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ARB Newsclips for January 25, 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 State Air Resources Board passes pollution plan, environmentalists voice opposition. A plan for cleaner air. That's what the State Air Resources Board passed Thursday at their meeting in Bakersfield. But, there was quite a bit of opposition, not just from those against regulations, but from some environmentalists. They said the plan doesn't do enough. Opponents of the plan said 600 people die in the San Joaquin Valley every year because of our air pollution. While the plan that passed Thursday strengthens restrictions, environmental activists say it's too little too late. Posted. http://www.kget.com/news/local/story/State-Air-Resources-Board-passes-pollution-plan/u3A6Lswk4km7WYqC2f3cNg.cspx Appeals court rejects EPA bid on pollution case. A federal appeals court will not reconsider a decision blocking an Obama administration effort to tighten restrictions on power plant pollution. The U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia denied the administration's request for a new hearing on Thursday. The court said a majority of its eight active judges opposed rehearing the case. Posted. http://www.insidebayarea.com/ci_22443997/appeals-court-rejects-epa-bid-pollution-case?IADID=Search-www.insidebayarea.com-www.insidebayarea.com http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_22443997/appeals-court-rejects-epa-bid-pollution-case?IADID=Search-www.contracostatimes.com-www.contracostatimes.com New clean-air plan likely to increase no-burn days. State air regulators on Thursday, unanimously approved a plan to meet federal standards for particulate matter in the San Joaquin Valley's air that could double the number of no-burn days called. Also notably, said San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District Executive Director Seyed Sadredin, the rules require trucking fleets to install filters on their equipment and, by 2020, replace all vehicles constructed before 2010 in an effort to remove high-pollution diesel engines from the road. Posted. http://www.bakersfieldcalifornian.com/local/x2088956459/State-board-OKs-valley-air-plan-over-environmental-objections http://www.turnto23.com/news/local-news/plan-to-improve-air-pollution-in-kern-county NASA flights help measure Valley air pollution. A pair of NASA airplanes crisscrossing the skies and doing stomach-turning loops are giving scientists a 3-D look at winter air pollution in a way they've never had before. The flights are part of a five-year, $30 million mission called DISCOVER-AQ, an effort to help researchers develop the next generation of satellites to measure air pollution from space. Jim Crawford, the mission's lead investigator from NASA's Langley Research Center in Virginia, explains how the airplanes work with monitoring stations on the ground to provide a better understanding of how air pollution forms and mixes. Posted. http://www.fresnobee.com/2013/01/25/3147203/nasa-flights-measure-valley-air.html Another wood burning ban issued for Friday. Another Spare the Air alert banning wood fires has been called for Friday in the Bay Area as a light rainstorm failed to clear the air as much as hoped. The no-burn alert for Friday is the second this week and the ninth issued by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District since Nov. 1. Alerts are issued when unhealthy air is predicted due to stagnant weather conditions that trap smoke and fine particles near the ground. On those days, the air district bans wood fires in fireplaces, fire inserts, stoves or outdoor fire pits. Posted. http://www.contracostatimes.com/breaking-news/ci_22443815/another-wood-burning-ban-issued-friday http://www.insidebayarea.com/breaking-news/ci_22443815/another-wood-burning-ban-issued-friday?IADID=Search-www.insidebayarea.com-www.insidebayarea.com CLIMATE CHANGE Kerry: Climate change a 'life-threatening issue'. Calling global climate change a "life-threatening issue," Secretary of State nominee John Kerry said Thursday that the United States must play a key role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global warming. Kerry, a Massachusetts Democrat, said at his confirmation hearing that the U.S. should pursue policies to boost clean energy and energy efficiency. In his state and others, such as California, "the fastest growing sector of our economy is clean energy," Kerry said. "It's a job creator." Posted. http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_22442856/kerry-climate-change-life-threatening-issue?IADID=Search-www.contracostatimes.com-www.contracostatimes.com FUELS Fuels producers take aim at Calif.'s low-carbon standard. Energy companies are mounting new opposition to California's plans to lower the carbon content of fuel sold in-state. A group of oil companies and other fuel providers, including BP PLC, Chevron Technology Ventures, Exxon Mobil Corp. and Pacific Gas and Electric Corp., held a closed-door meeting yesterday in Burbank, Calif., where they discussed the state's low-carbon fuel standard, which aims to lower fuels' average carbon content by 10 percent by 2020. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2013/01/25/1 BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY Nothing to fear but inaction on climate change – Kerry. Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) pledged yesterday to make climate change a top priority as secretary of State as he sailed through a mostly genial confirmation hearing before the committee he still chairs. Testifying before his Senate Foreign Relations panel, Kerry sidestepped a question about his views on the controversial $7 billion Keystone XL oil pipeline project. But he jumped at a chance to swat down a Republican senator who declared carbon constraints a threat to the U.S. economy, and he defended the need to abate climate change as a jobs and security imperative. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2013/01/25/2 BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY VEHICLES How, why and when companies should add EVs in their fleets. Transport for London (TfL) and the UK Department for Transport (DfT) have provided funding to support twenty organisations with the analysis of their real life fleet data. According to the analysis report, EVs can play a role for the majority of the twenty fleets, reducing fleet fuel costs by up to 75%. Until now, very little information has been available on the process fleets need to follow to successfully acquire and integrate plug-in vehicles. Posted. www.cars21.com/news/view/5170 HIGH SPEED RAIL Brown Will Open Calif. Trade Office in China, Touts High-Speed Rail. Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday called for stronger ties between California and China, announcing he will lead a trade and investment trip to that country in April and the state will open a trade office in Shanghai. The announcement came during Brown's State of the State Address. He touted the strength of California's rebounding economy, promised fiscal discipline with Proposition 30 funding and compared high-speed rail to "The Little Engine That Could." Posted. http://lamorinda.patch.com/articles/brown-will-open-calif-trade-office-in-china-touts-high-speed-rail OPINIONS Northeast Faces Stark Choice on Climate Pollution. EIGHT years ago, a bipartisan coalition of Northeast and mid-Atlantic governors joined forces to reduce pollution from electric power plants. They agreed to cap overall emissions of carbon dioxide, the major pollutant driving global warming, and require the more than 200 power plants in the region to buy permits to emit the greenhouse gas. The governors reasoned that plant operators would have an incentive to clean up their emissions if they had to pay for the carbon dioxide they discharged. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/25/opinion/northeast-faces-stark-choice-on-climate-pollution.html?ref=opinion&_r=0&pagewanted=print The effects of climate change have arrived ahead of schedule. A year ago, I went to Antarctica with a group of climate scientists and leaders, many of whom have visited and worked at that continent's research stations for several decades. Many of the scientists were surprisingly reticent about drawing systemic conclusions about the role of global warming, but their rigorous adherence to just the facts they know from years of study on an individual aspect of climate change made their conclusions all the more credible and devastating. Some studied individual regions of Antarctica; some studied krill, a crustacean that is the foundation of the food chain for the Southern Ocean. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-insiders/post/the-effects-of-climate-change-have-arrived-ahead-of-schedule/2013/01/25/a8a2ccf8-6703-11e2-889b-f23c246aa446_blog.html Make climate change a priority. The weather in Washington has been like a roller coaster this January. Yes, there has been a deep freeze this week, but it was the sudden warmth earlier in the month that was truly alarming. Flocks of birds — robins, wrens, cardinals and even blue jays – swarmed bushes with berries, eating as much as they could. Runners and bikers wore shorts and T-shirts. People worked in their gardens as if it were spring. The signs of global warming are becoming more obvious and more frequent. A glut of extreme weather conditions is appearing globally. And the average temperature in the United States last year was the highest ever recorded. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/make-climate-change-a-priority/2013/01/24/6c5c2b66-65b1-11e2-9e1b-07db1d2ccd5b_story.html BLOGS Court delivers blow to biofuel industry in ruling against EPA. A federal court delivered a blow to the biofuel industry Friday when it ruled the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) must lower certain targets in a key biofuel-blending rule. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit sided with the American Petroleum Institute (API), saying the EPA cannot set forward-leaning blending projections for cellulosic biofuel when supplies aren't available to meet the requirements. Posted. http://thehill.com/blogs/e2-wire/e2-wire/279329-court-decision-on-key-rule-delivers-setback-to-biofuel-industry