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newsclips -- ARB Newsclips for September 18, 2013.

Posted: 18 Sep 2013 14:32:51
ARB Newsclips for September 18, 2013. 

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U.S. appeals court knocks back California fuel rule challenge. A
federal appeals court on Wednesday lifted an injunction on a
California program that seeks to reduce greenhouse gas emissions
from transportation fuels, in a boost for the state's pioneering
efforts to combat global climate change. The Ninth U.S. Circuit
Court of Appeals rejected the central argument that California
was violating a constitutional rule against impeding interstate
commerce with its low-carbon fuel standard, which regulates fuels
based on the carbon produced in their production, transportation
and use. Posted.


State clears way for use of ‘offsets’ in carbon restrictions.
Starting in a couple of weeks, the hundreds of companies subject
to California’s strict curbs on greenhouse-gas emissions will
have a new way to meet the regulations. They’ll be able to buy
“offset” credits generated by dairy farms and others who have
managed to reduce their own carbon emissions. Posted.


Calif. issues first offsets for cap-and-trade compliance.
Businesses looking to comply with California's landmark
cap-and-trade program for carbon dioxide now have carbon offsets
as a compliance option with the state's approval of about 600,000
tons of offset credits from emissions reductions around the
country. A project in Arkansas is among the first to convert its
offsets to sellable credits in California's system. Posted.
http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059987414/print BY


Blowing dust and sand could affect air quality. The San Luis
Obispo County Air Pollution Control District and County Public
Health Department say blowing dust and sand in the Oceano
Dunes/Nipomo Mesa area is causing the air quality to deteriorate.
They say forecasted high winds will lead to blowing sand and dust
through 7:00 pm on Tuesday.
Infants and children and adults with existing or respiratory or
heart conditions could experience adverse health effects due to
the poor air quality. Posted.

Experts explore Clean Air Act in anticipation of rules on
existing power plants. U.S. EPA's highly anticipated standards
for new power plants, to be released this week, will probably
shed some insight on how the agency will address a much larger
source of carbon emissions -- existing power plants. The rules
for existing plants promise to curb emissions, but for
environmentalists, the standards for new plants, expected Friday,
will be a benchmark. Posted.
http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059987416/print BY


Obama Energy Officials Defend Climate Plan to Republicans.  Obama
administration officials defended efforts to curb greenhouse
gases that contribute to climate change as they faced questions
from Republican Lawmakers about the costs of those policies.
Cutting energy demand, improving the resilience of the electric
grid and improving the efficiency of appliances can both save
money and help the environment…Posted.


http://www.eenews.net/greenwire/stories/1059987460/print BY


California Air Resource Board cracks down on big rigs. For the
past few months, Monte Eberhardt had been hearing from other big
rig drivers that he may have to retrofit his cattle-hauling truck
to meet new emission standards. “I looked it up about the filter
and I have until the end of January,” said Eberhardt, 40, of
Wheatland. But the owner of Eberhardt Livestock found that he was
wrong Tuesday, when he was pulled over just north of Sacramento
for a state Air Resources Board truck inspection. Posted.

State emission rules a costly burden for farmers. Jenming Gee,
owner of Gee Agri Transport in Yuba City, said he'll spend at
least $350,000 this year alone on new vehicles and retrofitting
old ones. Chris Torres said his company, F&L Trucking in
Princeton, has taken half a million dollars in losses in the past
10 years staying in compliance. And they might be the lucky ones
— certainly, they're the most prepared. "Not everybody can afford
to buy new or retrofit," Gee said. Posted.


What Happens When the U.S. Isn’t the Biggest Gas Guzzler?
Americans burn through 1.2 gallons of gasoline per person each
day. There’s no other country that comes close. Even Canadians,
themselves gas hogs, use almost a third less. That’s why the
chart above should scare the fuel out of everyone. Brazil,
Russia, India and China -- four rising economies known
collectively as the BRIC countries -- surpassed the U.S. in
liquid-fuel consumption in 2011 and haven’t looked back…Posted.

