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ARB Newsclips for March 23, 2012. 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 CalRecycle unveils Commercial Climate Calculator for businesses' energy costs. The Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) has unveiled its Commercial Climate Calculator to help businesses evaluate the benefits of reducing waste, including cost savings. CalRecycle’s online calculator complements Air Resources Board and Department of Toxic Substances Control tools developed for use by businesses, industry, and the general public to gauge their carbon footprint and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, according to a news release. Posted. http://www.mercedsunstar.com/2012/03/22/2279656/calrecycle-unveils-commercial.html FUELS U.S. Inches Toward Goal of Energy Independence. The desolate stretch of West Texas desert known as the Permian Basin is still the lonely domain of scurrying roadrunners by day and howling coyotes by night. But the roar of scores of new oil rigs and the distinctive acrid fumes of drilling equipment are unmistakable signs that crude is gushing again. And not just here. Across the country, the oil and gas industry is vastly increasing production, reversing two decades of decline. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/23/business/energy-environment/inching-toward-energy-independence-in-america.html?scp=2&sq=air%20pollution&st=cse http://www.fresnobee.com/2012/03/23/2772005/electric-cars-risk-losing-green.html#storylink=misearch http://www.insidebayarea.com/ci_20235244/inching-toward-energy-independence-america?IADID=Search-www.insidebayarea.com-www.insidebayarea.com http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_20235244/inching-toward-energy-independence-america?IADID=Search-www.contracostatimes.com-www.contracostatimes.com VEHICLES Electric cars risk losing green sheen in Japan. Electric car owners who prided themselves on being green now find themselves in a bind as Japan's government maneuvers to restart dozens of nuclear power plants idled after last year's meltdowns. For decades, nuclear generation has been a crucial source of power here, but the tsunami-triggered meltdowns at the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant have spurred a debate over how to supply Japan's electricity in the future. Long touted as a clean, zero-emission alternative to vehicles powered by dirty fossil fuels, electric cars are now at risk of being tainted by their association with nuclear. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2012/03/23/4360364/electric-cars-risk-losing-green.html http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_20238152/electric-cars-risk-losing-green-sheen-japan?IADID=Search-www.contracostatimes.com-www.contracostatimes.com http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/technology/electric-cars-risk-losing-green-sheen-in-japan-after-meltdowns-highlight-nuclear-power-risks/2012/03/23/gIQA5Gz6US_story.html http://www.insidebayarea.com/ci_20238152/electric-cars-risk-losing-green-sheen-japan?IADID=Search-www.insidebayarea.com-www.insidebayarea.com http://www.vcstar.com/news/2012/mar/23/electric-cars-risk-losing-green-sheen-in-japan/ http://www.nctimes.com/business/electric-cars-risk-losing-green-sheen-in-japan/article_39a92f46-83f0-5b2c-b472-a87c3342bdac.html Wireless charging and Catalonia’s EV ambitions presented at EV Forums. EV Forums, held 21-22 March 2012 in Barcelona, Spain brought together experts to discuss latest updates on EV batteries and EV charging. Technical solutions and applications were presented by the likes of SEAT, Renault-Nissan, Peugeot, Endesa to name but a few. A strong theme on the first day was how to better integrate EVs in urban environment with smarter ways to charge them. Posted. http://www.cars21.com/content/articles/78020120323.php GREEN ENERGY Labor Department identifies 3.1 million green jobs. Washington -- At least 3.1 million Americans are employed in green jobs, a sector that now accounts for about 2.4 percent of the nation's total employment, the Labor Department said Thursday. The report represents the first time the department's Bureau of Labor Statistics has come up with an official count of environmentally friendly jobs, an emerging part of the economy and a centerpiece of President Obama's stimulus plan. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2012/03/23/BUOI1NOR31.DTL&type=printable http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/labor-dept-green-jobs-account-for-24percent-of-employment-in-2010/2012/03/22/gIQAExURUS_story.html http://www.modbee.com/2012/03/22/2124846/labor-dept-americans-hold-31-million.html SUBSCRIPTION ONLY Green features attract both tenants and developers. The 22-story apartment tower in Portland, Ore., has a roof garden that funnels rainwater to its public toilets. Because the water isn't treated, state law requires "Do Not Drink" warning signs."Just in case your dog can read," said Dennis Wilde, chief sustainability officer for Gerding Edlen, the Portland builder of the development, called Indigo @ Twelve|West. Green features, such as reusing rainwater and generating about 1 percent of the tower's electricity with four rooftop windmills…Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2012/03/23/BU6T1NO9MC.DTL&type=green New wind power guidelines are for the birds. Washington -- The Obama administration is offering advice on the best places to put wind farms to reduce the number of birds that die by flying into turbines. A bird advocacy group that lobbied for mandatory standards says the new guidelines will do little to protect hundreds of thousands of birds killed each year by the turbines. