oil companies that are awash in profits enjoy so many tax loopholes? Why are we subsidizing ethanol, which hurts rather than helps the environment? Why should 60 percent of corporations be allowed to avoid taxes while shipping more jobs overseas and cutting at home? Posted. http://www.modbee.com/2011/07/26/1791609/big-business-ought-to-contribute.html (Paid Subscription Only) The Fall and Rise of the Carbon Coalition. Since the Kyoto Protocol was developed in 1997, an unlikely new global partnership of bankers and environmentalists has emerged. I call it the Carbon Coalition, and while it seems like a very 21st century development, I actually trace its emergence back to the arrival of Reaganism in the 1980s. Posted. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/matthew-debord/the-fall-and-rise-of-the-carbon-coalition_b_910442.html BLOGS Cataclysms, Climate Change and California Opinion. One of the pleasures of following the annual surveys of the state’s environmental attitudes by the Public Policy Institute of California is witnessing how one-time cataclysms (financial crises, tsunamis, oil spills and the like) throw the neat progression of opinion change out of whack for a year or so. And then, like a rubber band springing back into shape, the attitudes largely revert to their old patterns; the cataclysm seems to have little lasting influence. Posted. http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/07/28/cataclysms-climate-change-and-california-opinion/ Californians Support For Nuclear Energy Melts Down. Californians are closely synched to Gov. Jerry Brown's views on nuclear power, global warming and other environmental issues, a new Public Policy Institute of California poll has found, but they aren't very approving of how he has handled those issues. Posted. http://blogs.sacbee.com/capitolalertlatest/2011/07/californians-support-for-nucle.html#ixzz1TQ3S2Xcd Support for Climate Policy High in California. Three-quarters of Californians believe climate change is a serious threat to the state’s economy. And a majority thinks we need to act now to reduce emissions, rather than wait until the economy improves. These are among the findings of a new survey by the Public Policy Institute of California. Posted. http://blogs.kqed.org/climatewatch/2011/07/27/support-for-climate-policy-high-in-california/ USDA Says Biodiesel Offers Fossil Energy Ratio Of 5.54 To 1. Researchers from the University of Idaho and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) have analyzed the energy life cycle of soybean-based biodiesel and presented updated data showing the renewable fuel offers a fossil energy ratio of 5.54 to 1. This isn't a typo. The 5.54:1 ratio comes mostly from the "free" power of the sun that helps the crops grow. Posted. http://green.autoblog.com/2011/07/28/usda-says-biodiesel-offers-fossil-energy-ratio-of-5-54-to-1/ Plug-In 2011: Coulomb Working With Tomtom To Let EV Drivers Find Charging Stations. At the Plug-In 2011 Conference in Raleigh, NC, last week, Coulomb Technologies announced it will partner with TomTom to provide tools to help EV drivers locate charging stations. Some manufacturers have built brand-specific charging point location into the navigation systems included on their vehicles and the Coulomb solution will spot stations that are part of their own ChargePoint Network. Posted. http://green.autoblog.com/2011/07/27/plug-in-2011-coulomb-tomtom-ev-charging/ Report: General Motors Looking To Launch 2nd-Gen EN-V By 2020. General Motors is reportedly working on the second-generation EN-V electric and aims to offer a mass-produced version by 2020, according to Autocar. Modifications to be made to the second-gen EN-V include enlargement of the vehicle's pod-like exterior structure and more interior space. Additionally, Autocar says a four-wheeled EN-V is in the works. Posted. http://green.autoblog.com/2011/07/27/report-general-motors-looking-to-launch-2nd-gen-en-v-by-2020/ Study Shows Zipcar Having a Sustainable Impact in Baltimore. Last week, Zipcar, Inc, along with the City of Baltimore and the Parking Authority of Baltimore City celebrated the one-year anniversary of Zipcar’s operations in the city with the release of survey results documenting the program’s impact. Zipcar’s expansion to Baltimore was part of a plan to reduce parking demand, congestion, and emissions, while offering citizens affordable personal transportation. Posted. http://www.triplepundit.com/