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California Air Resources Board News Clips for August 8, 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 Opponents, Supporters Sound Off On Rules' Effects On Jobs. With the U.S. economy again on shaky ground, both proponents and opponents of U.S. EPA's new and proposed air quality rules rushed last week to link their own point of view with job creation and their opponents' with economic costs. Opponents of stringent new standards for greenhouse gases, hazardous air toxics, and emissions linked to smog and soot …Posted. http://www.eenews.net/Greenwire/print/2011/08/08/5 BY PAID SUBSCRIPTION ONLY CLIMATE CHANGE Supercomputers May Help Predict Climate Changes Locally. Even a century ago, scientists working out equations on paper understood that gases in the atmosphere absorbed and emitted energy, keeping Earth from being a ball of ice. Today they use supercomputers to make increasingly refined predictions about how the Earth's climate will change. Posted. http://www.modbee.com/2011/08/07/1806227/supercomputers-may-help-predict.html Emirates Says EU Emissions Rules Could Cost It $1B. Emirates airline says planned European Union emissions requirements could cost the carrier - the Mideast's biggest - as much as $1 billion over a decade. Andrew Parker, a senior vice president for the Dubai-based airline, said Monday the EU's plan would have a "significant financial impact." Posted. http://www.modbee.com/2011/08/08/1807418/emirates-says-eu-emissions-rules.html Tougher Air Rules Possible For Valley. Despite some of the cleanest air on record last year, more stringent regulations may be on the way that will cut down on more pollution in the Central Valley. Last year's summer and winter seasons were the cleanest on record, according to a presentation by John Cadrett, a compliance manager for the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District. Posted. http://www.modbee.com/2011/08/05/1805126/tougher-air-rules-possible-for.html Forecasters Change 30-Year Statistics; Weather Service's 10-Year Update Shows Slight Alterations For Redding Area. Normal nighttime temperatures in Redding are warmer than before, while afternoons in Red Bluff are a bit cooler. Both cities are wetter, recently released 30-year climate norms show. It's difficult to produce arguments for or against global warming from the new norms, which are based on 1981-2010 temperature and precipitation data, a National Weather Service forecaster said. Posted. http://www.redding.com/news/2011/aug/06/forecasters-change-30-year-statistics/?print=1 Offsets Could Make Up 85% Of Calif.'S Cap And Trade. When can 8 percent also mean 85 percent? Only in the convoluted world of climate law. Both numbers attempt to sum up the impact of offsets, a controversial part of California's pending cap-and-trade program. Picking which one best applies is more than a debate over digits. Starting in 2013, California's landmark law will impose cap and trade, a system requiring businesses to account for greenhouse gas pollution. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/Greenwire/print/2011/08/08/1 BY PAID SUBSCRIPTION ONLY State Explores Distribution Of Billions In Carbon Auction Proceeds. California regulators are beginning the process of figuring out how to distribute potentially billions of dollars in revenue from their pending cap-and-trade program for greenhouse gas emissions. The California Public Utilities Commission said proposals are due by Oct. 5 regarding how utilities should spend the money -- on the order of $50 billion through 2020, according to state projections of the value of allowances under the market-based system. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2011/08/08/3 BY PAID SUBSCRIPTION ONLY FUELS Battle Over Coal For China Highlights Global Economic Change. When a Seattle-based shipping company announced plans last year for a deepwater cargo port that it promised would create hundreds of jobs, it looked like good news… what cargo the company had in mind: coal, and potentially 48 million tons of it a year. That coal would end up in China, where it would fuel the blistering growth of America's biggest competitor. Posted. http://www.fresnobee.com/2011/08/07/2491349/battle-over-coal-for-china-highlights.html#storylink=misearch No Surprises Expected In Trucks Announcement Tomorrow. President Obama tomorrow is set to announce the first-ever fuel efficiency standards for heavy-duty trucks and vans, and environmental and industry sources say they don't expect any surprises. The new standards, which would apply to model years 2014 through 2018, are the first for a group of vehicles including tractor-trailers, city buses, delivery vehicles, garbage trucks and large haulers weighing more than 8,500 pounds. