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ARB Newsclips for April 17, 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. CAP AND TRADE Second group sues to stop California's cap and trade carbon auction. A second group filed suit today challenging California's cap and trade carbon auction, calling it a giant tax that wasn't properly approved by the Legislature. The lawsuit was filed by the Pacific Legal Foundation, a conservative organization based in Sacramento, on behalf of a group of businesses. An affiliate of the California Chamber of Commerce filed a similar lawsuit last fall, as the carbon program was getting underway. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2013/04/16/5346589/second-group-sues-to-stop-californias.html#mi_rss=Latest%20News?utm_source=feedly http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_23039019/conservative-group-sues-calif-over-cap-and-trade http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2013/apr/16/conservative-group-sues-calif-over-cap-and-trade/ http://www.modbee.com/2013/04/17/2673222/second-suit-targets-californias.html#storylink=misearch#storylink=cpy BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY http://www.bizjournals.com/sacramento/news/2013/04/16/pacific-legal-foundation-suit-cap-trade.html http://www.chicoer.com/ci_23042536/lawsuit-against-california-air-resources-board-challenges-cap http://www.dailydemocrat.com/news/ci_23042519/woodland-business-challenges-cap-and-trade-auction-regulation http://www.news10.net/news/california/article/241378/430/Cap-and-trade-system-leads-to-lawsuit http://www.dailyjournal.net/view/story/2f051057c1864da4b56196561774fb3d/CA--California-Greenhouse-Gases-Lawsuit/ http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2013/04/17/9 BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY Harvard Don Tells EU Kill Grants to Save Carbon: Energy Markets. Europe may have to change course to save the world’s biggest carbon market after an unprecedented plunge in pollution-permit prices, according to a pioneer of so- called cap-and-trade systems designed to help the environment. The European Union should consider moving away from costly subsidies for renewable energy and carbon-efficient projects, which compete with the market in meeting nations’ emission- reduction targets…Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-04-17/harvard-don-tells-eu-kill-grants-to-save-carbon-energy-markets.html Europe Vote Sets Back Carbon Plan. Europe, which led the world in creating a system of emission permits to combat greenhouse-gas emissions, dealt a potential death blow to that system on Tuesday. Focusing on immediate economic concerns over future environmental ones, the European Parliament narrowly rejected a proposal to cut the number of pollution permits. Fewer permits would have raised companies’ costs to emit greenhouse gases, which scientists have linked to global warming. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/17/business/global/europe-rejects-carbon-plan.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0 CLIMATE CHANGE Energy as Dirty as 20 Years Ago on Slow Climate Effort, IEA Says. The level of carbon emitted in global energy supplies has barely changed in 20 years amid stalled efforts to curb pollution and increased coal use, the International Energy Agency said. A boom in renewable technologies such as wind and solar and the 1997 Kyoto Protocol accord aimed at limiting greenhouse-gas emissions in industrial nations hasn’t halted the trend, the Paris-based IEA said today in a report. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-04-17/energy-as-dirty-as-20-years-ago-on-slow-climate-effort-iea-says.html http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/04/17/us-carbon-energy-warming-idUSBRE93G05A20130417 Greenland Bets on Mining as Global Warming Hits Fishing Industry. Greenland is betting that rising mineral production will help cushion the impact of global warming on its fishing industry and boost economic growth in the Arctic island-nation as its pursues independence from Denmark. “In the past we’ve relied mainly on fisheries which made the economy very fragile,” Prime Minister Aleqa Hammond told reporters in Copenhagen today. “We need another way to stabilize the economy, and that will be mining. There’s really no alternative to that.” Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-04-17/greenland-bets-on-mining-as-global-warming-hits-fishing-industry.html CALTRANS DETAILS MAJOR EFFORTS TO FIGHT CLIMATE CHANGE (Press Release) Caltrans today released a comprehensive report detailing its efforts to fight climate change by curbing greenhouse gas emissions and embracing new technology such as low-energy cement and efficient LED lighting. The report also describes the department’s efforts to adapt to the negative effects of climate change, such as more frequent and intense flooding and heat waves. Posted. http://www.desertnews.com/article_0562d408-a785-11e2-8857-0019bb2963f4.html http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/paffairs/news/pressrel/13pr030.htm In absence of action on climate, national ocean plan focuses on adaptation. The Obama administration released its plan for managing the nation's ocean resources yesterday, and in the sections of the plan dealing with climate change, the focus is mainly on adaptation. The purpose of the plan is to translate President Obama's National Ocean Policy, created in 2010 by executive order, into action. It assigns tasks and aims to coordinate the efforts of various federal agencies that manage coastal and ocean resources, including the Great Lakes, as part of an effort to better manage ocean and coastal resources. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2013/04/17/8 BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY Column- Cool roofs, New York summers and global warming: Kemp. Converting the world's roofs from dark colours to reflective white would cancel the warming effect of 1 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide each year for the lifetime of the roof, according to former California Energy Commissioner Arthur Rosenfeld. The reduction in warming would be equivalent to taking half the world's cars off the road for 20 years, Rosenfeld wrote in a recent commentary for the International Energy Agency ("White roofs cool the world efficiency" April 3). Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/04/17/column-kemp-cool-roofing-idUSL5N0D42XI20130417?feedType=RSS DIESEL EMISSIONS Supreme Court seems open to nixing L.A. 'clean truck' program. Supreme Court justices today appeared receptive to the trucking industry's call to strike down a Port of Los Angeles program designed to clean up some of the country's most diesel-polluted air. The port, the largest in the country, launched its Clean Truck Program in 2008 and has cut diesel particulate emissions from trucks by more than 50 percent. But trucking associations argue that the port's program…Posted. http://www.eenews.net/Greenwire/print/2013/04/16/1 BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY FUELS Route Change Forces Keystone Foes to Shift Focus. Opponents of the Keystone XL pipeline used to have a simple argument: the project would endanger Nebraska’s delicate Sand Hills region, a vast network of dunes and wetlands that have been designated a National Natural Landmark. State leaders, including Republican Governor David Heineman, opposed the project on those grounds. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-04-17/route-change-forces-keystone-foes-to-shift-aim-to-climate-change.html DWP watchdog warns high cost comes with L.A.'s coal-free plan. DWP's ratepayer advocate says eliminating coal from the utility's power mix ahead of a state deadline is expected to cost more than $600 million. Weeks after Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa celebrated his plan to move the city off of coal-fired energy, a city watchdog has attached a giant price tag to the initiative. Fred Pickel, the ratepayer advocate at the Department of Water and Power, said Monday that eliminating coal from the utility's power mix ahead of a state-mandated deadline is projected to cost more than $600 million. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-no-coal-costs-20130417,0,4877221.story Natural gas prices rise from historic lows. Wholesale natural gas prices have doubled during the last year, and that's bringing sighs of relief from an unusual variety of interests. Soaring production and an unusually warm winter sent prices plunging to under $2 per thousand cubic feet last spring, prompting some to wonder whether the natural gas boom would kill demand for both coal and new renewable energy. Posted. http://www.modbee.com/2013/04/17/2673746/natural-gas-prices-rise-from-historic.html#storylink=misearch#storylink=cpy BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY VEHICLES California Regulator Scolds Carmakers on EV Petition. Automakers are undermining the progress they’re making in expanding the market for electric cars and other zero-emission vehicles by petitioning against California’s mandates, a state regulator said today. The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers and the Association of Global Automakers filed a petition with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency last month to block California’s requirement that 1.4 million electric, plug-in hybrid, and fuel cell vehicles be sold by 2025. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/print/2013-04-16/california-regulator-scolds-carmakers-on-ev-petition.html California official to lobbyists: Drop zero-emissions fight. The head of the California Air Resources Board on Tuesday called for two automotive lobbying groups to rescind their petition asking the Environmental Protection Agency to reassess California's zero-emissions vehicle requirements. The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers and Association of Global Automakers last month filed a petition in an effort to fight California's ZEV sales requirements. Posted. http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130417/AUTO01/304170326#ixzz2QkGAVMaG New Auto Technology On Display At Cobo. The world’s automotive engineers are in Detroit this week for the largest auto conference of the year, the SAE World Congress. The event, held every year at Cobo Center, is three days of technical presentations, along