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ARB Newsclips for September 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 REGION: Finding a cure for burger smog. Sandwiched between paved-road dust and diesel truck emissions is the second-biggest producer of particle pollution in Southern California: the char-broiled burger. While it may be hard to imagine the all-beef patty as an environmental menace, air quality regulators have long known that the smoke from burgers cooked on grills can spew 14 tons of microscopic, lung-damaging particles each day into the region. That’s more than double the daily output from big rigs. Posted. http://www.pe.com/local-news/breaking-news-headlines/20120920-region-finding-a-cure-for-burger-smog.ece Butte County's winter air meets federal standards ... for now. Butte County might soon be off the hook for breaking federal pollution rules, but that could be short-lived. Wintertime air quality in the county has improved to the point that it no longer violates the Clean Air Act, according to the Butte County Air Quality Management District. But a good winter is needed this year to stay under the standard, under the complicated math used by the Environmental Protection Agency. Posted. http://www.orovillemr.com/news/ci_21598100/butte-countys-winter-air-meets-federal-standards-now SEPTEMBER 20, 2012, ARB BOARD MEETING California regulator defends CO2 market design. California's top air regulator offered a stern defense of the state's forthcoming carbon cap-and-trade system, battling back against complaints from industry that it will cost jobs and drive up consumer prices at a hearing on Thursday. Industry and manufacturing groups that have opposed the carbon market said at a meeting held by the state's air regulator in Sacramento that the program was poorly designed, and complained that their input has been ignored. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/09/21/us-california-carbon-idUSBRE88K0A820120921 Businesses plead for changes to California's new cap-and-trade market. Heavyweight business groups are staging a last-ditch protest against California's new cap-and-trade carbon market, demanding changes to a program they've labeled a job killer. Manufacturers, oil refiners and others are lining up to testify today before the California Air Resources Board, which will run the carbon market. Their goal: To get the Air Resources Board to reduce the costs of participating in the market. The program is set to begin Nov. 14, when the state agency will auction off millions of carbon emission allowances. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2012/09/20/4836719/businesses-plead-for-changes-to.html Air pollution chief rejects calls to change California's new greenhouse gas program. California's top air pollution regulator issued a spirited defense today of the state's new cap-and-trade greenhouse gas market, rejecting pleas from businesses to make significant changes to the program. Mary Nichols, chair of the California Air Resources Board, said the carbon market is designed to minimize the impact on businesses. Big business groups, like the California Chamber of Commerce, were scheduled to testify later today about their objections to the cap and trade market, the centerpiece of the state's global warming law, AB 32. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2012/09/20/4839024/air-pollution-chief-rejects-calls.html Business groups protest Calif. carbon market. A key component of California's landmark greenhouse gas emissions law would impose enormous costs on businesses at a time when the state's economy is sputtering, oil refiners, manufacturers and others said Thursday. Fees from the state's pending cap-and-trade program for carbon emissions amount to a $1 billion-a-year tax increase on about 500 businesses in the state, the California Air Resources Board was told. Posted. http://www.vcstar.com/news/2012/sep/20/business-groups-set-to-blast-calif-carbon-market/#ixzz278YJXwVR http://www.pressdemocrat.com/article/20120920/WIRE/120929939/-1/NEWS01?Title=Business-groups-protest-state-s-cap-and-trade-law California Air Resources Board asked to ease cap-and trade program. Dozens of people, some wearing red "Save Our Jobs" T-shirts, packed a public meeting Thursday to testify that a key component of California's landmark greenhouse gas emissions law will impose enormous costs on them and consumers. Manufacturers, oil refiners and others appeared before the California Air Resources Board to protest the state's pending cap-and-trade program for carbon emissions. The program's fees amount to a $1 billion-a-year tax increase on about 500 businesses in California at a time when the state's economy is sputtering, they said. Posted. http://www.mercurynews.com/rss/ci_21596947?source=rss Calif. air regulator scolds resisting businesses as cap-and-trade program nears launch. California's Air Resources Board chief yesterday defended the state's upcoming cap-and-trade program for greenhouse gas emissions and chastised businesses still fighting to change what will become the first economywide emissions trading program in the United States. ARB Chairwoman Mary Nichols said it is clear Californians want action on global warming, with voters in 2010 rejecting a ballot measure that would have suspended the climate law known as A.B. 32. That quashed initiative, Proposition 23, was backed in part by oil companies. