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ARB Newsclips for June 14, 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 How clean is your air? Nine of the 10 U.S. cities with the worst air pollution are in California, including the most polluted area in Los Angeles, Long Beach and Riverside, ranked No. 1 for poor ozone quality. Six of the 10 cities with the worst short term particle pollution are also in the state, with Bakersfield-Delano ranked as No. 1. The numbers come from a recent report by the American Lung Association, which publishes the rankings to highlight the connection between air quality and health. “We are trying to remind the public that this remains a serious problem,” said Bonnie Holmes-Gen, executive director for Air Quality for the Lung Association. Posted. http://www.healthycal.org/archives/8992 New study backs up EPA assertions on low cost of tailpipe standards. U.S. EPA's forthcoming new standards for the amount of sulfur in gasoline will not boost the price at the pump for consumers as industry has claimed, according to an economic study to be released today. At issue are so-called Tier 3 air pollution standards for tailpipes that the agency is expected to propose this year and finalize in 2013 at the earliest. The agency is expected to lower the sulfur limit in gasoline from 30 parts per million to 10 ppm, a move that will bring it in line with Japan and the European Union and, the agency says, lead to significant health benefits. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/Greenwire/print/2012/06/14/2 BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY CLIMATE CHANGE Americans prefer climate regulations over market-based measures. Economists commonly favor market-based methods of curbing greenhouse gas emissions, such as taxes and emissions trading schemes, but a new survey shows that the American public does not. Rather than putting a price on carbon, Americans tend to support regulatory programs on clean energy development, industrial emission controls and vehicle mileage standards, according to the spring 2012 National Survey of American Public Opinion on Climate Change (NSAPOCC). Posted. http://eenews.net/climatewire/2012/06/13/6 BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY In California, No Taboos Over Coastal Climate Threats. California's coastal resource managers are including sea-level science in their planning, but lawmakers in N. Carolina and Virginia forbid open debate. In California, officials in coastal cities are becoming increasingly aware of the potential impacts of climate change, and they're preparing to deal with them. Not so in Virginia, where even the words "sea level rise" and "climate change" are verboten. Posted. http://insideclimatenews.org/news/20120613/nuclear-power-plants-united-states-climate-change-global-warming-water-scarcity?page=show FUELS Cuomo Plan Would Limit Gas Drilling to a Few Counties in New York. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s administration is pursuing a plan to limit the controversial drilling method known as hydraulic fracturing to portions of several struggling New York counties along the border with Pennsylvania, and to permit it only in communities that express support for the technology. The plan, described by a senior official at the State Department of Environmental Conservation and others with knowledge of the administration’s strategy…Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/14/nyregion/hydrofracking-under-cuomo-plan-would-be-restricted-to-a-few-counties.html?_r=2 Idea of limited NY fracking divides energy camps. Landowners along New York's southern border who support natural gas drilling are cheered by reports that the Cuomo administration is considering allowing hydraulic fracturing on a limited basis in towns that want it, though opponents call the idea "shameful." The administration is pursuing a plan to limit the controversial shale gas drilling technology to portions of Broome, Chenango, Steuben and Tioga counties, The New York Times quoted a senior official at the state Department of Environmental Conservation as saying, along with others with knowledge of the situation. Posted. http://www.vcstar.com/news/2012/jun/13/idea-of-limited-ny-fracking-divides-energy-camps/#ixzz1xmfhW2Ca VEHICLES American drivers turn to smaller, better engines. Back when gas was cheap, Americans bought cars with V-8 engines like the Big Block, Cobra Jet and Ramcharger. Acceleration was all that mattered, even in family cars that never made it to full throttle. The 427-cubic inch Chevrolet Tri-Power was the siren song of the gearhead, sending Corvettes roaring down the highway at about 140 mph. But now, thanks to government regulation and gas-price gyrations, the motors that move the nation's cars and trucks are shrinking. Posted. http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5im5tlpNdAuQrAihjPR0TqYOiXZtQ?docId=46c30492445943c9917b243ec72860a7 AP Newsbreak: http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_20856453/american-drivers-turn-smaller-better-engines?IADID=Search-www.contracostatimes.com-www.contracostatimes.com