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newsclips -- *AMENDED ARB Newsclips for May 11, 2012

Posted: 11 May 2012 11:58:35
AMENDED      ARB Newsclips for May 11, 2012. My apologies. the
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Bill to Ban Sustainability and Climate Change Action Fails in
Arizona. This Week in Clean Economy: Five states fail to pass
similar laws this year, with Arizona being the most high profile.
Bills remain alive in three states. A high-profile bill in
Arizona to abolish sustainability efforts died last week, yet its
defeat isn't deterring lawmakers in three other states from still
trying to pass related policies into law. The legislation seeks
to outlaw states and their cities from endorsing or implementing
the United Nations Agenda 21 principles of sustainable
development. Posted.

Global cap-and-trade plan for aviation CO2 moves closer: EC. The
International Civil Aviation Organization is forming a plan for a
global aviation CO2 emissions trading system, which the EU can
work into its current Emissions Trading System, the European
Commission's director general for climate action Jos Delbeke said
Thursday evening.  "ICAO is working on a market-based system...if
ICAO can bring this forward for adoption, we are willing to adapt
our legislation," Delbeke said in an interview in Florence. 


Clean Diesel Technologies, Inc. Reports First Quarter 2012
Financial Results. Clean Diesel Technologies, Inc.
/quotes/zigman/622786/quotes/nls/cdti CDTI -2.86% ("Clean
Diesel"), a cleantech emissions reduction company, announced
today its financial results for the first quarter ended March 31,
2012. The highlights are as follows: First quarter revenue of
$17.0 million, up 23.3% year over year First quarter net loss of
$0.39 per share (diluted) First quarter net loss includes $0.6
million pre-tax inventory write-down; $0.5 million after-tax. 


US WCoast Products - Gasoline spikes as BP restart falters.
Gasoline spiked in the Los Angeles spot market on Thursday as BP
Plc halted the restart of the central crude distillation unit at
its 225,000 barrel per day (bpd) Cherry Point, Washington,
refinery, traders said. May CARBOB gasoline jumped 23 cents in
L.A. to trade at a high of 70 cents a gallon over the June NYMEX
RBOB gasoline contract before falling back to finish at a premium
of 55 cents, a gain of 8 cents. Posted.

Obama website adds ‘clean coal’ after GOP complaints. The Obama
campaign changed its website Thursday night to include a
reference to “clean coal” in the president’s “all-of-the-above”
energy plan after Republicans lawmakers criticized the omission.
Under the heading “President’ Obama’s approach to energy
independence,” an entire section on the campaign website was
altered from “fuel efficiency” to “clean coal.” The sections now
appear as: oil, natural gas, clean coal, biofuels, wind, solar
and nuclear. Posted.

Cheaper gas drives U.S. wholesale price index lower. A big
decline in gas and energy costs drove a measure of U.S. wholesale
prices lower in April. But outside that drop, inflation was tame.
The Labor Department said Friday that the producer price index,
which measures price changes before they reach the consumer,
dropped 0.2 percent last month. It was the first decline since
December and the biggest drop since October. Wholesale gas prices
tumbled 1.7 percent. That accounted for half the drop in energy
costs, which was the only major category to decline last month.

Koch Brothers' Activism Protects Their 50-Year Stake in Canadian
Heavy Oils.
Long involvement in Canada's tar sands has been central to Koch
Industries' evolution and positions the billionaire brothers for
a new oil boom. Over the last decade, Charles and David Koch have
emerged into public view as billionaire philanthropists pushing a
libertarian brand of political activism that presses a large
footprint on energy and climate issues. Posted.

Green energy plan would turn sugar beets into biofuels. The
vacant Spreckels sugar beet factory in Mendota may receive a
green energy overhaul, as a group of former sugar beet farmers
pursues a plan to transform the site into an advanced biorefinery
using several high-tech processes to convert sugar beets into
ethanol and other forms of energy. The plant would convert San
Joaquin Valley sugar beets into about 40 million gallons of
ethanol annually, and be the first operation of its kind in the
United States. Posted.

Alternative Fuels — Cars That Run on Natural Gas. In the world of
alternative fuels, electric, hydrogen and even hybrid vehicles
get most of the attention. Not many people are aware of another
alternative automotive fuel that burns cleaner than gasoline, is
found abundantly in the United States and is already in heavy use
around the world: natural gas. Natural gas is by no means a new
fuel; it’s been used to heat homes and cook food in gas stoves
for more than a century. Posted.


Obama admin warns Calif. to act soon on bullet train. The Obama
administration yesterday warned California to accelerate action
on its high-speed rail project, which has collected more than $3
billion in federal money but hasn't moved forward. Transportation
Secretary Ray LaHood pressed Senate and Assembly leaders and Gov.
Jerry Brown (D) for a vote on the state's planned $68.4 billion
bullet train during a visit to Sacramento. The Legislature needs
to include money for high-speed rail when it approves the state
budget in June, LaHood said. Posted.
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Solar project in desert gets boost from California Legislature.
The legislation to enable the developer to bypass local agencies
in seeking approval was fast-tracked in the Assembly.
Environmentalists say the proposed Calico Solar facility would be
ecologically damaging. Despite strong opposition from
environmentalists, the state Assembly on Thursday approved
controversial legislation that allows a solar energy developer to
bypass local agencies in seeking to build a large-scale power
plant in a valley that is home to desert tortoises, golden eagles
and bighorn sheep. Posted.
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MURDOCK: Spacemen to NASA: Cool it on global warming. Astronauts,
rocket scientists rebuke agency for climate alarmism. To the long
list of right-wing, knuckle-dragging know nothings who dare
question “global warming,” environmentalists can add six Apollo
astronauts, two rocket men who flew aboard Skylab and a pair of
former directors of the Johnson Space Center (JSC). These
veterans of America’s space program are among the 49 retired NASA
employees who recently asked the agency to halt what they
consider its unscientific advocacy of climate alarmism. Posted.


Varied Views on Extreme Weather in a Warming Climate. Through
decades of work, James E. Hansen of NASA has earned his plaudits
as a climate scientist. But his intensifying personal push for
aggressive cuts in emissions of greenhouse gases has come with a
framing of climate science that is being criticized by some
respected researchers for stepping beyond what peer-reviewed
studies have concluded. Posted.

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