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ARB Newsclips for June 2, 2014. 

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California’s ‘boring’ carbon market to take limelight after EPA.
When California launched the country's most ambitious carbon
trading scheme 18 months ago, officials hoped that neighboring
states equally worried about climate change would quickly follow
its lead, expanding the nascent market.


Pollution rule tricky for coal country Democrats. President
Barack Obama's plan to curb power plant pollution put Democrats
running for office in coal country in a tough spot on Monday:
Criticize their president, or side with him and become part of
what could be a major drag on their region's economy. For the
most politically vulnerable, it was not a tough call. Posted.

Obama: Power plant rule will shrink power prices. In a sweeping
initiative to curb pollutants blamed for global warming, the
Obama administration unveiled a plan Monday aimed at cutting
carbon dioxide emissions from power plants by nearly a third by
2030. But it delays the deadline for some states to begin
complying until long after President Barack Obama leaves office.

Reaction to Obama's global warming plan. Reaction from lawmakers,
environmental activists, industry groups and others to President
Barack Obama's proposal to cut carbon dioxide emissions from U.S.
power plants: Posted.

States move to blunt Obama carbon reduction plan. As President
Barack Obama prepares to announce tougher new air quality
standards, lawmakers in several states already are trying to
blunt the impact on aging coal-fired power plants that feed
electricity to millions of consumers.  Posted.

U.S. unveils sweeping plan to slash power plant pollution. The
U.S. power sector must cut carbon dioxide emissions 30 percent by
2030 from 2005 levels, according to federal regulations unveiled
on Monday that form the centerpiece of the Obama administration's
climate change strategy. Posted.

Factbox: In G7, U.S. leads Japan, Canada in carbon curbs, lags
Europe. Following is a comparison of cuts in greenhouse gases by
leading democracies in the Group of Seven, whose leaders will
meet in Brussels this week, after the United States announced
sweeping plans to reduce power plant emissions on Monday.
Official data show that the United States has performed better in
restricting emissions since 1990 than Canada and Japan but lags

EU Calls on Deeper U.S. Emissions Cuts to Protect Climate. The
European Union said the U.S. must do more to reduce greenhouse
gas emissions than the proposal President Barack Obama’s
government released today if it’s to keep talks on limiting
global warming on track. Posted.

Obama Proposes Deep Cuts to Power-Plant Emissions. President
Barack Obama proposed cuts in greenhouse-gas emissions from the
nation’s power plants by an average of 30 percent from 2005
levels, a central part of his plan to fight climate change that
also carries political risk. Posted.

Greenhouse Gas Limit Supported: ABC/Post Poll. The White House
probably can count on some public support for the regulations on
power plant emissions it rolled out today — even if it costs
consumers something in the process. Posted.

EPA Sets Draft Rule to Cut Carbon Emissions by 30% by 2030. The
Environmental Protection Agency on Monday released a draft rule
to regulate carbon emissions from hundreds of fossil-fired power
plants across the U.S., the cornerstone of President Barack
Obama's climate-change agenda. Posted.


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EPA Proposal Draws Fire From United Republicans, Some Democrats.
GOP Lawmakers Say Obama's Plan to Lower Carbon Emissions Will
Kill Jobs. Republicans pounced on President Barack Obama's plan
to reduce carbon emissions by 30% by 2030 as a job-killing sop to
his environmental donors, while Democrats ran the gamut from
embracing the Environmental Protection Agency's rule to quickly
backing away from it. Posted.

Timeline of Administration's Effort to Regulate Carbon Dioxide
Emissions. The Obama administration's effort to regulate carbon
dioxide emissions follows a landmark Supreme Court ruling during
the Bush administration, a congressional battle during President
Barack Obama's first term and the launching of a climate change
initiative early in the president's second term. Posted.

How Will Climate Change Affect the Sahara? A geologist's findings
in Africa challenge the way scientists think about the threat of
desertification. At the end of the last ice age, about 11,000
years ago, northern Africa became a grassland, home to fish,
elephants and thousands of people. Then, 5,000 years ago,
scientists say, it abruptly turned into an enormous wasteland—the
vast desert that we now call the Sahara. The shift from savanna
to sand was the result of natural climate change…Posted.

