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newsclips -- ARB Newsclips for June 26, 2013.

Posted: 26 Jun 2013 12:38:57
ARB Newsclips for June 26, 2013. 

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Climate chief welcomes federal emissions standards, is confident
cap and trade will be preserved. California's top climate change
official praised President Obama's announcement yesterday that he
would direct U.S. EPA to regulate existing power plants'
greenhouse gas emissions, saying the state's existing regulations
should mesh with federal ones. Mary Nichols, who as head of the
California Air Resources Board has pioneered an economywide
cap-and-trade system for greenhouse gases in the United
http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059983491/print BY

Calif. seeks to prevent spike in cap-and-trade permit prices.
California must plan ahead to ensure costs don't soar under its
fledgling market that limits greenhouse gas pollution, analysts
and businesses said yesterday. On the same day that President
Obama called for federal action on climate, Golden State
officials held an event focused on ways to protect California's
cap-and-trade system from toxic developments. Posted.
http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059983489/print BY


Conflict of Interest Charges Roil Air Pollution Board.  Last
year, Santa Barbara’s air quality violated one of California’s
benchmark standards only five times. In 1991, the number was
closer to 100. That’s the good news.  The bad news is that the
agency responsible for overseeing Santa Barbara’s air quality —
the Air Pollution Control District (APCD) — has been rocked in
recent weeks by conflict of interest allegations.  Posted. 

Interior study finds U.S. can store 'enormous amount' of CO2. The
United States has the geological potential to store between 2,400
and 3,700 metric gigatons of carbon dioxide in underground
formations, the U.S. Geological Study said in an "unprecedented
assessment" released this morning. Congress tasked the agency in
2007 with conducting a detailed review of underground carbon
storage capabilities across all 36 U.S. basins. Posted.
http://www.eenews.net/greenwire/stories/1059983520/print BY


Obama Puts Legacy at Stake With Clean-Air Act. With no chance of
Congressional support, President Obama is staking part of his
legacy on a big risk: that he can substantially reduce greenhouse
gas emissions by stretching the intent of a law decades old and
not written with climate change in mind. His plan, unveiled
Tuesday at Georgetown University in Washington, will set off
legal and political battles that will last years. Posted.

Obama Outlines Ambitious Plan to Cut Greenhouse Gases. President
Obama, declaring that “Americans across the country are already
paying the price of inaction,” announced sweeping measures on
Tuesday to reduce greenhouse gas pollution and prepare the nation
for a future of rising temperatures. Embracing wholeheartedly an
issue that could define his legacy but is sure to ignite new
political battles with Republicans…Posted.




http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059983492/print BY

Scientists underscore Obama's concerns about climate change and
severe weather. Severe flooding in India and wildfires in
Colorado provided a backdrop of recent examples of
weather-related disaster yesterday, as scientists and
policymakers discussed the science of severe weather events at
the American Geophysical Union's annual science policy conference
in Washington, D.C. Posted.
http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059983464/print BY

Green groups want EPA to act on carbon regs fast. The
double-edged sword of climate change and the end of the
president's term have environmentalists calling for the quickest
course possible to cutting carbon emissions from the nation's
power plants. During his speech yesterday at Georgetown
University, President Obama made U.S. EPA carbon regulations his
top priority in mitigating the effects of climate change in the
United States. Posted.
http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059983490/print BY

Obama's Climate-change Plan Lags California's. The plan President
Obama outlined Tuesday to fight global warming represents a major
step forward for the federal government. But by California's
standards, it's practically old hat.  And the state's efforts to
combat climate change remain more ambitious than Obama's plan,
unveiled in a speech at Georgetown University. Posted.


EPA, CHP check diesel emissions. Intent on impressing the
importance of minimizing gas emissions on heavy-duty truck
drivers, the California Environmental Protection Agency and the
California Highway Patrol jointly established a surprise
inspection checkpoint Tuesday morning at Abbott Street in
Salinas. “California has the worst air quality in the nation, so
by making sure our rigs are in compliance with the state
regulation laws…Posted.


Obama's climate plan takes aim at coal plants. America is slowly
moving toward cleaner sources of energy and using less of it
overall. President Barack Obama's plan to fight climate change
will accelerate those trends. The plan aims to reduce power-plant
emissions of carbon dioxide, increase America's reliance on
natural gas and renewables and make trucks, homes and businesses
more efficient. Posted. 

How shale gas can slow global climate change. Shale gas has done
much to reduce US emissions as the nation shifts from coal to
natural gas, Holland writes, but the US is exporting record
amounts of coal, essentially outsourcing part of the emissions
that would otherwise have been produced here. Globalizing the
shale revolution could change that. The United States has seen a
remarkable run in reducing its greenhouse gas emissions over the
last five years…Posted.

