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ARB Newsclips for June 9, 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 Truckers, Business Leaders Rally Against ‘Hidden’ Gas Tax. Southland truck drivers and local business leaders Thursday staged a protest over what they say is a hidden gas tax under California’s “cap and trade” program. Supporters of the “Tank the Tax” effort warn that consumers and small businesses could see an increase of 12 cents or more at the pump beginning in 2015, when the California Air Resources Board is set to move fuels under the cap-and-trade…Posted. http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2014/06/05/truckers-business-leaders-to-rally-against-hidden-gas-tax/ Bump at pump in January to help speed bullet train project. California drivers are going to see a bump at the pump starting Jan. 1 - with a good chunk of the money going to kick-start Gov. Jerry Brown's struggling high-speed rail project. Reason: Starting next year, tailpipe emissions from cars and trucks will come under California's cap-and-trade program, which is designed to reduce greenhouse gases. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/matier-ross/article/Bump-at-pump-in-January-to-help-speed-bullet-5538049.php?cmpid=hp-hc-bayarea Group to unveil carbon tax today that would give most Americans $132 a month. The Citizens Climate Lobby will release a plan today for a carbon tax that proposes mailing monthly checks to nearly every American, including children. The California-based group supports enacting a $10 tax on each ton of carbon dioxide in 2016. It would raise an estimated $56 billion in the first year, enough to provide a family of four with $44 in monthly rebates in 2016, supporters say. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1060000918/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY AIR POLLUTION Global auto component makers gear up for China’s tougher emission rules. Global companies that specialize in making vehicle emissions cleaner are rushing to take advantage of Beijing's war on pollution, as Chinese automakers look to comply with tougher regulations in the world's biggest auto market. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/06/08/uk-china-autos-pollution-idUSKBN0EJ0WN20140608 Scientists explore using trees to clean pollution. Before Houston and its suburbs were built, a dense forest naturally purified the coastal air along a stretch of the Texas Gulf Coast that grew thick with pecan, ash, live oak and hackberry trees. It was the kind of pristine woodland that was mostly wiped out by settlers in their rush to clear land and build communities. Posted. http://www.vcstar.com/news/2014/jun/08/scientists-explore-using-trees-to-clean/#ixzz34A48VlrA Chinese group launches app to shame polluters. A Chinese environmental group launched a smartphone app on Monday that tracks and shames polluting factories, highlighting how the country is making environmental data more available and enabling public monitoring of companies that pollute. The app gives, where available, hourly updates on emissions reported by factories to local authorities and shows the plants as color-coded points on a map, with violators of emissions limits in red. Posted. http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/jun/09/chinese-group-launches-app-to-shame-polluters/ Bay Area heats up, residents asked to 'spare the air'. As temperatures soar this week, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District is calling a second consecutive Spare the Air Day for the region on Monday. The alert was issued as air district officials predict a high level of air pollution and smog throughout the Bay Area on Monday. Posted. http://www.ktvu.com/news/news/local/bay-area-heats-residents-asked-spare-air/ngGt4/ Some states push back against proposed EPA carbon rule. Legal challenges to U.S. EPA's proposed rule on power plant carbon won't be possible until a final version is released next year, but that hasn't stopped a number of states from laying foundations for resistance. Nineteen states -- nearly all of which either produce or consumer significant quantities of coal -- have introduced resolutions targeting the proposed rule. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1060000921/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY CLIMATE CHANGE Tom Steyer’s slow, and ongoing, conversion from fossil-fuels investor to climate activist. At the base of the mountain, Tom Steyer was a billionaire hedge-fund manager with oil and gas investments and a seemingly conflicted conscience. But by the time he and environmentalist Bill McKibben finished a hike up two tall Adirondacks peaks on that summer day in 2012, Steyer had revealed that he was ready to change his life — he would unload his investments in fossil fuels and become an activist in the fight against global warming. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/tom-steyers-slow-and-ongoing-conversion-from-fossil-fuels-investor-to-climate-activist/2014/06/08/6478da2e-ea68-11e3-b98c-72cef4a00499_story.html?wprss=rss_national In Some States, Emissions Cuts Defy Skeptics. The cries of protest have been fierce, warning that President Obama’s plan to cut greenhouse gases from power plants will bring soaring electricity bills and even plunge the nation into blackouts. By the time the administration is finished, one prominent critic said, “millions of Americans will be freezing in the dark.” Posted. http://mobile.nytimes.com/2014/06/07/science/in-some-states-emissions-cuts-defy-skeptics.html S.F. waterfront development must prepare for rising seas. Now that San Francisco voters have said they want final say on waterfront development, we'll see if they have the courage and smarts to tackle the real job at hand - facing up to the need to deal with rising sea levels. