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ARB Newsclips for October 12, 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 James Hansen, Climate Change Scientist, Suggests Price On Carbon. Prominent climate scientist James Hansen has been warning that humans have brought the planet to a tipping point, after which changes, such as melting ice, can pick up momentum with potentially devastating effects. At a discussion today (Oct. 11), Hansen suggested society has reached its own tipping point. "We are at a fork in the road. We can either continue with business as usual and addiction to fossil fuels, or we can put an honest price on carbon that makes fossil fuels pay their cost to society,"…Posted. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/11/james-hansen-climate-change-carbon_n_1959268.html?ncid=edlinkusaolp00000003 FUELS Dems in coal states diverge on Obama policies. Friends of coal are certain they know the enemy. They fault President Barack Obama and his Environmental Protection Agency for new clean air rules they deride as a devastating blow to a multibillion-dollar industry that has been the lifeblood of Appalachia for generations. The agency standards imposed earlier this year tightened limits on existing coal powered-plant emissions while guidelines on restricting greenhouse gases could affect new plants as early as 2013. Posted. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_COAL_POLITICS?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT Tesoro offers to sell Calif. plant if regulators balk on BP buy. As gasoline prices in California spike and consumer watchdog groups weigh in, Tesoro Corp. is facing tough regulatory scrutiny of its planned $1.18 billion acquisition of BP Plc’s refinery in Carson, Calif. — and it’s got a proposal. Bloomberg reports that the oil refiner offered in an Aug. 13 regulatory filing to sell its 97,000-barrel-a-day refinery in Wilmington, Calif. — which is next door to BP’s larger plant in the Los Angeles area – to ease government opposition on antitrust grounds, if it materializes. Posted. http://www.bizjournals.com/sanantonio/news/2012/10/11/tesoro-offering-to-divest-california.html?s=print California Wholesale Gasoline Prices Drop on Winter Blend Switch. California wholesale gasoline prices fell up to 12% Monday after the state government allowed the early adoption of winter-blend gasoline to help ease California's supply crunch. Gov. Jerry Brown directed the state's Air Resource Board Sunday to immediately allow refiners to sell the winter blend, which costs less to manufacture and isn't normally sold until Oct. 31. Board members will follow the governor's direction and tell refineries and importers that they can start selling the cheaper gasoline right away, said Stanley Young, a spokesman for the board. Posted. http://www.nasdaq.com/aspx/stockmarketnewsstoryprint.aspx?storyid=california-wholesale-gasoline-prices-drop-on-winter-blend-switch-20121008-00624 VEHICLES GREEN ENERGY Report: Mid-Atlantic offshore wind industry would create 70,000 jobs, generate billions. The large-scale development of wind power off the Mid-Atlantic coast would create more than 70,000 jobs from New York to Virginia, an industry-sponsored study concludes. The study released Wednesday said those jobs would be created by a new industrial base needed to manufacture, build, operate and maintain the towering wind turbines, and an additional 40,000 jobs would be needed to serve the supply chain. The job growth would be realized over a 10-year build out of the offshore industry. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/report-mid-atlantic-offshore-wind-industry-would-create-70000-jobs-generate-billions/2012/10/10/ab391dd2-12bc-11e2-9a39-1f5a7f6fe945_story.html For Solar Panel Industry, a Volley of Trade Cases. The solar panel manufacturing industry in the United States and Europe has begun a volley of trade cases against imports, following the same track as the steel industry before it — and for many of the same reasons. “Back in the ’60s and ’70s, all over the world, governments were investing in steel mills,” said Nicholas Tolerico, a retired American trade official and steel executive. “These days, they invest in solar panels, and you end up with the same overcapacity and cutthroat pricing.” BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/12/business/global/us-places-tariffs-on-imports-of-chinese-solar-panels.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0 State water system buys green energy. Landfill gas and geothermal energy will soon power a portion of the state's massive water pumping infrastructure. The California Department of Water Resources announced Wednesday it has signed contracts to purchase 33 megawatts of electricity from the two source through 2016. The majority will come from The Geysers geothermal field near Middletown, Calif., operated by the Northern California Power Agency. The landfill gas energy supply comes from a gas-to-energy plant at Ox Mountain Landfill in Half Moon Bay. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2012/10/12/v-print/4906350/state-water-system-buys-green.html Energy Commission Awards More Than $20 Million for Clean Transportation Projects. Moving California closer to a clean energy transportation sector, the California Energy Commission today approved funding of more than $20 million for innovative transportation projects. "These investments in clean vehicles will reduce petroleum use, improve air quality, and create jobs, while demonstrating California's commitment to a greener transportation future," said Energy Commissioner Carla Peterman. Posted. http://www.imperialvalleynews.com/index.php/news/california-news/1926-energy-commission-awards-more-than-20-million.html MISCELLANEOUS Corcoran meeting tonight to focus on high-speed rail comments. Kings County Supervisor Richard Valle and Corcoran Mayor Raymond Lerma will host a town hall meeting on the high-speed rail project tonight at Corcoran City Hall. Organizers of the meeting, which will begin at 6 p.m., said the purpose is to collect public comments on the draft environmental impact report issued for the Fresno-to-Bakersfield portion of the project. Posted. http://www.hanfordsentinel.com/news/local/corcoran-meeting-tonight-to-focus-on-high-speed-rail-comments/article_36e9c7e4-13c8-11e2-8d94-001a4bcf887a.html California industry group says economic analysis of proposed regulation is inadequate. Report estimates regulation could cost billions, environmental health advocates say the benefits are not fully accounted for. A report released this week by the California Foundation for Commerce and Education says the state's Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) has not provided “a meaningful economic analysis of the safer consumer products Regulations", and has thus failed to meet its obligations under the state’s administrative procedures Act. Posted. http://chemicalwatch.com/12571/california-industry-group-says-economic-analysis-of-proposed-regulation-is-inadequate OPINIONS How to refuel California. $5-a-gallon gas is a wake-up call. Let's change the way oil companies operate here. How can a power outage at a refinery spark $5-a-gallon gasoline at some L.A. stations? Why would the fact that California had to switch to the winter-blend fuel at the end of October — a fact known all year — raise gasoline prices to record levels? This price surge is not a freak phenomenon or the result of a convergence of refinery problems, as the oil industry has argued. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/commentary/la-oe-court-california-gas-prices-20121012,0,1450818.story Our Voice: Spike in gas prices is a scary reminder. Last week’s sudden spike in gasoline prices reminded California motorists of just how vulnerable we are. We’re at the mercy of volatile changes in oil prices as traders try to second-guess the future, of flaring hot spots in the Middle East and of disruptions in the delivery system. Industry officials contend the most recent surge was caused by a power failure at a Torrance refinery and closure of a pipeline in Northern California on Oct. 1. AAA reported that since Sept. 11 average California gas prices increased 50 cents a gallon to $4.49, highest in the nation — even Hawaii. Posted. http://www.mydesert.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2012310110012 BLOGS How a Green Fuel Turned Slimy. How did the oil industry and the Environmental Protection Agency end up with a system for tracking the production of biodiesel that was vulnerable to fraud? As I report in The Times, the agency is working on new rules to rescue the program after a yet-to-be-determined number of swindlers manufactured more than100 million credits tied to the manufacture of biodiesel that did not actually exist. Posted. http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/10/12/how-a-green-fuel-turned-slimy/