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/Greenwire/print/2011/08/08/14 BY PAID SUBSCRIPTON ONLY VEHICLES O’Malley To Attend Launch Of Maryland’s First Solar Tracking Electric Vehicle Charger. Gov. Martin O’Malley is scheduled to attend the launch of Maryland’s first solar tracking electric vehicle charger. The governor will be taking part in the event in Bethesda on Monday. Last week, O’Malley named members of a group that will plan the integration of electric vehicles into Maryland. The Electrical Vehicle Infrastructure Council includes representatives of automobile manufacturers and dealers, electrical vehicle charging manufacturers, utilities and electrical workers. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/omalley-to-attend-launch-of-marylands-first-solar-tracking-electric-vehicle-charger/2011/08/08/gIQA7mjo1I_story.html GREEN ENERGY Wind Power Gains as Gear Improves. The electric wind turbines built 30 years ago, after the 1970s oil-price shocks increased interest in the industry, often experienced serious problems. Some came apart in bad storms, some did not work well, even in good weather, and still others found insects piling up on the blades, slowing power production. Bird deaths at some early wind farms were alarmingly high. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/08/business/energy-environment/wind-power-gains-as-gear-improves.html?scp=3&sq=green%20energy&st=cse Southeast A Holdout In Mandating Renewable Energy. Atlanta (AP) -- States across the country are gradually forcing or cajoling their electric companies into buying renewable energy, but the trend has fallen flat in the Southeast. The map is striking. Of the 11 states that haven't set even voluntary targets on how much alternative energy utilities must buy, eight of them are Southern states — Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina and Tennessee. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2011/08/06/national/a075228D69.DTL&type=printable On The Money: Reading Up On Green Investing. The green revolution has fueled a strong interest in potential investment opportunities, particularly in the renewable energy sector. If you'd like to get up to speed about green investing, a number of books offer a range of insights about green investment. Here are a few titles. Posted. http://www.modbee.com/2011/08/08/1807294/on-the-money-reading-up-on-green.html Green Jobs Gaining Traction In California, But More Jobs Needed In All Sectors. More than 500,000 people are employed in "green jobs" in California and that number is expected to ramp up in the coming years, according to a report released last week. The Environment California Research & Policy Center report, "Building a Clean Energy Workforce: Preparing Californians for New Opportunities in the State's Green Economy," additionally documents nearly 300 green job training programs at more than 130 institutions throughout the state. Posted. http://www.whittierdailynews.com/news/ci_18630103 More Apartments, Businesses May Have To Recycle. San Diego estimates that about 3,000 now-exempt groups would have to start programs. Sacramento — Many Californians tend to associate car exhaust and factory emissions with greenhouse gasses blamed for climate change brought on by global warming. But how about paper, cardboard, old lumber and plastic? What role do those waste products play by being thrown away instead of being recycled? Posted. http://m.signonsandiego.com/news/2011/aug/04/recycling-mandate-to-expand-for-apartments/ Concentrated Solar Power Plants Are All Wet. Concentrating solar has promised big additions to renewable energy production with the additional benefit of energy storage -- saving sun power for nighttime -- but there's a catch. Most of the new power plants are big water users despite being planned for desert locations. With solar photovoltaic (PV) prices dropping so rapidly, does concentrating solar still make sense? Posted. http://www.grist.org/solar-power/2011-08-04-when-picking-solar-power-options-its-the-water-stupid MISCELLANEOUS Summit To Discuss Recycling Rules. Stockton - The public is invited to a summit about California's upcoming mandatory commercial recycling regulations and how those rules might be used to create jobs. The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday at the University Plaza Waterfront Hotel, 110 W. Fremont St. It's hosted by the Recycling Build Infrastructure Now Coalition and the Greater Stockton Chamber of Commerce. The summit is held as the California Air Resources Board considers new regulations that would require businesses to recycle. Posted. http://www.recordnet.