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ARB Newsclips for June 28, 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. AIR RESOURCES BOARD ARB competition crowns Davis 'coolest' California city. Davis today was honored by the state Air Resources Board as the "Coolest California City" in an ARB-sponsored competition recognizing efforts by households to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The yearlong CoolCalifornia Challenge involved eight cities statewide, with a goal of attaining the largest citywide carbon footprint reduction. Posted. http://www.modbee.com/2013/06/27/2782768/arb-competition-crowns-davis-coolest.html#storylink=cpy City named the 'coolest' in air board competition. Davis is the "Coolest California City." So say UC Berkeley researchers who awarded Davis the top prize in the Cool California Challenge for efforts to lower greenhouse gas emissions. Chula Vista and Tracy were runners-up and also were named "Cool California Cities." The three cities were recognized Thursday by the Air Resources Board, which sponsored the competition. Posted. http://www.modbee.com/2013/06/28/2783644/city-named-the-coolest-in-air.html CAP AND TRADE Germany blocks EU carbon cap to protect automakers. Germany has blocked a European Union agreement on capping car carbon emissions because the deal could have cost jobs and harmed its domestic auto industry, officials said Friday. The blunt admission that Europe's biggest economy put business interests before environmental standards is at odds with Germany's image as a champion of green issues. Posted. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/E/EU_GERMANY_EU_AUTO_EMISSIONS?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT Other related articles: http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/germany-blocks-eu-deal-on-carbon-emissions-to-protect-domestic-auto-industry/2013/06/28/b2e56d00-dfea-11e2-8cf3-35c1113cfcc5_story.html http://www.insidebayarea.com/ci_23559148/germany-blocks-eu-carbon-cap-protect-automakers?IADID=Search-www.insidebayarea.com-www.insidebayarea.com http://www.fresnobee.com/2013/06/28/3364862/germany-blocks-eu-carbon-cap-to.html http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2013/jun/28/germany-blocks-eu-carbon-cap-to-protect-automakers/ AIR POLLUTION Beijing Residents Told to Stay In as Smog Exceeds Exposure Limit. Beijing told its 20 million residents to avoid outdoor activities as a U.S. Embassy pollution monitor showed levels of smog surpassing hazardous levels in the Chinese capital. Concentrations of PM2.5, fine air particulates that pose the greatest health risk, rose to 520 micrograms per cubic meter at 3 p.m. near Tiananmen Square from an average of 260 in the past 24 hours…Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-06-28/beijing-residents-told-to-stay-in-as-smog-exceeds-exposure-limit.html Bill extends various fees to fund air programs. The Assembly on Thursday advanced a bill extending a series of fees to pay for programs aimed at improving air quality. Democratic Assemblyman Henry Perea of Fresno said his legislation is needed to continue reducing air pollution. He says more than 90 percent of Californians live in counties with unhealthy air during some parts of the year. Posted. http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2013/jun/27/bill-extends-various-fees-to-fund-air-programs/ http://www.mantecabulletin.com/section/140/article/78030/ 'Small minority' of coal-fired plants request MATS extension – survey. Just over 10 percent of coal-fired power plants have asked for extra time in meeting U.S. EPA mercury and air toxics limits, and most of those requests are granted, according to a survey of state and local regulators. The National Association of Clean Air Agencies (NACAA), which conducted the survey, said the results show the controversial rules are working. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/greenwire/stories/1059983686/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY CLIMATE CHANGE Energy Secretary Optimistic on Obama’s Plan to Reduce Emissions. The short-term plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that President Obama outlined this week is achievable with some new programs and better management of existing ones, the new energy secretary, Ernest J. Moniz, said in an interview on Thursday. But he said reaching a longer-term goal would require bigger reductions as well as action from Congress. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/28/us/politics/energy-secretary-optimistic-on-obamas-plan-to-reduce-emissions.html?_r=0 Obama outlines ambitious plan to combat global warming. President Barack Obama laid out an ambitious campaign to address climate change Tuesday, mapping a course that would bypass Congress to cut emissions from hundreds of coal-fired electric power plants and setting the stage for a possible rejection of the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline. The effort could shape Obama's presidential legacy and fulfill a key promise of his 2008 campaign. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2013/06/27/5527775/obama-outlines-ambitious-plan.html#storylink=cpy New ice age data may alter climate change models. Far more of Earth's water was locked up as ice at the height of the last ice age than previously thought, and current climate change models may need to be adjusted to account for it, according to a new study. The research is the latest salvo from geophysicists who are re-examining assumptions made about Earth's crust by climatologists calculating ancient sea levels. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/science/article/New-ice-age-data-may-alter-climate-change-models-4630025.php Climate change grabs the attention of shareholders – study. Concerns over climate change seem to be slowly creeping into people's minds -- even shareholders'. According to a recent study by Ernst & Young, environmental and social concerns such as climate change are becoming the biggest priority for shareholders, amounting to 40 percent of all shareholder proposals for the first half of 2013. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059983618/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY 2 insiders take the reins on Obama's climate effort. After President Obama laid out his sweeping climate change plan Tuesday, he turned over the keys to two women who will oversee its implementation. Obama climate and energy adviser Heather Zichal, who works out of the White House Domestic Policy Council, appears to be taking the lead on the higher-profile component of the plan, involving efforts to lower carbon emissions. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/greenwire/stories/1059983688/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY DIESEL EMISSIONS CARB sets diesel course schedule for July, August. It may not lead to any diploma you’ll hang above a desk, but the most powerful state environmental body is offering to help truck owners learn how it enforces diesel regulations. The California Air Resources Board is making courses available for diesel truck owners to learn about exhaust after-treatment devices and how to comply with the Golden State’s web of truck emissions regulations. Posted. http://www.landlinemag.com/Story.aspx?StoryID=25399 FUELS Canada Optimistic on Keystone Approval After Obama Climate Plan. Canadian business leaders say there’s growing optimism that President Barack Obama will approve TransCanada Corp. (TRP)’s Keystone XL pipeline because thwarting it would cost U.S. consumers and won’t halt development of Alberta’s oil sands. “From my perspective it’s 100 percent that he’s going to approve it,” Scott Saxberg, chief executive officer of Calgary-based oil producer Crescent Point Energy Corp. (CPG), said in a phone interview yesterday. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/print/2013-06-27/canada-optimistic-on-keystone-approval-after-obama-climate-plan.html Everything You Need to Know About Keystone XL: The Fundamentals. By now, you have probably heard about Transcanada's Keystone XL pipeline. For even the most casual observer of the energy industry, this project has been the spark that has ignited political debates ranging from environmental hazards, emission of greenhouse gasses, and North American energy independence. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/Everything-You-Need-to-Know-About-Keystone-XL-4628584.php Federal grant funds project to burn wood for energy in Plumas County. The Sierra Institute for Community and Environment won a $250,000 grant from the U.S. Forest Service to develop a wood-to-energy project to help reduce the risk of wildfire and provide economic opportunities in rural Plumas County. The funds will be used to engineer and design a centralized small-scale facility to process woody biomass removed from local forests…Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2013/06/27/5527633/federal-grant-funds-project-to.html#storylink=cpy Fracking critics unhappy with Obama climate speech. President Barack Obama's speech this week on climate change forcefully rejected some key arguments made by opponents of natural gas fracking, upsetting some environmental groups that otherwise back his climate goals. Obama, in his address Tuesday calling for urgent action to address climate change, praised what he called "cleaner-burning natural gas" and its role in providing safe…Posted. http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2013/jun/27/fracking-critics-unhappy-with-obama-climate-speech/ Obama speech praises natural gas fracking boom. This week, President Barack Obama praised renewable energy, conservation - and fracking for natural gas. His support for fracking is upsetting some environmental groups that otherwise support his climate plan. Deb Nardone, the head of the Sierra Club's Beyond Natural Gas program, says Obama "is taking the wrong path" on natural gas. Posted. http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2013/jun/27/obama-speech-praises-natural-gas-fracking-boom/ Alberta crude the more 'ethical' U.S. choice, says Canadian official. Alberta's oil sands crude offers a more "ethical" choice for U.S. refiners, according to Canada's international trade minister, Ed Fast, who wrapped up a visit to Washington on Wednesday. Fast's trip caps off a series of high-profile visits from Canadian officials hoping to curry favor for the controversial Keystone XL pipeline project, which would ferry oil sands crude from Alberta to U.S. refineries along the Gulf Coast. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/energywire/stories/1059983609/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY Researchers see wide variations in methane among shale basins. Reports from earlier this year that oil and gas fields in Utah's Uinta Basin were emitting high amounts of methane come with significant caveats, and the basin could well be an anomaly, preliminary research suggests. Recent measurements in the Denver-Julesburg Basin of Colorado suggest lower concentrations, according to initial results from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration…Posted. http://www.eenews.net/energywire/stories/1059983659/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY VEHICLES San Jose gets closer to Green Vision goal with 38 electric cars. San Jose and three other Bay Area cities received 50 battery-powered cars in a deal announced Thursday that was hailed as the largest single all-electric municipal fleet vehicle deployment in the country. San Jose received 38 of the Mitsubishi i-MiEV hatchbacks, putting it closer to the city's lofty "Green Vision" goal of powering its entire fleet with alternative fuels. Posted. http://www.contracostatimes.com/breaking-news/ci_23554588/san-jose-gains-38-electric-cars?source=rss http://www.insidebayarea.com/bay-area-news/ci_23554587/san-jose-gains-38-electric-cars?IADID=Search-www.insidebayarea.com-www.insidebayarea.com http://www.contracostatimes.com/bay-area-news/ci_23554587/san-jose-gains-38-electric-cars?IADID=Search-www.contracostatimes.com-www.contracostatimes.com Los Angeles' Metro Transportation Authority announced Thursday that it has inked a deal to purchase the first 5 buses of a potential 25 electric bus fleet. In their announcement, Metro said that the first order of zero-emission