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ARB Newsclips for January 9, 2013. ARB Newsclips for January 9, 2013 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 Iran denies home-produced fuel contributing to pollution crisis. Iran's state-owned oil refining company denied on Wednesday that poor quality, domestically-produced fuel is contributing to Tehran's worsening pollution crisis, saying that its gasoline met refining standards. Thick yellow smog has shrouded the Iranian capital for most of the past week, prompting the closure of government offices, banks and schools for several days and official calls for residents to leave the city or remain indoors. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01/09/iran-pollution-idUSL5E9C91LR20130109 No wood burning Tuesday in Reno's polluted air. Washoe County health officials have temporarily banned wood burning throughout the Reno-Sparks area due to worsening air quality caused by a temperature inversion. The county health district raised the burn code to "red" on Tuesday morning. It had been at "yellow" where wood burning is discouraged but not prohibited. Forecasters say hazy skies and air pollution problems are expected to continue across the area until a coming storm is expected to blow them away on Wednesday. Posted. http://www.vcstar.com/news/2013/jan/08/no-wood-burning-tuesday-in-renos-polluted-air/#ixzz2HV9ysSqR CLIMATE CHANGE UN climate experts deny secrecy after new leak. The U.N. panel of climate scientists has rejected criticism that it is too secretive after a blogger skeptical about global warming published a leaked draft on Tuesday of one of its massive reports. The panel, whose work is a guide for governments deciding whether to make billion-dollar shifts away from fossil fuels, said it welcomed comments from all to fine-tune the report whose final version is due to be published in 2014. "Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01/08/climate-report-idUSL5E9C8BRA20130108 Not Even Close: 2012 Was Hottest Ever in U.S. The numbers are in: 2012, the year of a surreal March heat wave, a severe drought in the Corn Belt and a huge storm that caused broad devastation in the Middle Atlantic States, turns out to have been the hottest year ever recorded in the contiguous United States. How hot was it? The temperature differences between years are usually measured in fractions of a degree, but last year’s 55.3 degree average demolished the previous record, set in 1998, by a full degree Fahrenheit. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/09/science/earth/2012-was-hottest-year-ever-in-us.html?_r=1& http://www.sfgate.com/news/science/article/US-seared-during-hottest-year-on-record-by-far-4174878.php#ixzz2HUzdvR8Z http://www.recordnet.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20130108/A_NEWS/130109894&cid=sitesearch EPA head calls climate-change shift a proud milestone. As she prepares to step down from her position as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, Lisa Jackson said she is proudest of presiding over the landmark finding that climate-changing greenhouse gases endanger public health and welfare. "Americans are back to believing that something is happening with our climate and that mankind has a role to play in that. These are not natural phenomena," said Jackson in her first newspaper interview since announcing on Dec. 27 that she would leave the EPA. Posted. http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/01/09/epa-head-jackson-leaving-global-warming/1818857/ Study: Fixing climate change will take new energy tools. The task is more difficult now than just a few years ago, a new study says, citing the recent surge in global greenhouse-gas emissions. Its co-author proposes eliminating emissions altogether by 2060. What will it take to fix climate change? The world will need new technologies that produce energy without emitting greenhouse gases, scientists argue in a study to be published Wednesday. The research looks at a popular 2004 approach put forward by two Princeton scientists who said the increase in carbon dioxide emissions…Posted. http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/01/08/climate-change-energy-technologies/1818225/ California Ratepayers to Receive Cap-and-Trade Dividend. California regulators will direct the state's largest utilities to return 85% of cap-and-trade proceeds to ratepayers. The move, which comes about a month after the successful completion of California's first carbon allowance auction, aims at offsetting higher electricity costs resulting from the cap-and-trade program, by providing a "climate dividend" on utility bills. Posted. http://energy.aol.com/2013/01/09/california-ratepayers-to-receive-cap-and-trade-dividend/ DIESEL EMISSIONS European Union has to crack down on diesel –officials. The European Union must cut emissions from diesel vehicles as part of its efforts to reduce air pollution, which is causing close to half a million premature deaths per year, EU officials said on Tuesday. The European Commission says it will publish legislative proposals to improve air quality in the second half of this year. As well as a law on air quality, it has already put forward tougher vehicle emissions standards and is introducing stricter vehicle testing standards. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01/08/eu-air-diesel-idUSL5E9C85A920130108 FUELS NY assemblymen seek more comment time on fracking. Three state Assembly committee chairmen asked Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday to suspend the comment period on new gas drilling regulations until a health review is completed. The 30-day comment period for revised regulations for shale gas drilling using hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, ends Friday. Numerous environmental groups and elected officials from around the state have called on Cuomo to suspend the comment period until regulations are revised to reflect the health impact review findings. Posted. http://www.vcstar.com/news/2013/jan/08/ny-assemblymen-seek-more-comment-time-on/#ixzz2HV9TWnIr VEHICLES New study concludes oil sands development has significantly increased PAH and DBT loadings in regional lakes; combined with effects of climate change, a “new ecological state” for the lakes. A new study by a team from Environment Canada and Queen’s University (Canada) has shown that polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) within the sediments of lakes in the Athabasca oil sands region in Canada—particularly C1-C4–alkylated PAHs, increased significantly after development of the oil sands resource began some 50 years ago—followed by significant increases in dibenzothiophenes (DBTs). Posted. http://www.greencarcongress.com/2013/01/kurek-20130109.html Almost 16,000 electric or plug-in hybrids sold in California since March 2010. California's Clean Vehicle Rebate Project (CVRP) is an additional purchase incentives for zero emission (all electric or fuel cell) vehicles, plug-in hybrid vehicles, and zero emission motorcycles. The project recently released data for uptake of these vehicles between March 2010 and December 2012. The data shows that over half of qualifying clean vehicle purchases were for all electric vehicles. Posted. http://cars21.com/news/view/5117 GREEN ENERGY COLUMN-LEDs set to dominate lighting technology: Wynn. The LED lighting industry is set to dominate the global market more than a century after its discovery, benefitting from a widespread ban of conventional incandescent bulbs and as the market share of competing green replacements fade. Light emitting diodes (LEDs) have a vital edge in that they have superior energy efficiency and longer lifespans compared with rivals, while a global glut in LED chips means they are becoming more competitive. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01/09/column-wynn-efficiency-lighting-idUSL5E9C892A20130109 NRC staff recommends costly filtered vents at some U.S. reactors. U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) staff on Wednesday will brief the commission on its recommendation to require nuclear operators to spend tens of millions of dollars to install filtered vents at more than two dozen reactors. Energy analysts have said the filtered vents recommendation, which were in response to the staff's review of lessons learned from the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan, was just one of several factors that could increase costs of nuclear power and possibly lead to the shutdown of some older reactors. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01/09/utilities-nuclear-nrc-idUSL1E9C913S20130109 U.S. Gives a Late Reprieve to Wind Power Developers. Last week, global wind turbine manufacturers heaved a sigh of relief after the U.S. government extended a tax credit considered crucial to the industry. But 2013 will still bring challenges to wind developers around the world. In the United States, long-term uncertainty about the tax credit — which was extended for only one year, after considerable political tension — will continue. Growth in China is expected to slow, a casualty of constraints on the electric grid. And Spain, an important market in Europe, has stalled. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/10/business/energy-environment/10iht-green10.html?_r=0 Chinese buyer says solar firm MiaSole will expand. The Chinese company that bought MiaSole, a California producer of thin-film solar panels, says it can make the emerging technology successful where others have suffered huge losses. Hanergy Group's strong finances will help MiaSole invest in research and ride out a downturn in the global solar market, while its links to customers in China and abroad will help build sales, Chairman Li Hejun said Wednesday. Posted. http://www.insidebayarea.com/ci_22337768/chinese-buyer-says-solar-firm-miasole-will-expand http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_22337768/chinese-buyer-says-solar-firm-miasole-will-expand http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/technology/chinese-buyer-of-us-solar-firm-miasole-says-it-can-make-thin-film-technology-a-success/2013/01/09/3c439d38-5a7b-11e2-b8b2-0d18a64c8dfa_story.html MISCELLANEOUS Repairs on Chevron refinery nearly done. Refinery nearly back online. Chevron Corp. expects to finish repairs this month on the only crude unit at its Richmond refinery and start the equipment by February, two people familiar with the work said. Work on the No. 4 crude unit, shut since a fire Aug. 6, should be finished by the end of January, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the information isn't public. Barring any regulatory hurdles, the unit will be back in service by sometime next month, they said. http://www.sfgate.com/business/article/Repairs-on-Chevron-refinery-nearly-done-4177826.php#ixzz2HV7kKhx9 Quebec's Olivier discusses expectations for first joint auction with California. Where do efforts behind linking California's and Quebec's carbon markets stand? During today's OnPoint, Alain Olivier, director of the Quebec Government Office in Washington, D.C., discusses the latest progress on Quebec's carbon trading system and his expectations for linking systems with California as early as August of this year. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/tv/transcript/1620 BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY OPINIONS We all deserve better air to breathe. Fireplace wood smoke is a genuine problem in the Valley. Unfortunately, California no longer has a population of 15 million people; it's more like 38 million people. With an increase in the population, the potential for air pollution has reached a health concern level. I'm glad that the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District has taken action on this fireplace wood-burning air pollution problem. In my neighborhood here in Lodi, the smoke from fireplaces can get thick. Posted. http://www.lodinews.com/opinion/letters/article_13c46cb9-ed48-59e5-93b1-ba953bac4598.html BLOGS Solyndra stunk. The green stimulus didn’t. The federal clean-energy loan guarantee program that gave you Solyndra wasn’t just a multibillion-dollar political debacle – it also didn’t create jobs, didn’t reduce carbon emissions and ran up financial risk for taxpayers. And yet, the program wasn’t enough of a bust to outweigh the job-creation and emissions-reducing successes of the complete $90 billion “green stimulus” the Obama administration built into the $800 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act four years ago, as the country was plunging deeper into recession. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/01/09/solyndra-stunk-the-green-stimulus-didnt/?print=1 Customers have paid more than $1 billion for idle San Onofre plant. The California Public Utilities Commission held an initial meeting Tuesday in an investigative process that could eventually result in ratepayers getting a refund for a portion of the bills they have paid during the San Onofre nuclear plant's year-long outage. The plant has been out of service since last January, when a steam generator tube leaked a small amount of radioactive steam, leading to the discovery of unusual wear on many more tubes in the newly replaced steam generators. Posted. http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2013/01/san-onofre-puc-meeting.html EPA Gives Green Light for California’s Costly Car Program. Last week, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) granted a waiver to the state of California to move forward with its Advanced Clean Cars Program. The EPA waiver allows California to implement even tougher fuel efficiency standards than the White House announced last summer in an attempt to integrate more zero-emission vehicles into the market. The promises of California’s program are similar to those touted by proponents of the federal fuel-economy standards: Clean up the environment by reducing emissions and save consumers money on fuel costs. Posted. http://blog.heritage.org/2013/01/08/epa-gives-green-light-for-californias-costly-car-program/ America’s oil imports to hit 25-year low by 2014. The US Energy Information Administration predicted that net imports of liquid fuels, including crude oil and petroleum products, would fall to about 6m barrels per day in 2014, their lowest level since 1987 and only about half their peak levels of more than 12m during 2004-07. The figures reflect the spectacular growth of US production thanks to the unlocking of “tight oil” reserves using hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling in states led by North Dakota and Texas. Posted. http://grist.org/news/americas-oil-imports-to-hit-25-year-low-by-2014/ It’s official: 2012 was the warmest year on record for the U.S. Congratulations, America. You set a few records last year. To wit, from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration: It was the warmest year in the recorded history of the U.S., dating back to 1895. The average temperature was a degree warmer than the previous high, in 1998. The average temperature in the contiguous U.S. was 55.3 degrees, 3.3 degrees above the average in the 20th century. Precipitation averaged 26.57 inches, 2.57 inches below the 20th century average. Posted. http://grist.org/news/its-official-2012-was-the-warmest-year-on-record-for-the-u-s/ Interior pledges ‘high-level review’ of Shell’s Arctic farce. "Unified Command confirms Kulluk is safely anchored," trumpets the most recent update from the Shell-led team responsible for towing the company's errant drilling rig back to safe harbor. One can imagine the movie scene running through the mind of the Shell VP in charge on-scene: He steps up to a cluster of microphones in a hushed room packed with cameras; a pause for effect; "The Kulluk is safe"; pandemonium. Posted. http://grist.org/news/interior-pledges-high-level-review-of-shells-arctic-farce/ Solar snowboard charges your phone with power collected on the slopes. In case there was still any doubt that solar is rad, the dudes at Signal Snowboard have made a snowboard equipped with solar panels that can actually charge your phone. Wait, should I be talking more like a snowboarder? I meant to say it can, actually, like, charge, like, your phone. Posted. http://grist.org/list/solar-snowboard-charges-your-phone-with-power-collected-on-the-slopes/ Who will serve on Obama’s second-term green team? Much of President Obama's green team is moving on to greener pastures. EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson announced last month that she'll be retiring soon, and Energy Secretary Steven Chu is expected to follow suit. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar is said to be mulling over his future. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood appears to be undecided as well, and there's a chance that Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack could leave. Posted. http://grist.org/politics/who-will-serve-on-obamas-second-term-green-team/