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newsclips -- Newsclips for July 28, 2011

Posted: 28 Jul 2011 13:20:30
California Air Resources Board News Clips for July 28, 2011.  

This is a service of the California Air Resources Board’s Office
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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.

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. 

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.
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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. 

AP Newsbreak:

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. 
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.
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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.
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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.


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. 
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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.

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.
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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.
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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.

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.


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. 

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. 
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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. 


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. 

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.

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.

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. 

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. 

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.

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.

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