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newsclips -- ARB Newsclips for May 22, 2013.

Posted: 22 May 2013 12:17:39
ARB Newsclips for May 22, 2013. 

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California's third carbon auction raises $280 million.
California's third carbon-allowance auction raised more than $280
million as polluters bid for the right to emit greenhouse gases,
state officials said today. The California Air Resources Board
released results of its third carbon auction, which was held last
Thursday. Carbon credits that let polluters emit greenhouse gases
this year sold for $14 a ton. Allowances for 2016 sold for the
minimum $10.71 a ton. Posted.

Carbon auction price rises. California's heavy industries spent
$280 million on greenhouse gas permits in the state's latest
carbon auction – a sign to environmentalists that the
controversial program is hitting its stride. The California Air
Resources Board, reporting on the results of its third carbon
auction, said credits that allow polluters to emit greenhouse
gases this year sold for $14 a ton. That's the highest price for
any of the auctions. Allowances for use in 2016 sold for the
minimum $10.71 a ton. Posted.

Environmentalists Lobby To Change Brown's Proposal For Cap and
Trade Funds. 
Environmentalists and other groups are urging lawmakers to reject
California Governor Jerry Brown’s budget proposal to borrow money
from the state’s cap and trade program. Money from the sale of
carbon pollution permits goes to a fund for programs that reduce
greenhouse gas emissions. The cap and trade program is relatively
new; it's only raised about $250 million so far. Posted.

Calif. cap and trade gains traction in third auction.
Participants showed high interest in California's third auction
of greenhouse gas credits, snapping up all of the available
permits for this year's emissions under the state's landmark
cap-and-trade system. All of the 14.5 million allowances
available for companies' 2013 emissions sold at $14 per ton last
week, a slight uptick in price from the previous sale in
February, according to results released yesterday by the
California Air Resources Board. Posted.
http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059981604/print BY


Science Can’t Pin Powerful Tornadoes on Global Climate Change.
Powerful tornadoes like the one that leveled parts of an Oklahoma
City suburb have varied widely in number in the past three years,
for reasons that can’t be blamed on climate change, a federal
researcher said. “The climate has changed but not by a ridiculous
amount,” said Harold Brooks, research meteorologist at the
National Severe Storms Laboratory in Norman, Oklahoma. Posted.

Majority thinks global warming, clean energy should be
priorities. Global warming and clean energy should be priorities
for Congress and the president, a majority of Americans said in a
recent survey. In the survey, released Tuesday by Yale and George
Mason universities, 70% of American adults say global warming
should be a priority for the nation’s leaders, while 87% say
leaders should make it a priority to develop sources of clean
energy. Those support levels have dropped by 7% and 5% 
respectively  since fall.  Posted.

Thawing tundra soils could produce lower CO2 emissions than
previously thought – study. Researchers have uncovered a
mechanism in the Alaskan tundra that doesn't seem to follow the
climate change script for soil carbon. For years, scientists have
shown that rising temperatures stimulate microbes that decay
plant matter, releasing carbon more quickly into the atmosphere.
http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059981563/print BY

Green groups rally for progress on global emissions deal.
Environmental groups protested outside a meeting of delegates to
the International Civil Aviation Organization yesterday in
Montreal against the agency's slow progress on a global agreement
to reduce greenhouse gases from the aviation sector. "People
don't like delays on their flights, and they don't like delays on
this issue," said Keya Chatterjee, international climate policy
director with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). Posted.
http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059981590/print BY


College fossil-fuel divestment movement builds. In an effort to
slow the pace of climate change, students at more than 200
colleges are asking their schools to stop investing in fossil
fuel companies. The Fossil Free campaign argues that if it's
wrong to pour pollution into the air and contribute to climate
change, it's also wrong to profit from it. The strategy, modeled
after anti-apartheid campaigns of the 1980s, aims to limit the
flow of capital to fossil fuel companies by making their stocks
morally and financially unattractive. Posted.

'Unthinkable' only a few years ago, U.S. could be net exporter of
fuel by 2035. The boom in U.S. energy supply brought on by new
access to tight oil and gas has transformed the U.S. energy
outlook in ways unimaginable only a few years ago, according to
industry groups and monitors who spoke yesterday at the 2013
Deloitte Energy Conference. Paired with the clear and present
need to move toward a low-carbon economy, that new wealth could
see the United States reclaim its place as a net exporter of
energy within a few decades, they said. Posted.
http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059981605/print BY


Solar industry pushes for more use in Ga. The solar industry in
Georgia is pushing a power monopoly to expand its use of solar
energy as it plans to meet the state's electricity needs over the
next two decades. State utility regulators heard testimony
Tuesday on the energy plans from Southern Co. subsidiary Georgia
Power, which must submit new plans every three years. Advocates
for the state's solar power industry and tea party leaders fault
Georgia Power for not including new forms of solar energy in its
planning. Posted.

Solar plane departs Phoenix on 2nd leg of US trip. A
solar-powered plane is flying from Arizona to Texas on the second
leg of a trip across the United States. The Solar Impulse is
making the first attempt by a solar airplane capable of flying
day and night without fuel to fly across the U.S. The plane took
off from Phoenix's Sky Harbor International Airport at 4:47 a.m.
MST Wednesday and is scheduled to arrive in Dallas early Thursday
morning. Pilot Andre Borschebrg is one of the plane's creators
along with Bertrand Piccard. Posted. 


Viewpoints: Brown should not retreat from investing cap-and-trade
money. We had such high hopes in April. California recently
collected nearly half a billion dollars under its new emissions
trading system, which "caps" industrial greenhouse gas emissions
and requires firms to obtain pollution permits for every ton of
carbon they emit. The state's unenviable next task was to choose
among all the worthy options to meet the law's requirement to
invest those proceeds in projects that further the goals of AB
32, the state's landmark clean energy law. Posted.

Climate-change deniers have the science wrong. The climate-change
deniers get it wrong again. In regard to some of the misguided
letters you published from opponents of a carbon tax: David L.
Kolstad simply assumes that a carbon tax hinders the economy. But
renewable energies create more jobs per unit output than fossil
energy. That is well documented. In response to Vance Frederick:
A carbon tax won't be collected from renewable energy, thereby
making it more competitive (renewable energy sources don't burn
fossil fuels). Posted.


$500 million cap-and-trade loan to state hits wall of opposition.
Gov. Jerry Brown's proposal to shift $500 million in
cap-and-trade fees levied on business for greenhouse emissions
into the state budget ran into bipartisan opposition Tuesday. The
two Democrats and one Republican on a Senate budget subcommittee
denounced Brown's plan, which was included in a revision of his
state budget last week. Posted.

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