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20110807/A_NEWS/110809904/-1/A_NEWS05 OPINIONS Obama's Biggest Challenge: Jobs. With the U.S. recovery slowed to a crawl and Europe mired in a new debt crisis, a rebound is far from certain. The central question facing Barack Obama's 2012 reelection campaign is this: Can the president persuade voters to let him keep his job when so many of them have lost theirs? Last week, after another run of bad economic news, the president and his staff tried their best to sound upbeat. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/commentary/la-oe-mcmanus-column-obama-unemployme20110807,0,4651718,print.column New Climate Research Shifts To Local Impacts. Calverton, Md. – Even a century ago, scientists working out equations on paper understood that gases in the atmosphere absorbed and emitted energy, keeping Earth from being a ball of ice. Today scientists use supercomputers to make increasingly refined predictions about how the Earth's climate will change. The new efforts take the question from global to local scale. Nations, states and communities have lots of climate-related questions: Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2011/08/07/3821301/climate.html Another View: Hetch Hetchy Efficiently Sends Drinking Water To 2.5 Million. Re "Imagine a Yosemite with Hetch Hetchy open to all again" (Editorial notebook, Aug. 1): Any discussion about the Hetch Hetchy Regional Water System must begin with a simple fact – this is an important regional system that provides drinking water to more than 2.5 million residents and businesses in San Francisco, San Mateo, northern Santa Clara and southern Alameda counties. This same system also efficiently uses gravity to transport water, and creates 1.6 billion kilowatt-hours of clean, greenhouse gas-free hydroelectric power. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2011/08/07/3820191/hetch-hetchy-efficiently-sends.html Population And Climate Change: World's Biggest Problems. We live in an information-drenched environment, one in which sports and favorite programs are just a click away. And the ease with which we can do this allows us to focus on mostly comforting subjects that divert our attention from increasingly real, long-term problems. Posted. http://www.modbee.com/2011/08/06/1805699/population-and-climate-change.html GOP vs. Mother Nature. House Republicans, especially those of the "tea party" ilk, think they know the cause of our country's economic woes: environmental regulations. As a result, they loaded up the appropriations bill that funds the Interior Department and the Environmental Protection Agency with dozens of riders that would encourage deadly pollution of the air and water, set back efforts to reduce greenhouse gases and allow uranium mining near the Grand Canyon, among other things. Posted. http://www.modbee.com/2011/08/08/1807282/gop-vs-mother-nature.html Population And Climate Change: Bend Baby Curve Like Beckhams. On most days, people around the world admire the footprints of David Beckham. The supertalented British soccer star's maneuvers around and over flummoxed defenders populate many a YouTube video. But for several years, Beckham and his family have been the targets of what the British charmingly call "campaigners" on global warming. Posted. http://www.modbee.com/2011/08/06/1805828/population-and-climate-change.html Temecula: Mixed Reviews Of Quarry Planner. Granite Construction, which wants to build Liberty Quarry near Temecula, prides itself on character; something it says drives everything it does. Its quarry plan, however, faces strong opposition as it slugs through daylong public hearings attended by thousands. Project foes, who say the quarry would ruin the environment, point to Granite's history of fines and citations as proof the company can't be trusted to safely run the operation. Posted. http://www.pe.com/localnews/stories/PE_News_Local_D_granite07.3d3d0c3.html California Led The Way. When President Barack Obama announced an agreement to double fuel-economy requirements, standing with him were industry executives and environmental, public health and labor leaders - all of whom, remarkably, had signed off on the deal. Posted. http://www.sbsun.com/ci_18635779?IADID=Search-www.sbsun.com-www.sbsun.com BLOGS Research Desk: Would Lowering GDP Cut Emissions? All other things being equal, how much would world GDP have to contract for greenhouse gas emissions to fall within a safe threshold? Obviously this is ridiculously far from the optimal solution to climate change, and any quantitative answer would be highly uncertain. