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newsclips -- Newsclips for March 13, 2014 Posted: 13 Mar 2014 11:36:57
ARB Newsclips for March 13, 2014. This is a service of the California Air Resources Boardís 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 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. http://legalnews.findlaw.com/article/53234f1876407f7b290351cb86e63b9e?DCMP=NWL-cons_greenpage 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. Posted. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_CALIFORNIA_CARBON_TAX?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT DIESEL EMISSIONS 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. http://gobytrucknews.com/carb-proposes-fleet-friendly-changes/123 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. http://www.turnto23.com/news/local-news/air-dirstrict-helps-schools-foot-the-bill-for-new-buses FUELS 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. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059995992 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. http://in.reuters.com/article/2014/03/12/chevron-california-idINL2N0M81FN20140312 VEHICLES 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. http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/03/13/us-plugpower-results-idUSBREA2C0SS20140313 GREEN ENERGY 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. Posted. http://www.kcet.org/news/rewire/solar/concentrating-solar/desert-solar-power-plant-a-risk-to-air-safety-say-pilots.html OPINION 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. Posted. http://www.smdailyjournal.com/articles/opinions/2014-03-13/op-ed-californias-looming-cap-and-trade-gas-price-increase/1776425119624.html BLOGS 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. Posted. http://grist.org/climate-energy/can-this-coal-plant-save-the-climate/ California is in a drought emergency. Visit www.SaveOurH2O.org for water conservation tips.