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newsclips -- ARB Newsclips for November 14, 2012.

Posted: 14 Nov 2012 14:31:31
ARB Newsclips for November 14, 2012. 

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California to debut landmark cap-and-trade system. California is
debuting its new, landmark cap-and-trade program with an auction
of greenhouse gas pollution permits, despite an eleventh-hour
lawsuit filed by the state's largest business group. The
cap-and-trade plan is a central piece of the state's 2006 global
warming law, AB32, a suite of regulations meant to reduce
dramatically the state's emissions of heat-trapping gases.






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RPT-California takes big step in limiting greenhouse gases.
California is set to unveil a new weapon in its fight against
global climate change on Wednesday when it holds its first sale
of carbon emissions permits - a landmark experiment that it hopes
will serve as a model for other U.S. states and the federal
government. The state's carbon auction is a key step in the
initiation of its "cap-and-trade" program, a policy where the
state sets a limit, or cap, on the amount of heat-trapping gases
released by manufacturers, oil refineries, electric utilities and
other large emitting businesses. Posted.

European Official Presses for Action on Carbon Program. The
European Union’s climate commissioner demanded Wednesday that
E.U. member states reach agreement before the end of the year on
a stop-gap measure to tackle the virtual collapse of the bloc’s
main instrument for cutting carbon emissions. The European
Commission, the executive arm of the European Union, proposed on
Monday to defer the auction of 900 million carbon allowances that
would have been sold between 2013 and 2015, the first three years
of the next phase of the E.U. Emissions Trading Scheme. Posted.

Latest tool to fight global warming: an auction. With the outcome
potentially driving how much consumers will pay for gas and
groceries, California on Wednesday plans to launch the latest in
a series of historic directives aimed at reducing greenhouse gas
emissions linked to global warming. This initiative, known as cap
and trade, involves the state’s first-ever live auction of
millions of pollution permits. It’s part of regulators’ mandate
for industry to comply with an emissions limit by 2020. Posted.


What's the Big Stink About La Jolla Cove? Something stinks in La
Jolla. The odor is so foul that diners near the La Jolla Cove are
known to leave restaurants before their meals arrive. Tourists
have told some hoteliers they won’t be returning until “that
smell” goes away. If only it were so simple. Years ago, La Jolla
residents and tourists frequented the bluffs that surround the
cove but the rocky areas have since been fenced off. Cormorants,
seagulls and seals have taken over, leaving behind piles of
feces. Posted.

Congress protects airlines from EU emissions tax. Congress on
Tuesday stepped in to protect U.S. airlines from having to pay
into a European Union program to cut emissions that its critics
say is unilateral and illegal. House action to pass the bill came
a day after the EU, facing protests from numerous countries and a
possible trade war, said it was postponing enforcement for non-EU
airlines. Lawmakers, while welcoming the EU action, said it was
still necessary for Congress to ensure that U.S. airlines won't
get taxed by the EU in the future.  Posted.

Greenhouse gas emissions down again in Sonoma County. Greenhouse
gas emissions declined in Sonoma County in 2011 for the third
straight year, reflecting an expansion of renewable energy
sources and a down economy, which lowered demand for power and
transportation. Still, Sonoma County’s goal of reducing emissions
25 percent from 1990 levels by 2015 remains elusive, officials
said Tuesday. The annual report card by the Climate Protection
Campaign was presented at the Sonoma County Strategies for
Sustainability, a conference that drew 160 people from
government, industry and the public to discuss better
environmental practice. Posted.


Global warming talk heats up, revisits carbon tax. Climate change
is suddenly a hot topic again. The issue is resurfacing in talks
about a once radical idea: a possible carbon tax. On Tuesday, a
conservative think tank held discussions about it while a more
liberal think tank released a paper on it. And the Congressional
Budget Office issued a 19-page report on the different ways to
make a carbon tax less burdensome on lower income people. Posted.

South Korea Restricts Carbon Offsets, Sets Rules for Giveaways.
South Korea asked its largest emitters to make cutbacks at home
before giving them credit for overseas spending to reduce
greenhouse gases, and it will begin charging for about 3 percent
of pollution allowances in 2018. The nation won’t allow so-called
global carbon offsets until after 2020, according to an e-mailed
statement today from the prime minister’s office and other
government agencies. South Korea agreed in May to start a
cap-and-trade system in 2015 to…Posted.

Glacier melt cited as main cause of rising seas. Austrian experts
say melting glaciers have been the single greatest cause of
rising sea level over the past century. Scientists at the
respected University of Innsbruck say that between 1902 and 2007,
glaciers contributed 11 centimeters (4.33 inches) to a total sea
level rise of about 20 centimeters (nearly 8 inches). They also
said Wednesday that by 2100, melting glaciers could raise sea
levels by another 22 centimeters. Posted.

