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ARB Newsclips for May 21, 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. AIR POLLUTION Prenatal Pollution Exposure Dangerous for Children With Asthma. The link between prenatal exposure to air pollution and childhood lung growth and respiratory ailments has been established by several studies in recent years, and now a new study suggests that these prenatal exposures can be especially serious for children with asthma. The study will be presented at the ATS 2012 International Conference in San Francisco. "In this study, we found that prenatal exposures to airborne particles and the pollutant nitrogen dioxide …Posted. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/05/120520133616.htm Older power plants produce lion's share of U.S. emissions – GAO. Older power plants account for a disproportionate amount of U.S. air pollution, a government watchdog said today. The Government Accountability Office found that power plants built before 1979 provided 45 percent of electricity from fossil fuels in 2010. But those units produced three-quarters of the sulfur dioxide (SO2) emissions, more than 60 percent of nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions and more than half of the carbon emissions from all fossil fuel units. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/eenewspm/print/2012/05/18/9 BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY CLIMATE CHANGE G-8 to Eliminate Fossil Fuel Subsidies, Curb Climate Pollutants. Leaders of the world's most developed economies, the Group of Eight, have agreed to phase out government subsidies for coal, oil and gas and pursue sustainable energy and low carbon policies "in order to tackle the global challenge of climate change." Hosted by President Barack Obama at the presidential retreat Camp David in the Maryland woods near Washington, DC, the leaders of Canada, France, Germany…Posted. http://www.ens-newswire.com/ens/may2012/2012-05-21-01.html Climate action reserve becomes first registry to begin accepting compliance offset projects for California’s cap-and-trade program. The Climate Action Reserve, the nation’s premier carbon offset registry, has become the first registry to accept submissions for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction projects under California’s cap-and-trade protocols while it undergoes the application process to become a California Air Resources Board (ARB) accredited offset project registry. Posted. http://www.environmental-expert.com/news/climate-action-reserve-becomes-first-registry-to-begin-accepting-compliance-offset-projects-for-californias-cap-and-trade-program-295419 Palm Beach County creating job to tackle climate change. Palm Beach County is in the market for a climate change czar. While the actual job title and day-to-day duties for this new county post remain in flux, the far-reaching goal is to get a county with more than one million people ready for climate change. That includes promoting "environmental sustainability" efforts such as recycling and energy efficiency. Posted. http://articles.sun-sentinel.com/2012-05-20/news/fl-climate-change-czar-20120520_1_climate-change-climate-action-plan-dioxide-and-other-greenhouse DIESEL EMISSIONS ‘Gravy days' over for truck drivers, owners. Over the past five decades, the significant tax advantages that Nevada had over more onerous tax rules in California spawned a thriving warehouse and distribution industry, creating supply chain centers throughout Northern Nevada. It also led to an explosion in the number of trucking companies because of the ability to move manufactured and distributed goods to as many as seven western states overnight. This also produced a thriving construction industry for not only commercial and industrial structures, but residential subdivisions, as well. Posted. http://www.nevadaappeal.com/article/20120520/NEWS/120529995/1070&ParentProfile=1058 FUELS Corrected: Analysis: New facilities spotlight next-generation biofuels. After a decade of promise, advanced biofuels makers are entering a crucial make-or-break period with the first of a new generation of production facilities about to come on line. The new facilities are designed to take biofuels beyond corn-based ethanol and begin to shift the industry to "advanced" fuels made with a lower carbon footprint derived from products that will not compete with demand for food. Many of the companies are turning to cellulosic plant materials, animal waste and plant oils to churn out millions of gallons of ethanol, diesel, jet fuel or components for gasoline. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/05/21/us-biofuels-plants-idUSBRE84H18W20120521 VEHICLES A Million Carb-Light Miles Makes Frito-Lay Crave More. That bag of salty snacks in the pantry that blows your daily carb budget is helping Frito-Lay stick to a low-carbon diet. The company's fleet of electric delivery trucks surpassed one million miles this month, part of a drive to cut greenhouse gas emissions and fuel consumption 50 percent by 2020. The 176 Smith electric trucks have saved the largest snack food maker 200,000 gallons of diesel fuel over the past two years, and Frito-Lay on May 10 ordered 100 more to replace their noisier, polluting cousins. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/print/2012-05-21/a-million-carb-light-miles-makes-frito-lay-crave-more.html Electric car network gets first test in Israel. Israeli entrepreneur Shai Agassi has begun rolling out the world's first nationwide electric car network. Now, will the drivers come? After more than $400 million in outlays and months behind schedule, dozens of electric cars have hit the road in Israel, the test site Agassi chose for his Better Place venture. Four stations where the cars can get a new dose of juice when their batteries run out are operating, and the plan is to ramp that number up within months. Posted. http://www.vcstar.com/news/2012/may/19/electric-car-network-gets-first-test-in-israel/#ixzz1vWD8SCP4 GREEN ENERGY Pa. health care company seeks gas drilling facts. Some people are absolutely sure gas drilling threatens public health, while others are absolutely sure it doesn't. Geisinger Health Systems is looking for more facts on the debate. "Our concern is getting reliable data so we know what to do for our patients," said David Carey, director of Geisinger's Weis Center for Research in Danville, Pa. Geisinger serves many patients who live in areas that have seen a recent boom in Marcellus Shale gas drilling. Posted. http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5grKmOQ0jjLZWv2gtnuaqA03Y1PAw?docId=bab46263f974470490dd99fb4f5da934 AP Newsbreak: http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/industries/pa-health-care-co-has-trove-of-data-on-residents-health-to-help-assess-gas-drilling-effects/2012/05/20/gIQAGzkadU_story.html http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_20667858/pa-health-care-company-seeks-gas-drilling-facts?IADID=Search-www.contracostatimes.com-www.contracostatimes.com http://www.insidebayarea.com/ci_20667858/pa-health-care-company-seeks-gas-drilling-facts?IADID=Search-www.insidebayarea.com-www.insidebayarea.com http://www.nctimes.com/news/national/pa-health-care-company-seeks-gas-drilling-facts/article_d49ea4ac-9e9e-5fe6-9cec-e8f1e75fdde3.html http://www.modbee.com/2012/05/20/2207923/pa-health-care-company-seeks-gas.html Q+A-Where next for EU renewable energy policy? An energy policy vacuum is looming in the European Union after a firm set of policy goals for renewable energy, carbon cutting and energy saving expires in 2020. To open up the debate on policy direction for renewable energy, the Commission has put together a communication, expected to be published officially next month. A draft seen by Reuters early this month showed a concern with the economics and with the need to achieve free access to emerging renewable energy markets, if the EU is to retain its technological lead in green energy. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/05/21/energy-renewables-idUSL5E8GK0UD20120521 Eye on the Environment: County transportation department works to improve environment. This week, May 20-26, is National Public Works Week, with a theme of "Creating a Lasting Impression." The theme not only refers to the longevity of our roads, bridges and other infrastructure, but also to the long-term compatibility with our environment (also called "sustainability"). In the past, construction and maintenance of public works structures was sometimes at odds with maintaining the environment, but no longer. Posted. http://www.vcstar.com/news/2012/may/19/county-transportation-department-works-to/ China looks to avoid solar tariffs. Chinese solar panel manufacturers are preparing to source components from Taiwan and South Korea in order to avoid anti-dumping tariffs imposed last week by the Commerce Department. The United States slapped the duties on Chinese polysilicon solar cells Thursday, following a trade complaint from SolarWorld AG and six other U.S. solar manufacturing companies (Greenwire, May 17). The Chinese Ministry of Commerce has attacked the duties as "unfair." Posted. http://www.eenews.net/Greenwire/print/2012/05/21/17 BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY Senate panel to scrutinize government's role in advancing clean power. With many clean energy tax breaks headed toward a day of reckoning and Congress more divided than ever on the best way to meet America's future energy needs, members of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee will gather this week to get some advice from the business world on the government's proper role in bringing new technologies to market. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/EEDaily/print/2012/05/21/2 BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY OPINIONS Dan Walters: Shouldn't hydro count against the carbon reduction mandate? A major component of California's crusade against global warming, one started by former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and embraced by successor Jerry Brown, is the legal mandate to have 33 percent of electric power sales from "renewable sources" by 2020. The latest version of the mandate, signed by Brown last year, defines biomass, thermal, photovoltaic, wind, geothermal, fuel cells with renewable fuels, small hydroelectric projects…Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2012/05/21/4504286/dan-walters-shouldnt-hydro-count.html#mi_rss=Top%20Stories http://www.modbee.com/2012/05/20/2208129/rigid-ideology-keeps-hydro-out.html SUBSCRIPTION ONLY California missing out on 'green' manufacturing jobs. When solar technology company SMA America was looking for a place to put its headquarters, Rocklin was a logical choice. California, after all, represents more than 40 percent of the national market for solar installations. When it came to choosing a place to manufacture its solar and wind inverters, however, the firm went to Denver. "Denver offered a good mix of affordable buildings, access to skilled labor, a convenient distribution infrastructure and an overall attractive and supportive business climate," said Jurgen Krehnke, president and general manager of SMA America. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2012/05/20/4500710/california-missing-out-on-green.html Prop. 29 will reduce smoking, spare non-smokers. Re "Big tobacco" (Editorial cartoon, May 18): Seeing that Big Tobacco is spending $39 million in attempts to defeat Proposition 29's cigarette tax, it makes us who oppose smoking really demand to get a "yes" from everyone who is eligible to vote. Frankly I am also among the non-smokers who are utterly disgusted at being assaulted with toxic second-hand cigarette smoke every time I step outside a public building to get some "fresh air." Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2012/05/18/4500025/vote-yes-on-prop-29.html ON THE 'NET METERING' PROPOSAL. Keep solar power shining. After setting the national standard on solar energy, California is at a new frontier. How far should it push the rules credited with spreading the power-producing panels across roofs on homes, offices and schools? A 15-year old program has proved astonishingly successful. In Pacific Gas & Electric's Northern California turf, some 65,000 customers have put up solar panels, a third of the nation's rooftop installations, the utility says. But one of the prime selling points - the ability to sell back unused power - is in dispute. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2012/05/21/ED451OJ6F6.DTL&type=printable The Many Moving Pieces of California’s Cap and Trade Program. The calendar says May 2012, so what does that mean for California’s attempts to implement a first-in-the-nation, economy-wide Cap and Trade Program? Actually quite a bit. There are many moving parts in this complex regulatory puzzle being assembled by the California Air Resources Board (Board or CARB). CARB has control over many of these moving parts, but there are a few that they do not. Posted. http://www.environmentalleader.com/2012/05/21/the-many-moving-pieces-of-californias-cap-and-trade-program/ Will Cap and Trade cure California’s deficit? California voters may soon ask themselves: “Why vote for an $8.5 billion sales and income tax increase in November 2012 if Cap and Trade is going to raise $50 billion to $100 billion for state discretionary spending? That’s $6.25 billion to $12.5 billion per year from 2012 to 2020. But will Cap and Trade generate enough revenues, and can those revenues be used to bailout the state general fund deficit? That is the proverbial $16 billion deficit question. Posted. http://www.calwatchdog.com/2012/05/18/will-cap-and-trade-cure-californias-deficit/ BLOGS Popping the Cap on Arctic Methane. Methane held underground by caps of Arctic ice is bubbling out as a warming climate causes those caps to melt, researchers report in the journal Nature Geoscience. The paper offers some of the strongest field evidence yet that a melt-back of land ice can release methane. Removing an ice cap seems to work a bit like popping the cap on a bottle of soda, allowing pent-up gas to escape. Posted. http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/05/21/popping-the-cap-on-arctic-methane/ GM says the Volt has saved a supertanker of gas. That's one small step for man, and one less really big barge full of fuel for mankind. That's basically what General Motors' Chevrolet division is saying in its latest effort to pitch the Volt extended-range plug-in as a way for prospective drivers to save both money and the earth. Chevrolet estimates that Volt drivers have saved more than 2.1 million gallons of gas – or one supertanker – by driving their vehicles in electric mode. Posted. http://green.autoblog.com/2012/05/19/gm-says-the-volt-has-saved-a-supertanker-of-gas/ The Week Ahead: EPA to Hold Hearings on Carbon Dioxide Limits for Power Plants. The Environmental Protection Agency will hold two public hearings May 24 in Washington, D.C., and Chicago on Clean Air Act new source performance standards that would limit carbon dioxide emissions from new power plants. As detailed in a World Climate Change Report article, the proposed NSPS, issued April 12, would limit emissions from new fossil fuel-fired power plants with a generating capacity greater than 25 megawatts to 1,000 pounds of carbon dioxide per megawatt-hour. Posted. http://www.bna.com/blogs_post.aspx?id=12884909489&blogid=12884902256 Breakthrough Institute gets it wrong on climate economics — again. Why do those at the Breakthrough Institute insist that everyone else besides them who cares about the environment is wrong, wrong, wrong? Their latest, called “The Creative Destruction of Climate Economics,” is a swipe at those misguided souls who think putting a price on carbon emissions would help combat climate change. Breakthrough, according to its website, aims “to modernize liberal-progressive-green politics” and to accelerate the transition to an “ecologically vibrant” future. Posted. http://grist.org/climate-policy/breakthrough-institute-gets-it-wrong-on-climate-economics-again/