Methane leaks from fracking may cancel out climate advantage for
natural gas. It is still uncertain how much methane leaks into
the atmosphere during the process of drilling natural gas, and
some worry the environmental impact of leaks may be a bigger
concern than potential water supply contamination during
hydraulic fracturing.  Supporters argue that natural gas has been
a key element of U.S. carbon emissions reductions because it
reduces dependence on coal-burning plants. Posted.
http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059983461/print BY

Methane studies need common measures -- White House science
office. Uncertainty dogs research when it comes to methane
leakage from oil and gas operations. Studies have pointed out
leakage rates anywhere from 1.5 percent to 11 percent, a range
wide enough to make all the difference between natural gas being
beneficial or detrimental to the climate. Posted.
http://www.eenews.net/energywire/stories/1059983495/print BY

Seeking relevance, alt fuels aim to 'play nice' to avoid
infighting. Proponents of alternative fuels yesterday sought to
downplay competition among their various factions, from propane
autogas to electric vehicles. With 99 percent of new vehicles
hitting the road in the United States still powered by
conventional gasoline or diesel, speakers at the Alternative
Clean Transportation Expo in Washington, D.C., said that there is
plenty of opportunity for unconventional fuels to edge into the
market without stepping on each other's toes. Posted.
http://www.eenews.net/energywire/stories/1059983494/print BY


Electric car industry reps cheered by market growth. The electric
vehicle network is expanding in both technological advances and
new markets, according to representatives from the auto industry
and energy community. During a press call Tuesday, Nissan North
America and Bosch Automotive Service Solutions highlighted rising
sales for electric cars and 240-volt charging stations. “We’re on
a roll,” said Brendan Jones, director of EV infrastructure
strategy for Nissan. Posted.

Electric car: lease or buy? If you're considering driving an
electric car, you may be wondering whether you should lease or
buy the vehicle. Buying a car may make sense for drivers who will
take their vehicle on extended trips every year, while leasing a
car saves you the risk of permanently losing battery capacity.
You're considering a plug-in electric car. Should you lease or
buy? It's a question that all new-car shoppers face--but for
electric cars, there are some special considerations. Posted.


Vestas Gains as Obama Vows Wind Energy Support: Copenhagen Mover.
Vestas Wind Systems A/S (VWS) jumped the most among Copenhagen’s
benchmark stocks today after U.S. President Barack Obama pledged
to boost investment in renewable energy. Vestas advanced as much
as 5.7 percent, the biggest increase in the Nasdaq OMX Copenhagen
20 index, and traded at 76.45 kroner at 9:51 a.m. in the Danish
capital with volume at 29 percent of the three-month daily
average. Posted.


Ratepayer advocate asks utilities commission to cut San Onofre
rates. The ratepayer advocacy arm of the California Public
Utilities Commission called on the commission Tuesday to speed up
its review of the costs of the outage at the San Onofre nuclear
plant and to immediately cut hundreds of millions of dollars from
rates. San Onofre was taken offline in January 2012 after a tube
in one of the plant's newly replaced steam generators leaked a
small amount of radioactive steam. Posted.


Bittersweet Achievement on Climate. PRESIDENT OBAMA’s
announcement on Tuesday that he will use his executive authority
to regulate carbon-dioxide emissions from existing power plants,
and to finalize rules for plants that have yet to be built, is
reason to celebrate — but also an occasion for mourning. The
announcement reflects Congress’s refusal to pass serious laws to
curb greenhouse-gas emissions. Posted.

At Last, an Action Plan on Climate. President Obama has long
believed, as have we, that the surest way to address the threats
of climate change is to put a price on the carbon emissions that
power plants, cars and other users of fossil fuels emit in great
quantities, without cost to the polluters but at great cost to
the planet. Congress has refused to enact such a program, so Mr.
Obama has now stepped forward with measures he can pursue without
Congressional consent. Posted.

Obama's global warming plan: Not enough but better than nothing. 
The following editorial appeared in The Baltimore Sun on Tuesday,
June 25: With this week's heat wave, air quality warnings and
severe weather forecasts as a backdrop, President Barack Obama
could scarcely have picked a more auspicious moment to reveal his
multi-pronged plan to address climate change.  Posted. 


Porsche Electric Vehicle Prototype Goes Up in Flames. It has been
a tough year for many in the electric vehicle industry, and the
new technology just scored another negative headline. On Tuesday
night in the German city of Ludwigsburg, a Porsche prototype with
an alternative drive went up in flames due to a technical defect,
causing extensive damages, the police said. That’s bad news for
the whole industry. Posted.

Obama’s Ambitious Global Warming Action Plan. In advance of
President Obama’s speech Tuesday afternoon laying out his
three-pronged plan to cut releases of greenhouse gases and the
impacts of global warming, White House officials circulated
detailed fact sheets and discussed the plans with journalists,
including me, last night. They laid out an impressive array of
steps, most of which have long been in the pipeline or
anticipated and which can be carried out without congressional
approval. Posted.

California Official Welcomes Obama’s Climate Program.  President
Obama introduced his long-awaited plan to combat climate change
in a speech today at Georgetown. He’s directing the EPA to limit
greenhouse gas emissions from new and existing power plants,
supporting more renewable energy development and expanding
efficiency standards for appliances. Posted. 

Supreme Court will hear big clean-air case. It’s been a week of
refreshing news for fans of unpolluted air. As Barack Obama on
Tuesday was calling for greenhouse gas limits on power plants,
clean air advocates were also celebrating a decision by the
Supreme Court to hear an important case on power-plant pollution.
The EPA’s Cross-State Air Pollution Rule was designed to cut down
on life-threatening power-plant pollution that blows across state
borders. Posted.

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