Greenhouse-Gas Emissions Limits Likely to Drive Up Electricity
Prices. Coal Producers Likely to Be Hit Hardest Under New Federal
Carbon Limits. The new federal limits on greenhouse-gas emissions
are likely to drive up electricity prices in some parts of the
country as power companies close coal-fired generating plants.
But utilities that have power supplies that don't emit as much
carbon dioxide—nuclear, natural-gas and renewable energy
including wind and solar—will probably benefit, analysts say.

Don’t overlook the health benefits of EPA’s coal plant rule. The
focus of the Obama Administration’s plan to cut carbon pollution
by 30 percent over 2005 levels by 2030 is, rightfully, the impact
it will have on climate change. But let’s not overlook the
significant effects on public health that Monday’s sweeping
proposal would have. Posted.

Key Details of E.P.A. Carbon Emissions Proposal. A rule proposed
by the Environmental Protection Agency would cut carbon pollution
from power plants 30 percent from 2005 levels by 2030 – the
equivalent, according to the agency, of taking two-thirds of all
cars and trucks in America off the road. Here are some things to
know about the rule:…Posted.

Unveiling New Carbon Plan, E.P.A. Focuses on Flexibility. The
Obama administration on Monday announced one of the strongest
actions ever taken by the United States government to fight
climate change, a proposed Environmental Protection Agency
regulation to cut carbon pollution from the nation’s power plants
30 percent from 2005 levels by 2030. The regulation takes aim at
the largest source of carbon pollution in the United

Trying to Reclaim Leadership on Climate Change. At the end of his
first year in office, President Obama flew to Copenhagen and made
a big promise: that the United States would cut its greenhouse
gas emissions substantially by 2020 — a bold and risky pledge
that hinged on a balky Congress to make it possible. His efforts
became bogged down within months, and Mr. Obama’s pledge to the
rest of the world soon looked like a pipe dream. Posted.

Is Global Warming Real? Most Americans Say Yes. The Obama
administration announced new regulations Monday meant to reduce
carbon emissions and combat climate change. What do Americans
believe about climate change, and how have those beliefs changed?
Our overview follows. First, a majority of Americans say that
global warming is indeed happening, and the numbers have held
relatively steady since the mid-2000s. Posted.

EPA administrator says rule critics 'crying wolf' to protect
interests. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina
McCarthy offered a blunt defense Monday of the Obama
administration’s new rule to cut carbon dioxide pollution,
touting its benefits against mounting criticism from the coal
industry and some members of Congress. “Given the astronomical
price we pay for climate inaction, the most costly thing we can
do is to do nothing,” …Posted.

EPA unveils far-reaching climate plan targeting power plants. The
Obama administration Monday morning unveiled its far-reaching
proposal to curb climate change by substantially restricting
emissions at power plants, a plan that promises to set off
intense debate across the country amid the president’s boldest
action yet to reshape the energy landscape. Posted.

EPA's new emissions rule may complicate Democrats' electoral
hopes.  Mitch McConnell and Alison Lundergan Grimes, bitter
rivals in one of the nation's most competitive Senate races this
year, will find rare accord Monday as they both denounce the
Obama administration's new approach to cutting carbon emissions.
But how the Republican senator from Kentucky and his Democratic
challenger manage to agree so disagreeably will illustrate the
complicated politics of an issue…Posted.

'Cosmos' recap: Climate change is explained in 'The World Set
Free'  Is it getting hot in here? In what is likely to prove one
of its most controversial episodes yet, this week's "Cosmos" lays
out the powerful scientific case for climate change, framed
within a tale of two planets: Venus and Earth. Venus was not much
different from Earth back in the earliest days of the solar
system, with vast oceans and an atmosphere potentially friendly
to life. Visit Venus today, however, and you'll find that its
once abundant oceans have long since evaporated away because of
the broiling temperatures …Posted.