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2012/03/23/4361221/new-wind-power-guidelines-are.html Startups pitch 'green' products to potential investors. If you were a venture capitalist or angel investor with an eye for "green" technology or services, which of these companies would you bet on? That was the question posed to the audience Thursday at a session of The Wall Street Journal's ECO:nomics conference in Santa Barbara. The audience watched as five hungry CEOs of companies that make some sort of green products or services pitched their ideas, sustainability and future profitability in short-fire summaries. Posted. http://www.vcstar.com/news/2012/mar/22/startups-pitch-green-products-to-potential/ MISCELLANEOUS Stuck with high gas prices, drivers just pump less. Americans have pumped less gas every week for the past year. During those 52 weeks, gasoline consumption dropped by 4.2 billion gallons, or 3 percent, according to MasterCard SpendingPulse. The decline is the longest since a 51-week period during the recession. The main reason: higher gas prices. The national average for a gallon of gas is $3.88, the highest ever for this time of year…Posted. http://www.insidebayarea.com/ci_20239190/stuck-high-gas-prices-drivers-just-pump-less?IADID=Search-www.insidebayarea.com-www.insidebayarea.com http://www.fresnobee.com/2012/03/23/2772237/stuck-with-high-gas-prices-drivers.html#storylink=misearch OPINIONS Dan Walters: Lawmakers ready to green-light California high-speed rail. Its popularity has declined sharply, many of its details have yet to emerge, and independent authorities have questioned its financial and operational viability, but California's bullet train project is very likely to get the green light from the Legislature soon. That's the consensus of those who have been counting votes among the Legislature's dominant Democrats, who can give the California High-Speed Rail Authority authorization to sell bonds and begin construction of an initial segment in the San Joaquin Valley. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2012/03/23/4359961/dan-walters-lawmakers-ready-to.html#mi_rss=Dan%20Walters John Kass: Price of gas will fuel debate during presidential campaign. Mitt Romney has won the Illinois primary, and with it a sizable advantage in the Republican presidential race. If he can close the deal - or even if Rick Santorum somehow finds a way to come back - one thing seems certain. The price of gas will loom large in the fall campaign, with the Republicans taking full advantage and the Democrats trying to duck the blame. Whether it's fair to blame a president for the price of gas can be debated. What's not being debated is what a driver thinks when it costs so much to fill up the soccer van. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2012/03/22/4360331/john-kass-price-of-gas-will-fuel.html SPIN METER: GOP claims about Obama puzzle enviros. Mitt Romney says President Barack Obama blocked construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline as a gift to environmentalists. Newt Gingrich calls Obama "President Algae" for supporting research on biofuels. And Rick Santorum says Obama's environmental views constitute a "phony theology" that prioritizes the earth over people. The leading Republican presidential hopefuls have cast Obama as environmental extremist whose policies have put him out of touch with the needs of ordinary Americans. Posted. http://www.nctimes.com/news/science/spin-meter-gop-claims-about-obama-puzzle-enviros/article_34c91695-1dc3-53ad-aa01-a1a20c682072.html#ixzz1pxhA0t7Q BLOGS Apps, Anyone? Managing Your Energy Consumption. Amid the debate in Washington over federal energy policy, at least one of the administration’s ideas seems to be gaining widespread support. On President Obama’s four-state tour to promote his “all of the above” energy agenda, nine of the country’s largest utility companies pledged to support the White House’s Green Button program by making information on energy usage available to their customers. Posted. http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/03/23/apps-anyone-managing-your-energy-consumption/ A Tally of Green Jobs. For the first time, the federal government on Thursday released an estimate of the number of so-called green jobs in the United States economy, saying that 3.1 million people are employed in the production of goods and services that benefit the environment. The Bureau of Labor Statistics, a unit of the Labor Department, spent more than a year compiling its report, which found that green goods and services accounted for 2.4 percent of total United States employment in 2010. Posted. http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/03/22/a-tally-of-green-jobs/ California lags nation in green jobs. The latest monthly employment report, released Friday, was not particularly good news for California, whose jobless rate was unchanged in February at 10.9 percent with more than two million workers unemployed. That’s a bit better that it was during the depths of the recession, but not much, the data from the Federal Bureau of Labor Statistic indicate. Posted. http://blogs.sacbee.com/capitolalertlatest/2012/03/california-lags-nation-in-green-jobs.html GM "loans" Volts in Southern California to spur sales. Think of it as an extended test drive. General Motors is looking to spur sales of its Chevrolet Volt extended-range plug-in hybrid in California by loaning hundreds of Southern California drivers Volts for as long as a week, Green Car Reports said, citing GM representative Shad Balch. Under GM's "Cars to People" program, the automaker has loaned almost 300 people Volts over the past few months, and will likely loan the cars to a few hundred more by the end of the year, according to the website. Posted. http://green.autoblog.com/2012/03/23/gm-loans-volts-in-southern-california-to-spur-sales/ GM starts testing electric Chevrolet Spark. General Motors is literally changing its stripes with its battery-electric powered Chevrolet Spark. The automaker is testing battery-electric versions of its Chevrolet Spark compact and is suggesting that production versions may have a single-charge range of more than 100 miles.GM posted on Tuesday on its The Future Is Electric blog that engineers are testing a handful of electric-powered sparks. Posted. http://green.autoblog.com/2012/03/22/gm-starts-testing-electric-chevrolet-spark/