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/place/article/S-F-waterfront-development-must-prepare-for-5536682.php McCarthy keeps up carbon rule outreach. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy hits the road this week to tout the power plants carbon rule she unveiled days ago. McCarthy, who has embraced her role in recent days as a public spokesperson for President Barack Obama's climate agenda, is to make four appearances to talk up the regulation. Posted. http://www.energyguardian.net/mccarthy-keeps-carbon-rule-outreach BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY Latin Americans forge ahead with CO2 reduction plans. Climate change legislation is blazing a path across Latin America in what analysts say is one of the most promising trends on the horizon for action against global warming. Over the past year, Guatemala, Honduras, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Colombia, Chile, Bolivia and Peru have all either passed or…Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1060000922/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY U.S. automakers to weather costs of EPA rule far better than climate change – study. For automakers, which represent the United States' largest manufacturing sector, costs incurred from climate-related disruptions will far outweigh the costs stemming from the new U.S. EPA power plant rule, according to a recent report. The study conducted by Business Forward…Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1060000920/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY DROUGHT Poll finds little support for drought spending despite broad awareness. Most Californians surveyed say the statewide drought has had little or no impact on their daily lives, and a majority oppose the suspension of environmental protections or large-scale public spending to boost water supplies, a new USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll has found. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/science/la-me-poll-drought-20140606-story.html California drought: Voluntary cutback falls short in Bay Area. Nearly five months after Gov. Jerry Brown declared a drought emergency and asked Californians to use 20 percent less water, almost everyone believes they're doing their part. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/science/article/California-drought-Voluntary-cutback-falls-short-5538084.php Water rights may be limited for century-old irrigation districts. Some folks simply don’t trust state leaders when it comes to protecting their water rights. The State Water Resources Control Board this month is expected to “curtail” river diversions for those who established their water rights more than 100 years ago. http://www.modbee.com/2014/06/07/3379426/water-rights-may-be-limited-for.html?sp=/99/1623/#storylink=cpy Water bill with California impacts expected to be signed. San Clemente’s beach restoration has a long way to go, but a big step could come this week when President Barack Obama is expected to sign a water resources bill into law, according to Politico. http://www.ocregister.com/articles/house-617476-committee-california.html FUELS Methane-slashing powder, new vaccine may help tackle livestock emissions. Despite being the world's second-largest source of greenhouse gas emissions -- behind the energy sector -- global production of beef and dairy products is on the rise. And scientists around the world are racking their brains on how to reduce the hefty emissions from this largely ignored sector. Methane and carbon dioxide are pouring into the air as a result of farmers clearing land for cattle grazing…Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1060000893/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY HIGH-SPEED RAIL More lawsuits are a foregone conclusion for California high-speed rail. When California voters approved $9 billion in funding for a bullet train in 2008, the ballot measure included the strictest engineering and spending controls ever placed on a major state project. Voters were told that the high-speed trains would hit 220 mph, get from Los Angeles to San Francisco in two hours and 40 minutes…Posted. http://www.latimes.com/local/la-me-bullet-train-battle-20140609-story.html#page=1 Kern County Sues State Over California High-Speed Rail Project. Kern County is the latest Central Valley government to sue the state over its $68 billion bullet train plan. Officials say they filed suit Friday in Sacramento County Superior Court over the environmental review for the Fresno to Bakersfield section approved last month. Posted. http://sacramento.cbslocal.com/2014/06/06/kern-county-sues-state-over-california-high-speed-rail-project/ Kings County challenges rail's environmental study. In the latest challenge to California's $68 billion high-speed-rail project, Kings County and a group of its residents filed another lawsuit against the bullet train Thursday, alleging continued violations of California's Environmental Quality Act and several other state laws. Posted. http://www.bakersfieldnow.com/news/local/Kings-County-challenges-rails-environmental-study-262148651.html GREEN ENERGY Stockton Unified commits to solar. Solar panels have steadily been installed at schools throughout Stockton Unified as part of the district's efforts to conserve energy and save costs. The panels are paid for by the contractor and leased back to the district at a reduced price. The panels double as car ports in the schools' parking lots. Posted. http://www.recordnet.