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2012/09/21/2 BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY CLIMATE CHANGE Climate change threatens nature from coffee to Arctic fox-forum. Climate change is a threat to everything from coffee plantations to Arctic foxes and even a moderate rise in world temperatures will be damaging for plants and animals in some regions, experts said on Wednesday. Habitats such as coral reefs or the Arctic region were among the most vulnerable to global warming, scientists said at a conference in Lillehammer, south Norway, organized by the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF). Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/09/19/us-climate-species-idUSBRE88I0ZB20120919 Brazil, South Africa, India and China want stronger commitments to reduce global warming. Brazil, South Africa, India and China are urging developed countries to adopt more ambitious goals to reduce global warming. The four countries form the bloc known as BASIC and representatives on Friday ended a two-day meeting to define a common position ahead of November’s United Nations’ climate change conference in Doha. BASIC acts jointly in international climate change meetings. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/the_americas/brazil-south-africa-india-and-china-want-stronger-commitments-to-reduce-global-warming/2012/09/21/8c9e07c4-0426-11e2-9132-f2750cd65f97_story.html NOAA predicts warmer-than-usual fall with weaker El Niño system. Much of the country will continue to experience higher-than-normal temperatures this autumn, including the drought-stricken central United States, federal forecasters said yesterday. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's latest three-month climate outlook calls for a toasty fall from the Southwest to the Northeast, with notable exceptions along the West Coast, Gulf Coast and Southeast. Northern Alaska is also expected to be warmer than normal -- and wetter than normal -- through the beginning of December, forecasters said. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2012/09/21/4 BY SUBSCRIPTON ONLY Report links health, economic benefits to carbon price. Reducing greenhouse gas emissions from a power plant or refinery to slow global climate change can have tremendous positive benefits for surrounding communities, a fact that should be incorporated into climate change mitigation strategies, according to a report released yesterday. Carbon dioxide is rarely the only thing coming out of smokestacks and exhaust pipes; pollution associated with combustion, like particulates and nitrogen oxides, can have immediate and profound effects on regional air quality and health. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2012/09/21/8 BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY FUELS Fuel efficiency increasing across the sector as need rises. Aviation is reaching new heights in fuel efficiency at a time of increasing need thanks to public and private efforts across the globe to make air travel quieter, cleaner and more environmentally friendly. Michael Huerta, acting administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration, announced yesterday that the United States is rolling out a new phase of its Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) program intended to modernize national air travel through 2025. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2012/09/21/6 BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY Will a new bill jump-start carbon capture? A bipartisan group of coal-state senators introduced legislation yesterday that supporters said could provide a breakthrough for the struggling U.S. carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) industry. The measure from Sens. Kent Conrad (D-N.D.), Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) and Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) aims to provide clarification to an existing tax credit that many carbon capture developers say they need for financing. Some developers say they cannot decipher the requirements surrounding the Section 45Q tax credit and cannot get a guarantee that money will be forthcoming. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2012/09/21/9 BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY VEHICLES GM announces big recall of Chevrolet, Pontiac and Saturn sedans. General Motors Co. announced on Friday a big recall of Chevrolet, Pontiac and Saturn mid-size sedans to fix a transmission problem that could cause the cars to roll away after the driver has left the vehicle. The recall affects more than 426,000 model year 2007-2010 Saturn Aura and model year 2008-2010 Chevrolet Malibu and Pontiac G6 vehicles, equipped with a 4-speed automatic transmission and sold in the U.S. GM will be contacting the owners to tell them how to get their cars fixed. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/business/money/la-fi-mo-auto-general-motors-recall-20120921,0,2536363.story As automakers are pushed toward better fuel efficiency, they are rolling the dice. Imagine stepping into a casino, but instead of picking numbers on a roulette wheel or rolling a pair of dice, you're an automaker putting down billions of dollars' worth of chips on expensive vehicle technologies, some of them untried. You don't have enough money to evenly spread your bets across the table, so you have to take some big risks. You will face competition from automotive manufacturers around the world and then the unknowns of consumer acceptance, cost and government policy changes. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2012/09/21/1 BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY GREEN ENERGY Taxpayers, ratepayers will fund California solar plants. A new breed of prospectors -- banks, insurers, utility companies -- are receiving billions in subsidies while taxpayer and ratepayers are paying most of the costs. Critics say it's a rip-off. Driven by the Obama administration's vision of clean power and energy independence, the rush to build large-scale solar plants across the Southwest has created an investors' dream in the desert. Taxpayers have poured tens of billions of dollars into solar projects — some of which will have all their construction and development costs financed by the government by the time they start producing power. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-bigsolar-20120921,0,7995250.story OPINIONS Editorial: New laws could boost business climate in state. Who says that the Capitol doesn't try to help business? The Legislature passed and Gov. Jerry Brown this week signed two significant bills that could improve California's business climate. On Wednesday, he signed Senate Bill 1186, which is supposed to prevent predatory claims against small-business owners while encouraging compliance on disabled access. California accounts for about 40 percent of all lawsuits under the Americans with Disabilities Act, but has only 12 percent of the country's disabled population. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2012/09/21/4840334/new-laws-could-boost-business.html#storylink=cpy Democrats Derail Their Own AB 32. We all know about roads paved with good intentions. Here’s another old saying: power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. These adages are taking on brand new relevance these days thanks to our Democrat-dominated state government, which is using its single-party rule to undermine its own well-intentioned law. The case at hand is the 2006 California Global Warming Solutions Act, more commonly known as AB 32. Posted. http://www.foxandhoundsdaily.com/2012/09/democrats-derail-their-own-ab-32/ How to Solve the Climate Problem. Our friends over at Skeptical Science typically just tackle the issue of climate science, and spend their time tirelessly debunking global warming or climate change denier myths. As I think you all know, there are a lot of climate science myths out there. However, as clean energy grows and threatens the existence of dirty energy industries (which is where a lot of those climate science myths originate), more and more of that negative spin is directed at clean energy sources rather than just global warming and climate change. Posted. http://cleantechnica.com/2012/09/21/how-to-solve-the-climate-problem/ BLOGS ‘Stop the War on Coal’ Act. Russell Train, a lifelong Republican and one of the country’s foremost conservationists of the last half-century, died this week at the age of 92. He served Richard Nixon as the first chairman of the White House Council on Environmental Quality, and later as administrator of the fledgling Environmental Protection Agency – helping shape landmark statutes like the Endangered Species Act, the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act. Posted. http://takingnote.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/09/20/stop-the-war-on-coal-act/ CARB Chair: cap-and-trade’s coming, like it or not. You don’t often hear a government regulator publicly berate the businesses he or she regulates. Which makes Thursday’s comments from Mary Nichols, chairwoman of the powerful California Air Resources Board, so notable. CARB has spent years devising America’s first full-fledged cap-and-trade plan for cutting the carbon dioxide emissions behind global warming. The system finally goes live on Nov. 14, when the state will conduct its first auction for carbon “allowances” — basically, permits that allow businesses to spew a ton of carbon into the air. Posted. http://blog.sfgate.com/energy/2012/09/20/carb-chair-cap-and-trades-coming-like-it-or-not/ ARB Chair Mary Nichols to manufacturers: fight climate change, not California's cap-and-trade plans. California Air Resources Board chief Mary Nichols, whose agency oversees state climate policy efforts under AB 32. I wrote earlier about how manufacturers and refiners hate cap-and-trade. Well, based on the just-released statement from California Air Resources Board chair Mary Nichols, they're getting a little tired of hearing that over at the agency that's been implementing AB 32 for the past six years. Nichols zinged the businesses who came to today's CARB hearing to protest the cap-and-trade market. Posted. http://www.scpr.org/blogs/environment/2012/09/20/10084/arb-chair-mary-nichols-manufacturers-fight-climate/ Air pollution monitoring project for LA wins Knight News Challenge grant. Wildwood School science teacher Ariel Levi Simons will lead Safecast's work developing an air pollution monitoring network. The idea's modeled on a global radiation monitoring network Safecast built after the Fukushima Daiichi meltdown. A group that organized a global sensor network for radiation after last year’s 9.0 earthquake in Japan has gotten a grant to develop a monitoring network for air pollution in L.A. Safecast came together after the quake and tsunami that broke the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear reactor. Posted. http://www.scpr.org/blogs/environment/2012/09/20/10085/air-pollution-monitoring-project-la-wins-knight-ne/