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newsclips -- ARB Newsclips for April 26, 2013.

Posted: 26 Apr 2013 13:51:49
ARB Newsclips for April 26, 2013. 

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California Air Board Backs Spending Plan for Carbon Sale Revenue.
 California regulators backed a state plan to spend proceeds from
carbon permit sales on energy efficiency, clean transportation
and natural resources programs.  The state Air Resources Board
voted today to support the proposal from the state Finance
Department to invest the first three years of revenue from the

Regulators get to the tough part of cap and trade -- how to spend
the money effectively.  Better scrutiny is needed to ensure that
revenues from California's landmark cap-and-trade auctions fund
the best choices for cutting greenhouse gas emissions, state air
board members said yesterday. A week after the Golden State
released its draft plan for spending cap-and-trade money, some
Air Resources Board (ARB) members said they wanted ways of
evaluating the most worthy recipients, to avoid charges that the
program plays favorites. Posted.
http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2013/04/26/1 BY


Suits over Oceano Dunes dust-control rule tossed. A judge in San
Luis Obispo County has dismissed two lawsuits that challenged a
controversial rule that requires parks officials to reduce the
amount of dust blowing off the Oceano Dunes State Vehicular
Recreation Area. The Tribune ( http://bit.ly/15Rb3A5) says the
suits challenged several aspects of the air pollution rule but
mainly attacked the science it was based on. Posted.


Is Air Pollution Contributing To Hardened Arteries?  Smog and car
exhaust can take a toll on the heart, and the latest research
explores how.  Previous studies have shown an association between
badly polluted air and a heightened risk of heart attack stroke,
and researchers have started to investigate how pollutants could
exert such harm. Some have documented the increased inflammation
that pollution can trigger, as well as changes in blood pressure
and the activity of clotting factors in the blood that could
promote heart disease. Posted. 


In Midwest, Drought Gives Way to Flood. The nation’s midsection,
which was for months parched by severe drought, suddenly finds
itself contending with the opposite: severe flooding that has
forced evacuations, slowed commercial barge traffic down the
Mississippi River and left farmers with submerged fields during a
crucial planting time. The flooding, driven in part by rainfall
of as much as eight inches in some places last week, has affected
a remarkably wide stretch in states along swollen rivers in the
Midwest. Posted.

S.J. making gains with green efforts.  The amount of greenhouse
gas emitted during the day-to-day operation of San Joaquin County
government dropped 24 percent over a five-year period, according
to a recent report.  The county used less fuel in its vehicles
and electricity in its buildings from 2005 to 2010, but the
biggest reduction in emissions of the gases responsible for
climate change came from efforts to rein in the methane gas
escaping from the decaying garbage in the county's network of
landfills.  Posted. 

Researchers unmask climate secrets of sea spray and clouds. In
the late 1990s, the Hydraulics Laboratory at the Scripps
Institution of Oceanography nearly closed. The lab, founded in
1964, had lost its permanent funding. Grant Deane, a physical
oceanographer at the University of California, San Diego, stepped
up to head the lab and rescue it from a possible shutdown. "I was
a user of the facility at that time, but I had a broader vision
for what could be done beyond my own work," Deane said. Posted.
http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2013/04/26/2 BY


State College mayor urges fossil fuel divestment. The mayor of
the central Pennsylvania borough of State College has endorsed a
campaign that urges municipalities to divest from fossil fuel
companies, the environmental group 350.org said in a release
Thursday. Borough Mayor Elizabeth Goreham joined nine other
mayors in urging municipalities to divest from the top 200 fossil
fuel companies because of climate change, but other officials
said the issue hasn't been voted on. Posted.

NASA measures effects of jet engine biofuel.  NASA researchers
said Thursday that test flights conducted in California have
shown a commercial jet could fly safely with a blend of jet fuel
that includes a plant oil.  Scientists at NASA's Langley Research
center in Hampton said there was no noticeable difference in the
engine performance of a DC-8 aircraft flying as high as 39,000
feet on the biofuel mix made from the camelina plant oil. Posted.

TransCanada Lashes Out at EPA Over Keystone, Asserts Canadian
'Sovereignty'. The Canadian company calls the scope and tone of
the agency’s comments on the pipeline that will bisect the U.S.
heartland 'somewhat surprising.' The Canadian builder of the
Keystone XL pipeline has lashed out at the Environmental
Protection Agency for recommending that the United States and
Canada work together to reduce the emissions of greenhouse gases
from the tar sands crude that the pipeline would carry to
refineries on the U.S. gulf coast. Posted.

