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newsclips -- ARB Newsclips for March 12, 2013.

Posted: 12 Mar 2013 14:00:14
ARB Newsclips for March 12, 2013. 

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AIR POLLUTION

China wrestles with cost of cleaner environment.  Facing public
outrage over smog-choked cities and filthy rivers, China's
leaders are promising to clean up the country's neglected
environment—a pledge that sets up a clash with political
pressures to keep economic growth strong.  An array of possible
initiatives discussed by officials and state media ahead of this
week's meeting of China's legislature include tightening water
standards and taxing carbon emissions.  Posted. 
http://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2013/03/12/china-wrestles-with-cost-of-cleaner-environment
 

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http://www.fresnobee.com/2013/03/12/3209236/china-wrestles-with-cost-of-cleaner.html#storylink=misearch
http://www.vcstar.com/news/2013/mar/12/china-wrestles-with-cost-of-cleaner-environment/#ixzz2NLOXPVPS
      

DIESEL EMISSIONS

Yamaha Settles Suit with the California Air Resources Board over
2007 Rhinos.  California air officials say a Japanese producer of
motorized vehicles will pay $2.2 million to resolve allegations
that the company sold uncertified vehicles in California.  The
California Air Resources Board announced Monday that Yamaha Motor
Corp. USA and Yamaha Motor Co. Ltd. of Japan have agreed to a
court-approved settlement to resolve allegations of illegal
importation and sale of uncertified off-highway vehicles.  The
allegations stemmed from an alleged failure of 2007 Yamaha Rhino
off-road models to meet the state’s anti-smog certification
requirements.  Posted. 
http://sxsnews.com/index.php/2013/03/yamaha-settles-suit-with-the-california-air-resources-board-over-2007-rhinos/


VEHICLES

Auto review: Ford's C-MAX Energi is a plug-in hybrid that doesn't
skimp on power. As cars go more and more green, all of the
automakers are battling to be the most fuel-efficient; After all,
who wants to pay for gas more often than you have to? One company
that has made large strides in this area in recent years is Ford,
which has garnered a lot of attention for their 2013 offerings -
including the new Ford Fusion, and the brand new C-MAX - which
comes in both regular hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions. Posted.
 http://www.sbsun.com/ci_22772160/auto-review-fords-c-max-energi-is-plug#ixzz2NLTOtWJf


MISCELLANEOUS

Broad smoking ban sought in housing. People living in townhouses,
condominiums and other attached units would be prohibited from
smoking indoors under a ban proposed by a state lawmaker - the
most sweeping antismoking legislative proposal in the country.
The law would ban all tobacco smoking inside any multiunit
residence - apartments, condominiums, duplexes, townhouses.
Single-family detached homes are not included as they don't share
walls or ventilation systems. Marijuana smoking is not addressed
either. Posted.
http://www.sfgate.com/health/article/Broad-smoking-ban-sought-in-housing-4345722.php#ixzz2NLCH7pYC


OPINIONS

Think ethanol is environmentally friendly? Think again. America's
prairies are disappearing at the fastest rate since the 1930s'
"Dust Bowl." Given the pace at which U.S. farmers are converting
grasslands into cornfields for ethanol production, this should
hardly be surprising. Driven in large part by government biofuel
mandates on oil refineries, U.S. farmers converted more than 1.3
million acres of grassland into corn and soybean fields between
2006 and 2011, according to a newly published study by scientists
at South Dakota State University. Posted.
http://www.sacbee.com/2013/03/12/5255922/think-ethanol-is-environmentally.html#storylink=cpy


China ahead of U.S. on climate change. Finally, a nation that is
contributing heavily to climate change is taking a major step to
reduce its emissions. Unfortunately, this global leadership is
not coming from the United States. It's coming from China. China
is the world's largest emitter of greenhouse gases, so the news
(reported by Xinhua, a state-owned media service) that it's going
to introduce a carbon tax is huge. The tax is unlikely to be on
the scale that experts suggest would make a serious dent in
climate change: …Posted.
http://www.sfgate.com/opinion/editorials/article/China-ahead-of-U-S-on-climate-change-4346134.php#ixzz2NLHA2rfQ


MORALES: High-speed rail will create jobs in valley.  The Modesto
Bee's March 6 editorial, "Valley high-speed rail hiring policy
adds to concern," takes an unfair swipe at the California
High-Speed Rail Authority's goal of creating and maximizing job
opportunities for Central Valley residents and ignores
long-standing state and national policies encouraging employers
to help economically disadvantaged people — including veterans —
re-enter the job market.  Since unemployment in the Central
Valley is the highest in California and well above the national
average, it is vital that there is an emphasis on creating jobs
in the valley. Posted. 
http://www.modbee.com/2013/03/11/2616505/high-speed-rail-will-create-jobs.html