Has moving climate talks forward become a legacy issue for Obama?
President Obama's election to a second term means America can
"push the reset button" on the turbulent U.N. climate change
negotiations, World Resources Institute President Andrew Steer
said yesterday. Steer, who served as the World Bank's climate
change envoy before joining WRI in August, said it is time for
the administration to show "real leadership" on climate change.
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Experts discuss carbon tax revenue and design. A tide of economic
experts expressed support for taxing carbon emissions at a
conservative think tank yesterday. But separately, the oil and
gas industry injected a sobering reminder that the policy
"doesn't exist" and might never see the light of day. The
American Enterprise Institute hosted a daylong event exploring
how Congress might structure a carbon tax in emerging
negotiations aimed at tamping down the deficit while averting
widespread tax hikes on most Americans. Posted.
http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2012/11/14/4 BY


Fuel From Waste, Poised at a Milestone. For years, scientists and
engineers have been juggling various combinations of acids,
steam, bacteria, catalysts and the digestive juices of
microorganisms to convert agricultural waste and even household
garbage into motor fuel. So far, such alternative fuels have not
moved beyond small pilot plants, despite federal incentives to
encourage companies to develop them. Posted.

Algae-based fuel on sale in Bay Area. Big oil took a small but
significant hit Tuesday when Bay Area motorists began filling up
their gas tanks with algae, becoming the first private citizens
in the world to use a domestically grown product that could
revolutionize the fuel industry. The first alternative fuel made
from algae went on sale at four Bay Area gas stations in what
advocates insist is the first wave in a tide of clean fuel that
will hit the marketplace. Posted.

Lafayette buying propane-fueled buses. By early spring, some
students in the Lafayette Parish school system will be riding on
more cost-efficient, environmentally friendly buses powered by
propane rather than diesel. The Advocate reports
(http://bit.ly/W28Vkd) the School Board has approved the purchase
of eight new propane-fueled buses at a cost of about $710,000.
District transportation director Bill Samec said the buses cost
about $88,000 each - about $6,000 more than a diesel-powered bus.

GE, Pickens' Clean Energy in natural-gas supply deal for trucks.
General Electric Co reached a deal to sell equipment to Clean
Energy Fuels Corp, which is building out a series of liquefied
natural gas fueling stations for U.S. truckers. The largest U.S.
conglomerate sees liquefied natural gas equipment as becoming a
$1 billion market over the next five years, said Mike Hosford,
general manager of unconventional resources for GE Oil & Gas.
Clean Energy…Posted.

How you can help clean energy eat Big Oil’s lunch.  Bill McKibben
and the folks at 350.org have decided to target the pernicious
financial influence of the fossil fuel industry and its front
groups. On the day following the election, they kicked off a
21-city “Do the Math” tourto "mount an unprecedented campaign to
cut off the industry’s financial and political support by
divesting our schools, churches and government from fossil
fuels."  Posted. 

Increasingly costly coal plants may be retired early.  The beauty
of the free market is that it's ruthless. It's an ongoing
footrace with pushing and shoving and scrambling that rewards
whoever's in the front. The market doesn't care that you used to
be in front. If you're losing, you're losing.  Coal is losing.
And in the race coal's in -- for cheap, abundant, clean energy --
it's hard to catch back up.  Posted. 

Meanwhile, carbon dioxide emissions rose 2.5 percent last year. 
This magic number, 350, trumpeted by 350.org and hailed as a
marker of climate health, signifies a particular goal in the
effort to curb carbon dioxide pollution. 350 is the target amount
of CO2, in parts-per-million, that it would take to maintain
global temperatures at near-normal levels. Holding steady at 350
ppm would require, according to a 2006 study, a 5 percent
reduction in emissions each year.  Posted.


Ford poll finds Europeans want freedom of car ownership, but
worry about traffic, cost of driving, environment.  A new Ford
Motor Company-sponsored poll of 6,000 people across Europe found
that most Europeans remain committed to car ownership, but have
growing concerns about traffic congestion, the cost of driving
and the environment. Ford commissioned the survey, conducted by
the consultancy The Futures Company, to better understand the
opinions and attitudes of Europeans across a range of mobility
issues—from car sharing to green driving to the future of the
internal combustion engine.  Posted. 

Toyota researchers show superior performance for tin anode for
Mg-ion batteries with conventional electrolytes.  Researchers at
the Toyota Research Institute of North America (TRINA) have
developed an insertion-type tin (Sn) anode material for use in a
magnesium-ion (Mg-ion) battery (earlier post) that shows superior
operating voltages and capacity.  Posted. 

Reaction Design introduces model fuel library resulting from work
of Model Fuels Consortium.  Reaction Design is introducing the
first volume of the industry’s most well-validated available
Model Fuel Library, the result of seven years of research and
validation under the Model Fuels Consortium (earlier post). MFC
members included Toyota, GE Energy, VW, Suzuki, Petrobras and
Conoco. The MFC is ending its work in December.  Posted. 

SwRI to demonstrate use of electric vehicles as part of emergency
power microgrid under US Army SPIDERS program. Southwest Research
Institute (SwRI) is a member of a team that was recently awarded
a $7-million contract from the US Army Corps of Engineers to
demonstrate integration of electric vehicles, generators and
solar arrays to supply emergency power for Fort Carson, Colo. 


