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newsclips -- Newsclips for October 19, 2011.

Posted: 19 Oct 2011 13:00:45
California Air Resources Board News Clips for October 19, 2011. 

This is a service of the California Air Resources Board’s Office
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Major investors seek new carbon emissions treaty.  Large
investors representing more than $20 trillion (euro14.62
trillion) in assets urged governments on Wednesday to sign a
binding treaty on carbon emissions at the U.N. climate talks in
South Africa in December.  A group of 285 investors say only
legally enforceable carbon limits can spur the level of
investment needed to keep temperatures from rising further. The
group includes three major investor networks in the U.S., Europe,
Australia and New Zealand.  Posted. 

AP Newsbreak:

South African Treasury Backs Carbon Tax to Cut Emissions. South
Africa’s National Treasury said its proposed carbon taxes are an
appropriate tool to cut emissions, rejecting opposition to the
levy from steelmaker ArcelorMittal South Africa Ltd. and other
companies. “Carbon taxes afford firms the flexibility to
undertake emissions reductions according to their specific
processes and provide the long-term price certainty which is
essential for investment decisions,” said Cecil Morden, chief
director of tax policy at the Treasury. Posted.


Wave of state actions could hike water rates. Possible air board
vote, future projects mean more long-term costs. Already paying
more for using less water, Californians are being warned to brace
for even higher rates in the coming years as the state moves on a
number of fronts to slow global warming, protect the environment
and build a reliable supply network. Most immediately, the
California Air Resources Board on Thursday is expected to approve
a sweeping plan to attack greenhouse gas emissions that, by some
accounts, could cost the San Diego County Water Authority at
least $5 million a year and perhaps much more over time,
according to one analysis. Posted.

Food processors slam new emissions law.  Valley food processors
say they will be hurt economically by California's landmark
global warming law, which will go into effect Jan. 1.  The
legislation – known as AB 32 – sets a statewide limit on
greenhouse gas emissions. The goal is to reduce greenhouse gas
emissions to 1990 levels by 2020.  On Tuesday, however, three
prominent San Joaquin Valley food processors told a state
legislative caucus in Fresno that the law is forcing them to
spend millions on equipment that will reduce emissions by only a
small percentage.  Posted. 

2008-2010 Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Major Facilities Now
Available. The Air Resources Board (ARB) has posted summary
spreadsheets of 2008-2010 facility greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions
and power entity transactions data reported pursuant to the
California mandatory Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions reporting
program. The data is available through the ARB website at:
http://www.arb.ca.gov/cc/reporting/ghg-rep/ghg-reports.htm. This
posting represents the first summary spreadsheets posted for the
2009 and 2010 emissions and transactions data, while the 2008
data is an update to a past posting of emissions data. Posted.


California Railroad Pollution: Two US Railroads Face Unique
Lawsuit. Los Angeles -- When the lump on her toddler's tummy
turned out to be a rare cancer, Carla Hernandez wondered if
living just a half-mile from two rail yards emitting a constant
veil of near-invisible pollution was somehow responsible. "When
she was diagnosed they kept asking me if I smoked or if anyone
smoked around her, but no one did," said Hernandez, sitting
beside her 4-year-old daughter, who was sleeping after her latest
treatment at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. Posted. 

New Shasta County report reverses greenhouse gas impacts; changes
in criteria back Anderson power facility. A cogeneration plant
proposed in Anderson would not have a significant impact on the
environment, even though it will produce 330,000 tons of
greenhouse gases annually from burning wood, according to a
report on the project. A draft environmental impact report
written last year said the greenhouse gases from the Sierra
Pacific Industries plant would have a significant impact on the
environment. Posted.

California to give official kick off to carbon market.
California’s Air Resources Board (CARB) will, on Thursday,
October 20, adopt its final rules for California’s carbon market.
The adoption of the cap-and-trade regulation will mark the
official stamp of approval before the state’s self-imposed
deadline of October 28, and will result in California’s program
entering into force next year, binding emitters to carbon caps as
of 2013. Posted.


Energy ministers warn demand for fossil fuels, pollution will
skyrocket in coming years. Paris — Energy demand will skyrocket
in the coming decades and much of it will be met with fossil
fuels, increasing risks of pollution and global warming, a group
of energy ministers warned Wednesday. An International Energy
Agency meeting of the ministers and industry leaders in Paris was
clear about the scale of the challenges: Global demand is
expected to grow by a third by 2035, most of it in developing
countries — where “dirty” fuels are most common. Posted.

U.S. Energy Policy Rife With Contradictions, Chevron Chief Says.
U.S. energy policy is rife with contradictions and companies gain
access to natural resources “by exception, not by rule,” Chevron
Corp. (CVX) Chief Executive Officer and Chairman John Watson
said. The U.S. needs to encourage production of oil and natural
gas rather than limiting energy development, Watson said today in
written remarks for a speech at the Peterson Institute for
International Economics in Washington. Posted.

Fat Replaces Oil for F-16s as Biofuels Head to War: Commodities.
Biofuels face their biggest test yet -- whether they can power
fighter jets and tanks in battle at prices the world’s
best-funded military can afford. The U.S. Air Force is set to
certify all of its 40-plus aircraft models to burn fuels derived
from waste oils and plants by 2013, three years ahead of target,
Air Force Deputy Assistant Secretary Kevin Geiss said. The Army
wants 25 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2025.
The Navy and Marines aim to shift half their energy use from oil,
gas and coal by 2020. Posted.