Will California's cap and trade stifle low-carbon innovation?
When the state of California recently launched the milestone
auction of greenhouse gas credits under its AB32 cap-and-trade
program, the environmental world — and forward-thinking companies
— applauded. The program's long-term certainty should provide
confidence for investing in carbon-reducing projects, level the
playing field across fossil fuel and low-carbon energy choices,
and boost California's climate leadership. At Chevrolet, we are
encouraged by California's pioneering, economywide effort.
Posted. http://www.greenbiz.com/print/51147 

Proposed fracking leases threatens county drinking water - GUEST
OPINION. I want to thank the Waterford Township Board of Trustees
and Supervisor Gary Wall for delaying their vote to sell a
mineral lease to the oil and gas industry for $75,000 pending
further study of the business of “slickwater-horizontal-hydraulic
drilling,” or as the oil and gas industry calls it:, “fracking.”
It was inspiring and amazing that more than 200 people packed the
township auditorium to offer comments and…Posted.
http://www.theoaklandpress.com/articles/2013/03/12/opinion/doc513ceb6bd7be9838990878.txt?viewmode=default

 
BLOGS

Will China ever get its pollution problem under control? Earlier
this year, when Beijing was choking on record levels of smog,
observers wondered whether China would ever get its pollution
problem under control. It’s an insanely difficult question, with
huge implications for everything from climate change to the
global economy. So here’s one stab at an answer, in the form of a
big recent analysis (pdf) from three Deutsche Bank economists.
The bad news: Most of China’s current attempts to curb pollution
are failing badly…Posted.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/03/11/will-china-ever-get-its-pollution-problem-under-control/


Lawmakers Release Carbon Emissions Tax Plan.  Almost exactly four
years after unveiling his doomed cap-and-trade proposal to deal
with global warming, Representative Henry Waxman, Democrat of
California, released a new plan on Tuesday to address climate
change and federal budget woes: a tax on carbon emissions. Mr.
Waxman, joined by Representative Earl Blumenauer, Democrat of
Oregon, and Senators Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island and Brian
Schatz of Hawaii, both Democrats, distributed a relatively simple
proposal to impose a fee on greenhouse gas emissions from power
plants, factories, refineries and other major sources. Posted.
http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/03/12/representatives-release-carbon-emissions-tax-plan/?partner=rss&emc=rss


A New York Times Column on Climate and Energy. I was excited
tonight to see that Justin Gillis has launched a monthly column
on climate change, the energy challenge and related issues in
Science Times (his new home). The column, taking the “By Degrees”
name from the paper’s 2009 series on responses to global warming,
won’t capture everything that the closed Green blog covered, but
demonstrates the paper’s (and of course Justin’s) commitment to
this super wicked issue. Posted.
http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/03/11/a-new-york-times-column-on-climate-and-energy/?ref=andrewcrevkin
 

Some Resilience Seen in Northern and Tropical Flora in a Warming
Climate. Separate comprehensive studies published in the last
couple of days in Nature Climate Change and Nature Geoscience
find that from the northern tundra to the tropical forests, plant
communities are showing substantial capacity to tolerate global
warming. The work builds on earlier research on the
responsiveness to climate change of both tropical and Arctic
plant communities. Given trajectories pointing to centuries of
warming this is no reason to relax, of course. Posted.
http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/03/11/resilience-seen-in-norther-and-tropical-flora-in-a-warming-climate/


Guess which polluter nation just shamed U.S. on climate? Both
China and the U.S. have fought against global climate change
regulations. One of the big GOP complaints about doing something
on climate change is that it hardly matters if China isn’t
playing ball. Well, guess what? China just approved a carbon tax,
while the United States remains mired in denial and partisan
gridlock. It’s the subject of Tuesday’s editorial. Posted.
http://blog.sfgate.com/opinionshop/2013/03/11/guess-which-polluter-nation-just-shamed-u-s-on-climate/


Will California's cap and trade stifle low-carbon innovation? 
When the state of California recently launched the milestone
auction of greenhouse gas credits under its AB32 cap-and-trade
program, the environmental world — and forward-thinking companies
— applauded.  The program's long-term certainty should provide
confidence for investing in carbon-reducing projects, level the
playing field across fossil fuel and low-carbon energy choices,
and boost California's climate leadership. At Chevrolet, we are
encouraged by California's pioneering, economywide effort. 
Posted. 
http://www.greenbiz.com/news/2013/03/11/will-californias-cap-and-trade-stifle-low-carbon-innovation


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