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California Air Resources Board News Clips for October 20, 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. CLIMATE CHANGE Calif. poised to finalize nation’s most extensive ‘cap-and-trade’ plan. California is poised to formally adopt the nation’s most comprehensive so-called “cap-and-trade” system, designed to provide a financial incentive for polluters to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. State officials hope other states and Washington D.C. will follow suit with similar plans. “When Washington considers how to address climate change, as I think it will, California’s climate plan will serve as a role model for the national program,” said Stanley Young, the air board’s spokesman. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/calif-poised-to-finalize-nations-most-extensive-cap-and-trade-plan/2011/10/20/gIQA7E6fzL_story.html http://www.sacbee.com/2011/10/20/3990557/calif-poised-to-finalize-cap-and.html http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2011/10/20/national/a005126D43.DTL http://www.fresnobee.com/2011/10/20/2583507/calif-poised-to-finalize-cap-and.html#storylink=misearch http://www.modbee.com/2011/10/20/1912145/calif-poised-to-finalize-cap-and.html http://www.vcstar.com/news/2011/oct/20/calif-poised-to-finalize-cap-and-trade-plan/ http://www.recordnet.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20111020/A_NEWS/111029997&cid=sitesearch http://www.kpbs.org/news/2011/oct/19/state-air-resources-board-will-consider-cap-and-tr/ http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/20/california-cap-and-trade_n_1022314.html http://www.businessgreen.com/bg/news/2118470/california-finalise-carbon-trading-plan Climate change didn’t ‘go,’ it was pushed. On the front page of The New York Times Sunday Review, Elisabeth Rosenthal has a nice bit of analysis that asks, "Where Did Global Warming Go?" It is, by the standards of mainstream U.S. media, an unusually direct and plainspoken description of America's current isolation when it comes to climate change. Posted. http://www.grist.org/climate-change/2011-10-20-climate-change-didnt-go-it-was-pushed-rosenthal-ny-times AIR POLLUTION With Population Growth Comes Air Pollution Upsurge and Increased Health Risks. Worldwide, population is seven billion. Projections are that population in the United States will reach 400 million by 2050 – a 33 percent increase in roughly 40 years’ time; the U.S. registered its 300 millionth resident in 2006. With an increase in world population has come an increase in air pollution. The burning of fossil fuels and the amount of fossil fuels being burned is the culprit. Posted. http://www.californiaprogressreport.com/site/print/9484 http://www.bakersfield.com/news/local/x860821917/Valley-study-links-ER-visits-with-bad-air-days GREEN ENERGY Treasurer Lockyer defends clean-energy tax break. Sacramento -- The state treasurer on Wednesday called California's tax break program for clean-energy companies a "wise and needed one" despite the failure of its most high-profile recipient: the solar startup Solyndra. Treasurer Bill Lockyer told a panel of state lawmakers that the program is intended to promote the growth of alternative energy manufacturing plants in California and complements the state's push for renewable energy. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/10/20/BAD81LJVGR.DTL&type=printable Solar power’s ‘nasty little secret’ isn’t nasty or secret. The charges leveled by a solar industry insider recently were deadly serious. "Solar panels do not work that well ... and few know it," revealed Ray Burgess, president and CEO of Solar Power Technologies. Writing in AOL Energy on Oct. 7, Burgess appeared to be a reluctant or even heroic truth-teller, airing the solar industry's dirty laundry with the best of intentions. (Several times while reading the piece, Jerry McGuire's Mission Statement came to mind.) Posted. http://www.grist.org/solar-power/2011-10-20-solar-powers-nasty-little-secret-isnt-nasty-or-secret MISCELLANEOUS Capitol Alert: Former lawmaker Hector De La Torre named to state air board. Former Assemblyman Hector De La Torre was appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown today to the state air resources board, a part-time job paying $40,699. De La Torre, a 44-year-old South Gate Democrat, was termed out of the Assembly in 2010 and currently was serving as vice president of the Free Conferencing Corporation, Brown said in a press release. The Senate must confirm De La Torre's appointment. A former South Gate councilman, De La Torre was elected to the Assembly in 2004. Posted. http://www.fresnobee.com/2011/10/20/2583910/capitol-alert-former-lawmaker.html#ixzz1bLJDQbRF http://blogs.sacbee.com/capitolalertlatest/2011/10/former-lawmaker-hector-de-la-torre-named-to-state-air-board.html#ixzz1bLHd19pi OPINIONS Editorial: Air board faces decision day on carbon trading. The California Air Resources Board today is expected to approve the most disputed and litigated element of California's climate crusade – a cap-and-trade system for reducing greenhouse gases. With this action, California will be the first state in the nation to limit emissions linked to global warming that spring from electric utilities, the transportation sector, major manufacturers and other industries. It also will be the first to establish a trading system so businesses can consider what options are most cost-effective in reducing emissions. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2011/10/20/3990078/air-board-faces-decision-day-on.html Clean air and the price of water. A vote in Sacramento today will say a lot about whether state regulators will take a common-sense approach to implementation of California’s landmark legislation to combat global warming. The issue before the Air Resources Board involves a complex “cap-and-trade” plan designed to help the state reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020. Under the proposal, energy utilities would receive substantial pollution “allowances” for free at the beginning of the program, but giant water suppliers such as the State Water Project and the Metropolitan Water District would receive none. Posted. http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2011/oct/20/clean-air-and-the-price-of-water/ BLOGS The Clean Air Is Included in the Rent. A chain of serviced apartments in Hong Kong has developed a new marketing pitch in this smoggy city: Stay with us and breathe cleaner air. Chi Residences, whose luxury residences are aimed at expats seeking short-term homes, has teamed up a maker of pricey air purifiers and installed them in each of its apartments. “Hong Kong is a fantastic city, but we all pay a price for it — pollution,” said Ilse Massenbauer-Strafe, founder and executive director of Oxyvital, the maker of the purifiers. Posted. http://blogs.wsj.com/scene/2011/10/20/the-clean-air-is-included-in-the-rent/ From the Washer to the Sea: Plastic Pollution. Environmental Science and Technology Some areas where researchers found significant concentrations of microplastic. When most people think of plastic pollution in the sea, they tend to picture bottles washing up on beaches, say, or the vast garbage patch in the Pacific. What few may realize is that waste water from washing machines is an important source of plastic pollution in oceans, according to a recent article in Environmental Science and Technology. Posted. http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/10/19/from-the-washer-to-the-sea-plastic-pollution/?pagemode=print California falls behind Massachusetts in energy efficiency. California has fallen behind Massachusetts as the country's most energy-efficient state, according to the 2011 Energy Scorecard released by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy on Thursday. California had ranked first for each of the previous four years' scorecards. While California and Massachusetts have both effectively implemented demand-side management plans, "Massachusetts regulators have sent a very consistent message that they want to ramp up their energy-efficiency programs. Posted. http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/greenspace/2011/10/california-energy-efficiency.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+GreenspaceEnvironmentBlog+%28Greenspace%29 Fisker Karma gets EPA certified: 52 mpge, 32-mile electric range then 20 mpg. Yikes. The EPA has finally released its official fuel economy rating for the Fisker Karma, and it's not high: just 52 MPGe, an all-electric range of 32 miles and 20 miles per gallon on gasoline when the battery runs dry. This is well below the numbers that Fisker reps were bandying about in past years: 67.2 mpge and an all-electric range of 50 miles. American conservatives – who really have it out for plug-in hybrids that the federal government helped fund with loan guarantees – are already calling the Karma's numbers a "flop." Posted. http://green.autoblog.com/2011/10/19/fisker-karma-epa-certified-52-mpge-32-mile-electric-range/ International Rectifier showcasing advanced energy management system to extend battery life in EVs. Power management technology company International Rectifier is showcasing an advanced energy management system, Evaira, designed to extend battery life in electric vehicles at SEMA 2011 in Las Vegas, 1-4 November 2011. The performance of a multi-cell battery pack is limited by the differences between the weakest and strongest cells in the pack. Posted. http://www.greencarcongress.com/2011/10/international-rectifier-showcasing-advanced-energy-management-system-to-extend-battery-life-in-evs.html