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newsclips -- Newsclips for January 25, 2012

Posted: 25 Jan 2013 13:19:31
ARB Newsclips for January 25, 2013. 

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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.

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. 


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.


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. 

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. 



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." 


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

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


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 


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. 


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.

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.

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. 


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. 

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