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ARB Newsclips for November 12-13, 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. CAP AND TRADE California poised to begin ‘cap-and-trade’ system to limit greenhouse gas pollution. California’s largest greenhouse gas emitters will begin buying permits in a landmark “cap-and-trade” system designed to control emissions of heat-trapping gases and to spur investment in clean technologies. The program is the most wide-ranging of its kind in the nation and a key part of California’s 2006 climate-change law that dictates standards for cleaner-burning fuels, more efficient automobiles, and increased use of renewable energy. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/california-poised-to-begin-cap-and-trade-system-to-limit-greenhouse-gas-pollution/2012/11/12/c4f68cbe-2d06-11e2-b631-2aad9d9c73ac_story.html Calif. to officially launch greenhouse gas system. California's largest greenhouse gas emitters will begin buying permits in a landmark "cap-and-trade" system designed to control emissions of heat-trapping gases and to spur investment in clean technologies. The program is the most wide-ranging of its kind in the nation and a key part of California's 2006 climate-change law that dictates standards for cleaner-burning fuels, more efficient automobiles, and increased use of renewable energy. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/business/energy/article/Calif-to-officially-launch-greenhouse-gas-system-4030209.php#ixzz2C81BGvzo Do cap-and-trade systems work? Europe already has a carbon cap-and-trade system similar to the one California will launch on Wednesday. The northeastern United States does too, albeit in a far more limited form. Do they work? Do they cut the greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming and do so at a reasonable price? Both follow the same basic principles, setting an overall limit on emissions and forcing companies to buy and sell permits to release greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/business/article/Do-cap-and-trade-systems-work-4028494.php#ixzz2C7zk0klK Cap and trade: division over economics. To some business leaders, California's new cap-and-trade system for curbing greenhouse gases represents nothing less than the road to economic ruin. "This is kind of 'Recession: The Sequel,' “said Dorothy Rothrock, vice president of the California Manufacturers & Technology Association. "It's going to have a horribly negative effect on jobs and manufacturing investment." To environmentalists and some of their green-tech allies, cap and trade is a way to spur innovation and fight global warming in one stroke. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/science/article/Cap-and-trade-division-over-economics-4028546.php#ixzz2C87x0LwT California's cap-and-trade auction starts Wednesday. Despite fierce opposition from much of the business community, California's grand experiment in taming global warming begins in earnest Wednesday. State officials are set to auction tens of millions of dollars' worth of carbon-emission allowances to scores of oil refiners, cement manufacturers and other large industrial polluters. The computerized auction marks the beginning of California's "cap-and-trade" market. The market is the centerpiece of Assembly Bill 32, the state's 2006 law aimed at reducing greenhouse gases, and Wednesday's kickoff is being closely watched. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2012/11/13/4981311/californias-cap-and-trade-auction.html#storylink=misearch#storylink=cpy http://www.modbee.com/2012/11/13/2453605/californias-cap-and-trade-auction.html#storylink=misearch BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY http://www.fresnobee.com/2012/11/13/3064304/californias-cap-and-trade-auction.html#storylink=misearch California's landmark global warming law becomes real this week with first cap-and-trade auctions. For more than 40 years, California has led the nation in environmental regulation, from passing the toughest coastal protection laws to America's first rules banning leaded gasoline. Now, this week -- after Hurricane Sandy pushed the issue of climate change back into the national spotlight -- California will become the first state to begin requiring a broad range of businesses to reduce their greenhouse gas pollution. Posted. http://www.mercurynews.com/science/ci_21972739/californias-landmark-global-warming-law-becomes-real-this State to officially launch greenhouse gas system. California's largest greenhouse gas emitters will begin buying permits in a landmark "cap-and-trade" system designed to control emissions of heat-trapping gases and to spur investment in clean technologies. The program is the most wide-ranging of its kind in the nation and a key part of California's 2006 climate-change law that dictates standards for cleaner-burning fuels, more efficient automobiles, and increased use of renewable energy. Posted. http://www.recordnet.