http://www.insidebayarea.com/ci_20856456/news-summary-car-and-trucks-have-smaller-engines?IADID=Search-www.insidebayarea.com-www.insidebayarea.com http://www.nctimes.com/business/american-drivers-turn-to-smaller-better-engines/article_b06674e7-8b5a-5951-a1cd-197ddca78662.html http://www.modbee.com/2012/06/14/2241487/american-drivers-turn-to-smaller.html GREEN ENERGY Jerry Brown administration to support disputed trash-burning plant. Gov. Jerry Brown's administration says it will support a Canadian company's effort to vaporize garbage and turn it into electricity in Monterey County, despite concerns raised by environmentalists. Plasco Energy Group's $175 million project is at the center of a regulatory dispute over gasification, an emerging technology in which garbage, under intense heat, is converted into a synthetic fuel used to generate electricity. At issue is whether the Plasco project qualifies as a renewable energy project under state law. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2012/06/14/v-print/4560750/jerry-brown-administration-to.html Crowdsourced solar gets a nod — and a check — from the Department of Energy. I was once in a meeting with a guy who sold and installed solar panels. When he asked a woman sitting next to him if she’d thought about putting solar panels on her house, she replied that she’d love to, but she couldn’t afford it. His response came with the casual immediacy of the salesman: “That’s what you think.” The challenge to broad adoption of solar used to be a lack of awareness. Posted. http://grist.org/news/crowdsourced-solar-gets-a-stamp-of-approval-and-a-check-from-the-department-of-energy/ State's biggest power user to cut ties to coal, use renewables. The biggest electricity consumer in California will stop buying power from a coal-fired plant and use more green energy in order to shrink its impact on the climate. The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) said yesterday that it is taking these steps and several others as it aims to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 50 percent below 1990 levels within the next seven years. The move comes as the state's climate law, A.B. 32, rolls out a number of rules affecting most energy users. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2012/06/14/2 BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY China promises money, manufacturing help for clean cookstove alliance. China is expected to make a "significant financial commitment" to the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, the partnership's executive director said yesterday. Radha Muthiah said China, which agreed last month to join the alliance, also will be offering a range of technical and manufacturing assistance to the program. Having spearheaded the world's largest clean cookstove efforts in the 1980s and '90s, she and an official from the Chinese embassy said yesterday, the country is well-positioned to offer a range of expertise. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2012/06/14/4 BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY DOE announces new competition to make solar competitive with fossil fuels. Energy Secretary Steven Chu yesterday announced a new competition for distributed solar energy and plans to fund nine startups in solar power systems. Speaking yesterday at the SunShot Grand Challenge Summit in Denver, Colo., Chu explained that the "America's Most Affordable Rooftop Solar" contest pits American companies against each other to install 5,000 rooftop photovoltaic systems at an average cost of $2 per watt. The top three teams will share $10 million. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2012/06/14/5 BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY MISCELLANEOUS US wildfires fuel urgency for forest restoration. As firefighters battle blazes in New Mexico and Colorado that have forced evacuations and destroyed hundreds of structures, the U.S. Forest Service chief is renewing his call to restore forests to a more natural state, where fire was a part of the landscape. Experts say a combination of decades of vigorous fire suppression and the waning of the timber industry over environmental concerns has left many forests a tangled, overgrown mess…Posted. http://www.nctimes.com/news/science/us-wildfires-fuel-urgency-for-forest-restoration/article_adf7654a-03aa-55ce-b328-4681f0814cb9.html MORENO VALLEY: Residents question consultant’s objectivity. Moreno Valley residents say the consultant selected to review the environmental impact report for a proposed 41.6-million-square-foot distribution center has publicly embraced the project, further indication that city officials already have decided to approve the project. Timothy Krantz, a University of Redlands environmental studies professor with 35 years of land use experience…Posted. http://www.pe.com/local-news/riverside-county/moreno-valley/moreno-valley-headlines-index/20120611-moreno-valley-residents-question-consultants-objectivity.ece ACLJ Files Suit Against UCLA After Professor Is Fired For Blowing Whistle On Junk Science. The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) has filed suit on behalf of Dr. James E. Enstrom, a UCLA research professor who was terminated after he blew the whistle on junk environmental science and scientific misconduct at the University of California (UC). "The facts of this case are astounding," said David French, Senior Counsel of the ACLJ. " Posted. http://www.marketwatch.com/story/aclj-files-suit-against-ucla-after-professor-is-fired-for-blowing-whistle-on-junk-science-2012-06-14 OPINIONS Drilling in New York. Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s preliminary blueprint for hydraulic fracturing in New York State strikes a sensible balance between the need for economic development and the need to protect the environment and human health. Many important issues must still be addressed — and tough, detailed regulations issued — before Mr. Cuomo can think of greenlighting drilling. But he appears to be on the right track. As reported in The Times on Wednesday, the plan would restrict hydraulic fracturing to economically depressed counties along the Pennsylvania border…Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/14/opinion/drilling-in-new-york.html?_r=1 BLOGS La Nina exits, global temperature spikes: May second warmest on record. La Nina - the pattern associated with cool waters in the tropical Pacific that lowers the global temperature - has died. The Earth’s temperature is now strongly rebounding in response. Today, NOAA reports May was second warmest on record globally. The May temperature was 1.19°F above the 20th century average. It marked the 36th consecutive May and 327th consecutive month with above average global temperatures. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/capital-weather-gang/post/la-nina-exits-global-temperature-spikes-may-second-warmest-on-record/2012/06/14/gJQAYzTccV_blog.html N.Y. Finances a Switch to Cleaner Heating Oils. Building owners in New York City that use the dirtiest heating oils and are now required by law to phase it out will have access to more than $100 million in special financing to help cover their upfront costs, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg announced on Wednesday. The financial incentives are meant to prod buildings to convert to less polluting heating oil or to natural gas as soon as possible and help the city meet its goal of reducing soot pollution by 50 percent over the next two years. About 10,000 buildings are affected by the phase-out. Posted. http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/06/13/new-york-offers-financing-for-a-switch-from-dirty-heating-oils/ Los Angeles City Council members push fracking ban. The fight over fracking has come to Los Angeles. On Wednesday, three members of the Los Angeles City Council introduced a resolution that urges Gov. Jerry Brown and California regulators to impose a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing until the state determines that the controversial oil extraction procedure is "safe for public health, for the Los Angeles water supply and for the environment." The measure, authored by councilmen Paul Koretz…Posted. http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/california-politics/2012/06/los-angeles-city-council-members-push-california-fracking-ban.html Intel Reduces GHG Emissions by 60% Under 2007 Baseline. Intel, a world leader in computing innovation, has provided public reports on its environmental, health and safety performance since 1994 and produced an annual Corporate Responsibility Report since 2001. 2012 is no exception. This year’s report focuses on three main factors – environmental, governance and social – and records the company’s success in achieving goals set in previous years. “At Intel, corporate responsibility is a crucial component to the overall growth of our business,” said Michael Jacobson, Intel’s director of corporate responsibility. Posted. http://www.triplepundit.com/2012/06/intel-inside-intel-publishes-2012-corporate-responsibility-report/ Toyota Prius Plug-in in vehicle-to-home tests in Japan. Pull electricity from a Toyota Prius Plug-in to a McMansion, and the lights may go out within a matter of a couple of hours. For a typical Japanese house, though, you'd be taken care of for the better part of a week. Toyota said it will start testing a vehicle-to-home (V2H) system with the Prius Plug-in in Japan by the end of the year. The trial will involve a two-way power-supply system in which the car could supply the home with power in the event of a black-out. About 10 Toyota City homes will be involved in the testing. Posted. http://green.autoblog.com/2012/06/13/toyota-prius-plug-in-in-vehicle-to-home-tests-in-japan/ State Supreme Court tosses anti-RGGI lawsuit. Acting State Supreme Court Justice Thomas McNamera has dismissed a lawsuit brought against the state last summer seeking to yank New York out of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, the multi-state cap and trade program that auctions off carbon credits to polluters. The suit’s lead plaintiff Lisa Thrun, a Buffalo leader of Americans for Prosperity, a conservative political action group supported by oilmen David and Charles Koch that is linked to the tea party movement. Posted. http://blog.timesunion.com/capitol/archives/135511/state-supreme-court-tosses-anti-rggi-lawsuit/