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ARB Newsclips for May 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 Electricity market structure will make carbon-cutting difficult – report. The patchwork of different electricity markets in the United States will make it difficult for states to meet upcoming environmental rules to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, according to a recent report released by the American Public Power Association. The lack of a nationwide cap-and-trade system or carbon tax as part of the rules will be another barrier, the report says. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/energywire/stories/1059999923/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY AIR POLLUTION Synthetic Gas: False Friend for China’s Clean Air Drive? Beijing's city hall recently ordered 300 industrial polluters to relocate outside the city by October as part of a campaign to clean up its notoriously bad air. Nationwide, officials have been handed sweeping new enforcement tools in what Bloomberg calls the most significant overhaul to China's environmental regulations in more than 25 years. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/Synthetic-Gas-False-Friend-for-China-s-Clean-5494777.php What are you doing to help improve your indoor air quality? [Infographic] The home is often thought of as a haven where parents feel confident about the environment they've created for family members. However, while people may be conscious of outdoor air pollution and health hazards, many don't realize that there may also be pollutants inside the home. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/What-are-you-doing-to-help-improve-your-indoor-5492243.php O.C. ranks low in annual report on State of the Air. The American Lung Association recently released their annual, national State of the Air report, which gave Orange County a failing grade in air quality. The study “is useful, but it isn’t very well represented,” said Jane V. Hall, a Cal State Fullerton professor of economics who studies how air pollution affects the California economy. Posted. http://www.ocregister.com/articles/air-615066-people-hall.html EPA still unsure about industry's methane emissions – director. U.S. EPA is not yet fully convinced that emissions from the oil and gas industry are higher than stated in the national greenhouse gas inventory, according to Paul Gunning, director of the agency's Climate Change Division. Several studies in recent months have suggested that EPA may be underestimating how much methane, a potent greenhouse gas, is leaking from the industry. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/energywire/stories/1059999960/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY CLIMATE CHANGE NY Attorney General to Propose Bill Requiring Climate Adaptation for Utilities. New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman (D) has proposed legislation to require that New York's electricity and gas utilities assess their vulnerability to the impacts of climate change and prepare a plan for adapting to severe weather. Schneiderman May 19 said the proposed legislation would build on a February decision by the state Public Service Commission (PSC)…Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/print/2014-05-21/ny-attorney-general-to-propose-bill-requiring-climate-adaptation-for-utilities.html UN Climate Fund Agrees Rules, Paving Way to Raise Funds. The Green Climate fund set up as a result of United Nations climate-treaty talks to help finance projects that reduce emissions in poorer nations agreed on a set of rules, paving the way for initial capital to be raised. The design of the fund, how it will raise funds and spend them, was completed at a meeting in Songdo, South Korea, today, the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change…Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-05-21/un-climate-fund-agrees-rules-paving-way-to-raise-funds.html U.K. Urged to Fast-Track Drax, SSE Carbon-Capture Plans. U.K. ministers should accelerate funding for carbon-capture and storage projects by Drax Group Plc (DRX) and SSE Plc (SSE) to kick-start a technology that’s vital for climate protection, a panel of lawmakers said. Seven years after the U.K. first pledged to help pay for a project to demonstrate technology that strips out carbon dioxide from power plant emissions…Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/print/2014-05-20/u-k-urged-to-fast-track-drax-sse-carbon-capture-plans.html EPA is readying climate rule for existing power plants as deadline approaches. With less than two weeks to go, the Environmental Protection Agency is readying a climate rule for existing power plants that requires steep carbon reductions while allowing states and companies broad flexibility in how they limit their overall greenhouse gas emissions. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/epa-is-readying-climate-rule-for-existing-power-plants-as-deadline-approaches/2014/05/21/8d1c0b5c-e088-11e3-9743-bb9b59cde7b9_story.html Pat Sajak calls global warming advocates ‘unpatriotic racists’ “Wheel of Fortune” host Pat Sajak sparked a social media backlash Tuesday after calling people concerned about climate change “unpatriotic racists.” Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2014/05/21/6421817/pat-sajak-calls-global-warming.html#storylink=cpy Industry says EPA's existing plant rule could lead to expensive GHG-cutting measures. U.S. EPA's eagerly anticipated power plant rule could bar states from using the most cost-effective means for cutting greenhouse gases, an industry-backed paper finds. President Obama will announce the nation's first-ever regulations to control greenhouse gases from the nation's existing power plants -- the source of about 40 percent of the country's carbon emissions -- on June 2. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059999956/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY DOE leadership role discussed at White House methane round table. White House counselor John Podesta and Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz met privately yesterday with scientists as well as representatives from environmental groups and other nongovernmental organizations to discuss methane emissions from the natural gas sector. The participants discussed the gaps in knowledge when it comes to emissions from the industry…Posted. http://www.eenews.net/energywire/stories/1059999959/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY Insurers pledge to be involved in climate debate. Sixty-seven insurance companies committed to tackling climate change yesterday by encouraging government action and promoting emission reductions, marking new momentum within one of the world's richest industries, organizers said. The Geneva Association released a Climate Risk Statement containing a broad set of principles in which signatories pledge to underwrite clean energy projects…Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059999933/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY DROUGHT Sen. Feinstein's wrong response to the drought. The test of any water policy is not if it works in the wet times but if it protects widely shared public values in the dry times. So it is distressing to see Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., determined to toss out water management policies and protections, worked out over 20 years to balance the water needs of California cities, farms and the environment, in order to serve some interests at the expense of others. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/Sen-Feinstein-s-wrong-response-to-the-drought-5493436.php Court upholds SD water deal. A federal appeals court says environmental reviews were properly done on the nation’s largest farm-to-city water transfer, the latest ruling to uphold a 2003 agreement on how California agencies divide that state’s share of Colorado River water. A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Monday that federal authorities properly considered how the transfer from Imperial County to San Diego would affect the Salton Sea, California’s largest lake. Posted. http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/may/20/water-imperial-san-diego-transfer-colorado-river/ Calif. water district sues federal supplier over cutbacks. A California water supplier is suing the federal government over drought-induced supply cutbacks. The Friant Water Authority filed suit yesterday in U.S. District Court in Fresno against the Bureau of Reclamation, alleging that the agency violated the terms of its contract by cutting its customers' supplies to zero in order to fulfill others' needs during the current drought. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/greenwire/stories/1059999986/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY DIESEL EMISSIONS EC sets out strategy to cut CO2 emissions from heavy-duty vehicles; short-term focus on measurement and reporting. Heavy-duty trucks, buses and coaches would use less fuel and emit lower amounts of carbon dioxide under a strategy adopted by the European Commission. Such heavy-duty vehicles (HDVs) are responsible for around a quarter of CO2 emissions from road transport in the EU. Without action, HDV emissions in 2030-2050 are projected to remain close to current levels. Posted. http://www.greencarcongress.com/2014/05/20140521-ec.html FUELS Oil climbs to $103 as US supplies seen falling. The price of oil climbed to $103 a barrel Wednesday after a report showed a large drop in U.S. crude supplies. By early afternoon in Europe, benchmark U.S. crude for July delivery was up 71 cents to $103.04 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. On Tuesday, the Nymex contract gained 22 cents. Posted. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/O/OIL_PRICES?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT U.S. Agency Will Assess Dangers of Tar Sands Oil Spills. InsideClimateNews.org — The federal government said Tuesday it will study a critical question in the battle over oil pipelines carrying Canadian diluted bitumen: Are spills involving dilbit more dangerous to people and the environment than leaks of lighter traditional oil? In recent years, dilbit spills in Michigan, Arkansas and elsewhere have provided convincing evidence on the subject…Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/print/2014-05-21/u-s-agency-will-assess-dangers-of-tar-sands-oil-spills.html U.S. officials cut estimate of recoverable Monterey Shale oil by 96% ederal energy authorities have slashed by 96% the estimated amount of recoverable oil buried in California's vast Monterey Shale deposits, deflating its potential as a national "black gold mine" of petroleum. Just 600 million barrels of oil can be extracted with existing technology, far below the 13.7 billion barrels once thought recoverable from the jumbled layers of subterranean rock spread across much of Central California…Posted. http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-oil-20140521-story.html Clean Energy Fuels Corp Is About More Than Saving Customers Money. As the world's cleanest commercial fuel, Clean Energy's Redeem can make a huge difference in achieving many companies' sustainability goals. And it's cheaper than diesel, according to Andrew Littlefair, the CEO and co-founder of Clean Energy Fuels . Littlefair sees great potential for Redeem in heavy-duty trucking fleets, such as those operated by and for Procter & Gamble and The Home Depot. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/Clean-Energy-Fuels-Corp-Is-About-More-Than-Saving-5494772.php Natural Gas Pipelines Needed in the Northeast. Natural gas pipelines, especially in the East Coast, continue to expand. There are 15 proposed pipelines in the works, and as aging coal plants continue to go offline, natural gas will be in even greater demand. In this "Digging for Value" video, Fool energy and materials analysts…Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/Natural-Gas-Pipelines-Needed-in-the-Northeast-5495139.php Wash. governor set to use executive authority to enact clean fuels program. On the heels of an executive order that jump-starts efforts to address climate change, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) has signaled he is willing to take further executive action to reduce the carbon intensity of transportation fuels. Appearing on a recent Seattle-based television show, Inslee said he is willing to use executive authority to implement a low-carbon fuel standard (LCFS). Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059999922/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY VEHICLES GM adds 218,000 older cars as number of U.S. recalls this year hits 29. General Motors Co is recalling more than 218,000 older Chevrolet small cars in the United States and its territories due to a potential fire hazard, bringing U.S. recalls this year to 29 and a record number of vehicles. The recall, and a related smaller action, is the latest announced by GM, the largest U.S. automaker. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/05/21/us-gm-recall-aveo-idUSBREA4K0G420140521 Electric-car charging program hits speed bump. Nissan's plan to let buyers of its electric Leaf recharge their cars for free may be in jeopardy, after the country's largest charging station network announced Tuesday it was dropping out of the program. ChargePoint, based in Campbell, will not take part in the EZ-Charge promotion, expected to start this summer in the Bay Area and a handful of other markets nationwide. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/business/article/Electric-car-charging-program-hits-speed-bump-5493482.php HIGH-SPEED RAIL Role of state law at issue in bullet train lawsuit. California's $68 billion bullet train project should be exempt from the state's strict environmental review process now that it is subject to federal oversight, the state attorney general's office argued Tuesday in a state appellate court. The hearing came after the federal Surface Transportation Board determined last year that it has authority over California's high-speed rail project, subjecting it to additional federal requirements. Posted. http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/may/20/role-of-state-law-at-issue-in-bullet-train-lawsuit/ GREEN ENERGY U.K. Green Investment Bank Aims to Allocate $1.2 Billion. The U.K. Green Investment Bank aims to boost the capital it commits to carbon-cutting projects to 700 million pounds ($1.2 billion) this year as it chases deals in offshore wind, waste and energy efficiency. The bank, capitalized with 3.8 billion pounds of government funds, allocated 668 million pounds to clean-energy projects in the year through March…Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/print/2014-05-21/u-k-green-investment-bank-aims-to-allocate-1-2-billion.html EPA regs could make solar shine brighter, experts say. An already-booming U.S. solar industry could see even more growth by 2020 as utilities look to renewable energy technologies to help comply with new federal fossil fuel plant regulations, experts said yesterday. A draft of the new U.S. EPA power plant regulations aimed at reducing carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases from coal-, oil- and natural-gas-fired power generators is expected by June 2… Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059999935/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY MISCELLANEOUS DMV adopts autonomous vehicle testing rules. The state Department of Motor Vehicles says it has adopted regulations governing how car manufacturers can test autonomous vehicles on California roads, effective Sept. 16 this year. The regulations set rules for vehicle testing, insurance, registration and reporting by manufacturers. Autonomous vehicles can operate without driver input, steering or control. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2014/05/21/6420571/dmv-adopts-autonomous-vehicle.html#mi_rss=Business#storylink=cpy OPINIONS COLUMN- For polluted China, gas is a matter of life or death: Kemp "If I work in your Beijing, I would shorten my life at least five years," Premier Zhu Rongji, a career politician from Shanghai, quipped in 1999, referring to the notorious air pollution in China's northern capital. Research has confirmed life expectancy in northern China is 5.5 years shorter than in the south owing to the worse air pollution, and the shocking difference stems from a well-intentioned government policy to keep the residents of northern China warm in winter. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/05/21/china-russia-gas-pollution-idUSL6N0O73HS20140521 Jerry Brown faces climate change facts while GOP chases moonbeams. It was once said that California is the place where America’s future gets invented. Now, it is once again leading the way -- this time into a tomorrow of daunting changes in climate. With 100% of the state under various levels of drought, from moderate to extreme, Gov. Jerry Brown says California is “on the front lines” in the battle with global warming. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/opinion/topoftheticket/la-na-tt-jerry-brown-climate-20140521-story.html Editorial: Jerry Brown takes the lead on climate change, as does California. California, as Gov. Jerry Brown says, is on the front lines of the climate change battle. The nation should consider itself lucky. If it were up to Congress, it’s unclear whether anyone would have the courage to lead the charge. The last couple of months have brought a barrage of alarms on the devastating impact of global warming, not just in the future, but right here and right now. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2014/05/21/6419855/editorial-jerry-brown-takes-the.html#storylink=cpy Viewpoints: Two policies that help limit air pollution and reduce emergency room visits. I’ve spent the better part of my life as a doctor, caring for my patients, working to make their lives better and helping them live longer. Modern medicine, innovative research and preventive health care have certainly improved patients’ quality of life, but over the years, the growing number of patients suffering from lung cancer, asthma, heart attacks…Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2014/05/21/6419723/viewpoints-two-policies-that-help.html#storylink=cpy BLOGS Santa Cruz Is First California County to Ban Fracking. Santa Cruz County has become the first county in California to impose a “permanent” ban on fracking, as well as all other on-shore oil and gas development. Tuesday morning the Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the pre-emptive move against hydraulic fracturing, a technology that uses water and chemicals to unlock oil and gas underground. Posted. http://blogs.kqed.org/science/2014/05/20/santa-cruz-is-first-california-county-to-ban-fracking/ California will not exempt Tesla from zero emissions rebate program. Amid discussions on how to address its finite funds for zero emissions vehicle rebates last month, the California Air Resources Board suggested that owners of electric cars costing more than $60,000 be exempt from the program. It would mean that buyers of the $75,000 Cadillac ELR would not qualify for a $2,500 state rebate. Posted. http://ecomento.com/2014/05/21/california-will-not-exempt-tesla-from-zero-emissions-rebate-program/ http://www.siliconbeat.com/2014/05/20/carb-shelves-proposal-to-kick-tesla-out-of-the-zev-rebate-program/ California is in a drought emergency. Visit www.SaveOurH2O.org for water conservation tips.