9 U.S. cities including San Francisco, Seattle weigh divestment
from fossil fuels. Environmental activist Bill McKibben's
campaign to divest from fossil fuels has moved from college
campuses to city hall -- with some promise of success. Yesterday,
leaders from nine U.S. cities announced a decision to urge
divestment from the 200 largest companies associated with fossil
fuels. Officials from San Francisco; Ithaca, N.Y.; State College,
Pa.; Eugene, Ore.; Richmond, Calif.; and Berkeley, Calif., were
among those supporting divestment. Posted.
http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2013/04/26/5 BY

Billionaire Calif. climate activist and Keystone XL opponent not
opposed to all fracking. Billionaire climate activist and
Keystone XL opponent Tom Steyer isn't opposed to hydraulic
fracturing for natural gas. The former San Francisco hedge fund
manager has been making a foray into national politics after
bankrolling two successful California campaigns, including one
against oil companies' bid to roll back the state's landmark
global warming law. Posted.
http://www.eenews.net/energywire/print/2013/04/26/2 BY


In Two-Way Charging, Electric Cars Begin to Earn Money From the
Grid. In Two-Way Charging, Electric Cars Begin to Earn Money From
the Grid. Finally, payback for the plug-in.  A line of Mini
Coopers, each attached to the regional power grid by a thick
cable plugged in where a gasoline filler pipe used to be, no
longer just draws energy. The power now flows two ways between
the cars and the electric grid, as the cars inject and suck power
in tiny jolts, and get paid for it. Posted.

Hybrid cars to join U.S. government's fleet under new program.
The U.S. Department of the Interior will become the first federal
agency to take advantage of a new program to update its fleet of
vehicles with gas-sipping hybrids. The initiative is part of a
General Services Administration effort to replace aging
government cars with as many as 10,000 hybrids. The Interior
Department will receive 300 gasoline and alternative-fuel
vehicles--about a third of the vehicles the department is
expecting to replace. Posted.

Auto review: Camry hybrid rolls on. Last year, Toyota introduced
the redesigned midsize Camry Hybrid sedan, which came as part of
the makeover of the entire Camry line. The hybrid got a revised
Synergy Drive system, with a new 2.5-liter four-cylinder gasoline
engine and improved fuel economy. Changes to the hybrid were part
of an overall Camry makeover, including the gasoline-only models.
Hybrid prices this year range from $26,140 for the base LE to
$27,670 for the top-of-the-line XLE. Posted.

Electric Vehicles Speed Ahead. Electric vehicles (EVs) are
generating a lot of buzz lately. At this week's Bloomberg New
Energy Finance Summit, influential characters repeatedly spoke of
the EV revolution with gleeful enthusiasm. Meanwhile, the
Shanghai Motor Show is opening up the throttle right this minute,
and EVs have a lot to do with it. This is a glittery bandwagon,
folks. Jump on? Posted.

Diesel, hybrid registrations way up – report. Registrations for
clean diesel cars and sport utility vehicles nationwide increased
by nearly 25 percent from 2010 through 2012, with Texas having
the most diesel vehicles in 2012, according to a leading diesel
fuel advocacy group. This week, the Diesel Technology Forum,
relying on data compiled by Michigan-based R.L. Polk and Co.,
found that registrations for diesel cars and SUVs around the
country increased from 640,779 in 2010 to 796,794 at the end of
2012, a 24.3 percent increase. Posted.
http://www.eenews.net/Greenwire/print/2013/04/26/19 BY


High-speed rail agency changed bidding standards. State officials
expanded the field in hopes of saving millions. When the
California High-Speed Rail Authority put the first stretch of its
statewide train system out for bids last year, the agency set a
high technical standard for five contracting teams courting the
more than $1 billion construction contract. In March 2012, the
authority's board decreed that even if all five teams submitted
bids… Posted.


Solar system dedication takes places in Monroe. A solar energy
system installed on the grounds of a religious community in
southeastern Michigan is part of a broader commitment to
sustainable living, those involved in the project said Friday.
The 518-kilowatt system was dedicated on the Immaculate Heart of
Mary Motherhouse Campus in Monroe. It cost $2.6 million and
consists of more than 2,000 photovoltaic modules. It covers three
acres and links to the DTE Energy Co. electric grid. Posted.