Mississippi Coal Plant Overruns Show Risks of Carbon Rule. Coal’s
future is being built in rural Mississippi, and so far this is
what it looks like: a $1 billion cost overrun, a stew of legal
battles, a revolt by ratepayers and a credit downgrade for the
local utility. With all those challenges, Southern Co. (SO)’s
$4.7 billion project in Kemper County may still be coal’s best
hope to survive President Barack Obama’s limits on greenhouse-gas
emissions. Posted.

Coal's future darkens around the world. The future of coal is
getting darker. Economic forces, pollution concerns and
competition from cleaner fuels are slowly nudging nations around
the globe away from the fuel that made the industrial revolution
possible. The U.S. will burn 943 million tons of coal this year,
only about as much as it did in 1993. Now it's on the verge of
adopting pollution rules that may all but prohibit the
construction of new coal plants. Posted.

Obama officials: Rule won't kill coal-fired power. President
Barack Obama's top energy and environmental officials said
Wednesday there is a future for coal, despite a pending
regulation aimed at limiting global warming pollution from new
power plants that Republicans and the coal industry say will doom
the fuel source. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and EPA
Administrator Gina McCarthy, questioned at a House hearing, both
said coal-fired power would continue. Posted.


Study of hydraulic fracturing in state puts off suit. The Obama
administration has tentatively settled an environmental lawsuit
over oil and gas drilling in Monterey and Fresno counties with an
agreement to conduct a statewide study of hydraulic fracturing,
or fracking, and its possible effects on water and wildlife. The
tentative settlement was announced Monday in a federal court
filing in San Jose. Posted.


China Renews Electric Vehicle Subsidies Excluding Hybrids. China,
under pressure to reduce air pollution, renewed a subsidy program
for alternative-energy vehicles such as electric cars. One
notable exception: hybrids. The central government will provide
as much as 60,000 yuan ($9,800) toward the purchase of an
all-electric passenger vehicle and as much as 500,000 yuan for an
electric bus, according to a joint statement by the National
Development and Reform Commission and finance, science and
industry ministries. Posted.

A Green Car Named Desire. Electric car subsidies for the rich are
now a drain on California's budget. California's green
regulations often drive national policies, so it's worth pointing
out how its programs to cut vehicle emissions have become a gravy
train for the 1%. You'll enjoy this if you live in the other 49
states. To meet the state's goal of cutting its greenhouse
emissions to 80% below 1990 levels, effectively all new cars sold
in California by 2040 will have to be electric or plug-in
hybrids. Posted.

Tesla Motors eyes self-driving cars. How they could save energy.
Tesla Motors has made a name for itself rethinking what powers
our cars. Now they're taking on who – or rather, what – drives
them. The luxury electric carmaker has joined the race to build a
car that drives itself. Autonomous transport promises greater
convenience and safety than the human-operated vehicles of today.

If they made a car that could capture its CO2, would you buy one?
Technology to capture and store carbon dioxide emissions from car
engines may not be far away, but universal consumer acceptance of
this technology may take a while to develop. According to a study
released this month from researchers at the University of
Michigan, consumer willingness to adopt vehicles with carbon
capture and storage (CCS) capabilities may be inextricably tied
to their opinions on the relationship between CO2 emissions from
human activity and climate change. Posted.
http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059987395/print BY


German Power Premium Most Since ’98 Tests Voters: Energy Markets.
Germany’s drive to increase renewable energy sources has created
the biggest discrepancy between consumer and producer power
prices in 15 years, turning the cost of electricity into a
political battleground before the Sept. 22 national election.
Because of taxes and charges that subsidize the country’s 550
billion-euro ($734 billion) plan to expand solar and wind power,
residential bills are more than twice the amount that utilities
pay to deliver the electricity…Posted.

