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ARB Newsclips for May 30, 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. CLIMATE CHANGE Obama prepares to push for new power plant rules. President Barack Obama is planning a public show of support for new climate change rules that his administration will unveil Monday. The White House says Obama will spotlight the first-ever carbon pollution limits on existing power plants during his weekly radio and Internet address, released Saturday. Posted. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_OBAMA_CLIMATE_CHANGE?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT How Obama's power plant emission rules will work. The Obama administration is poised to unveil the first rules limiting carbon emissions from the thousands of power plants across the nation. The pollution controls form the cornerstone of President Barack Obama's campaign to combat climate change and a key element of his legacy. Obama says the rules are essential to curb the heat-trapping greenhouse gases blamed for global warming. Posted. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_CLIMATE_CHANGE_QA?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT U.S. industry gears up to fight Obama's climate rules. A U.S. plan to curb carbon emissions from power plants is likely to come under attack this summer by industry opponents in a bid to stir voter anger ahead of elections in November, when voters in states such as Kentucky and West Virginia could decide whether Democrats keep control of the Senate. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/05/28/us-usa-climatechange-industry-analysis-idUSKBN0E80CP20140528 Climate Change Meets Kitchen Table as Issue Gets Personal. The White House, as it prepares to announce new limits on carbon emissions, is working to transform the debate from distant threats to more immediate issues. President Barack Obama wants to shift the conversation from polar bears and melting glaciers to droughts in Iowa and more childhood asthma across the nation. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-05-30/climate-change-meets-kitchen-table-as-issue-gets-personal.html Scary Statistic: China May Have 1 Billion Drivers. If Beijing’s bumper-to-bumper traffic looks scary now, imagine this: one billion Chinese drivers. That’s the number of people that Shi Jianhua, deputy secretary-general of the state-backed China Association of Automobile Manufacturers, forecasts could have driving licenses in the country in the next 10 to 15 years. There were about 280 million last year, according to the Ministry of Public Security. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/print/2014-05-30/scary-statistic-china-may-have-1-billion-drivers.html A Price Tag on Carbon as a Climate Rescue Plan. Bryan T. Pagel, a dairy farmer, watched as a glistening slurry of cow manure disappeared down a culvert. If recycling the waste on his family’s farm would help to save the world, he was happy to go along. Out back, machinery was breaking down the manure and capturing a byproduct called methane, a potent greenhouse gas. A huge Caterpillar engine roared as it burned the methane to generate electricity, keeping it out of the atmosphere. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/30/science/a-price-tag-on-carbon-as-a-climate-rescue-plan.html?_r=0 Seven things to know about the coming EPA power-plant rule. The Environmental Protection Agency is expected to announce Monday the first-ever carbon emissions limits on the nation's 1,600 power plants. The proposed rule is the centerpiece of President Obama's strategy to cut back on climate change and builds on an earlier regulation that would set carbon emission standards for power plants that have yet to be built. Posted. http://washingtonexaminer.com/seven-things-to-know-about-the-coming-epa-power-plant-rule/article/2549121 Scoping out a plan for cleaner air in California. California’s devastating wildfires, ongoing drought and record heat offer a preview of the hotter, drier, more fiery future scientists say we can expect as the climate continues to change. For the millions who struggle to catch a breath in our state, increased air pollution from a never-ending fire season is just one of the dangerous side effects of climate change. Last week, the California Air Resources Board adopted an updated “scoping plan” to chart the state’s clean energy future under the pioneering climate change law AB 32. Posted. http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/may/30/tp-scoping-out-a-plan-for-cleaner-air-in/ Can measuring megacities' GHGs help reduce global warming? A few years ago, it looked like efforts to curb releases of greenhouse gases had come to a screeching halt. The 2009 U.N. treaty negotiations in Copenhagen, Denmark, were largely deemed a failure, and months later, the U.S. Senate abandoned climate legislation. But in the face of national and international failures, cities stepped up. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1060000431/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY DROUGHT California orders thousands of Sacramento Valley water users to stop pumping from streams. California has ordered more than 2,600 water agencies and users in the Sacramento Valley to stop pumping water from streams, a drastic response to the ongoing drought that hasn’t occurred since 1977. The curtailment notice was imposed by the State Water Resources Control Board late Wednesday. It affects 2,648 water agencies, farms, cities and other property owners with so-called “junior” water rights, or those issued by the state after 1914…Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2014/05/29/6441935/state-orders-sacramento-valley.html#storylink=cpy DIESEL EMISSIONS California Air Resources Board OKs use of new locomotive engine filter at L.A. port. The Port of Los Angeles earlier this month announced that the California Air Resources Board (CARB) has approved the use of new locomotive technology to help meet strict clean-air standards in the area. Developed by Johnson Matthey, the Locomotive Catalyzed Continuously Regenerating Trap (L-CCRT) diesel particulate filter recently earned CARB verification that it meets the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Tier 4 emission standard required for all new locomotives, effective Jan. 1, 2015. Posted. http://www.progressiverailroading.com/mechanical/news/California-Air-Resources-Board-OKs-use-of-new-locomotive-engine-filter-at-LA-port--40597 FUELS Oil edges down but still above $103. The price of oil drifted down Friday after U.S. crude inventories rose in a possible sign of slack demand. Benchmark U.S. crude for July delivery was down 38 cents to $103.20 a barrel at 0835 GMT in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract added 86 cents to close Thursday at $103.58. Posted. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/O/OIL_PRICES?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT California Senate rejects bill to halt fracking. The California state Senate on Thursday rejected for the second year in a row a bill that would have put a temporary stop to the controversial oil-producing practice of fracking in the state. The measure failed with a handful of Democrats joining Republicans in defeating the bill. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/05/30/us-california-fracking-idUSKBN0EA01X20140530 Fracking Sucks Money From Wind While China Eclipses U.S. U.S. President Barack Obama says natural gas can be a bridge from coal to a cleaner energy future. Investors are showing it’s more likely a bridge to nowhere. The country’s embrace of natural gas means less love for wind and solar. New investments in renewable energy sources declined 5 percent in North America last year to $56 billion, the lowest since 2010, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/print/2014-05-29/fracking-sucks-money-from-wind-while-china-eclipses-u-s-.html 'Value over volume' is analysts' mantra for future oil and gas investments. It's never been rocket science what investors want to see from their oil and gas companies: oil and gas production. That means fresh barrels and Btus, quarter in, quarter out. It means gathering reserves -- finding new resources to show they can keep it up for years or decades. Should a company stumble on this mission, markets can be merciless, dashing its stock price and possibly giving competitors a boost. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/energywire/stories/1060000440/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY VEHICLES 8 states release action plan to promote clean cars. Eight states on the East and West coasts released a plan Thursday for working together to put 3.3 million zero-emission vehicles on the nation's roads by 2025. The so-called "action plan" follows last year's memorandum of understanding announced by the governors of the states, including California and New York. Posted. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_ZERO_EMISSION_VEHICLE_PLEDGE?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT OTHER RELATED STORIES http://online.wsj.com/article/AP8b4c5e6dcf4b4871baf8c1fef0500c9b.html http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2014/05/29/california-among-8-states-pledging-to-put-3-3-million-zero-emissions-cars-on-roads-by-2025/ http://www.automotiveworld.com/news-releases/8-state-alliance-releases-plan-put-3-3-million-zero-emission-vehicles-road/ http://www.greencarcongress.com/2014/05/20140529-8states.html http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2014/05/30/stories/1060000434 BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY CORRECTED-Car battery maker LG Chem to decide on capacity expansion in 3 months. South Korea's LG Chem Ltd plans to make a decision on expanding production capacity for electric vehicle (EV) batteries in three to four months, expecting EV demand to take off in 2016. "We are seriously considering investing in expanding (our EV battery production)," President Kwon Young-soo, who oversees LG Chem's battery division, said on Thursday at the Busan Motor Show. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/05/29/lg-chem-factory-idUSL3N0OF19Q20140529 Crevier BMW Delivers Its First All-Electric BMW i3. At the beginning of May 2014, BMW delivered the first all-electric BMW i3 in the U.S. to Boston resident and Tufts University professor of practice, Charles Rabie. And on May 9, 2014 Santa Ana-based Crevier BMW delivered their first i3 to local resident and entrepreneur, Ash Satar. Posted. http://www.ocregister.com/occars/bmw-616200-delivers-electric.html GREEN ENERGY SunEdison solar power plant unit files for IPO. TerraForm Power Inc, a unit that solar company SunEdison Inc created to own and operate some of its solar power plants, filed for an initial public offering to raise up to $50 million. SunEdison is following in the footsteps of NRG Energy Inc, which last July listed a unit holding some of its wind and natural gas assets, as solar firms seek newer and cheaper ways to finance new solar power plants. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/05/29/us-terraform-ipo-idUSKBN0E90Z520140529 New York City Trying to Help Households Turn Waste Into Compost. For the first week or so, the brown bins hunkered on the streets like alien capsules that had fallen to Earth: gingerly stepped around, uneasily eyed, tenaciously ignored. One was pressed into service as a wastebasket for empty liquor bottles. Another was unceremoniously tossed in a street-corner trash can. But many sat untouched outside the front steps of houses all over Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, as though their new owners hoped that if they refused to acknowledge them long enough, they might simply disappear. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/31/nyregion/composting-in-new-york-city-pilot-program-expands.html?action=click&module=Search®ion=searchResults&mabReward=relbias%3Ar&url=http%3A%2F%2Fquery.nytimes.com%2Fsearch%2Fsitesearch%2F%3Faction%3Dclick%26contentCollection%3DScience%26region%3DTopBar%26WT.nav%3DsearchWidget%26module%3DSearchSubmit%26pgtype%3Darticle%23%2Fgreen%2Benergy%2F24hours%2F New ‘petuary’ liquifies deceased pets, green alternative to cremation. When Jerry Shevick’s and Susan Booker’s beloved dog died, they were horrified she might be frozen, then hauled off in a plastic bag and burned. So they made humane arrangements for their Labrador mix. Then the married couple launched a full-service “petuary” that does away with crematory fire and smoke. Instead, it reduces dead household companions to water. Posted. http://www.sbsun.com/lifestyle/20140529/new-petuary-liquifies-deceased-pets-green-alternative-to-cremation OPINIONS Teaching an Old Law New Tricks. PRESIDENT OBAMA is expected to announce his much anticipated rule for power plants on Monday, requiring for the first time that older and dirtier plants reduce their carbon dioxide emissions, which account for a sizable share of the nation’s carbon pollution. This new rule has rightly been called the “cornerstone” of the president’s climate action plan. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/30/opinion/teaching-an-old-law-new-tricks.html?rref=opinion Taking Up the Climate Challenge. Thomas L. Friedman and others who write about climate change and related problems are just tinkering around the edges. Those who address the issues persist in ignoring the fundamental problem: overpopulation. The solution is not about accommodating a growing global population in ingenious ways but about cutting the population in half and keeping it there. Metaphorically speaking, 10 billion people driving Priuses won’t stop climate change. We must address the real problem rather than discuss symptoms and how to palliate them. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/31/opinion/taking-up-the-climate-challenge.html?action=click&module=Search®ion=searchResults&mabReward=relbias%3Ar&url=http%3A%2F%2Fquery.nytimes.com%2Fsearch%2Fsitesearch%2F%3Faction%3Dclick%26contentCollection%3DScience%26region%3DTopBar%26WT.nav%3DsearchWidget%26module%3DSearchSubmit%26pgtype%3Darticle%23%2Femissions%2F24hours%2F Cutting Back on Carbon. Next week the Environmental Protection Agency is expected to announce new rules designed to limit global warming. Although we don’t know the details yet, anti-environmental groups are already predicting vast costs and economic doom. Don’t believe them. Everything we know suggests that we can achieve large reductions in greenhouse gas emissions at little cost to the economy. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/30/opinion/krugman-cutting-back-on-carbon.html?hp&rref=opinion&action=click&module=Search®ion=searchResults&mabReward=relbias%3Ar&url=http%3A%2F%2Fquery.nytimes.com%2Fsearch%2Fsitesearch%2F%3Faction%3Dclick%26contentCollection%3DScience%26region%3DTopBar%26WT.nav%3DsearchWidget%26module%3DSearchSubmit%26pgtype%3Darticle%23%2Femissions%2F24hours%2F BLOGS The coming political explosion over climate change. In a speech last night, embattled Senator Kay Hagan blasted GOP challenger Thom Tillis over his climate denialism, arguing that North Carolina “needs a Senator who believes climate change exists.” Hagan added: “Unlike my opponent who flatly denied the existence of climate change, I know the EPA’s ability to responsibly regulate greenhouse gas emissions is key to protecting our environment for future generations.” Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2014/05/28/the-coming-political-explosion-over-climate-change/ Evolving the conversation on climate change. Ed Rogers wrote yesterday that liberals are to blame for the poisoned nature of the political debate on climate change, not Republican “intransigence or denial.” Ed argues that climate “alarmists” are vague or dishonest about the costs and effectiveness of efforts to lower carbon dioxide emissions. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-partisan/wp/2014/05/29/evolving-the-conversation-on-climate-change/ Hookah Bars Contain Elevated Levels Of CO2 And Air Pollution. Waterpipes - hookahs - create hazardous concentrations of indoor air pollution and poses increased risk from diminished air quality for both employees and patrons of waterpipe bars, according to a new paper from Johns Hopkins, which did an analysis of air quality in seven Baltimore waterpipe bars and found that airborne particulate matter and carbon monoxide exceeded concentrations common in public places that allowed cigarette smoking. Posted. http://www.science20.com/news_articles/hookah_bars_contain_elevated_levels_of_co2_and_air_pollution-137395 John Boehner: 'I'm Not Qualified To Debate The Science Over Climate Change' The Obama administration is preparing to roll out new regulations on greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants on Monday, and the rules are already drawing criticism from congressional Republicans. Of course, many of the rules' opponents are not even convinced that the issue the rules seek to address -- namely, climate change -- is even a problem at all. Posted. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/05/29/boehner-climate-change_n_5411154.html Climate Change This Week: Religion Gets Climate Change, Undrillable Reserves, and More! How unusual has the weather been? No one event is "caused" by climate change, but global warming, which is predicted to increase unusual, extreme weather, is having a daily effect on weather, worldwide. Looking above at recent temperature anomalies, much of the US is experiencing warmer than usual temperatures, while the Pacific warm spot continues to prevent rain from reaching California. Posted. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mary-ellen-harte/climate-change-this-week_b_5415270.html Emissions Without Borders: The Problem With Greenhouse Gas. We can fence national boundaries with concrete and barbed wire, but unseen CO2 emissions are released into a border-less atmosphere. Right now, we are on track to triple these emissions by century's end. The last time CO2 levels went sky-high, the planet was probably 18 degrees Fahrenheit hotter, with sea levels approximately 120 feet higher than now. But we were not here then to enjoy the overly sultriness of it all. Posted. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/belinda-waymouth/emissions-without-borders-climate-change_b_5390373.html California is in a drought emergency. Visit www.SaveOurH2O.org for water conservation tips.