California well-positioned for U.S. global-warming rule.  The
Obama administration proposed far-reaching limits Monday on
power-plant emissions that contribute to global warming, but
tailored the rule in ways that would give mean far fewer costs to
states such as California that have already taken steps to cap
carbon pollution. The proposed rule represents the heart of what
has become President Obama's signature issue of his second term,
tackling climate change. Posted.

California has head start, but new EPA rules on carbon will
prompt to state to go further on curbing emissions. With
California already claiming a head start in the push to curb
carbon, state leaders today hailed the Obama administration’s
proposal to slash greenhouse gas emissions from power plants.
Officials said California’s crackdown on carbon, largely the
result of the 2006 global warming law, means the Obama plan won’t
translate into radical change on how electricity is generated in
the state. Posted.

Big power-plant pollution cuts are ordered.  In a sweeping
initiative to curb pollutants blamed for global warming, the
Obama administration unveiled a plan Monday aimed at cutting
carbon dioxide emissions from power plants by nearly a third by
2030. But it delays the deadline for some states to begin
complying until long after President Barack Obama leaves office.

UN climate chief hails US power plant plan.  The United Nations'
top climate change official is hailing a planned new U.S.
regulation to limit pollution blamed for global warming from
power plants and says she expects it to spur other countries into
The Obama administration plans to announce the rule Monday,
tapping the president's executive powers to tackle carbon dioxide
emissions from power plants. Posted.

Proposed EPA rules will spark political fireworks. The week will
start with fireworks after the release of proposed regulations
from the Environmental Protection Agency aimed at curbing
greenhouse gas emissions, particularly from existing coal-fired
electric plants. President Barack Obama is expected to lead this
climate change initiative, and announce the rules Monday. Posted.

EPA seeks to cut power plant carbon by 30 percent.  The Obama
administration on Monday will roll out a plan to cut
earth-warming pollution from power plants by 30 percent by 2030,
setting in motion one of the most significant actions to address
global warming in U.S. history. The rule, which is expected to be
final next year, will set the first national limits on carbon

EPA seeks 30% cut in power plant carbon emissions by 2030. 
Taking a historic step to fight climate change, the Obama
administration proposed a plan Monday that aims to slash carbon
dioxide emissions from existing power plants 30% by 2030 and
could accelerate the nation's shift away from coal. Posted.

EPA carbon limits: an 'Obamacare' for climate change (+video).
The EPA will unveil new regulations to reduce carbon dioxide
emissions from power plants by 30 percent by 2030. The EPA power
plant rules are the most aggressive of President Obama's Climate
Action Plan and have already provoked heated debate over a
complex issue. Posted.

EPA to propose 30 percent reduction in power plant carbon
emissions. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will propose
Monday a new rule for existing coal-fired power plants across the
country that would reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 30 percent
by 2030, sources close to the matter confirm to CBS News. This
would be the first use of regulatory power by the Obama
administration to reduce carbon dioxide emissions…Posted.

New EPA rule would seek to cut carbon emissions 30% by 2030. The
Obama administration will seek to cut greenhouse gas emissions
from existing power plants 30% from 2005 levels by 2030,
potentially one of the biggest steps any country has taken to
confront climate change, people familiar with the plan said
Sunday. Seen as the linchpin of President Obama's climate
campaign and a key part of his domestic policy legacy…Posted.

EPA to propose cut in power plant emissions. The Environmental
Protection Agency will unveil a draft proposal on Monday to cut
carbon pollution from the nation’s power plants 30 percent from
2005 levels by 2030, according to people briefed on the plan. The
proposed rule amounts to the strongest action ever taken by the
U.S. government to fight climate change. Posted.

Why Obama Had to Act on Climate. Congress couldn’t get it done.
We know, because we tried. After months of anticipation, the
Environmental Protection Agency has proposed the first-ever
regulations to reduce greenhouse gas pollution from existing
power plants. As the source of about one-third of the United
States greenhouse gas emissions, power plants are key to any
serious effort to reduce global warming…Posted.

