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California Air Resources Board News Clips for August 26, 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 RESOURCES BOARD State's EPA chief has been fighting political fires for decades. The new boss at California's EPA spent 30 years in government and worked on some key environmental cases, but he's still managed to fly under the radar. Matt Rodriquez, appointed last month by Gov. Jerry Brown (D), isn't well-known among environmental groups. That prompts some to ponder how he will approach his job overseeing five other environmental agencies, each with their own sprawling responsibilities and governor-appointed leader. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/Greenwire/print/2011/08/26/5 BY PAID SUBSCRIPTION ONLY CLIMATE CHANGE Weather cycles cause a drop in global sea level, scientists find. The global sea level this summer is a quarter of an inch lower than last summer, according to NASA scientists, in sharp contrast to the gradual rise the ocean has experienced in recent years. The change stems from two strong weather cycles over the Pacific Ocean — El Niño and La Niña — which shifted precipitation patterns, according to scientists at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/weather-cycles-cause-a-drop-in-global-sea-level-scientists-find/2011/08/25/gIQA6IeaeJ_story.html Assessing Climate Change in a Drought-Stricken State. Texas has endured its worst one-year drought in recorded history. And the hottest July. August is on course to be hotter still, setting another record. So, is this the result of climate change? Scientists hedge, particularly when it comes to the drought, because they are reluctant to pin any single weather event on climate change. They point to La Niña, an intermittent Pacific Ocean phenomenon that affects storms, as the immediate cause. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/26/us/26ttdrought.html?_r=1&scp=2&sq=climate%20change&st=cse Hansen Says Obama Will Be 'Greenwashing' About Climate Change if He Approves Keystone XL Pipeline. NASA scientist James Hansen, who galvanized the environmental movement decades ago with his congressional testimony about the dangers of climate change, said yesterday that President Obama has a rare opportunity to show he is not a "hopeless addict." Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/cwire/2011/08/26/26climatewire-hansen-says-obama-will-be-greenwashing-about-72041.html Hurricane Irene, Global Warming and the Rising Cost of Storm Surge Damage. Sea levels are higher today than when past major hurricanes have struck the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast. With climate change, they'll rise further, making storm surges more dangerous and costly. When the words "hurricane" and "global warming" end up in the same sentence in a news story, typically the subject is whether climate change is or will make Atlantic hurricanes stronger or more frequent. Unlike many other aspects of climate change, that's one point where legitimate scientists argue, and the jury is still out. Posted. http://www.thedailygreen.com/environmental-news/latest/hurricane-irene-storm-surge-0811 FUELS Cutting budget? 'Green Scissors' look like the tool. It's a rare and strange alignment of the political stars, which might be a sign of an idea whose time has arrived: Rep. Wally Herger is singing in political harmony with the environmentalists at Friends of the Earth and the Naderite consumer group Public Citizen. The cause? Scrapping tax credits on ethanol that, however well-intentioned originally as a move to curb the nation's dependence on imported oil, have proven an immense boondoggle. Posted. http://www.redding.com/news/2011/aug/25/cutting-budget-green-scissors-look-like-the-tool/?print=1 Compressed Natural Gas Station Opens in Santa Ana. A new compressed natural gas fueling station has been opened in Santa Ana, California by Waste Management of Orange County. PetroCard operates the Clean N’ Green station and will sell CNG to commercial fleets including transit agencies, school districts, taxis, cities, and municipalities. Supporters of CNG say that the price of fuel is one-third below the cost of gasoline and diesel. Posted. http://domesticfuel.com/2011/08/25/compressed-natural-gas-station-opens-in-santa-ana/ Old Newspapers + Secret Ingredient = Cheap Biofuel. Today’s fishwrap is tomorrow’s biofuel: a research team from Tulane University has found a low cost, energy efficient way to recycle ordinary newspapers into butanol biofuel, which can be used as a drop-in replacement for gasoline. The secret ingredient is a bacteria found in animal droppings, which naturally produces butanol as it digests the news. Posted. http://cleantechnica.com/2011/08/26/old-newspapers-secret-ingredient-cheap-biofuel/ VEHICLES UPS buys 100 electric-power trucks for California routes. A Stockton-based electric vehicle manufacturer announced Thursday that United Parcel Service is purchasing 100 all-electric commercial delivery vehicles for deployment throughout California, including the Sacramento area. Electric Vehicles International called the purchase the largest deployment of zero-emission delivery vehicles in California and one of the largest single deployments of commercial all-electric vehicles in the world. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2011/08/26/3862493/ups-buys-100-electric-power-trucks.html http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/08/25/BU7I1KRF10.DTL http://www.ttnews.com/articles/lmtbase.aspx?storyid=1476 GREEN ENERGY CLP Says Australian Carbon Plan May Cut Value of A$1.7 Billion Coal Plant. CLP Holdings Ltd. (2), Hong Kong’s biggest electricity producer, said a plan by Australia to put a price on carbon emissions from July may impair the value of its Yallourn brown coal power station in Victoria state. “The possible introduction of climate change legislation may have a significant impact on TRUenergy’s business, in particular on the Yallourn brown coal-fired generation business,” CLP said in its 2011 interim report. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-08-26/clp-says-australian-carbon-plan-may-cut-value-of-a-1-7-billion-coal-plant.html http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/g/a/2011/08/26/bloomberg1376-LQJ6ET6K50XV01-5RFKMA2A1TO9H59EKNGH07IIB0.DTL Brown unveils tax package to boost clean-tech industry. California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) introduced a tax package yesterday aimed at wooing clean technology companies and others to consider building manufacturing plants in the Golden State. Surrounded by executives from Tesla Motors Inc., Solyndra Inc. and other clean-tech companies, Brown proposed reversing an income tax provision from former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) and extending a sales-tax exemption for startups and established companies that buy a large amount of equipment. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/Greenwire/print/2011/08/26/25 BY PAID SUBSCRIPTION ONLY Waste-to-energy technology makes progress in U.S., but critics remain. From the sidewalk there's almost no evidence that behind the walls of the energy-from-waste plant in Alexandria, Va., an incinerator is burning garbage at more than 1,700 degrees Fahrenheit and providing electricity to thousands of homes. "Everything that the resident puts out on the street in a trash can comes here," said Bryan Donnelly, the facility manager. At his location, that amounts to about 350,000 tons of municipal waste per year. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2011/08/26/3 BY PAID SUBSCRIPTION ONLY MISCELLANEOUS Environmental groups sue S.F. over landfill plans. Environmental groups have sued San Francisco over that city's plans to send train loads of its trash to rural Yuba County. In separate filing in San Francisco Superior Court on Thursday, Yuba Group Against Garbage and Sustainability, Parks, Recycling and Wildlife Legal Defense Fund alleged that San Francisco officials violated state law by failing to conduct an environmental impact report on efforts to transport up to 5 million tons of trash to a landfill in the city of Wheatland. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2011/08/26/3862586/environmental-groups-sue-sf-over.html OPINIONS Climate change and extreme weather; California's prisoner shuffle; science vs. theology. Wet, wild, worse? Re "Weather extremes may be the new norm," Aug. 24 It is missing the point to suggest that the weather we have had this past year (with its temperature extremes, violent storms, droughts and floods) may be the "new normal." These new weather patterns are but the tip of the iceberg, a faint indication of the truly horrendous weather that science has shown we have in store for us if we don't act now to head off the worst effects of climate change. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/letters/la-le-0826-friday-20110826,0,4554247,print.story Viewpoints: Energy program generates ratepayer benefits. Although it is one of the best- kept secrets in Sacramento, the Public Interest Energy Research Program has been the driving force behind California's blitz to accelerate the generation of clean energy and to continue our ranking as the nation's most energy-efficient state. Since its inception in 1996, more than $700 million from the program has been directed into energy research, development and demonstration projects in the state. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2011/08/26/3862556/energy-program-generates-ratepayer.html BLOGS G.M. Link-Up With LG Chem Will Range Beyond Batteries. General Motors and South Korea’s LG Group are teaming up to develop electric vehicles, though to what extent the two companies will collaborate is not yet known. The automaker announced an agreement to jointly design and engineer plug-in cars with LG Chem, a subsidiary of the South Korean conglomerate, on Thursday. Posted. http://wheels.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/08/25/g-m-link-up-with-lg-chem-will-range-beyond-batteries/?scp=10&sq=vehicles&st=cse Time to Start Work on a Panic Button? For two decades, the world’s governments have failed to meet their own commitment to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide, the main heat-trapping gas. As frustration builds among scientists, some of them have begun to argue for research on a potential last-ditch option in case global warming starts to get out of control. It is called geoengineering — or directly manipulating the Earth’s climate. The idea sounds like science fiction, but it is not. Posted. http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/08/25/time-to-start-work-on-a-panic-button/?ref=earth Fire officials warn of carbon monoxide detector scam. Officials are warning residents of a scam to sell overpriced carbon monoxide detectors. The scammers send out mail solicitations directing residents to buy a detector from them or face fines under SB 183. That legislation does require the detectors in all single-family residences, but no public agency is pressuring consumers to buy a particular product, said officials from the Los Angeles County Fire Department. Posted. http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2011/08/monoxide-detector-scam.html Los Angeles neighborhood bears the brunt of air pollution. As summer temperatures rise, so do fears of asthma and other illnesses caused by all the air pollution converging on the east Los Angeles community of Boyle Heights. With its proximity to freeways, industrial sites and shipping corridors, activists say the geography of Boyle Heights brings a disproportionate health burden to residents. Determined to reduce the adverse health effects caused by air pollution, residents and activists of this historically immigrant community are taking proactive and innovative measures to improve their environment. Posted. http://newsdesk.org/2011/08/historic-los-angeles-neighborhood-continues-to-bear-the-brunt-of-air-pollution/ Climate Change May Not Cause Hurricanes, But It Can Make Them Much Stronger. The perhaps inevitable question: So what's the connection between climate change and Hurricane Irene? The stock answer is that it's hard if not impossible to blame any extreme weather event and climate change, but it does contribute to making hurricanes, heat waves, droughts, even blizzards (for a while at least) more likely. As for hurricanes, one of the factors contributing to their strength is warm ocean water--hurricanes need ocean surface temperatures to exceed 79°F. Posted. http://www.treehugger.com/files/2011/08/climate-change-can-make-hurricanes-more-intense.php US breaks ground on first industrial-scale carbon capture project. Construction begins at Illinois plant as Department of Energy pledges $41m for research projects. The US government's carbon capture and storage (CCS) efforts stepped up a gear this week, with the start of construction on the government's first industrial-scale scheme and funds worth $41m set aside for another 16 research projects. Posted. http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/aug/26/us-carbon-capture-and-storage-biofuels