buses will be put to the test to determine whether the vehicles can live up to "L.A.'s rigorous transit needs." Posted. http://www.scpr.org/news/2013/06/27/37958/la-metro-to-purchase-first-fleet-of-all-electric-b/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+893KpccSouthernCaliforniaNews+%28KPCC%3A+News%29 http://www.heraldonline.com/2013/06/27/4983038/la-metro-to-purchase-its-first.html GREEN ENERGY Solar project south of Silicon Valley wins a major victory in appeals court. A proposal to build one of the world's largest solar farms south of Silicon Valley took a major step forward this week when a state appeals court rejected a lawsuit by environmental groups who have tried to stop it on the grounds it could harm endangered species. The project, a $1.8 billion, 399-megawatt solar farm, is proposed for Panoche Valley…Posted. http://www.contracostatimes.com/breaking-news/ci_23554919/court-hands-solar-project-south-silicon-valley-major?source=rss http://www.mercurynews.com/science/ci_23554917/court-hands-solar-project-south-silicon-valley-major As Southern California heats up, Edison calls for energy conservation. Temperatures are expected to blow past the century mark in some Southland communities over the weekend, and Southern California Edison is asking customers to conserve energy. Prolonged summer heat can strain the power grid and possibly lead to power outages, company officials said, but when customers take small conservation actions...Posted. http://www.dailynews.com/news/ci_23555728/southern-california-heats-up-edison-calls-energy-conservation?source=rss MISCELLANEOUS Villaraigosa leaves office with his key goals for L.A. accomplished. On his first day as mayor, Antonio Villaraigosa told Los Angeles that it was time to "start thinking big again." New public transit spending could make Los Angeles' bus and rail network worthy of a great metropolis. A bigger police force could make neighborhoods safer. Renewable energy projects could turn Los Angeles into America's "greenest big city." Posted. http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-villaraigosa-legacy-20130629-dto,0,5518929.htmlstory OPINIONS US climate plan may boost cap and trade: Wynn. President Barack Obama's climate plan, unveiled this week, may boost regional schemes to cut greenhouse gas emissions, known as cap and trade, four years after the United States failed to pass legislation for a nationwide programme. Unlike Europe, the United States has no national cap and trade scheme to combat carbon emissions. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/06/26/column-wynn-us-carbon-idUSL5N0F20VD20130626 U.S. takes key climate change steps, but the world must do more. The world is starting to get serious about climate change. This is happening for one major reason: leadership. President Obama’s announcement this week of a broad set of actions to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions that are changing our climate was very welcome. His plan, largely based on executive orders, will cut carbon pollution in the United States…Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/world-bank-president-world-must-do-more-on-climate-change/2013/06/27/e395e758-df5a-11e2-b2d4-ea6d8f477a01_story.html Letters: A climate-change turning point. Re "Obama takes on climate change," June 26. President Obama's speech on climate change marked a turning point for our nation. Sure, it was just a speech, and it didn't even make the front page of The Times. But it declared, at long last, an unequivocal commitment by Washington to combat climate change. Global warming is no longer just an issue for environmentalists. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/letters/la-le-0628-friday-obama-climate-change-20130628,0,7453527.story High-speed rail will give a boost to California. By the end of this summer, the High-Speed Rail Authority will turn the first shovel to start California and the United States on a road of recovery — a recovery that will revive and maintain our position as a premium player in the world economy. Posted. http://www.modbee.com/2013/06/27/2783093/richards-high-speed-rail-will.html California high-speed rail plan is flawed. On May 28th, I conducted a Congressional Oversight hearing on California's high-speed rail project in the city of Madera. Since I was elected to Congress, it has been a priority of mine to provide aggressive oversight of the project to ensure voters are getting what they were promised. Posted. http://www.fresnobee.com/2013/06/27/3364283/high-speed-rail-plan-is-flawed.html Recent Federal and International Developments Good for California Cap and Trade. Plans announced by the White House today (June 25) show a credible pathway to meet targets pledged by the President pursuant to the Copenhagen Accord (reduction of greenhouse gas emissions 17% below 2005 levels by 2020). Relatedly, last month the Obama administration increased the assumed social cost of greenhouse gas emissions used for cost-benefit analysis of proposed regulatory decisions to 35 cents per ton…Posted. http://www.natlawreview.com/article/recent-federal-and-international-developments-good-california-cap-and-trade BLOGS The Myriad Benefits of a Carbon Tax. Few goals in Washington have more bipartisan support, at least in theory, than cleaning up the tax code. Republicans and Democrats say they want a system that is simpler, fairer and more efficient. Put simply, they want a system with fewer special tax breaks and lower rates. Posted. http://economix.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/06/28/the-myriad-benefits-of-a-carbon-tax/ Rep. Valadao erects another hurdle to high-speed rail. Using his seat on the House Appropriations Committee, Valadao on Thursday won approval by voice vote of an amendment that says the federal Surface Transportation Board cannot take action on initial construction phases until the board has given final approval to the entire project. The practical effect would be to stop initial construction for at least the foreseeable future…Posted. http://blogs.sacbee.com/capitolalertlatest/2013/06/rep-valadao-erects-another-hurdle-to-high-speed-rail.html#storylink=cpy