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newsclips -- ARB Newsclips for October 2, 2013.

Posted: 02 Oct 2013 12:23:25
ARB Newsclips for October 2, 2013. 

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California and Quebec Create Their Own Transnational Carbon
Market. Efforts to create a national carbon market in the US to
cut greenhouse gas emissions may be deader than bipartisanship in
Washington. But California today took another step to globalize
its cap-and-trade program by signing an agreement with the
Canadian province of Quebec to integrate their two carbon markets
as of January 2014. Posted.

Calif., Quebec sign agreement to merge cap-and-trade programs.
California and Quebec have signed an agreement to join their
carbon markets, officials from both regions announced yesterday.
Effective Jan. 1, 2014, the pact establishes the first linked
cap-and-trade system in North America. The agreement comes after
two years of work to synchronize the regions' respective systems
and is a milestone for the Western Climate Initiative (WCI), an
alliance of U.S. states and Canadian provinces aiming to advance
market solutions to climate change. Posted.
http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059988212/print BY

Quebec's Environment Minister Blanchet discusses impact of EPA
regulations on carbon markets. As U.S. EPA moves forward with
regulations for new and existing power plants, how could these
rules affect existing carbon markets? During today's OnPoint,
Yves-François Blanchet, Quebec's minister for sustainable
development and the environment, discusses the potential impact
of the air regulations on Quebec's anticipated linkage with
California's carbon market. Posted. BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY
http://www.eenews.net/tv/2013/10/02 VIDEO
http://www.eenews.net/tv/videos/1732/transcript  TRANSCRIPT


UK charges 6 with multimillion dollar carbon fraud. British
prosecutors say six men have been charged over a massive
pollution credit fraud scheme that cost the British government
many millions of pounds (dollars.) The Crown Prosecution Service
says that four of the men created a string of dummy companies
that traded in carbon credits, typically certificates which give
polluters the right to emit a set amount of carbon dioxide


Grant aids effort to reduce power-plant pollution. University of
Kentucky researchers landed a $3 million federal grant on Monday
to work on developing technology to sharply reduce the costs
generated by preventing carbon pollution from spewing into the
air from coal-burning power plants. UK researchers hope their
work eventually yields commercial applications that boost
coal-based electricity — benefiting miners, utility companies and
ratepayers. Posted.

Medical incinerator denies pollution violations. A medical-waste
incinerator denied Monday that it violated emissions limits or
failed to report smokestack tests properly. Stericycle Inc. is
challenging a list of citations filed by Utah regulators in May
against the company's burn plant in North Salt Lake. The appeal
by the Lake Forest, Ill.-based company sends the case to an
administrative law judge. Utah regulators have cited Stericycle
for releasing cancer-causing dioxins and other pollutants at
times going back years. Posted.

Brown OKs more money to drive polluting engines off farms. 
Farmers will keep getting help with replacement of high-polluting
engines under a bill signed by Gov. Jerry Brown. The measure
extends through 2023 a program that covers up to 80 percent of
the cost of new tractors, irrigation pumps and other equipment
that burn much more cleanly than the old machinery. “There is a
big push to get newer, cleaner tractors in the fields,” said Tom
Jordan, a senior policy adviser at the San Joaquin Valley Air
Pollution Control District, which takes part in the program.


Poland pits itself against EU climate promises. European
ministers are sharply divided over proposed promises on carbon
cuts as part of U.N. negotiations; a draft document shows, with
Poland at the forefront of opposition. A meeting of environment
ministers in Luxembourg on October 14 is meant to agree a joint
EU stance ahead of U.N. climate talks in Warsaw in November and
December. Posted.

UN Estimate of Available Emissions Was Wise, Sandor Says. A
United Nations scientific body was sensible to give its first
estimate of the amount of greenhouse gases that can be emitted
before temperature gains exceed a target level, according to
Richard Sandor. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
said last week that there is enough space in the atmosphere for
309 billion metric tons of carbon, or about 22 years of
emissions, for a chance to prevent runaway climate change…Posted.

Yosemite's largest ice mass is melting fast. Lyell Glacier has
shrunk 62% over the past century and hasn't moved in years. It's
a key source of water in the park, and scientists say it will be
gone in 20 years. Climate change is taking a visible toll on
Yosemite National Park, where the largest ice mass in the park is
in a death spiral, geologists say. Posted.

Climate Change Rescue in U.S. Makes Steyer Converge With Paulson.
Billionaire Tom Steyer recalls a dinner at the U.S. Treasury in
Washington with two senior department officials and six money
managers. It was August 2012, and the meal was part of an effort
by the agency to keep up with what the financial community was
worrying about. The diners discussed China’s slowdown, Federal
Reserve policy and other trends affecting the U.S. economy.



Defending its coast, New York elevates homes after superstorm,
NYC moves to elevate homes.  Nearly a year after Hurricane Sandy
inundated the Northeastern seaboard, New York City is enacting
coastal building codes that will elevate some homes by as much as
11 feet. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has pledged that
buildings will not retreat from the coastline, as the city
contemplates rising sea levels linked to climate change and
extreme weather. Posted.

Alaska Hunts Oil as Arctic Shows Climate Change. When Jerry Otto
started hunting for Alaskan oil in 1980, his tractor-trailers
barreled along ice roads as much as 10 feet thick for 180 days
every year. Last winter, when he set out to drill 80 miles south
of the Arctic Ocean for Australia’s Linc Energy Ltd. (LNC),
regulators opened the roads for 126 days. The rest of the time,
warm weather left the routes too mushy for vehicles, Bloomberg
Markets magazine will report in its November issue.

