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ARB Newsclips for February 21, 2014. 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. CAP AND TRADE California senate leader: Carbon tax would return revenue to poor, transit. A carbon tax proposal outlined on Thursday by California Senate leader Darrell Steinberg would raise an estimated $3.6 billion in its first year, revenue he said would go into the pocketbooks of the state's poorest residents as well as public transportation. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/02/21/us-california-carbon-tax-idUSBREA1K06220140221 Steinberg: Replace Cap-and-Trade With Carbon Tax for Vehicle Fuels. California’s cap-and-trade system currently affects only industrial plants – but next year, it’s set to expand to vehicle fuels too. Now, Senate Leader Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) says he wants to exempt those fuels from cap-and-trade – and implement a carbon tax instead. Posted. http://www.capradio.org/articles/2014/02/20/steinberg-replace-cap-and-trade-with-carbon-tax-for-vehicle-fuels/ State Senate leader proposes 'carbon tax' on motor vehicle fuels. Californians, who already pay some of the highest gasoline prices in the nation, could soon be asked to pay more. Pump prices are likely to climb more than 12 cents per gallon starting Jan. 1, both the oil industry and environmental experts agree. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-carbon-tax-proposal-20140221,0,4320889.story#axzz2tsgLa2sB Steinberg proposes fuel tax that chips away at cap-and-trade. Senate leader Darrell Steinberg proposed a carbon tax on gasoline and other fuel sources Thursday that would direct the proceeds to tax credits for lower income Californians and the rest to transit projects to get more cars off the road. Posted. http://www.bizjournals.com/sacramento/news/2014/02/21/steinberg-proposes-fuel-tax-that-chips.html?ana=e_sac_rdup&s=newsletter&ed=2014-02-21 Capitol Alert: California chamber appeals ruling on cap-and-trade fees. The California Chamber of Commerce is appealing a local judge's ruling that California's "cap-and-trade" fees on business to curb greenhouse gas emissions are legal. The business organization maintains that when the Air Resources Board adopted the fee program, which is expected to raise billions of dollars, it violated a constitutional provision, passed in 1978 as part of Proposition 13, that requires two-thirds legislative vote on new taxes. BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY. Posted. http://www.fresnobee.com/2014/02/20/3781582/capitol-alert-california-chamber.html AIR POLLUTION Beijing issues rare air pollution alert. When the air gets really bad, Beijing says it has an emergency plan to yank half the city’s cars off the road. The only problem is: It may be difficult to ever set that plan in motion. It wasn’t triggered in January, when the city recorded extremely poisonous air pollution. And not this week, when pollution was expected to continue for several days at hazardous levels. Posted. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/A/AS_CHINA_AIR_POLLUTION?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT Other related articles: http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/beijing-issues-rare-air-pollution-alert/2014/02/21/87e3a0f2-9ad1-11e3-9900-dd917233cf9c_story.html http://www.insidebayarea.com/ci_25197530/beijing-issues-rare-air-pollution-alert?IADID=Search-www.insidebayarea.com-www.insidebayarea.com http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/feb/21/beijing-issues-rare-air-pollution-alert/ GREEN ENERGY Opposition Mounts to Solar Project On Mojave Preserve Boundary. If discussion at a recent gathering of activists is any indication, a nearly 4,200-acre solar project for a valley adjoining National Park land in California's Mojave desert will encounter near-unanimous opposition from green groups. The Soda Mountain Solar project, described earlier here at ReWire, would place 358 megawatts' worth of solar panels on 2,557 acres on either side of Interstate 15 between Baker and Barstow. Posted. http://www.kcet.org/news/rewire/solar/photovoltaic-pv/opposition-mounts-to-solar-project-on-mojave-preserve-boundary.html MISCELLANEOUS Ohana Pet Hospital Receives CoolCalifornia Small Business Climate Leader Award from the Air Resources Board. On Wednesday, February 12th at a ceremony in Sacramento, the California Environmental Protection Agency’s Air Resources Board recognized Ohana Pet Hospital as one of ten CoolCalifornia Small Business Climate Leaders. Ohana staff was present to receive this prestigious award. Posted. http://www.vcstar.com/news/2014/feb/21/ohana-pet-hospital-receives-coolcalifornia-small-b/ OPINION CalChamber Pursues Litigation of Illegal Cap and Trade Auction. California businesses and consumers are paying hundreds of millions in illegal taxes levied by the Air Resources Board that were never authorized by the Legislature. That is the case being made by the California Chamber of Commerce* in an appeal filed yesterday in litigation to overturn the cap-and-trade revenue-raising auction. Posted. http://www.foxandhoundsdaily.com/2014/02/calchamber-pursues-litigation-illegal-cap-trade-auction/ BLOGS A closer look at the safety of hydrogen in cars. It's an old question: how safe is hydrogen? With seemingly every singe fire connected to an electric vehicle making national headlines, it's no surprise that understanding the dangers of H2 in a transportation environment is an area of interest. A new report by ProPublica shows that there's more to hydrogen safety than one might initially suspect. 37 more, in fact. Posted. http://green.autoblog.com/2014/02/20/a-closer-look-at-the-safety-of-hydrogen-in-cars/ Doctors push for curbs on traffic pollution. A group of doctors is urging the Obama administration to push through rules that would reduce traffic pollution in an effort to prevent lung disease, asthma attacks and other cardiovascular problems. In a letter to the White House, the American Lung Association asked the Obama administration to adopt the stronger gasoline and vehicle emissions standards that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been considering for nearly a year. Posted. http://thehill.com/blogs/regwatch/energy-environment/198837-doctors-push-for-curbs-on-traffic-pollution California is in a drought emergency. Visit www.SaveOurH2O.org for water conservation tips.