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newsclips -- Newsclips for March 13, 2014

Posted: 13 Mar 2014 11:36:57
ARB Newsclips for March 13, 2014. 

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Costa Rica opposition group says to scrap 2021 carbon neutrality
target.  Costa Rica's leading opposition group, PAC, expected to
win a four-year presidential term next month, will drop the
country's commitment to carbon neutrality by 2021, an official
said.  The leftist group's candidate, Luis Guillermo Solis,
should be elected president in an April 6 runoff vote after
ruling party candidate Johnny Araya announced on Wednesday that
he was abandoning the campaign.  Posted. 

Clarification: California-Carbon Tax story.  In a story March 9,
The Associated Press reported that the Western States Petroleum
Association's oil company members are proposing to use a carbon
tax on fuels instead of the state's cap and trade system. 


CARB Proposes Fleet Friendly Changes.  The California Air
Resources Board has proposed a set of amendments to make it
easier for fleets to comply with current regulations. Truck
drivers and other stakeholders had voiced their concerns that
they would not be able to meet the regulations as they are
currently written.  Posted. 

Valley Air district helps schools foot the bill for new buses. 
The buses you drive by on your way to work may soon get an
upgrade that could help our entire atmosphere.  The San Joaquin
Valley Air Pollution Control District wants to help local school
districts foot half the bill for new buses while improving the
air we breathe at the same time.  Posted. 


Calif.'s pioneering low-carbon fuels rule could see multiple
changes.  California's landmark law requiring lower-carbon fuels
is poised for a rewrite.  Advisers to the state's Air Resources
Board yesterday detailed proposed revisions to the low-carbon
fuel standard (LCFS), a first-in-the-nation regulation.  Posted. 

Chevron warns California carbon rules will make gasoline too
costly.  Pending California carbon regulations could make it too
expensive to operate refineries in the most populous U.S. state,
drastically increasing gasoline prices and costing thousands of
jobs, a senior Chevron Corp executive said.  Posted. 


Plug Power eyes first profit on rising fuel cell orders.  Plug
Power Inc (PLUG.O) said it expected to post its first ever profit
in the fourth quarter this year as orders rise for its hydrogen
fuel cells, helped by strong demand from customers such as
Wal-Mart Stores Inc.  Posted. 


Desert Solar Power Plant a Risk to Air Safety, Say Pilots. 
Pilots flying both private and commercial aircraft near Las Vegas
have filed complaints abut possible unsafe conditions caused by a
large solar power plant in the Mojave Desert, according to
documents filed with a state agency, and Las Vegas officials are
urging the plant's designer to do something about the problem. 


OP-ED: Californiaís looming cap-and-trade gas price increase. 
The weather is warming up and so are gas prices. Drivers seem to
be putting more miles on their vehicles, which is part of the
reason prices are quickly jumping, up 28 cents a gallon statewide
from a month ago. In Santa Cruz County, the average price of a
gallon of gasoline this month is $3.78, up 22 cents from last
month. The average for Northern California is higher, at $3.84. 


Can this coal plant save the climate?  The massive block of steel
towers and pipes rises out of the morning fog like a sci-fi
fantasy. But this coal-fired power plant could help save the
climate, or at least thatís the hope of the Obama administration.

California is in a drought emergency.
Visit www.SaveOurH2O.org for water conservation tips.

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