with an exhibit hall full of new innovations. Some of those will be in the cars of the future, some will never make it. “Our focus this year is on achieving efficiency,” says Patty Kreh, who’s the business unit leader for SAE conference. Posted.http://detroit.cbslocal.com/2013/04/16/new-auto-technology-on-display-at-cobo/ California clean air chief to automakers: We can work together. California doesn’t have to be the bogey man of the auto industry. That was the gist of comments by Mary Nichols, chair of the California Air Resources Board, to thousands of engineers gathered at Cobo Center for the Society of Automotive Engineers annual World Congress. California has long challenged the auto industry with tougher air quality and fuel economy regulations than the federal government. Posted. http://www.freep.com/article/20130416/BUSINESS01/304160112/automakers-california-fisker-tesla-hybrids http://www.mydesert.com/article/C4/20130416/BUSINESS01/304160112/automakers-california-fisker-tesla-hybrids Efficiency top of mind at SAE conference in Detroit. Thousands of engineers and technical experts descend on Detroit beginning today for this year's Society of Automotive Engineers International World Congress. Among the issues on the minds of those behind the next generation of automobiles are autonomous cars, fuel-efficiency gains and other "game changers" facing the industry. The theme for this year's conference, which runs through Thursday at Cobo Center, is "Achieving Efficiency,"…Posted. http://www.dailynews.com/auto/news/ci_23033662 http://automotivedigest.com/2013/04/sae-world-congress-focuses-on-efficiency/ http://m.detnews.com/autos/article?a=2013304160322&f=1213 Chinese firm to open bus factory in Lancaster. On the final day of Gov. Brown's trade mission, he announces that the first Chinese-owned vehicle plant in the U.S. will build plug-in electric buses. Gov. Jerry Brown, visiting the headquarters of an electric car and bus manufacturer here, announced Tuesday that the company would open a factory in Lancaster, the first Chinese-owned vehicle plant on American soil. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-brown-buses-20130417,0,640360.story Prius drives Toyota past 5-million mark in global hybrid sales. Since introducing the first Prius in Japan back in 1997, Toyota Motor Corp. has sold 5 million hybrids worldwide, including 2 million in the U.S., the automaker said Wednesday. Toyota said the owners of its hybrids have saved more than 3 billion gallons of gasoline compared with vehicles powered by gasoline only. According to Department of Energy estimates, the hybrid vehicles on the road today save nearly 500 million gallons of petroleum annually in the U.S. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/business/autos/la-fi-hy-toyota-prius-hybrid-sales-20130417,0,5735004.story?track=rss http://www.vcstar.com/news/2013/apr/16/toyotas-hybrid-vehicle-sales-pass-5-million/#ixzz2QjpZF8LN Auto exec sees new efficiency in internal combustion engines. Despite all the fanfare around electric cars, the internal combustion engine is still going to power most vehicles in the United States and around the world for decades. Even as environmental policy discussions shifted away from nitrogen oxides and smog toward carbon dioxide and climate change, pistons are still the preferred way to turn wheels. Facing this reality, automakers are redesigning cars and engines to hit new efficiency targets and make the best use of new fuel varieties. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2013/04/17/4 BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY HIGH SPEED RAIL High-speed rail bidder fights back at critics. Los Angeles construction magnate Ron Tutor, whose company wants to partner in building the first segment of California’s high-speed rail system, returned fire on Tuesday at critics who say he has a history of cost overruns and expensive lawsuits. His joint venture of Tutor Perini/Zachry/Parsons has submitted the “best apparent value” bid of $985 million for the first segment of the rail line, below the $1.09 billion proposal by the next-lowest bidder. Rail officials had estimated the cost of the first segment at $1.2 billion to $1.8 billion. Posted. http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2013/apr/17/tp-high-speed-rail-bidder-fights-back-at-critics/ GREEN ENERGY Who’s the world leader in clean energy? China. China overtook the United States last year as the global leader in clean energy investment while American spending on renewables dropped nearly 40 percent, according to a report to be released Wednesday by the Pew Charitable Trusts. “The center of gravity in the clean energy world has shifted from the United States and Europe to China,” the report concluded. China’s leaders are intensely focused on clean energy. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2013/04/16/5347006/whos-the-world-leader-in-clean.html Europe Faces a Crisis in Energy Costs. The signs are everywhere. Britain has been unable to reach a deal for its first new nuclear power station since the 1990s. Spain, once a clean-energy enthusiast, has slashed its backing for wind and solar power. Even the European Union’s flagship environmental achievement of recent years, its Emissions Trading System for carbon dioxide, is beset by existential doubts. On Tuesday, the European Parliament batted away an effort to bolster anemic carbon prices on the E.T.S. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/18/business/energy-environment/18iht-green18.html RENEWABLE ENERGY: Desert residents want say in planning. San Bernardino County supervisors and their High Desert constituents agreed that residents need to be much more involved in a multi-agency effort to identify which parts of the desert should be developed with renewable energy and which should be set aside for wildlife and other natural resources. During a supervisors’ study session Tuesday, April 16, about 50 people in the audience applauded when Supervisor Robert Lovingood said that…Posted. http://www.pe.com/local-news/topics/topics-environment-headlines/20130416-renewable-energy-desert-residents-want-say-in-planning.ece California utilities lead nation's growth in solar power. California utilities led the nation in integration of solar energy to their power portfolios in 2012, with Pacific Gas and Electric Co. and Southern California Edison together accounting for roughly 1,000 megawatts of new capacity, according to new rankings issued yesterday by the Solar Electric Power Association. But Eastern utilities are moving quickly to adopt utility-scale solar power, the nonprofit group found. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2013/04/17/6 BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY Fuel efficiency standards for cars create 'green' jobs, groups assert. An alliance of labor and environmental groups drove home the message yesterday that jobs are not at odds with the environment or economic growth. "It's not good jobs or a clean environment; it's not either-or," said Leo Gerrard, international president of the United Steelworkers union, at the sixth annual Good Jobs, Green Jobs summit yesterday in Washington, D.C. As the country faces the looming threat of climate change…Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2013/04/17/3 BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY MISCELLANEOUS A Pulitzer Prize, but Without a Newsroom to Put It In. When three reporters for InsideClimate News found out they won the Pulitzer Prize for national reporting on Monday, none were in the same city — Elizabeth McGowan was in Washington, Lisa Song was in Boston and David Hasemyer was in New York. InsideClimate News may be the leanest news start-up ever to be presented with a Pulitzer, journalism’s highest honor, a prize that is typically awarded to regional and national newspapers. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/17/business/media/insideclimate-news-hopes-to-build-on-pulitzer.html?partner=rss&emc=rss Zombie EV batteries could see second life on grid. There may be life after cars -- at least for electric vehicle batteries. Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers are planning to test whether used electric car batteries could provide backup power during a blackout, in a peak-demand period or to support renewable energy. The lab yesterday said it had developed a "first of its kind" test platform to connect five used Chevrolet Volt batteries together to provide power for short periods of time for a small commercial building or group of houses. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/Greenwire/print/2013/04/16/4 BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY BLOGS New Lawsuit Opposes California's Cap-and-Trade Carbon Market. California's quest to reduce global warming hit another obstacle on Tuesday. A conservative legal group filed suit to block California's new cap-and-trade carbon market. The Pacific Legal Foundation alleged that the market's charge for carbon emissions violates California law because it constitutes a tax, and taxes in California require approval by a two-third majority in both houses of the state Legislature. Posted. http://blogs.kqed.org/newsfix/2013/04/16/new-lawsuit-opposes-californias-cap-and-trade-carbon-market/ CARB Chair Mary Nichols tweaks automakers for fighting ZEV mandates. Mary Nichols, chairman of California Air Resources Board, recently took a jab at automaker trade groups for urging the US Environmental Protection Agency to block California's zero emission vehicle (ZEV) mandates. They're undermining the progress they've been making in creating the market for electric cars and other ZEVs, she said. Posted. http://green.autoblog.com/2013/04/17/carb-chair-mary-nichols-automakers-fighting-zev-mandates/ DOE’s Lawrence Berkeley Lab researchers developing new indoor air pollution standards. The U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) researchers are working on new building standards after discovering previously unknown indoor air pollutants. The lab’s researchers discovered that the aggregate health consequences of poor indoor air quality are as significant as those from all traffic accidents or infectious diseases in the United States. One major source of indoor pollutants in the home is cooking. Posted. http://www.bdcnetwork.com/doe%E2%80%99s-lawrence-berkeley-lab-researchers-developing-new-indoor-air-pollution-standards