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20121112/A_NEWS/121119982&cid=sitesearch http://www.nctimes.com/news/national/calif-to-officially-launch-greenhouse-gas-system/article_bde223e8-32ad-5c44-b20c-68e5b082bddc.html Cap-and-Trade: The Glossary. You can’t navigate the new world of carbon trading unless you know the lingo. Here are some key terms. AB 32 The Global Warming Solutions Act, passed by the California legislature and signed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2006, is the authorizing legislation for cap and trade. It seeks to reduce total carbon emissions in the state to 1990 levels, by 2020. That's about 30% below where emissions would likely be absent substantial reduction efforts. The law requires a further 80% reduction by 2050. Posted. http://science.kqed.org/quest/2012/11/09/cap-and-trade-the-glossary/ CA Companies Will Soon Pay to Release Greenhouse Gases During 'Cap & Trade' Auction. A first push of its kind to reduce pollution will force some California companies to shell out extra cash. Essentially the state is telling company officials if they want to pollute, then they have to pay up. Elizabeth Jonasson, Coalition for Clean Air says, "Reducing greenhouse gases is definitely important for our planet, for the Valley, for our way of life. It's critical that we do our part to reduce climate change." Posted. http://www.ksee24.com/news/local/Cap--Trade---AGR-179018481.html California prepared for first GHG allowance auction: Nichols. The California Air Resources Board is on track to hold its first auction of greenhouse gas allowances Wednesday, launching the world's second-largest cap-and-trade program, CARB Chairwoman Mary Nichols said Monday at a Platts conference in San Francisco. The auction will offer about 23.126 million vintage 2013 allowances and 39.45 million vintage 2015 allowances. The minimum price that a GHG allowance can be sold for is $10. Each GHG allowance represents one metric ton of emissions. Posted. http://www.platts.com/RSSFeedDetailedNews/RSSFeed/ElectricPower/8907210 California testing cap and trade. Come Wednesday, California will take its boldest, riskiest step yet to fight global warming, opening a market that for the first time will put a price on greenhouse gas emissions in the state. The cap-and-trade system, six years in the making, will force owners of power plants and factories to buy and sell permits to spew carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. If trimming emissions without trashing the state's economy works, it could be a model for the nation. Posted. http://www.mysanantonio.com/business/article/California-testing-cap-and-trade-4030612.php#ixzz2C803i1Zk AIR POLLUTION E.U. Postpones Charges for Airline Emissions. The European Commission said Monday that it would seek to delay a plan to charge foreign airlines for greenhouse gas emissions for one year, potentially removing one of the most contentious issues clouding trade relations with China, India and the United States. The system, which requires airlines using an airport in Europe to obtain or buy permits corresponding to the amount of gases they emit, had generated intense opposition among foreign governments. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/13/business/global/eu-postpones-charges-for-airline-emissions.html?_r=0 With China and India Ravenous for Energy, Coal’s Future Seems Assured. Last summer, nearly half of India’s sweltering population suddenly found the electricity shut off. Air-conditioners whirred to a stop. Refrigerators ceased cooling. The culprits were outmoded power generation stations and a creaky electricity transmission grid. But another problem stood out. India relies on coal for 55 percent of its electric power and struggles to keep enough on hand. Coal remains a critical component of the world’s energy supply despite its bad image. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/13/business/energy-environment/china-leads-the-way-as-demand-for-coal-surges-worldwide.html No major pollution upgrades expected at refinery. Chevron does not plan to increase production at its fire-damaged Richmond refinery after repairs are made, allowing it to forego requirements to install the newest clean-air technologies, the company said. A section of the refinery was damaged in an Aug. 6 fire, which sent a cloud of black smoke into the air and spurred thousands to seek medical treatment. The cause of the fire was a leaky, decades-old pipe that failed due to corrosion. Posted. http://www.vcstar.com/news/2012/nov/12/no-major-pollution-upgrades-expected-at-refinery/ CLIMATE CHANGE Q+A: How will U.S. climate negotiators approach Copenhagen? When U.S. negotiators show up in Copenhagen next month to work on a deal to tackle global warming, they probably won't have in their pockets what they most wanted: a law enacted by Washington committing the country to carbon pollution reductions. With legislation hung up in the Senate, developed and developing countries alike might be skeptical of the United States' commitment to addressing climate change problems. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2009/11/12/us-climate-usa-copenhagen-idUSTRE5AB4X420091112 Climate change may explain Maya rise and fall, study says. Evidence of abundant rainfall early in the Maya civilization and drought later could explain its fate, scientists suggest. Argument has raged for decades over what doomed the ancient Maya civilization and spurred its people to abandon their awe-inspiring temples and pyramids in the rain forests of Mexico and Central America. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/news/science/la-sci-maya-climate-change-20121117,0,3474592.story Warming climate may starve bamboo-eating pandas. Already endangered by deforestation, poor reproductive rates and hunting, China's giant pandas may now face a new threat: global warming. According to a study published online Monday in the journal Nature Climate Change, rising temperatures could eliminate much of the bamboo that pandas rely on for sustenance in China's Qinling Mountains. In the wild, giant pandas are notoriously finicky eaters. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/news/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-giant-panda-20121112,0,1607423.story Satellites and space debris disrupted by climate change. Climate change from greenhouse gas emissions might threaten spacecraft as well as people, a scientists suggested on Sunday, providing direct evidence that carbon dioxide from human activity is affecting the outermost portion of the Earth's atmosphere. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/news/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-climate-change-satellites-debris-20121112,0,3501663.story Calif. snowpack outlook grim for water. The future of water for drinking and irrigation looks increasingly bleak throughout California and the world's northern regions as the changing global climate shrinks mountain snowpacks and speeds early runoffs, Stanford researchers forecast. Decreases in winter snowpacks are likely to be most noticeable during the next 30 years and will continue to shrink through the century, according to an analysis of future climate trends by a team of specialists led by Noah…Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/science/article/Calif-snowpack-outlook-grim-for-water-4027794.php#ixzz2C89OKPXP EU Commission offers airlines a carbon tax freeze. The European Commission on Monday proposed freezing the imposition of carbon emission charges on non-EU flights for a year, a move that could prevent an international airline dispute from turning into a global trade war. The Commission said after the announcement that it quickly obtained support of key member states, including Germany and Britain, and was expecting quick approval of the measure by all 27 European Union nations. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/news/science/article/EU-Commission-offers-airlines-a-carbon-tax-freeze-4029857.php#ixzz2C87J6nyU Ignored on campaign, global warming talk heats up. Climate change is suddenly a hot topic again. The issue is resurfacing in talks about a possible new tax. Superstorm Sandy, the rare and devastating Northeast storm, and an election that gave Democrats gains have put global warming back in the picture. So has the hunt for answers to a looming budget crisis. What was once an unlikely solution is now being discussed unofficially- a carbon tax. People would pay the tax whenever they use fossil fuels like coal and oil that produce heat-trapping carbon dioixide. Posted. http://www.fresnobee.com/2012/11/13/3064722/ignored-on-campaign-global-warming.html#storylink=misearch DIESEL EMISSIONS Auto industry dodges tougher EU emission rules: sources. New European Union emissions rules for vehicles have been put on hold or are being delayed, EU sources and campaigners said, citing pressure from the hard pressed auto industry. The downgrading of green priorities is another example of policy falling victim to industry arguments against environmental regulation, a trend marked on Monday by concessions to airlines. A plan published last week to prop up the European auto sector made no mention of carbon regulations for heavy goods vehicles…Posted. http://www.reuters.com/assets/print?aid=USBRE8AC0O920121113 FUELS RPT-U.S. study sees 59,000 MW of coal output too costly to run. A new report on the economic viability of U.S. coal-fired power plants shows as much as 59,000 megawatts may be ripe to retire in the next few years, the Union of Concerned Scientists said on Tuesday. That's in addition to an estimated 40,000 MW of coal generation scheduled to shut or be converted to another fuel in the next few years, said UCS, a science-based nonprofit organization based in Washington DC. The combined closure of 99,000 MW of coal capacity would represent nearly one third of U.S. coal generation output. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/13/utilities-coal-idUSL1E8MD5E720121113 http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/13/business/energy-environment/report-sees-us-as-top-oil-producer-in-5-years.html?smid=tw-share http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/13/business/energy-environment/making-an-energy-boom-work-for-us.html?pagewanted=all http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-us-saudi-oil-20121113,0,5693478.story http://www.sfgate.com/business/article/U-S-oil-production-rising-4031125.php http://www.mercurynews.com/business/ci_21981874/united-states-will-be-top-energy-producer-within http://www.recordnet.