Geoengineering isn’t going to save the planet, says UCLA
researcher. In recent years, some researchers have proposed
massive technological fixes to combat global warming, attempts to
"geo-engineer" the climate to counteract the build-up of
greenhouse gases. A new study led by a professor at UCLA
concludes there's no silver bullet to stop climate change. 


Drought brings California gold prospectors back to life. David
Fiori, waist-deep in the chilly Kern River, braced against the
current, stabbed a shovel into the ancient silt between his feet
and tossed the muck downstream. His eyes, though, wandered to a
potential prize — a spot on the opposite bank of the river.

State cuts off many Russian River diverters. Due to a "water
supply crisis," the State Water Resources Control Board for the
first time is ordering more than 600 rights holders to stop
diverting water from the Upper Russian River. Posted.

Study finds medical pot farms draining California streams dry.
Some drought-stricken rivers and streams in Northern California's
coastal forests are being polluted and sucked dry by
water-guzzling medical marijuana farms, wildlife officials say --
an issue that has spurred at least one county to try to outlaw
personal grows. Posted.


Special Report: How fracking helps America beat German industry.
Nestled in the green hills of southern Germany, chemical giant
Wacker Chemie churns out a wide range of products, from an
ingredient for chewing gum to the polysilicon crystals in solar
cells. The electricity to produce all that - enough power for
more than 700,000 households annually - has become more costly at
Wacker’s main factory in Burghausen. Posted.

Dueling studies highlight focus on climate impacts of renewable
fuel standard. A couple of industry- and environmentalist-led
studies on the greenhouse gas impact of the federal renewable
fuel standard are shining a light on the biofuel policy's role in
affecting climate change. The RFS, which calls on the United
States to boost biofuels production to 36 billion gallons per
year by 2022, has been used as an argument for jobs, for
low-priced gasoline and for national security. Posted.
http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1060000519/print BY

Durable design solves critical problem in making fuel from water.
Using materials that are more durable, researchers are moving
closer to a viable way to turn water into fuel using sunlight.
The goal is to produce artificial photosynthesis, a process that
mimics how plants grow, using only carbon dioxide, water, soil
nutrients and the sun as raw materials. Posted.
http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1060000514/print BY

Biofuel companies find help on K Street. Biofuel companies have
brought on top-notch lobby firms as the battle over the renewable
fuels standard continues in Washington, D.C. A rule by U.S. EPA
to lower the biofuel requirement for refiners is expected to be
finalized soon. Announced last November, that move by the agency
was a blow to the biofuel industry, which argues it will lead to
plant closures and layoffs. Posted.
http://www.eenews.net/greenwire/stories/1060000547/print BY


First Drive: Volkswagen to enter U.S. electric market with
e-Golf. For several years, Volkswagen has been watching the race
to develop viable electric cars from the sidelines. But this
fall, the German automaker will bring its first all-electric
vehicle to the U.S., a battery-powered version of the venerable
Golf, the hatchback that has sold more than 30 million copies
globally over six generations. Dubbed the e-Golf, this model uses
the same platform and body as gas- and diesel-powered Golfs,
which have all been redesigned for the 2015 model year. Posted.


Can Calif. rule in energy storage? California, land of Google
Inc., Apple Inc. and Hollywood, wants to add one more to the
roster of industries it dominates. This time it's energy storage,
an absolutely enormous emerging market where it has quietly been
developing a substantial lead. The Golden State has more
engineers and entrepreneurs figuring out how to store energy in
phones, cars, buildings and power plants than anywhere else on
Earth. Posted.
http://www.eenews.net/energywire/stories/1060000525/print BY


California’s air pollution laboratory in El Monte looking to move
to a UC campus or Cal Poly Pomona. After 41 years in El Monte,
the state’s venerable vehicle emissions laboratory made famous
for developing landmark anti-smog regulations needs a new home.
The California Air Resources Board’s Arie Jan Haagen-Smit
Laboratory, housed in a series of nondescript buildings in the
Flair Park office complex just south of 10 Freeway, received the
go-ahead May 6 from the state Department of General


Carbon Capture Is the Best Answer.  If all we had to do to solve
the problem of climate change were to reduce the flow of
greenhouse gases into the atmosphere to a sustainable level, then
a cap and trade regime, or simply putting a price on carbon,
would indeed be a good way to start. But it isn’t. Posted.

