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California Air Resources Board News Clips for December 13, 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 UN Climate Deal Should Boost Confidence in CO2 Cuts, IETA Says. The climate package approved by more than 190 countries last week should boost investor confidence in the governments’ determination to cut greenhouse gases, the International Emissions Trading Association said. Negotiators at the United Nations climate summit in Durban, South Africa, agreed on Dec. 11 that nations will adopt by 2015 a pollution-curbing deal with a legal force to be enacted by 2020. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-12-13/un-climate-deal-should-boost-confidence-in-co2-cuts-ieta-says.html Canada Announces Exit From Kyoto Climate Treaty. Canada said on Monday that it would withdraw from the Kyoto Protocol, the 1997 treaty to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Under that accord, major industrialized nations agreed to meet targets for reducing emissions, but mandates were not imposed on developing countries like Brazil, China, India and South Africa. The United States never ratified the treaty. Canada did commit to the treaty, but the agreement has been fraying. Participants at a United Nations conference in Durban, South Africa, renewed it on Sunday but could not agree on a new accord to replace it. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/13/science/earth/canada-leaving-kyoto-protocol-on-climate-change.html?scp=3&sq=climate%20change&st=cse http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/story/2011-12-12/canada-climate-change/51842930/1 http://www.vcstar.com/news/2011/dec/12/canada-pulls-out-of-kyoto/#ixzz1gRDBOCgI http://www.nctimes.com/news/world/canada-pulls-out-of-kyoto-protocol/article_1f7ee8ab-cf67-56e7-b138-5cef2fbf9cac.htm http://www.modbee.com/2011/12/12/1984714/canada-pulls-out-of-kyoto.html Some benefits seen for US in climate talk results. The U.S. government and some major business groups say the climate talks that just wrapped up in Durban, South Africa, were a success for the United States, though some environmentalists voiced disappointment. The talks ended Sunday without pledges to speed pollution reductions as fast as economists and scientists say will be necessary to improve the odds of avoiding dangerous climate changes. Instead, negotiators agreed to work toward a global emissions-reduction agreement that would involve all nations beginning in 2020. Posted. http://www.modbee.com/2011/12/12/1984762/some-benefits-seen-for-us-in-climate.html FUELS China Natural Gas Demand to Surge as Cleaner Fuel Prized: Energy Markets. China’s ranking as the biggest energy consumer and the least reliant on natural gas for power generation among the world’s leading economies is raising the prospect of an import boom as it seeks to cut pollution. Demand in China may more than triple this decade, with consumption for electricity generation increasing more than fourfold, according to the International Energy Agency. Posted. http://webfarm.bloomberg.com/news/2011-12-13/china-natural-gas-demand-to-surge-as-cleaner-fuel-prized-energy-markets.html VEHICLES New law requires smog check of cars exported to Mexico. Recently implemented smog-check requirements by Mexico’s federal government have caused some area smog-check businesses to be swamped during the past couple of weeks. “As a business owner, it’s a good problem to have, but a problem you’re not used to,” JR Smog N Tune Owner Armando Real said. “I never thought I’d have to turn down work, especially in this economy.” The Mexican federal law that took effect Nov. 22 requires all vehicles being imported to Mexico to have a smog check in the United States. Posted. http://www.ivpressonline.com/news/ivp-new-law-requires-smog-check-of-cars-exported-to-mexico-20111213,0,2472717.story Six Fleets to Test Wireless Charging System for EVs. Evatran, a developer of wireless charging systems for electric vehicles, announced it has signed contracts with six high-profile commercial participants to outfit their Chevrolet Volt and Nissan Leaf models with pre-production Plugless Power wireless charging systems. The product trial, dubbed the Apollo Launch Program, will launch a charging system for electric vehicles that removes the traditional hassles of plug-in cars. Posted. http://www.greenfleetmagazine.com/news/50833/six-fleets-to-test-wireless-charging-system-for-evs?ref=Enews-GreenFleet-20111207&utm_source=Email&utm_medium=Enewsletter GREEN ENERGY Market forces, not EPA standards, killing new coal plants. As the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) prepares the first-ever national standards for carbon pollution from new fossil-fuel power plants, the coal industry is embarking, predictably, on its latest disinformation campaign to try to block these desperately needed public health and climate safeguards. New coal plants are dirty, risky, and expensive. No wonder the smart money won't touch them. Posted. http://www.grist.org/coal/2011-12-12-what-new-coal-plants OPINIONS ROBINSON: A mild victory in Durban. I’m inclined to believe that the apparent