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20140607/A_NEWS/406070329/-1/A_NEWS14 MISCELLANEOUS South Coast Air Quality Management District offers lawn mower exchange. Southern California residents can register to get up to 75 percent in savings on a new electric lawn mower with the South Coast Air Quality Management District’s Lawn Mower Exchange Program. Now in its 12th year, the program helps the wallet and air quality by trading residents’ used, polluting gas-powered lawn mowers for cordless battery-electric models. Posted. http://www.redlandsdailyfacts.com/environment-and-nature/20140606/south-coast-air-quality-management-district-offers-lawn-mower-exchange OPINIONS Dan Walters: Senate passes bill to make electricity even more expensive. There are probably a few people living off the grid in the backcountry of California, but the other 38 million of us depend on our local utilities for electric power. That makes us stakeholders in how that energy is produced, distributed and priced – the latter accounting for many, many billions of dollars. One would think that the nearly universal experience of buying electricity…Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2014/06/09/6465218/dan-walters-senate-passes-bill.html#mi_rss=Dan%20Walters#storylink=cpy Interests, Ideology And Climate. There are three things we know about man-made global warming. First, the consequences will be terrible if we don’t take quick action to limit carbon emissions. Second, in pure economic terms the required action shouldn’t be hard to take: emission controls, done right, would probably slow economic growth, but not by much. Third, the politics of action are nonetheless very difficult. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/09/opinion/krugman-interests-ideology-and-climate.html?hp&rref=opinion&module=Search&mabReward=relbias%3Ar New EPA rules are a strong and overdue response to perilous challenge. The following editorial appeared in the Miami Herald on Friday, June 6:Faced with the prospect of either bypassing Congress or doing nothing about America's poisonous greenhouse-gas emissions, President Obama made the right decision last week. He set a goal of cutting carbon pollution from power plants by 30 percent from 2005 levels by 2030. Posted. http://www.modbee.com/2014/06/09/3381249/new-epa-rules-are-a-strong-and.html#storylink=cpy Mark Landsbaum: Cap-and-trade plan vs. free market. Let’s consider President Barack Obama’s cap-and-trade proposal, by the numbers. • 5.9 percent – Environmental Protection Agency’s predicted increase in your electricity costs by 2020. • 200 percent – Actual increase in household electricity prices since the 2000 introduction of Germany’s similar “renewable energy” law to replace coal, gas-fired and nuclear power generation with renewable energy, according to Germany’s economy minister. Posted. http://www.ocregister.com/articles/energy-617296-government-percent.html Robert J. Samuelson: Obama’s climate fog. On climate change, both Barack Obama and his harshest critics — business groups and Republicans — have a shared interest in exaggerating the impact of the president’s proposal. By 2030, it would reduce the electricity sector’s greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent from a 2005 base. For Obama, it’s all about legacy. Posted. http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/jun/09/tp-robert-j-samuelson-obamas-climate-fog/ BLOGS Infographic: Comparing California’s Three Cap-and-Trade Spending Proposals. In the midst of California’s state budget negotiations, the legislature must separately decide how to spend the state’s cap-and-trade revenue, be it on public transit, high-speed rail, affordable housing near transit, or other emissions-reducing programs. http://la.streetsblog.org/2014/06/06/infographic-comparing-californias-three-cap-and-trade-spending-proposals/ Nissan could offer plug-in hybrids by 2016. Nissan is recharging the idea of a production plug-in hybrid model. The Japanese automaker may start making a plug-in hybrid by as soon as late 2015, with deliveries to start in time for the 2016 model year, Green Car Reports says, citing an interview with company executive Andy Palmer. Those comments go against what Nissan said during the North American Auto Show in January. Posted. http://green.autoblog.com/2014/06/06/nissan-could-offer-plug-in-hybrids-by-2016/ Toyota to start production of hydrogen vehicles in December. Toyota's hydrogen fuel cell vehicle will be in showrooms sooner than planned, the Japan Times reporting that production will commence in mid-December with the sedan following "by the end of this year." No reason was given for the new timeline; Toyota has been saying all along that we'd see it in 2015. Posted. http://www.autoblog.com/2014/06/08/toyota-hydrogen-fchv-production/ Wireless charging set for massive growth by 2020. Count wireless vehicle charging system sales as yet another sector in which both supply and demand will soon surge because of the growing popularity of plug-in vehicles. The relatively nascent inductive charging market will more than double every year from 2012 to 2020, research firm Frost & Sullivan says. Posted. http://green.autoblog.com/2014/06/09/wireless-charging-set-for-massive-growth-by-2020/ California is in a drought emergency. Visit www.SaveOurH2O.org for water conservation tips.