California governor approves truck rule, vetoes CARB requirement.
Two California truck bills have met different fates on the
governor’s desk. Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law a bill that is
intended to improve safety around certain large vehicles, but he
vetoed an effort to impose a rule on the state’s Air Resources
Board. Previously SB341, the new law requires a construction
vehicle in excess of 14,000 pounds that operates at, or
transports construction or industrial materials to and from, a
mine or construction site to be equipped with an automatic backup
audible alarm. Posted.

New study looks at hybrid construction equipment. Riverside,
California – A new, first-of-its-kind two-year study will
evaluate the emission reduction benefits of hybrid construction
vehicles. Scientists at the University of California’s Center for
Environmental Research and Technology have received a US$2
million contract from the California Air Resources Board to study
two commercially-available hybrid vehicles, a Caterpillar
bulldozer and Kamatsu hydraulic excavator. “Hybrid construction
vehicles are just now becoming available,” said Kent Johnson,
principal investigator on the project. “We have been asked to use
our emissions testing experience to quantify what their benefit
is.” Posted.


Energy poll: Americans fret about Congress, foreign oil. The vast
majority (84%) of Americans are worried about U.S. consumption of
foreign oil, and 76% fret about the lack of progress in
developing energy efficiency and renewable sources, a poll
released today shows. Less than 14% say the United States is
headed in the right direction on energy, according to the
inaugural survey of 3,406 consumers conducted Sept. 14-25 by the
University of Texas at Austin, which plans to do biannual energy
polling in the future. Posted.

Sonoma County pushes forward with power agency studies. The
Sonoma County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday authorized further
study of the possible formation of a public power agency. The
board voted unanimously to move ahead with six more months of
work focused on what a program would look like, a step that all
supervisors said was needed before any final decision is made to
become a power supplier to local homes and businesses. Posted.

Report: Arizona ranks 3rd nationwide in solar jobs. A trade group
representing solar power companies says Arizona has 4,786 people
working in the industry, ranking the state No. 3 in the nation
behind California and Colorado. The Solar Foundation released the
findings in a report this week. It breaks out Arizona's jobs as
36 percent in installation, 27 percent in sales, 17 percent in
manufacturing, and 12 percent in research and development. The
survey was conducted by the foundation and Green LMI Consulting
with help from Cornell University. Posted. 


Opinion: AB 32 is an investment in stabilizing California’s
future. California is a leader in the area of clean energy and
energy efficiency technology because we are innovators — when it
comes to research and development, patents, and policy. Without
good, smart policy, would California still innovate? Yes. But our
clean energy economy and the jobs it supports would grow at a
slower, less transformative pace. A recent opinion piece in
Capitol Weekly (Opinion: When you are stuck in a hole, the first
thing you do is stop digging) … Posted.


Green efforts best in the country, but not good enough. This we
know: San Francisco is at the leading edge in slashing greenhouse
gas emissions. Kyoto Protocol? We complied in 2007 (although
didn’t have all the data analyzed until 2010). AB32, the state’s
landmark emissions reduction law? Met that target years ago. But
meeting the city’s own standards? Now that’s a different story.
Data that Mayor Ed Lee will release today shows that by the end
of 2010, the city had reduced its carbon footprint to 12 percent
below 1990 levels. Posted.

Ford Transit Connect Electric to qualify for $15,000 rebate in
California. The California Air Resources Board (CARB) is set to
add an additional category to its Hybrid Incentive Voucher
Program (HVIP) that awards buyers of zero-emissions light-duty
commercial vehicles, including the Ford Transit Connect Electric,
a discount of up to $15,000 on their green vehicle purchase.
Starting in November, light-duty zero-emissions commercial
vehicles with a GVWR between 5,001 and 8,500 pounds will be
eligible for vouchers of up to $15,000 in California. Posted.

Banning hybrids from HOV lanes slows everyone down. Whodathunk
that banning hybrid vehicles from California's High Occupancy
Vehicle (HOV) lanes would lead to additional congestion on the
state's highways and even longer commute times? Transportation
engineers at the University of California, Berkeley did, and
that's why the University's researchers are now pushing for HOV
access to be granted to more vehicles, not less. UC Berkeley
researchers recently discovered that after single-occupant hybrid
vehicles were booted out of HOV lanes, traffic increased for all
of the state's drivers. Posted.

The 7 Keys to Low-Carbon Business Innovation. With rising energy
consumption, a lingering economic malaise and a dearth of climate
policy, companies that contrive ways to grow while reducing the
carbon impact of their products can not only survive, but
flourish despite uncertain times. That’s the case the Pew Center
on Global Climate Change makes in its latest report, “The
Business of Innovating: Bringing Low-Carbon Solutions to Market.”
The study, released Tuesday, identifies seven best practices that
are key to low-carbon innovation and takes a look at how four
companies -- Hewlett-Packard, Daimler AG, Johnson Controls Inc.
and Alstom SA -- are using them to unlock growth opportunities.

Snapshot of the California Zero Emission Vehicle program credit
balances.  As part of a Board-directed effort to provide greater
transparency to interested stakeholders, the staff of the
California Air Resources Board has posted production data from
large- and intermediate-volume automakers beginning in model year
2009 and their Zero Emissions Vehicle (ZEV) credit balances in
2010 on its website.  As of 1 October 2011, all vehicle
manufacturers subject to the ZEV regulation are in compliance
through model year 2010, and are carrying a positive ZEV credit
balance—i.e., over-compliance with the ZEV regulation.  Posted. 

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