State calls for 2030 emissions cuts in draft blueprint.
California, with an already ambitious emissions reduction goal by
2020, is setting its sights on further reductions after that. The
California Air Resources Board's draft update of the state's
"scoping plan" for reaching 1990 emissions levels by 2020 is the
first update since 2008. Revisions are required every five years
under the 2006 law A.B. 32, which set the state's first
economywide emissions targets. Posted.

'Carbon budget' an obstacle to forging 2015 emissions reduction
treaty. Without ambitious policies, which hinge on talks about
the "carbon budget" among world leaders, humanity will exceed the
limit of greenhouse gas emissions in the atmosphere within 15 to
25 years, scientists warned. A recent report published by the
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change pointed out that to
have at least a 50 percent chance of keeping to less than 2
degrees Celsius of warming…Posted.
http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059988185/print BY

Melting Arctic Sea Ice Impacts Greenland Caribou: The Effects of
Climate Change.  As Arctic sea ice shrinks, all manner of animals
are being impacted. Yet you wouldn't necessarily think that
caribou in Greenland are being affected. Now, researchers have
discovered that the melting ice may be indirectly causing fewer
caribou to give birth to calves every spring. Vegetation in
Greenland "greens" at a certain point in the year. Posted.


Another lawsuit filed over fracking initiative. The Loveland City
Council is facing a second lawsuit related to petitions for an
initiative to ban fracking in the city. Protect Our Loveland
filed a motion for preliminary injunction on Monday seeking an
order that would require the city council to put the initiative
to the voters as soon as possible through a special election.

Give power to the states, utility exec tells EPA. If U.S. EPA
wants to roll out an effective plan to cut carbon emissions from
existing power plants, it will need to hand over the reins to
states, a top utility executive asserted yesterday. EPA should
stick to what it does best, which is set an emissions reduction
target on power plants, said Frank Prager, vice president of
environmental policy and services at Xcel Energy Inc. Posted.
http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059988196/print BY


Tesla Sedan Roars Ahead in Norway. Norway Has Relatively Small
Market But Buyers Are Affluent. Tesla Motors Inc.'s Model S sedan
vaulted to the top of Norway's relatively small new car market in
September, capturing 5.1% market share to outsell the models made
by Toyota Motor Corp. and Volkswagen AG that traditionally own
the largest chunk of the market. Posted.

Kia plans to offer Soul electric car in U.S. next year. Kia
Motors Corp plans to sell an electric version of its
second-generation Soul compact car in the United States next
year, the Korean automaker's U.S. unit said on Tuesday. Kia will
start selling the Soul EV in 2014 in a handful of U.S. markets.
But before then, Kia will start selling an updated version of a
gas-powered Soul this month. Posted.

Moving beyond early adopters means big shifts, experts warn.
Major changes will be needed to shift the electric vehicle market
beyond a niche segment and into the mainstream, experts said at a
conference here yesterday. The electric vehicle market has grown
significantly, particularly in the last year, said those who
gathered at the Plug-In 2013 event. It took eight years for EVs
to constitute 1 percent of auto sales, but then took only another
year for them to hit 2 percent…Posted.
http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059988213/print BY


Filling the Gaps in the Flow of Renewable Energy.  The biggest
problem with solar panels and wind turbines is that they do not
produce energy all the time. So what is the solution? Batteries.
And other technologies that store energy to be released when it
is needed. As renewable energy becomes increasingly commonplace,
interest in energy storage technologies is growing around the
world. Posted.

Foes testify against lifting Ohio energy quotas.
Environmentalists and others are getting a chance to defend an
Ohio law that imposes alternative-energy requirements on Ohio
power companies. Ohio Senate Public Utilities Chairman Bill
Seitz, a Cincinnati Republican, reopened debate on thresholds for
clean-energy use earlier this year. His committee hears Wednesday
from opponents of a bill that would revise the thresholds.


COLUMN-U.S. study misses bigger cost of greener grid: Wynn. While
a U.S. Department of Energy study has concluded that fossil fuel
power plants can cope with the physical stresses of balancing
more renewable power, it leaves unanswered the bigger question of
the financial losses utilities face. The study focused on the
costs of cycling, a term which refers to the wear and tear from
shutting down and restarting power plants, as well as ramping up
and down and operating at part-load. Posted.

Dan Morain: State’s attempt to regulate toxic chemicals draws
long list of opposition. The list is impressive: U.S. Chamber of
Commerce, the American Chemistry Council, the American Petroleum
Institute, Exxon, ConocoPhillips, Alliance of Automobile
Manufacturers, Toyota, General Motors, Koch Industries, Dow
Chemical, General Electric, National Manufacturers Association.
The list goes on. Posted.

Fracking Jerry Brown. The governor signed a bill that likely will
expand fracking in California after taking $2.5 million in
contributions from oil and natural gas interests. Before Jerry
Brown signed legislation last month that promises to greatly
expand fracking in California, the governor accepted at least
$2.49 million in financial donations over the past several years
from oil and natural gas interests, according to public records
on file with the Secretary of State's Office and the California
Fair Political Practices Commission. Posted.


Who Will Deliver the Electric Car? ARE CARS ELECTRIC?  The
electric car has been a mythical beast for such a long time now
that it is still a little odd to see them plugged in at the
roadside. But there they are and here it is—no one really killed
the electric car, but its gestation has been long and its birth
difficult. One of the world’s largest auto makers, Japan’s Toyota
Corp., is still refusing to hold the baby. There is no market for
electric vehicles, Toyota says. Posted.

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