Editorial: It’s high time California manages its underground
water sources. This has to be the year that California finally
starts to regulate groundwater. It has to be. Not since the
drought of 1977 have water resources been in such dire straits.
To cope, the state is taking drastic steps when it comes to
surface water. Posted.

Brown’s steady march to an alternative energy future. California
is poised to spend $120 billion by 2020 toward constructing a
sustainable green economy. That’s a lot of money, about 10 times
greater annually than the United Kingdom, with twice California’s
population, invests on wind farms and other solar applications.
These renewable investments solidify California’s role as a
showcase the Obama administration can point to at the United
Nations climate change talks…Posted.

EPA finally gets U.S. into climate game: Our View. In recent
weeks, the scientific warnings about global warming have been
coming in faster than a line of summer thunderstorms.
Authoritative studies have documented rising sea levels,
"irreversible" ice sheet melting, a northward migration of the
tropics, and climate-induced conflict and instability. There's no
guarantee that the Obama administration's new limits on carbon
emissions from existing power plants, announced Monday, can
reverse these ominous trends. Posted.

New climate rules are a breath of fresh air. The debate on
climate change is over. Scientists are now as certain that
climate change is a real, man-made threat as they are that
cigarettes kill. But cleaning up our air has much more to it than
combating shifts in Earth's temperatures and environment. The
administration's new pollution standards -- new Environmental
Protection Agency regulations that place tough limits on
emissions from coal-fired power plants...Posted.


Rah-Rah to ‘Nuts’: Five Faces of EPA Emissions Emoting. No
surprise here: Many Democrats are big fans of the Environmental
Protection Agency’s new proposed rules to govern carbon emissions
while Republicans are aghast that President Barack Obama’s
administration would try to implement curbs on coal-based power
House Speaker John Boehner (R., Ohio) called the plan “nuts”
while Sen. Bernie Sanders(I., Vt.) said “much more must be done
to avoid a planetary crisis.” Posted.

Why Obama’s car rules trump his new climate proposal. The
Environmental Protection Agency's proposal to curb carbon dioxide
from existing power plants has sparked both plaudits and
critiques alike, with environmentalists calling it a critical way
to save the planet and industry opponents predicting that it will
devastate the economy. But here's a secret: The agency's previous
efforts to impose the first-ever carbon limits on passenger cars
and light trucks will do more…Posted.

The climate change science cop-out. If you’re asked about climate
change science, duck and cover. That’s the spineless strategy of
politicians and governments without the courage to discuss or
encourage dialog on this important, timely issue. Politico
reports some Republicans have recently evaded questions about
climate change science with responses such as  ”I am not a
scientist” or “we are not experts”. Posted.

China’s Solar Panel Production Comes at a Dirty Cost.  Although
China may be a cheaper place than Europe for producing solar
panels, the savings come at a higher cost to the environment, a
new study says. Weaker environmental standards and the more
highly polluting sources of energy used by Chinese manufacturers
are the reasons for the discrepancy, according to research by
Northwestern University and the United States Department of
Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory. Posted.

Tracking Obama’s Climate Rules for Power Plants.  I’m in Beijing
to participate in a week of meetings related to the unfolding
international science effort called Future Earth, so I won’t be
able to weigh in in a timely fashion on President Obama’s planned
Monday release of regulations restricting carbon dioxide
emissions from existing American power plants. You can follow
coverage and commentary on this White House move in The Times
here. Posted.

