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ARB Newsclips for June 18, 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 Fracking's risk of causing quake small, panel says. Pumping high-pressure water and sand underground to break up shale rocks and harvest natural gas or oil - the practice known as fracking - poses little risk of triggering significant earthquakes, a government-sponsored scientific committee reported Friday. But the method of disposing the wastewater from fracking by injecting it permanently underground could cause an increased risk of earthquakes strong enough for people to feel, the scientists said. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2012/06/16/MNS11P2P5E.DTL&type=printable Budget amendment changes how state can spend cap-and-trade money. .A California budget bill slated for a vote tomorrow would shift how some revenues from the state's upcoming cap-and-trade auctions are spent, directing them away from consumers and into energy efficiency. The measure also proposes to give part of the money to electricity customers in the form of rebate checks. That would dash the hopes of the state's biggest utilities, which have argued that the funds should be used to help reduce monthly power bills once cap and trade kicks in. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2012/06/18/4 BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY The warming Arctic: The longer we wait, the higher the cost. Now that summer is here, the Arctic is crowded with life. Phytoplankton are blooming in its chilly seas. Fish, birds and whales are gorging on them. Millions of migratory geese are in their northern breeding grounds. And the area is teeming with scientists, performing a new Arctic ritual. Between now and early September, when the polar pack ice shrivels to its summer minimum, they will pore over the daily sea-ice reports of America’s National Snow and Ice Data Center. Its satellite data will show that the ice has shrunk far below the long-term average. Posted. http://www.pressdemocrat.com/article/20120617/WIRE/120619635 Kaiser Permanente: Climate Change ‘Will Impact Our Ability To Provide Quality Health Care’. One of America’s largest health care companies is warning that climate change will worsen public health problems and make it more difficult to provide services. Kaiser Permanente is the biggest non-profit health care company in the U.S., serving more than 9 million people with an operating revenue of $44 billion. Speaking to Andrew Winston of the Harvard Business Review, a Kaiser spokeswoman explained why the health care giant is concerned about a warming planet . . . Posted. http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2012/06/15/500290/kaiser-permanente-climate-change-impact-ability-to-provide-quality-health-care/?mobile=nc FUELS Underground carbon dioxide storage likely would cause earthquakes. The notion of mitigating harmful carbon dioxide emissions by storing the gas underground is not practical because the process is likely to cause earthquakes that would release the gas anyway, according to a commentary published Monday in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. While the scientists do not expect that the approach would cause any large and dangerous seismic activity, they say it is likely that the earthquakes would be severe enough to jeopardize the ability to store the gas underground over the long term. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/news/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-carbon-storage-may-cause-earthquakes-20120618,0,5073255.story?track=rss Twitterstorm rising: On Rio eve, sharing a call to end fossil fuel subsidies. The forecast calls for a “twitterstorm” Monday, thanks to a couple dozen environmental activist groups, including 350.org, Greenpeace International, and the Natural Resources Defense Council. A “twitterstorm” isn’t something out of Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds; it’s a global campaign to raise a ruckus on Twitter by deliberately spreading a message — in this case, the call to end fossil fuel subsidies, or #endfossilfuelsubsidies, as the hashtag call will go out. Posted. http://grist.org/climate-energy/twitterstorm-rising-on-rio-eve-sharing-a-call-to-end-fossil-fuel-subsidies/ VEHICLES REGION: Local officials rolling out electric-car charging stations. Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Stone drives a Honda hybrid from his Temecula home to the County Administration Center in Riverside. Eventually, he intends to tool up and down Interstate 215 in a plug-in electric car ---- once automakers extend the range of such vehicles. It's a 90-mile round trip to Riverside, and most plug-ins go less than 100 miles on a charge now. Posted. http://www.nctimes.com/news/local/swcounty/region-local-officials-rolling-out-electric-car-charging-stations/article_12279f18-a860-5735-9d7a-07f170dc88ff.html GREEN ENERGY Accounting for natural wealth gains world traction. What is a sip of clean water worth? Is there economic value in the shade of a tree? And how much would you pay for a breath of fresh air? Putting a price on a natural bounty long taken for granted as free may sound impossible, even ridiculous. But after three decades on the fringes of serious policymaking, the idea is gaining traction, from the vividly clear waters of the Maldives to the sober, suited reaches of the World Bank. Posted. http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jN8bmsebxhNWvMb0hTOEEeVq_hXA?docId=cb749988ee334a16ad9ab80c3229f0d5 AP Newsbreak: http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/green-accounting-movement-to-recognize-costs-of-using-natural-resources-gains-global-traction/2012/06/17/gJQA7hsDkV_story.html http://www.vcstar.com/news/2012/jun/17/accounting-for-natural-wealth-gains-world/ http://www.nctimes.com/business/accounting-for-natural-wealth-gains-world-traction/article_2e261619-3dc9-5091-a08b-857cb10990e4.html Md. man accused of selling bogus energy credits. A Maryland man faces trial in