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California Air Resources Board News Clips for September 15, 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 AIR QUALITY: Bill would let districts collect revenue. A bill on Gov. Jerry Brown's desk would let the South Coast Air Quality Management District try to cash in on the millions of dollars in research and other clean-air ventures it sponsors.The district, which includes western Riverside and San Bernardino counties, was the sponsor of legislation that would give air-quality agencies the power to negotiate revenue-sharing agreements with grant recipients. Under such deals, districts would have a stake in anything developed with district money. Posted. http://www.pe.com/localnews/politics/stories/PE_News_Local_D_airdistrict15.41671d0.html EPA hearing on gas drilling pollution in W. Pa. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will hold three public hearings in September on the agency's proposed standards to reduce air pollution from oil and gas drilling operations. The first public hearing will be held in Pittsburgh from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 27, at the David Lawrence Convention Center on Ft. Duquesne Blvd. Posted. http://www.mercurynews.com/ci_18901749?nclick_check=1 CLIMATE CHANGE With millions of dollars at stake, utilities fight over emission rights. As the nation's fleet of coal-fired power plants gets ready for a new emissions trading program meant to clamp down further on acid rain, soot and smog, utility lawyers and lobbyists are doing battle over an obscure accounting question that will decide whether certain power companies make money or pay it out to their competitors. The Cross-State Air Pollution Rule, which was finalized by U.S. EPA in July, will require coal plants in Eastern states to hold allowances for their emissions starting on Jan. 1. Posted. BY PAID SUBSCRIPTION ONLY. http://www.eenews.net/Greenwire/2011/09/15/1 EPA lets greenhouse gas deadline slip, promises new schedule. It's official: U.S. EPA has announced that it will miss a Sept. 30 deadline to propose a greenhouse gas rule for the power sector. "EPA is working on a new schedule to propose greenhouse gases standards for power plants and will be announcing a new schedule soon," the agency said in a statement this morning. "EPA has engaged in an extensive and open public process to gather the latest and best information prior to proposing pollution standards for fossil fuel-fired power plants, one of the largest stationary sources of carbon pollution. We will fully consider all this information to develop smart, cost-effective and protective standards." Posted. BY PAID SUBSCRIPTION ONLY. http://www.eenews.net/Greenwire/2011/09/15/2 GREEN ENERGY Furor Over Loans to Failed Solar Firm. Republican lawmakers, escalating the political furor over the collapse of a solar equipment manufacturer that received a $528 million government loan, released excerpts from Obama administration e-mails on Wednesday suggesting that the White House pressed federal officials to wrap up their review of the loan quickly for political purposes. In the e-mails, officials at the Office of Management and Budget expressed frustration that they were being put under time pressure to sign off on the loan to the company, Solyndra, two years ago so that Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. could announce its approval at a groundbreaking for a factory. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/15/us/politics/in-solyndra-loan-guarantees-white-house-intervention-is-questioned.html?hp White House defends Solyndra loan at hearing. Obama administration officials Wednesday denied Republican charges of White House interference in a $528 million federal loan guarantee to Bay Area solar manufacturer Solyndra, warning that the company's failure should not lead the nation to abandon a potential multitrillion-dollar solar energy market to China. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/09/15/MNAL1L4G4G.DTL VEHICLES Solo drivers of low-emission autos fume over fees to use carpool lanes. Drivers of electric and other alternative-fuel vehicles enjoy a special perk: They can drive solo in California's carpool lanes. But under a controversial plan proposed by local traffic agencies, those drivers will have to pay to use two heavily used carpool lanes that are being converted to toll roads. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/business/autos/la-fi-autos-carpool-20110914,0,5332687.story MISCELLANEOUS Unplugged, the Small Appliance Recycling Program, to Launch in British Columbia. On October 1st, 2011, British Columbians will be able to recycle their used or broken small appliances at over 100 convenient drop-off locations through a new and unique program called Unplugged, the Small Appliance Recycling Program. Unplugged will divert approximately two million small appliances previously destined for the landfill, helping to reduce pollution, save energy, and protect the environment. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2011/09/15/3912832/unplugged-the-small-appliance.html#storylink=misearch OPINION Is It Weird Enough Yet? Every time I listen to Gov. Rick Perry of Texas and Representative Michele Bachmann of Minnesota talk about how climate change is some fraud perpetrated by scientists trying to gin up money for research, I’m always reminded of one of my favorite movie lines that Jack Nicholson delivers to his needy neighbor who knocks on his door in the film “As Good As It Gets.” “Where do they teach you to talk like this?” asks Nicholson. “Sell crazy someplace else. We’re all stocked up here.” Thanks Mr. Perry and Mrs. Bachmann, but we really are all stocked up on crazy right now. I mean, here is the Texas governor rejecting the science of climate change while his own state is on fire. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/14/opinion/friedman-is-it-weird-enough-yet.html?scp=6&sq=climate%20change&st=cse Harrop: Global warming is here, all right. Bark beetles and egrets don't care whether Governor This or Senator That believes in global warming. They feel it in their whatevers. Responding to warmer temperatures, plant life and wildlife are moving north or uphill to cooler elevations, according to a new study published in Science magazine. For example, higher temperatures in the Rocky Mountains have set off a population explosion of bark beetles now devouring its beautiful pine forests. Posted. http://www.nctimes.com/news/opinion/columnists/harrop/article_823d93c9-a018-56ec-9cf9-52bdd36475c4.html Editorial: Marin green job training program showing results. SELF-EMPLOYED contractors have been a big part of Marin's economy over the past few decades — creating jobs and spending money at other local businesses. They also have taken a huge hit as the local construction, remodeling and and housing industries have contracted along with overall economy. This is an ideal time for those workers to update their skills and make themselves more marketable. A nearly $400,000 grant through the state is helping them do just that — and building on the success of a two-year-old green jobs program. Posted. http://www.mercurynews.com/opinion/ci_18897322 Lack of credibility fouls the air in ozone debate. It's September in the valley and the air is thick. But it's not ozone stinkin' up the place, it's hypocrisy. I'm sure you all read how, for the first August since we've been tracking air pollution, the valley didn't violate the so-called one-hour standard. And perhaps you also read how air quality advocate groups didn't take the news so well. Nooo. In fact, they came out swinging. Posted. http://www.bakersfield.com/news/columnist/henry/x130699409/Lack-of-credibility-fouls-the-air-in-ozone-debate BLOGS Separating Issues from Myths in Obama’s Solyndra Situation. Brad Plumer of the Washington Post has filed a really nice, tight deconstruction of five myths being propagated in the wake of the failure of Solyndra, a solar company that received more than $500 million in fast-tracked loan guarantees from the Department of Energy and became a photo opp for President Obama last year. (A House committee held a hearing on the company and the administration this morning.) Posted. http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/09/14/separating-issues-from-myths/ Japan Plans Floating Windfarm Off Fukushima Coast. Japan’s Ministry of Trade and Industry (MITI) announced it will invest as much as 20 billion yen ($260 million) in a project to build a pilot offshore wind project comprised of six, 2-megawatt (MW) floating wind turbines off the Fukushima coast, according to a Bloomberg News report. A feasibility study running through March 2016 will evaluate the project with an eye towards expanding capacity thereafter. Posted. http://www.triplepundit.com/2011/09/japan-plans-floating-windfarm-fukushima-coast/ Range anxiety is clearly not a chronic disorder. GM has made concern about "range anxiety" central to its marketing of the plug-in hybrid Chevy Volt. The term may work to instill some doubt in the minds of those cross-shopping the Nissan Leaf, and in fact a study (PDF) by the Technology Strategy Board in the UK found that 100 percent of new electric vehicle owners did have some level of concern about running out of juice before reaching a destination when they first got their cars. However, it turns out range anxiety is not a chronic disorder. Just three months after taking ownership of the EV, 35 percent said they had no more concerns about the range of their electric-only vehicles. Posted. http://green.autoblog.com/2011/09/14/range-anxiety-not-a-chronic-disorder/ BP expanding Brazilian sugarcane ethanol business. BP is expanding its business in Brazil that produces ethanol from sugarcane. The company is increasing its share in Brazilian biofuel company Tropical BioEnergia S.A. to 100%, acquiring the remaining 50% of the company from the joint venture partners for about US$71 million. BP is also taking an additional share of Brazilian sugar and ethanol producer Companhia Nacional de Açúcar e Álcool (CNAA) from LDC Bioenergia S.A. for a price of approximately US$25 million, bringing its holding to 99.97%. Posted. http://www.greencarcongress.com/2011/09/bp-expanding-brazilian-sugarcane-ethanol-business.html