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California Air Resources Board News Clips for September 12, 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 Valley air alert called off for today. An air alert for the Valley will not be extended to today because of lower temperatures and an increased chance for thunderstorms this weekend that could bring rain to the Valley floor. "All that will help move out the pollution that has been forming in the Valley," said Jaime Holt, spokeswoman for the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District. Posted. http://www.fresnobee.com/2011/09/09/2531291/valley-air-alert-will-end-today.html#storylink=misearch Appeals court warms to EPA's revised 'hot spot' rule. Federal judges considering a challenge to a U.S. EPA rule that regulates emissions from new transportation projects appeared supportive today of the agency's legal position. All three judges on the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia panel expressed skepticism about the arguments made by the Natural Resources Defense Council and other environmental groups about EPA's "hot spot" rule. The rule allows the construction of new transportation projects as long as developers undertake efforts to offset additional emissions. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/Greenwire/print/2011/09/12/3 BY PAID SUBSCRIPTION CLIMATE CHANGE Legislators push through eleventh-hour CEQA exemptions. California's legislative session ended Saturday night with several bills allowing exemptions from environmental laws headed to the governor's desk and a renewable energy investment fund on the chopping block. Gov. Jerry Brown (D) has until Oct. 9 to sign S.B. 292, to speed construction of a football stadium in downtown Los Angeles, which passed both houses of the Legislature late last week. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/Greenwire/print/2011/09/12/8 BY PAID SUBSCRIPTION ONLY VEHICLES Nissan develops cheaper, smaller charger for EVs. Tokyo - Nissan has developed a charger for electric vehicles that's smaller, about half the price, and easier to install. Nissan Motor Co., Japan's No. 2 automaker, said Monday the new charger will go on sale in November in Japan and is planned later for the U.S. and Europe, although dates are not set. The basic model of the revamped charger will cost about half the price of the current model, which is stockier and has more parts, and costs 1.47 million yen ($19,000). Posted. http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2011/sep/12/nissan-develops-cheaper-smaller-charger-for-evs/ http://www.vcstar.com/news/2011/sep/12/nissan-develops-cheaper-smaller-charger-for-evs/ Fuel cell vehicles for mass market from 2014 onwards. Electric mobility with fuel cells and batteries is a major topic when talking about the future of passenger cars. During f-cell 2011, the 11th edition of a congress and trade fair held on September 26 and 27 in Stuttgart, vehicle manufacturers will report on their latest progress in the field. Daimler already announced they will sell fuel cell vehicles from 2014 onwards – one year earlier than planned. Posted. http://www.cars21.com/content/articles/65320110912.php Peugeot’s Future Car is Called “World’s First Diesel Hybrid”. Here’s the latest future car to peek out from behind the Frankfurt Motor Show curtain, the Peugeot HX-1 plug-in hybrid. It features gullwing doors and a unique design the company calls “the first diesel hybrid in the world.” Peugeot says its goal with this concept car was to create a conveyance for six passengers that uses plug-in hybrid technology and can still deliver sporty performance while maintaining fuel efficiency. Posted. http://mashable.com/2011/09/10/peugeots-future-car/ GREEN ENERGY Around the World on Solar Power Alone. Almost a year ago, the Turanor PlanetSolar, a sleek catamaran that bears a resemblance to a giant water beetle, set off from Monaco on a voyage around the globe. Later this month it will arrive in Singapore, having amassed proof that it is possible to traverse the world’s oceans on solar power alone. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/12/business/global/around-the-world-on-solar-power-alone.html?scp=9&sq=fuels&st=cse OPINION CEQA and the art of the deal. Rather than expedite a few favored projects individually, the Legislature should embark on a careful and comprehensive review of the California Environmental Quality Act. Legislators got the right result by the wrong process when they approved an expedited judicial review for AEG's much-discussed downtown Los Angeles football stadium. The project is too important, and the state's system for reviewing such projects too flawed, to allow procedure to stand in the way of progress. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/opinionla/la-ed-ceqa-20110912,0,2142139,print.story Dan Morain: Creating jobs? Not California. California lawmakers love jobs, or so they say. They ended their legislative session by pushing "reforms" to "create" jobs. They sought to slash regulations to fast-track fancy new sports arenas, maybe a new studio and other cool places. They considered tax breaks to put more money into the accounts of entrepreneurs and moguls in the hope that they might hire a few working stiffs. Speaker John A. Pérez and Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg issued press releases the other night crowing about their bills to "create jobs." Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2011/09/11/v-print/3897992/creating-jobs-not-california.html Did global warming cause hurricane Irene? Scientists can't say that global warming caused hurricane Irene or Katia or tropical storm Lee. But they can say that global warming produces the conditions that lead to hurricanes. Americans should be reducing greenhouse gas emissions and preparing for severe weather to come. Ithaca, N.Y. Like many people, I spent the last weekend in August mesmerized by the steady progress of hurricane Irene as she followed the script so carefully laid out by the National Weather Service’s Hurricane Tracking Center. Posted. http://www.csmonitor.com/Commentary/Opinion/2011/0912/Did-global-warming-cause-hurricane-Irene BLOGS The Green Jobs Numbers. Now, more than ever, prospects for “green jobs” are being treated as a red flag in partisan debate. Media Matters, a nonprofit watchdog group, has documented a Fox News report proclaiming that the costs of green jobs exceed the benefits. A recent New York Times article, pointing to lackluster programs in California, concluded that “public efforts to stimulate creation of green jobs have largely failed.” A column by David Brooks in The New York Times was pointedly titled “Where the Jobs Aren’t.” Posted. http://economix.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/09/12/the-green-jobs-numbers/?scp=3&sq=green%20energy&st=cse Flooding Brings New Wrinkle to Fracking Report. The floods in upstate New York are raising new concern about plans for natural gas drilling in New York. The areas most affected by the disaster happen to sit on the Marcellus Shale, the rich natural gas field that the natural gas industry hopes to open for future drilling using horizontal hydraulic fracturing, the controversial extraction method that is currently under public review in New York. Posted. http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/09/09/upstate-flooding-brings-new-wrinkle-to-fracking-report/?ref=earth Study: Replacing coal with natural gas would do little for climate change. The great hope among energy wonks is that natural gas is the short-term salve for our climate woes. After all, burning natural gas for electricity emits just half the carbon dioxide that burning coal does. Plus, the United States seems to have an abundance of gas, particularly in the Marcellus Shale, and low natural-gas prices are already prodding many electric utilities to retire their coal plants. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/ezra-klein/post/study-replacing-coal-with-natural-gas-would-do-little-for-climate-change/2011/09/09/gIQAkCVQFK_blog.html DOE Awards $15 Million for Electric Vehicle Adoption Programs. As President Obama was preparing to address a joint session of Congress to propose the $447 billion American Jobs Act, Energy Secretary Steven Chu was busy announcing a series of financing initiatives aimed at spurring clean energy research, commercial development and job creation. Included was nearly $15 million of financial support for 16 projects in 24 states and the District of Columbia “to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles (EV) across the nation…Posted. http://www.triplepundit.com/2011/09/doe-awards-15-million-electric-vehicle-adoption-programs/ http://green.autoblog.com/2011/09/12/doe-selects-16-projects-to-speed-adoption-of-plug-in-vehicles/ Toyota makes Prius a priority as automaker faces a 'turning point'. Two weeks after Japan's March 11 earthquake knocked out more than 650 of Toyota Motor Corp.'s suppliers, halting worldwide production, the automaker had to decide where to focus its resources. It picked the Prius. "We were rapidly burning through cash," said Atsushi Niimi, head of production. "We decided we had to get things going bit by bit to survive through this, so we prioritized the cars our customers wanted most." http://www.autonews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20110911/OEM/309119974/1186 Google Announces That it Has Been Carbon Neutral Since 2007. “The carbon footprint of your life on Google is zero.” It may be hard to believe, we know, but the search giant announced for the first time today that it is completely carbon neutral and has been since 2007. In a blog post they detailed how the road to this announcement was paved with many different actions — from installing solar panels at their headquarters, to purchasing large amounts of wind energy and reducing as much of the energy that their employees use as they can. Posted. http://inhabitat.com/google-announces-that-its-been-carbon-neutral-since-2007/