Rhetoric and Realities Around Obama’s ‘Carbon Pollution’ Power
Plant Rules.  With the release this morning of the Obama
administration’s proposed regulations curbing emissions of
heat-trapping gases from existing power plants, the battle to
shape public attitudes is already in high gear. Republicans are
scurrying to label the move a hidden “national energy tax” and
“war on coal” (see the fine NBC online piece titled “Carbon
Combat” for more). Posted.

EPA: Global Warming Here and Now. As the Obama administration
bolsters its climate agenda, the EPA reviews how climate change
is being felt here and now. They’re seeing green. Just days from
the release of long-awaited new emissions rules for power plants,
the Obama administration has been ramping up its efforts to
promote its global-warming agenda, highlighting the economic
benefits of boosting clean energy and the consequences…Posted.

EPA Releases Much-Anticipated Limits On Power Plant Emissions.
The Environmental Protection Agency unveiled new standards on
Monday, calling for a 30 percent cut in carbon emissions from
power plants by 2030. The regulations are the first of their kind
for the fleet of existing power plants, which currently produce
39 percent of U.S. emissions. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy
described the rules in further detail at a press conference
Monday morning. Posted.

New Rules for Power Plants: What They Mean for California. Going
into Monday’s roll-out from the federal Environmental Protection
Agency, there was optimism — if not clarity — over what proposed
new regulation of power plant carbon emissions would mean for
California. Posted.

EPA Chief Claims Greenhouse Gas Rules Will Save Country Billions.
New federal regulations that aim to reduce carbon dioxide
emissions from power plants will have a large economic upside,
largely through health savings, says Gina McCarthy, administrator
of the Environmental Protection Agency. "We are talking by 2030
having $90 billion in benefits," McCarthy told NPR's Robert
Siegel in an interview airing on All Things Considered. Posted.

EPA Unveils New Proposal Targeting Greenhouse Gases. New federal
regulations announced Monday aim to reduce carbon dioxide
emissions from power plants by 30 percent by 2030. The draft
proposal from the Environmental Protection Agency has sparked
opposition from industry groups who say the changes would be
prohibitively expensive. But the proposal's backers say the rules
are needed to cut carbon pollution that scientists say
contributes to climate change.  Posted.

AIR QUALITY: Pollution monitor installed near Sentinel power
plant. An air pollution monitor now tracks emissions downwind of
the CPV Sentinel power plant, one year after the 800-megawatt
project went online near Desert Hot Springs. South Coast Air
Quality Management District, the government agency which monitors
air quality across much of Southern California, announced on
Friday the new monitor has already collected data for a week. The
natural gas-powered plant’s pollutants have been a source of
controversy for those living nearby since before it opened last
year. Posted.

Solar Roadways raises $1M for solar-panel covered roads. The
concept of using roads as solar cells seems like a great idea
until you start considering all of the damage that streets
regularly have to handle. From freezing water to overloaded
vehicles, the nation's highways take a lot of punishment.
However, that isn't stopping Solar Roadways from refining its
concept for a sun-powered surface that you can drive on.. Posted.

MIT figures out how to clean diesel trucks with RF signals.
People rightfully dislike wireless signals being transmitted from
the person behind the wheel when they text while drive, but there
are times when a car's wireless signals can be good news.
Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
have found a way to use wireless signals under the hood to help
cut pollution from heavy-duty vehicles such as diesel-powered
trucks. Posted.

Wave 2014 sets new record, gathers 507 EVs in one place. Take
that, everyone else who's tried to gather the most electric
vehicles in one place at one time. The 2014 edition of the World
Advanced Vehicle Expedition (WAVE) has set a new world record
with 507 EVs in one parking lot in Stuttgart, Germany over the
weekend. The tally has been certified by Guinness World Records,
so Montreal will have to try harder. Posted.

Obama To Announce 30 Percent Cut to U.S. Carbon Emissions.
President Obama is expected to announce today a new initiative by
the Environmental Protection Agency to reduce the United States'
carbon dioxide emissions by 30 percent from their 2005 levels by
2030. The plan, according to the New York Times, would be "the
strongest actions ever taken by the United States government to
fight climate change." Posted.

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