result of the climate change summit in Durban, South Africa, might turn out to be a very big deal. Someday. Maybe. That's my view, but it’s hardly universal. After the meeting ended Sunday, initial reaction basically ranged from “Historic Breakthrough: The Planet Is Saved” to “Tragic Failure: The Planet Is Doomed.” Such radically different assessments came from officials and activists who have the same general view of climate change — that it’s real and something must be done about it — and who fully understand the agreement that the delegates in Durban reached. Posted. http://www.pressdemocrat.com/article/20111213/WIRE/111219901 Warning: more air board regulation ahead. Forgive me for saying I told you so, but I did. I've been plaguing you with stories about a California-specific air pollution study by Michael Jerrett of U.C. Berkeley on the supposedly deadly effects of PM2.5 since May 2010. Some of you are probably sick of hearing about this obscure, egghead study. But this is where regulations that affect your daily lives are conceived. So pay attention! Posted. http://www.bakersfield.com/news/columnist/henry/x500357278/LOIS-HENRY-Warning-more-air-board-regulation-ahead Global Warming conference ends in success, uh, failure, uh, kicking the can down the road. Take your pick. The first reason to be suspect about the “success” of the just-concluded U.N.-sponsored pep rally for global warming alarmists is that they have proclaimed it to be a success. Not that they aren’t trustworthy… Oh, OK, well, maybe they aren’t so trustworthy. After all, they are the ones who said temperatures should rise very high, which they haven’t for about 15 years, when CO2 emissions go way up, which they have for the same period of time. Posted. http://orangepunch.ocregister.com/2011/12/12/global-warming-conference-ends-in-success-uh-failure-uh-kicking-the-can-down-the-road-take-your-pick/65779/ The top five takeaways from the Durban climate talks. After running 36 hours into overtime, the climate talks in Durban, South Africa, finally wrapped up this weekend. As usual, all the dramatic stuff happened in the last 12 hours, after everyone had been beaten into submission by sheer exhaustion. I do not envy my brothers and sisters in the media who attend these things. So what came out of it? Does it matter at all? Posted. http://www.grist.org/climate-change/2011-12-12-the-top-five-takeaways-from-the-durban-climate-talks This Is An Odd Renewable Fuel. This puzzles me intensely, this renewable fuel being produced by a firm called Carbon Recycling International. I don’t get why their process is this complex. You take CO2 emissions from some industrial process, OK, that’s good. You then take electricity from some renewable source (geothermal, solar, wind, whatever) and use that to electrolyse water. OK, that’s fine too, you then use the CO2 and the H2 you’ve now got to produce methanol. This methanol can now be added to standard diesel and gasoline, just as ethanol is, and used in standard vehicles. At which point the CO2 is emitted again. Posted. http://www.forbes.com/sites/timworstall/2011/12/13/this-is-an-odd-renewable-fuel/ BLOGS A Post-Pollution Path to Global Climate and Energy Progress. Some hard realities are being acknowledged as diplomats, scientists, scholars and others ponder next steps following the indeterminate Durban climate negotiations — the latest failed attempt to limit climate risk using pollution-style restrictions on carbon dioxide under a global treaty. The real-time demand for energy and economic vigor continues to trump long-term climate concerns, as has been clear in the climate talks for years.* So a focus on finding ways to boost energy access in places that lack it, while working to cut energy waste and the costs of non-polluting energy choices, is spreading. Posted. http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/12/12/a-post-pollution-path-to-global-climate-and-energy-progress/?scp=5&sq=green%20energy&st=cse DOE to award more than $7M to four projects to advance hydrogen storage. The US Department of Energy is awarding more than $7 million to fund four 3-year projects in California, Washington and Oregon to advance hydrogen storage technologies to be used in fuel-cell-electric vehicles. The selected organizations will provide close to $2 million in cost share. The projects focus on lowering the cost of compressed hydrogen storage systems and on developing advanced materials for hydrogen storage. Posted. http://www.greencarcongress.com/2011/12/doeh2-20111212.html 5 Lessons from Warren Buffett’s $2 Billion Solar Farm Purchase. Last week the solar industry finally generated good news. Warren Buffett’s MidAmerican Energy Holdings agreed to buy First Solar’s Topaz solar farm, a 550-megawatt photovoltaic solar farm currently being built in Southern California (construction began last month and is set to finish by early 2015). The financial details of the purchase of the plant were not publicly disclosed, but estimates are that Buffett is paying First Solar $2 billion for the solar farm. Posted. http://www.triplepundit.com/2011/12/five-lessons-warren-buffetts-2-billion-solar-farm-purchase/