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20121112/A_NEWS/121119990&cid=sitesearch Russia Anticipates Boom in Oil Extracted From Shale. For decades, a little-known Cold War technological race played out in the oil fields of the United States and Russia: a race not into space, but deep underground. The superpowers were searching for a means of extracting oil and natural gas from highly impermeable geological formations like shale rock, a potentially abundant source of petroleum, as the shale boom in the United States today is showing. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/14/business/energy-environment/russia-anticipates-boom-in-oil-extracted-from-shale.html?pagewanted=all Shell Bets on a Colossal Floating Liquefied Natural Gas Factory Off Australia. At a shipyard on a South Korean island called Geoje, an army of welders and metal cutters is beginning to assemble what is by many measures the largest ship ever made. It will span 488 meters, or about 1,600 feet — about one-third longer than the longest United States aircraft carriers. The vessel, the first of its type, will spend much of its time in one place, over a natural gas field called Prelude, about 120 miles off the coast of Australia. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/13/business/energy-environment/betting-on-gas-shell-floats-plan-on-high-seas.html Alaska ice tested as possible new energy source. A half mile below the ground at Prudhoe Bay, above the vast oil field that helped trigger construction of the trans-Alaska pipeline, a drill rig has tapped what might one day be the next big energy source. The U.S. Department of Energy and industry partners over two winters drilled into a reservoir of methane hydrate, which looks like ice but burns like a candle if a match warms its molecules. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/news/texas/article/Alaska-ice-tested-as-possible-new-energy-source-4027684.php#ixzz2C88s9p7S http://www.nctimes.com/news/national/alaska-ice-tested-as-possible-new-energy-source/article_fd15324e-2e95-5547-a604-3a0da6078444.html Montana coal railroad line faces federal review. Eastern Montana residents will weigh in this week on a proposed 83-mile coal railroad with the potential to usher in a dramatic expansion of mining in the state and increase exports of the fuel to Asia. The Surface Transportation Board is hosting a series of public meetings beginning Monday in Lame Deer for its environmental review of the proposed Tongue River Railroad. The $490 million line from Miles City to south of Ashland would haul up to 20 million tons of fuel annually. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/business/energy/article/Montana-coal-railroad-line-faces-federal-review-4030082.php#ixzz2C85V9DYx NJ ends gasoline rationing from storm. Gasoline rationing imposed in New Jersey after Superstorm Sandy has ended. The odd-even rationing began Nov. 3 because some gas stations couldn't get fuel while others didn't have electricity to pump it. Gov. Chris Christie says gas supplies are plentiful and there are no more lines of motorists waiting for fuel. Rationing was put in effect in 12 counties in central and northern New Jersey. It ended at 6 a.m. Tuesday. Rationing continues in New York City and on Long Island. Posted. http://www.vcstar.com/news/2012/nov/13/nj-ends-gasoline-rationing-from-storm/ VEHICLES Tesla electric sedan snags Motor Trend's 'Car of the Year' award. Tesla Motors's (TSLA) battery-powered Model S sedan was named 2013 "Car of the Year" by Motor Trend magazine, a first for the maker of electric vehicles led by Elon Musk that's working to accelerate production. Tesla's 2013 Model S, with a $57,400 base price, beat out competitors including BMW's new 3-Series sedan, Ford Motors Fusion sedan, Honda Motor's revamped Accord and Toyota Motor's 2013 Lexus GS, Motor Trend said Monday in a statement. The magazine said it's the first time the award went to an electric vehicle. Posted. http://www.mercurynews.com/business/ci_21983615/tesla-model-s-electric-sedan-motor-trend-car-year LAKE ELSINORE: CITY OFFERS REBATES FOR CLEAN-AIR CAR BUYS RESIDENTS CAN GET CASH FOR GREEN VEHICLES. Lake Elsinore residents who buy environmentally friendly vehicles from local dealers could be reimbursed as much as $2,000 each through a program launched by the city. Under the Clean Air Vehicle Incentive Program, a resident can apply at City Hall for a rebate of $2,000 if he or she buys a new alternative-fuel vehicle that is easy on gas and air quality. A used vehicle that meets the qualifications could reap a $1,000 rebate. Posted. http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2012/nov/12/tp-lake-elsinore-city-offers-rebates-for-clean/ HIGH-SPEED RAIL Bullet-train planners face huge engineering challenge. The 141-mile section from Bakersfield to L.A. will travel over two mountain ranges and more than half a dozen earthquake faults. Experts see it as the project of the century. Civil War veteran William Hood arrived at the mosquito-infested swamps near Bakersfield in 1874 to build a rail line that would soar through the Tehachapi Mountains, linking the Bay Area and Southern California for the first time. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-bullet-mountains-20121113,0,4082877.story?track=rss GREEN ENERGY In Europe, Green Energy Takes a Hit From Debt Crisis. When Enel Green Power, the clean energy unit of the Italian utility Enel, raised €2.6 billion in an initial public offering in 2010, its focus was squarely on Europe. The company envisaged building more than two-thirds of its new wind, solar and other renewable energy projects in Europe after the $3.4 billion I.P.O. to capitalize on lucrative subsidies from local governments that guaranteed high returns for investors. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/14/business/energy-environment/in-europe-green-energy-takes-a-hit-from-debt-crisis.html Calif. company to bring solar to military housing. Thousands of military homes in southern New Mexico and West Texas will be fitted with solar panels as part of a $1 billion plan by a California company to bring solar to military installations across the country. SolarCity on Tuesday announced it will be installing photovoltaic panels on homes at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico and Texas' Fort Bliss. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Calif-company-to-bring-solar-to-military-housing-4031318.php#ixzz2C82f68R8 German utility E.ON lowers 2013 outlook. German electricity and gas supplier E.ON AG on Tuesday lowered its earnings forecast for next year because of economic uncertainty and rapid changes in the energy industry, an announcement that caused its shares to tumble. The reduced forecast came as the utility, which is based in Duesseldorf, reported a €179 million ($228 million) loss for the third quarter. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/business/energy/article/German-utility-E-ON-lowers-2013-outlook-4031411.php#ixzz2C83j1cO5 'Green' building slow to catch on in South Dakota. Four years ago, the South Dakota Legislature passed a bill requiring all new government buildings and major renovations to be certified under a program that encourages environmentally friendly construction. Since the law went into effect, 13 state projects — eight new buildings and five renovations — have attained at least a silver designation in LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, as the law requires. Ten have been registered and await certification. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/news/science/article/Green-building-slow-to-catch-on-in-South-Dakota-4032624.php#ixzz2C84DWa8z REAL ESTATE: Wind, water, green energy. There’s a new sliver of green for Nestlé Waters North America’s bottling operation in Cabazon. Two wind turbines have been assembled on the grounds over the past few weeks — as part of a plan by Nestlé Waters to integrate alternative energy into its bottling and distribution plants. Nestlé Waters communications director Jayne Lazgin said full details of the project will be released in about a month when the wind energy turbines are activated. Posted. http://www.pe.com/business/business-headlines/20121112-real-estate-wind-water-green-energy.ece LED replacements hit stores empty of 100W bulbs. Sorry to see 100-watt bulbs disappear from stores because they were energy hogs? You can now get LED bulbs that roughly match the 100-watters for size and brightness, but use far less energy. Until recently, your only alternative was a compact fluorescent bulb, which has several drawbacks compared with light-emitting diodes. Most people see the light quality as less pleasing, and the bulbs contain a small amount of mercury that's released if the glass breaks. Posted. http://www.nctimes.com/news/science/led-replacements-hit-stores-empty-of-w-bulbs/article_f5da2a33-79ce-52c1-981f-9e14a4879c9c.html Green jobs face doldrums. Green job growth slowed in the third quarter of the year, with the impending end of a key federal incentive for the wind industry driving a loss of 3,240 jobs in the sector, mostly in manufacturing. Environmental Entrepreneurs, a nonprofit group that monitors jobs in the clean-tech sector, sees the decline in wind energy jobs as directly linked to Congress’ failure to extend the production tax credit. Posted. http://www.mydesert.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2012311110011 MISCELLANEOUS NRC postpones public discussion of San Onofre reactor restart. Federal nuclear safety regulators have postponed indefinitely a public meeting about restarting the Unit 2 reactor at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating station, originally scheduled for Friday night at Dana Point. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission confirmed the delay Tuesday in a one paragraph statement. Plant operator Southern California Edison will use the meeting, once rescheduled, to describe the technical basis for its plans to restart one of two reactors sidelined by faulty new steam generators. Posted. http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2012/nov/12/nrc-postpones-public-discussion-san-onofre-reactor/ Considering driving electric? Find out about it Saturday in San Juan. Weary of wild swings in gasoline prices and maybe thinking of going electric? You can find out more about plug-in electric vehicles and hear local owners discuss their everyday experiences with them during a presentation from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the San Juan Capistrano Community Center, 25925 Camino del Avion. You'll also have a chance to test-drive an electric CODA and Chevrolet Volt. Posted. http://www.ocregister.com/news/electric-377498-pevs-san.html OPINIONS Organic vs. conventional farming: Which uses less energy? A few weeks ago, after a major study showed that organically grown food offers little or no nutritional benefit over the cheaper, conventionally grown equivalent, I began investigating the other major reason people buy organic: saving the environment. The environmental impact of a product is too complex to cover comprehensively in a few hundred words, so I began with one aspect of it, land use, and looked at how recently released data shows that conventional farming produces more food on less land than organic farming. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/organic-vs-conventional-farming-which-uses-less-energy/2012/11/12/776ad970-2769-11e2-b4f2-8320a9f00869_story.html Climate Change: Lessons From Ronald Reagan. THE re-election of President Obama, preceded by the extraordinary damage done by Hurricane Sandy, raises a critical question: In the coming years, might it be possible for the United States to take significant steps to reduce the risks associated with climate change? A crucial decision during Ronald Reagan’s second term suggests that the answer may well be yes. The Reagan administration was generally skeptical about costly environmental rules, but with respect to protection of the ozone layer, Reagan was an environmentalist hero. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/11/opinion/sunday/climate-change-lessons-from-ronald-reagan.html?hp The pros and cons of trying to adjust the global thermostat. According to David Keith, a physicist at Harvard, it's a fairly straightforward proposition to reduce the rate of warming on earth, and not all that expensive in the grand scheme of things. One possibility: fly a couple of customized corporate jets into the stratosphere every day and dump a lot of sulfur, creating thin clouds that reflect away some of the sunlight. "The hard questions here really aren't technical," Keith said Monday. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/opinion-la/la-ol-geoengineering-political-consequences-20121112,0,1660936.story Letters: Transit and its toll. Re “Leaders tout 110 toll lanes, but some grumble,” Nov. 11, and “L.A. enters era of toll roads,” Nov. 10. Now that we have to pay money to drive on some lanes of the “free” way in Los Angeles, it seems we need to find a new name. How about “Let's-rip-off-the-middle-class roads” or maybe “Pay-again-for-roads-you-already-funded-through-gas-taxes?” Or perhaps, “Poor-people-can-ride-in-transit highways.” As usual, people with plenty of money will have favorable treatment; the tolls will not really matter to them. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/letters/la-le-letters-transit-and-its-toll-20121112,0,3010001.story Letters: Superstorm Sandy, energy policy and climate change. Re “Obama finally talks climate change; green industry wants more,” Nov. 7. While the climate system has many tipping points, Superstorm Sandy may have marked one of the more important in terms of public opinion. At the very least, it has blown away the absurd political taboo against talking about a subject we can easily do something about. For instance, action in the form of a 100% revenue-neutral carbon fee…Posted. http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/letters/la-le-letters-superstorm-sandy-energy-policy-and-climate-change-20121109,0,5036674.story Viewpoints: State’s well-designed cap-and-trade plan will defy cynics. California on Wednesday will take a big step forward to promote clean air, as it holds its first auction to sell permits for carbon emissions in a move that will get the world's second-biggest carbon market off the ground. Known as cap-and-trade, the program is the nation's first to extend economy-wide and will eventually encompass the electrical, industrial and transportation sectors responsible for 85 percent of California's carbon pollution. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2012/11/13/4980666/viewpoints-states-well-designed.html#storylink=cpy California's model climate policies will maintain momentum in Obama 2nd term. For decades, California has been the engine of growth behind America's sputtering clean energy economy - adopting groundbreaking clean air and climate policies as federal efforts lagged behind. The hope was that California's initiatives would become the template for a national law to slow global warming. That hasn't happened yet - and it isn't likely to over the next four years. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2012/11/11/4977154/californias-model-climate-policies.html#storylink=cpy Wind farms. The winds and ocean currents control the earth’s weather and climate. The monsoonal winds bring moisture from the oceans for rain. If there were no wind, the moisture released by the oceans through evaporation would remain over the oceans. The land would become deserts. If the monsoonal winds are weakened, monsoons will not bring as much rain. Posted. http://www.vcstar.com/news/2012/nov/12/wind-farms/ Cap and trade auction will bring pain at the pump. California is heading for an energy crisis of potentially epic proportions, and it won’t be because of OPEC, hostile foreign governments or big oil companies. No, as Pogo famously said, “we have met the enemy and it is us.” Or in this case, the “us” is the California Air Resources (CARB) and its crusade to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at any cost. The price will be high and all of us will wind up paying. Posted. http://www.nctimes.com/news/opinion/perspective/cap-and-trade-auction-will-bring-pain-at-the-pump/article_4cef5f6b-ccd3-558e-9530-68b9ac4c1a95.html Wendell Cox: Global warming bill could become big pork barrel. One of the principal justifications for the California High Speed Rail line planned from Anaheim to San Francisco is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Gov. Jerry Brown and the California Air Resources Board seem poised to spend "cap and trade" revenue from Assembly Bill 32 (the "Global Warming Solutions Act" of 2006) on building the train. Yet, there are strong indications that the GHG emission reductions be exceedingly costly and contrary to the spirit of AB32. Posted. http://www.ocregister.com/opinion/ghg-377482-high-speed.html BLOGS African Science Academies Miss a Big Factor in Climate Statement. I was encouraged to see a joint statement released by 15 African academies of science on climate issues on the continent. You can read it below. But I was discouraged when I dug in and found they’d missed a vitally important point. The entire statement was centered on the need to clarify and respond to risks posed by greenhouse-driven climate change. This is indeed important. Posted. http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/11/12/african-science-academies-miss-a-big-factor-in-climate-statement/ 3 Southern California students compete in high-stakes science contest. Emily Tao of Placentia hopes her research on the atmospheric formation of sulfuric acid, a major component of acid rain, will influence predictions for air pollution and acid rain. Tony Dong of Newbury Park and Brandon Kao of Placentia believe their research on the mechanism of the reaction between formic acid and ammonia in the atmosphere will shed light on how clouds are formed. All three researchers have high hopes for their studies. And they're all still in high school. Posted. http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2012/11/-southern-california-students-science-contest.html AB 32 Status Report. California Hitting Clean Energy Targets. California has a track record of implementing pioneering clean energy policies that provide direct economic and public health benefits to the state's residents. AB 32, the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, continues this legacy by committing California to reducing greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020 -- roughly a 20 percent reduction -- through a suite of complementary policies. Under AB 32, the California Air Resources Board (ARB) has developed the Scoping Plan, a blueprint for achieving AB 32's goal of reducing carbon pollution statewide. Posted. http://www.nrdc.org/globalwarming/ab32-status-report.asp California's Cap-and-Trade May Solve State's Budget Problems. By electing a supermajority of Democrats to the California Assembly and Senate, Californians may have found an easy way to free up as much as $14 billion a year for the general fund without any new tax increases. Why? Because auction money raised from California's cap-and-trade program to reduce greenhouse gases may soon become available to fund education and other programs devastated by the Great Recession. Posted. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ann-carlson/californias-capandtrade-m_b_2110306.html California’s cap-and-trade starts Wednesday. Will feds follow? On Wednesday, California is slated to launch its cap-and-trade program with its first auction for carbon allowances. The state often leads the way of trying to clean up its air by reducing emissions. Getting utilities such as Southern California Edison and Imperial Irrigation District to get at least 20 percent of all of its power from renewable energy has also been part of that equation. Posted. http://greenenergy.blogs.mydesert.com/2012/11/12/californias-cap-and-trade-starts-wednesday-will-feds-follow/