As U.S. hesitates, California pours billions into green energy.
California, long the national leader in clean energy policy, is
poised to double down on its investments in the sector, with
billions in new subsidies set to flow in over the next few years.
California voters last week directed some $2.5 billion to energy
conservation programs with the approval of Proposition 39, which
closes a corporate tax loophole, allocates about half of the new
revenue to environmental goals for five years, and which passed
with more than 60 percent of the vote. Posted.

Governors call for renewing wind energy tax credit. The fate of a
tax credit that advocates say is needed to maintain tens of
thousands of wind energy jobs will be decided during high-stakes,
last-minute negotiations between President Obama and House
Republicans over fiscal issues, officials said Tuesday. The wind
energy production tax credit is due to expire at the end of the
year. Its extension stalled in Congress this summer amid fierce
opposition from some conservative House Republicans. Posted.


Dan Walters: California begins huge experiment in greenhouse gas
regulation. It probably wasn't happenstance that California's
historic – good or bad, it's historic – experiment in greenhouse
gas regulation was delayed until after an election in which
voters would be deciding on new taxes. Any debate over the
consumers' costs of greenhouse gas reduction could have, at least
theoretically, negatively influenced voters on tax increases –
and there will be costs. Posted.

Time to do something about the weather.  There was precious
little discussion of climate change during the presidential
campaign and most other political races this year. That may
strike some as a little surprising, given the weather that's been
plaguing much of the nation over the past couple of years, which
has cost billions of dollars of damage and taken hundreds of
lives.  Posted.

Walters: Air cleanup will be costly.  It probably wasn't
happenstance that California's historic -- good or bad, it's
historic -- experiment in greenhouse gas regulation was delayed
until after an election in which voters would be deciding on new
taxes. Any debate over the consumers' costs of greenhouse gas
reduction could have, at least theoretically, negatively
influenced voters on tax increases -- and there will be costs.


Delhi’s Disappearing Night Sky. You could be pardoned for
thinking that light pollution is someone’s idea of a Diwali
joke.With concerns about rising air pollution hanging over
India’s capital like the thick blanket of smog that appeared a
few weeks ago and activists against noise pollution jostling to
be heard over the burst of holiday firecrackers, the relatively
benign problem of light pollution may not seem too important.
When a Green Job Is More Than a Green Job. Can a community like
the South Bronx, which  suffers from  high unemployment,
underinvestment and so-called environmental injustice, fit into
the green economy? In 2010 a union-backed training initiative
took on the question, enrolling unemployed  residents, including
many who had served time in prison, in a green jobs certification
program. Posted.

Toyota Recalling 670,000 Prius Hybrids in U.S. Toyota is
recalling 670,000 of its 2004-9 Prius hybrids in the United
States to fix problems involving the loss of steering and the
hybrid powertrain shutting down, the automaker has told the
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The move is part
of a worldwide recall of almost 2.78 million vehicles, according
to The Associated Press, which quoted Toyota officials in Japan.
Only the Prius is affected in the United States. Outside the
United States the recall covers the Corolla and the Wish, a small
van. Posted.

Bay Area makes lists of cities with high air quality. We can all
breathe a little easier now that the Bay Area was named one of
the top 25 metro regions with the best air quality. AOL Real
Estate recently highlighted a study done by scientific
engineering technology company Honeywell, where it looked at
metro regions across the U.S. and ranked them based on air
quality.  Rankings were based on pollen counts, ozone
concentrations, public smoking laws, green initiatives and other
factors. Posted.

Calif. Chamber of Commerce Sues to Invalidate Cap-and-Trade
Auctions. The California Chamber of Commerce launched a legal
torpedo at the state’s new carbon trading market, set to begin
Wednesday. The group, which represents 13,000 businesses in the
state, is asking the Sacramento Superior Court to invalidate the
state’s first official auction of permits for large emitters of
greenhouse gases. The suit challenges the California Air
Resources Board's authority under the state's 2006

Top 4 things to know about California's first ever carbon
auction. While millions of Americans recover from the
Sandy-Nor’easter extreme weather event combo, and even as
President Obama’s remarks about action against a “warming planet”
linger, all eyes will be on California this coming Wednesday.
This is when the next big event in the climate change
conversation will take place. Between 10am and 1pm pacific time
on November 14th, California will conduct the state’s first ever
cap-and-trade auction for climate change pollution.  Posted.

Innovate, not Litigate. It’s no secret that California has been
leading the nation in setting policy that will reward businesses
that innovate and make smart investments in the clean economy. 
And the rewards have already begun to roll-in for California.
Last year, venture capitalists made more than half of their clean
technology investments in California – a total of about $3.7
Billion flowing into the state.  And as EDF’s own report has
shown, California’s clean economy is growing faster and has
proved more resilient during economic downturns than other
sectors of the economy. Posted.


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