Ranking reveals top U.S. cities on energy efficiency. While
Congress dithers on energy efficiency, cities are moving ahead
with energy-saving steps such as bike-sharing, tougher building
codes, electric vehicle charging stations and cool roofs, says a
study out Tuesday that ranks 34 major U.S. cities. Boston takes
first place for its efforts to reduce energy use, followed by
Portland, Ore., New York City, San Francisco, Seattle and


US Sen. Markey delivers first Senate speech. U.S. Sen. Edward
Markey has delivered his first speech in the chamber since
winning a special election, promising to push for legislation on
clean energy, gun control and Internet privacy among other
things. The Massachusetts Democrat on Wednesday also called for
an end to partisan gridlock and a reversal of automatic federal
budget cuts, known as the sequester. In his maiden Senate speech,
called climate change "irrefutable" and said he would file a bill
setting a goal of 25 percent renewable energy in the U.S. by
2025. Posted.


Will the U.S. Squander Its Energy Bounty? Almost every aspect of
the U.S. energy landscape is changing drastically -- except
government policy. Consider: The global price of oil has soared
to more than $100 today from $30 a barrel in 2004. As a result,
the U.S.’s annual bill for oil imports has risen to $365 billion,
even though domestic oil production has jumped in the past two
years to 7.5 million barrels a day from 5.5 million barrels.

The American Myth of Cheap Oil and Gas. In recent years, U.S.
business and political leaders have giddily talked of a “Saudi
America” gurgling with domestic oil and gas. It’s true that the
U.S. now has access to abundant supplies of cheap domestic gas
capable of transforming the U.S. economy. Too bad these same
leaders are about to give away a vast chunk of North America’s
hydrocarbon production -- and all the strategic advantages that
go with it. Posted.

COLUMN-China's pollution steps need bite, will cost money: Clyde
Russell. China's new plans to cut coal use and tackle pollution
have a sense of deja vu about them, being the latest in a series
of measures aimed at improving air quality in the world's
second-largest economy. But the key question, as always with
environmental moves in China, is will they be enforced this time
or whether once again regulation will be soft and easily
side-stepped by provincial and local governments, or polluting
companies. Posted.

Turbos & Diesels: Like 'Em Or Loathe 'Em, They're Becoming The
Norm By most accounts, the conventional gasoline engine's days
are numbered. Long before electric cars become commonplace,
automakers expect to wean themselves off gas-powered powerplants,
replacing them with fuel-efficient alternatives. On Monday,
Ford's Joe Bakaj told Detroit News that the time is coming when
most Ford vehicles will come with either a diesel or an EcoBoost

Big Coal Takes On an Obama Nominee.  The coal industry and its
allies are angry about President Obama’s energy policies, and
they have decided to take it out on his nominee to lead the
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, which regulates the
interstate transmission of electricity, natural gas and oil.

Planes need a California emissions standard. For decades now,
"California emissions" has been industry shorthand for
low-polluting cars and trucks. Beginning next week, the world
will meet to discuss the serious risks of global-warming
pollution from airplanes. They should follow California's lead,
too. At the meeting in Montreal, the International Civil Aviation
Organization will attempt to adopt a market-based plan next week
to help the world's airlines cut their emissions. Posted.


Wheelies: The Revenge Edition. California emissions testing has
stalled the debut of Mazda’s diesel engine in the United States,
according to a report in Forbes. The company has expressed hope
that the delay is only temporary, as the Golden State is expected
to be a crucial market for fuel efficient diesel-powered Mazdas.

Offset Market Alive and Well in California. Congratulations to
the California Air Resources Board (CARB) as they announced plans
to issue the first CARB Offset Credits or ARBOCs.  These 600,000
metric tons of offsets helps the state move closer towards our
emissions reductions goals.  Compliance entities, such as utility
and oil and gas companies, can use these offsets to meet up to 8%
of their compliance obligation. 

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