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/ezra-klein/post/research-desk-would-lowering-gdp-cut-emissions/2011/08/05/gIQAq2WQ2I_blog.html Who Doesn't Want To Clean Up Trucks In Oakland? This afternoon Alameda County Supervisors Nate Miley and Scott Haggerty are hosting a hearing to “give local Port truckers an opportunity to share their concerns about the Drayage Truck Rule.” Why is Alameda County revisiting these important public health protections for Oakland residents living along the busy 880 freight corridor? Posted. http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/dbailey/who_doesnt_want_to_clean_up_tr.html How Can You Tell The Difference Between A Climate Denier & An Environmentalist? 'Pico of the Caribbean' sez: "go read about me mate, or I'll unbuckle your swash." Image credit: Russ George. Short answer: there is little difference between the thought patterns of deniers & environmentalists. Most of us don't have the time or expertise to maintain a current, in-depth understanding of science and public policy issues. Instead, a values test is imposed as novel or contradictory information is encountered. Posted. http://www.treehugger.com/files/2011/08/how-can-you-tell-difference-between-denier-an-environmentalist.php New Piston Ring Coating From Federal-Mogul Reduces Ring Friction By Up To 20%; Improved Fuel Economy And Reduced CO2 Emissions. Federal-Mogul Corporation has developed a new piston ring coating that delivers a direct improvement in fuel economy and CO2 emissions by reducing ring friction by up to 20% as compared to nitride or other commonly used coatings. CarboGlide is Federal-Mogul’s third and most advanced generation of its DLC (diamond-like carbon) coated ring technology. Posted. http://www.greencarcongress.com/2011/08/carboglide-20110808.html Southern California Edison's Roadmap Charts A Course To The Smart Grid. If you're going to drive from your home to somewhere you've never been before, it pays to have a map. And, if you're going to turn a region from a place where electric vehicles are a niche market and electrical power comes from a few large plants into one where EVs are the rule and power is far more dispersed, it also pays to have a document that lays out the course. In other words, a map. Posted. http://green.autoblog.com/2011/08/08/southern-california-edison-roadmap-smart-grid/ General Motors Invests $7.5 Million In Solar Energy Firm Sunlogics. General Motors has invested $7.5 million and taken an undisclosed stake in Sunlogics, a global solar energy systems provider. This significant lump of cash will help Sunlogics establish facilities in Michigan and Canada. Additionally, GM Ventures says it signed commercial agreements with Sunlogics for the installation of solar-powered charging stations at select Chevrolet dealerships and other GM-owned sites, as well as a power purchase deal that calls for the installation of solar arrays at some of the automaker's facilities. Posted. http://green.autoblog.com/2011/08/07/general-motors-invests-7-5-million-in-solar-energy-firm-sunlogi/ Obama To Announce Fuel Efficiency Standards For Heavy-Duty Vehicles On Tuesday. As you may remember, the Obama Administration called for the first-ever fuel efficiency standards for heavy-duty vehicles back in early 2010. By October of 2010, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) had whipped together proposed fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas emissions guidelines for on-road 3/4-ton and 1-ton trucks, vans, buses, semis and so on with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of 8,500 pounds or more. Posted. http://green.autoblog.com/2011/08/07/obama-to-announce-fuel-efficiency-standards-for-heavy-duty-vehic/ BMW Launches Program To Transform Landfill Gases Into Hydrogen Fuel. BMW’s Spartansburg, South Carolina plant is launching a program to convert methane gas into hydrogen. If successful, the manufacturing facility will be able to power its fleet of production vehicles with hydrogen fuel-cells. A longer battery life, continuous power, and a quick recharge are just some of the benefits of hydrogen fuel cell technology. Posted. http://inhabitat.com/bmw-transforms-landfill-gases-into-hydrogen/