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ARB Newsclips for March 4, 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 Carbon pricing needed to control airline CO2 emissions: study. Aviation pollution can only be stabilized by the middle of the century if a price is set on airline carbon emissions, research said, countering industry hopes that green goals can be met via technology improvements and biofuels. A European Union scheme to force airlines using EU airports to pay for their carbon emissions caused an international outcry, forcing the European Commission to propose a year-long freeze of its law. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/03/04/us-airlines-emissions-study-idUSBRE92306I20130304?feedType=RSS Cashing in on China’s air pollution. Bad air is good news for many Chinese entrepreneurs. From gigantic domes that keep out pollution to face masks with fancy fiber filters, purifiers and even canned air, Chinese businesses are trying to find a way to market that most elusive commodity: clean air. An unprecedented wave of pollution throughout China (dubbed the “airpocalypse” or “airmageddon” by headline writers) has spawned an almost entirely new industry. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/cashing-in-on-chinas-air-pollution/2013/02/28/91d65866-6ef4-11e2-8b8d-e0b59a1b8e2a_story.html CAP AND TRADE Little unity over California's cap-and-trade program. Businesses and environmentalists remain deeply divided over California's landmark carbon cap-and-trade program, with industry calling it a job-killing nightmare and clean energy proponents saying it has positioned the state as a global leader in tackling climate change. The strong feelings over the policy were on display at a conference last week in Sacramento, where business groups and environmentalists repeatedly clashed over the market-based program…Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/03/04/us-california-carbon-idUSBRE9230Z720130304 Climate-Change Science Poised to Enter Nation's Classrooms. InsideClimateNews.org -- New national science standards that make the teaching of global warming part of the public school curriculum are slated to be released this month, potentially ending an era in which climate skepticism has been allowed to seep into the nation's classrooms. The Next Generation Science Standards were developed by the National Research Council, the National Science Teachers Association…Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-03-04/climate-change-science-poised-to-enter-nation-s-classrooms.html California's cap-and-trade chaos. California Gov. Jerry Brown's current budget trickery projects almost one-half billion dollars in theoretical revenues from America's first carbon cap-and-trade climate regulations implemented in California in 2013. Cap-and-trade air pollution controls set industry-wide limits on emissions of carbon dioxide and other global-warming gases. Industries that exceed their emission limits can buy (trade) pollution credits from other industries to comply with California air pollution standards. Posted. http://www.examiner.com/article/california-s-cap-and-trade-chaos Cap-and-trade opponents say 2015 is the year to fear. 2015 is the year that businesses say Californians will feel the economic impacts of the state's pioneering entry into greenhouse gas trading. As the Golden State's economywide cap-and-trade system gets under way, its backers and detractors are vying with each other to predict its impacts. Last week in Sacramento, representatives of businesses that have to turn in emissions allowances under the market-based system warned of dire consequences. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2013/03/04/4 BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY FUELS Beta Renewables sees 2015 as boom year for cellulosic biofuels. Biofuels made from wood waste and sugarcane have languished well below expectations for years but new production coming on line promises explosive growth by 2015, the chief executive of producer Beta Renewables said on Monday. The United States produced just 20,000 gallons of so-called cellulosic biofuel last year, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. That was a mere 0.04 percent of a 500-million-gallon target the U.S. government set in 2007. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/03/04/beta-biofuels-idUSL6N0BW8D620130304 Ethanol Strengthens Against Gasoline on Motor Fuel Fall. Ethanol’s discount to gasoline narrowed as the motor fuel slipped more than the biofuel. The spread narrowed 1.95 cents to 69.51 cents a gallon as gasoline declined on the completion of seasonal refinery maintenance. Ethanol declined in line with corn, which remained near $7 a bushel. “Corn is still at a pretty high price,” said Will Babler, a broker at Atten Babler Risk Management LLC in Galena, Illinois. “And the market is going to remain tight.” Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/print/2013-03-04/ethanol-strengthens-against-gasoline-on-motor-fuel-fall.html Natural gas leaks come under scrutiny, raise questions on climate impact. Cornell University’s Robert Howarth has estimated somewhere between 3.6 percent and 7.9 percent of methane escapes during the production life cycle of shale gas; the Massachusetts Institute of Technology countered with a study saying it is just a fraction of that amount. University of Colorado research scientist Gabrielle Petron, who also works in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s global monitoring division…Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/natural-gas-leaks-come-under-scrutiny-raise-questions-on-climate-impact/2013/03/03/23d1e0d4-7f88-11e2-b99e-6baf4ebe42df_story_1.html Natural gas bill pushed by Sen. Menendez could have aided firm where top donor invests. Sen. Robert Menendez sponsored legislation with incentives for natural gas vehicle conversions that would benefit the biggest political donor to his re-election, the same eye doctor whose private jet Menendez used for two personal trips to the Dominican Republic, an Associated Press investigation found. The disclosure reflects the latest intersection…Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/congress/natural-gas-bill-pushed-by-sen-menendez-could-have-aided-firm-where-top-donor-invests/2013/03/04/d040b02c-84a9-11e2-a80b-3edc779b676f_story.html ExxonMobil begins its defense in gas additive case. Lawyers for ExxonMobil have begun presenting their defense against the state of New Hampshire's claims that the oil giant should pay hundreds of millions of dollars to clean up groundwater contamination from the gasoline additive MTBE. Jurors returned Monday following a weeklong break after spending six weeks hearing the state's witnesses. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/news/science/article/ExxonMobil-begins-its-defense-in-gas-additive-case-4326936.php#ixzz2MbZzIsh9 NY fracking health study news draws cheers, jeers. While opponents of fracking are pleased at a report that Gov. Andrew Cuomo will wait for a Pennsylvania health study before deciding whether to allow drilling, landowners are preparing to sue New York over lost gas-leasing opportunities and an industry group warned Sunday that a business exodus from the state will worsen. Posted. http://www.vcstar.com/news/2013/mar/03/ny-fracking-health-study-news-draws-cheers-jeers/#ixzz2MbHIWU9G VEHICLES Peugeot Bets on a Different Kind of Hybrid. What’s that car that just breezed past? It’s the Hybrid Air — an experimental vehicle that the French automaker PSA Peugeot Citroën has been trumpeting lately as an exemplar of energy efficiency. While some skeptics doubt whether it is truly breakthrough technology, the Peugeot and Citroën concept cars containing it may prove to be some of the more intriguing models on display next week at the Geneva Motor Show. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/02/business/global/peugeot-bets-on-a-different-kind-of-hybrid.html?_r=0&pagewanted=print HIGH-SPEED RAIL High-speed rail project targets 'disadvantaged' workers in the Central Valley. The prospect of construction jobs in the recession-weary Central Valley has long been a selling point for proponents of California's $68 billion high-speed rail project. A controversy has arisen, however, since officials pledged in December to reserve a portion of those jobs for certain disadvantaged people. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2013/03/04/5233285/high-speed-rail-project-targets.html New Calif. rail plan to make major improvements in Valley Amtrak. While many are chattering about high-speed rail these days, state transportation leaders are quietly planning to drop more than $15 billion into California's existing Amtrak train service -- including a big chunk here in the Valley. Improvements for Amtrak's San Joaquin line are forecast in a draft of a new statewide rail plan that the California Department of Transportation is circulating for public comment through March 11. Posted. http://www.fresnobee.com/2013/03/03/3197481/new-calif-rail-plan-to-make-major.html GREEN ENERGY Gov. Jerry Brown works to spread California's green doctrine. California is a leader on the environment, but it needs other states — and nations — on board to keep down economic costs. When Gov. Jerry Brown called on his fellow governors at a conference in Washington last week to embrace a California-style pursuit of cleaner air, he was doing more than reinforcing the state's image as an environmental trailblazer. He was trying to protect its economy. Brown needs other states and the federal government to adopt key elements of California's environmental agenda, such as reaping more energy…Posted. http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-brown-environment-20130304,0,7670187,full.story MISCELLANEOUS Obama Announces 3 Cabinet Nominations. President Obama on Monday made three cabinet nominations — for budget, energy and environmental policy — hours before his first cabinet meeting of his second term. Mr. Obama introduced Sylvia Mathews Burwell, the president of the Walmart Foundation in Arkansas and a familiar figure in the Democratic administration from her service in the Clinton administration, to be the director of the White House Office of Management and Budget. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/05/us/politics/obama-to-nominate-new-heads-for-energy-department-and-epa.html?pagewanted=all Firms sue to keep California from adding BPA to 'blacklist'. The American Chemistry Council is suing the Brown administration, saying BPA, a chemical in many food containers, should not be included on a list of substances that cause birth defects. A coalition of chemical companies is suing the Jerry Brown administration to stop an additive commonly found in food containers from being included in the state's list of substances that cause birth defects. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-chemicals-20130302,0,5161122.story Obama filling out Cabinet, will nominate new budget chief, EPA director and energy secretary. President Barack Obama filled in more pieces of his second term leadership team Monday, nominating a trio of new advisers to lead the Energy Department, Environmental Protection Agency and budget office. The nominations signal the White House’s desire to get back to normal business after the president and Congress failed to avert the $85 billion in automatic spending cuts that started taking effect Friday. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/whitehouse/obama-filling-out-cabinet-will-nominate-new-budget-chief-epa-director-and-energy-secretary/2013/03/04/0099ed70-84e5-11e2-a80b-3edc779b676f_story.html BLOGS Foul odor reported off Santa Monica Bay; methane from ocean blamed. Coastal residents near Santa Monica awoke to a foul odor Sunday that probably was caused by a large release of methane in the ocean, authorities said. Fire departments in Los Angeles and Santa Monica began receiving calls shortly after dawn from residents as far north as Sunset Blvd. and south of Venice Beach reporting a rank smell blowing in off Santa Monica Bay. A Santa Monica fire hazardous-materials team took readings off the coast near San Vicente Blvd. and found methane in the water, said communications officer Justin Walker. Posted. http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2013/03/foul-odor-santa-monica-bay-methane.html The Downside To Cap-And-Trade For Carbon. The problem with the cap-and-trade schemes advocated by economists who know how to do a Monte Carlo analysis just well enough to be wrong is that the real world never matches up. Europeans, who boldly venture into every anti-science idea that more reasonable regions avoid, is now scrambling not to kill its economy even more due to its mandated cap-and-trade program. Posted. http://www.science20.com/cool-links/downside_capandtrade_carbon-105265 Where Is the Climate Leadership? We Need to Get It Right on Keystone XL. Mr. Secretary, I am disappointed. I thought that we all understood that to fight climate change, we have to be able to say "no" to dirty energy projects. Our friends around the world are looking to us for climate leadership and it starts with drawing the line at tar sands expansion. It also means that we need to give health and environment a fair shake in the environmental review of a dirty energy project such as the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. Posted. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-redford/keystone-xl-pipeline_b_2807098.html?utm_hp_ref=healthy-living