Missing pieces of renewable energy puzzle -- policy and finance
-- may soon emerge, report says. The future is mostly bright for
the renewable energy sector, according to Eric Martinot, author
of the "Renewables Global Futures Report 2013." The report,
released yesterday by the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the
21st Century (REN21), drives home the message that the world has
made dramatic advances in renewable technology and is waiting for
policy and finance to catch up. "We're thinking about renewable
energy as if it's still 1995. Posted.
http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2013/04/26/8 BY


Environmentalists want slowdown on NC Senate bill. North Carolina
environmental groups want the Senate to slow down a bill that
would roll back state and local environmental regulations that
are tougher than federal standards. The bill requires cities,
counties and numerous state agencies to repeal or rewrite rules
that go beyond federal law. Posted.

Science Museum publishes climate change novel.  The Science
Museum has published its first ever work of fiction, a novel by
its former writer-in-residence Tony White that was inspired by a
lost fragment by one of the members of Robert Falcon Scott's
ill-fated 1911 Antarctic expedition – one of the earliest tales
ever to mention climate change.  Posted. 


Five myths about electric cars.  The troubles of
electric-car-maker Fisker Automotive have fueled another round of
debate about whether plug-ins can live up to their promises. The
California start-up, which had already halted production and laid
off most of its employees, missed a federal loan payment Monday
and told a congressional hearing on Wednesday that it may not be
able to avoid bankruptcy. This is probably the end of the road
for Fisker. But definitely not for electric cars. Let me dispel
some of the myths.  Posted. 

Public Sentiment About the Keystone Oil Pipeline. To the Editor:
“Canadians,” Joe Nocera tells his readers, “believe that the
United States would be nuts to reject” the proposed construction
of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, which would pump millions of
barrels of oil extracted from Alberta’s tar sands across the
United States to the Gulf Coast (“Canada’s Oil Minister,
Unmuzzled,” column, April 25). This comes as a surprise to me. I
live in Canada, and at least in my circles I don’t know a single
Canadian who supports the project. Posted.

The Safety of Chemicals. To the Editor: Re “Think Those Chemicals
Have Been Tested?” (news analysis, Sunday Review, April 14) and
“A Toothless Law on Toxic Chemicals” (editorial, April 19): There
has been misinformation and negative publicity about high-profile
chemicals, resulting in public anxiety and calls to overhaul
existing laws. We agree that it is past time to reform our
chemical control law, but scare stories don’t serve the cause.

Viewpoints: California, Quebec join to take lead on climate
policy. Climate change has no boundaries. It affects everyone in
our global community. Actions taken in one place – like
increasing emissions at an old power plant – have a negative
impact on those living half a planet away. For this reason,
effective solutions to climate change must also have no
boundaries. We have watched as international climate negotiations
have stuttered and stalled…Posted.

Letters: Try driving smarter. Re "A tax everyone can love,"
Opinion, April 21If folks are leery of paying taxes to cover the
actual costs of burning oil, there are two things they can do to
mitigate the effects of the carbon tax that Doyle McManus
discusses in his column. To start, our national fleet of vehicles
is grossly inefficient. In 2012, the average fuel economy for new
cars sold in the U.S. was about 24 miles per gallon. Posted.


AM Alert: Fisheries panel hears from scientists,
conservationists. Swordfish, salmon, crustaceans and sea urchins
are some of the agenda items before the Legislature today. The
40th annual Fisheries Forum is in town, and lawmakers who sit on
the Joint Committee on Fisheries and Aquaculture will hear from
scientists, conservationists and fishermen representing locales
from San Diego to San Mateo County. Also appearing before the
committee will be John Laird, secretary of the…Posted.

The Global Carbon Market is Taking Shape.  As California prepares
to form a strategic partnership with Quebec to link its cap and
trade program, it is fascinating to examine developments in the
global carbon market.  The European Union made news this week
experiencing a major setback on its proposal for back-loading, a
measure to shift carbon allowances to the back end of the
compliance period in order to stabilize the EU ETS carbon price. 

Chrysler CEO: natural gas better than electricity to move
vehicles, so government should back off.  Fiat-Chrysler CEO
Sergio Marchionne continues to believe natural gas as the most
viable alternative to conventional fueling and says government
should stop pushing electric-drive ahead of other
advanced-powertrain choices, the Detroit News says.  Marchionne
calls natural gas "the cleanest alternative available" …Posted. 

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