a $9.1 million fraud case that is shedding light on problems in a renewable energy credits program run by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Federal prosecutors accuse Rodney Hailey of Perry Hall of selling renewable fuel credits even though his company, Clean Green Fuel LLC, did not produce any renewable fuel. Instead, prosecutors say he pocketed the money and bought Ferraris and other luxury cars, as well as tractor-trailers, homes, jewelry and computers. Posted. http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5igsLbSslINhdWJud3iFAxk97_HBA?docId=865c25690e9346d0b7d6e07f4e4f0cd9 AP Newsbreak: http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/industries/authorities-md-man-sold-9m-in-energy-credits-even-though-company-didnt-make-renewable-fuel/2012/06/17/gJQARTX2iV_story.html http://www.fresnobee.com/2012/06/17/2876754/md-man-accused-of-selling-bogus.html#storylink=misearch http://www.nctimes.com/news/national/md-man-accused-of-selling-bogus-energy-credits/article_845f0b8a-9b62-52eb-8cd0-82d36b17c721.html Hot dam: Hydropower continues to grow. World hydroelectric power generation has risen steadily by an average 3 percent annually over the past four decades. In 2011, at 3,500 billion kilowatt-hours, hydroelectricity accounted for roughly 16 percent of global electricity generation, almost all produced by the world’s 45,000-plus large dams. Today hydropower is generated in over 160 countries. Posted. http://grist.org/climate-energy/hydropower-continues-steady-growth/ MISCELLANEOUS UC Davis to host 'green' campus seminar this week. Representatives from more than 70 universities will gather at the UC Davis campus this week to discuss the latest practices in "greening" college campuses. The 11th annual California Higher Education Sustainability Conference, to be held Monday through Friday, will bring together individuals from California Community Colleges, California State Universities, the University of California, and several out-of-state universities. Through presentations and workshops, institutions will share experiences, examples and suggestions for increasing environmental sustainability on college campuses. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2012/06/17/4567879/uc-davis-to-host-green-campus.html OPINIONS Another View: Market approach to clean air worked in East. Gary Lambert, a Republican state senator in New Hampshire, is responding to Dan Morain's May 27 column "Can market for clean-air credits resist profiteers?" In his column about California's cap and trade program, Morain wrote: "California has an alliance with Quebec to create a market in which emission credits will be bought and sold, overseen by a nonprofit headquartered in Delaware. Goldman Sachs will be involved. What could possibly go wrong?" Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2012/06/17/4565851/market-approach-to-clean-air-worked.html Climate change is simple: We do something or we’re screwed [my TEDx video] Back in April, The Evergreen State College invited me to speak at a TEDx event called “Hello Climate Change: Rethinking the Unthinkable.” Videos from the event are now online. My talk was called “Climate change is simple.” I’m proud to say that I used only 17 of my allotted 15 minutes. I’ve put an annotated version of my slideshow beneath the video, linking to sources and adding thoughts. The only thing I’ll say about the video itself is that I’ve always thought these things would be better with a soundtrack. If anybody out there on the web wants to make a mashup with it, add some good beats, be my guest. Posted. http://grist.org/climate-change/climate-change-is-simple-we-do-something-or-were-screwed/ BLOGS Why $775 billion in fossil-fuel subsidies are so hard to scrap. Environmentalists have rallied around a new, simple goal. As the Earth Summit gets underway in Rio de Janeiro, they’re asking the world’s nations to scrap the $775 billion spent each year subsidizing oil, gas, and coal. They’re even urging Justin Bieber to (yes) tweet about it. On the surface, it’s an alluringly elegant idea. Getting rid of government subsidies that artificially lower the price of oil or coal would reduce fuel use and produce nearly half the emissions cuts necessary to avoid 2°C of global warming. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/ezra-klein/post/why-775-billion-in-fossil-fuel-subsidies-are-hard-to-scrap/2012/06/18/gJQABaQUlV_blog.html Arrested Development. Don’t expect too many developments on development at the Rio+20 summit this week. Touted as an opportunity for developing countries to show their new strength in the global economy, the meeting is shaping up to be an exercise in putting off important decisions. The 1992 Earth Summit, also held in Rio, jolted the world into taking environmental problems more seriously. But looking at many countries’ current political programs, it’s evident “the issue of sustainable development is not a priority at all,” writes Philippe Roch, a member of the Swiss delegation to the 1992 summit, in Switzerland’s Le Temps (as translated by Worldcrunch). Posted. http://latitude.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/06/18/at-rio20-expect-little-progress-on-sustainable-development/ NRDC and WSPA, CMTA and Chamber of Commerce Jointly Support Bill that Establishes Review Process for New AB 32 Offset Protocols. Conventional wisdom is that politics these days is nothing more than a bunch of polarized special-interests that can’t agree on anything. Well it simply ain’t true. The Natural Resources Defense Council and the Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) have joined forces with the Western States Petroleum Association, California Manufacturers and Technology Association, the California Chamber of Commerce, and the California League of Food Processors in support of AB 2563, which will be heard by the Assembly Natural Resources Committee next Monday afternoon. Posted. http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/pmiller/nrdc_and_wspa_cmta_and_chamber.html