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newsclips -- ARB Newsclips for July 3, 2014 Posted: 03 Jul 2014 14:06:18
ARB Newsclips for July 3, 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 California lawmakers, industry groups join to oppose ‘gas tax’ in emissions cap program. A bipartisan group of local lawmakers are joining business groups in a campaign to oppose an air quality regulation they say will lead to higher gas and goods costs for consumers. Lawmakers, including State Senators Mike Morrell, R-Rancho Cucamonga, and Norma Torres, D-Chino, spoke out against a program they say would amount to a new gas tax at a press conference held at the Pacific Mountain Logistics facility in Ontario on Wednesday. Posted. http://www.sbsun.com/government-and-politics/20140702/california-lawmakers-industry-groups-join-to-oppose-gas-tax-in-emissions-cap-program http://www.dailybulletin.com/government-and-politics/20140702/california-lawmakers-industry-groups-join-to-oppose-gas-tax-in-emissions-cap-program AIR POLLUTION Fireworks: Hazardous to air quality and health. Local air officials are reminding residents that Independence Day fireworks increase levels of dangerous particulate matter, posing a threat to air quality and health. Fireworks emit large quantities of particulate matter, including soot, ash and metals. These can trigger serious health problems, especially in people with existing respiratory conditions, elderly people and small children, officials said. Posted. http://www.modbee.com/2014/07/02/3421754/fireworks-hazardous-to-air-quality.html Independence Day can be hazardous to those with respiratory problems. Independence Day brings out a lot of national pride and desire to celebrate, but for those with respiratory problems, it can be a hazardous day. Fireworks increase the levels of dangerous particulate matter and can pose a health threat. Even "safe and sane" fireworks emit this matter, including soot, ash and metals. Posted. http://www.recordnet.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20140702/A_NEWS/140709972/0/SEARCH Second Try Puts Carbon Observatory Into Orbit. NASA’s new spacecraft to sniff carbon dioxide in the earth’s atmosphere reached orbit on Wednesday after launching from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The $468 million Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 mission had to be put off when Tuesday’s launching attempt was halted with just 46 seconds left in the countdown. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/03/science/space/second-try-puts-carbon-observatory-into-orbit.html?module=Search&mabReward=relbias%3Ar%2C[%22RI%3A6%22%2C%22RI%3A17%22] DIESEL EMISSIONS CARB posts advisory and language for Truck and Bus timetables. Truck owners who need to know when their trucks must be upgraded to meet California’s rapidly changing Truck and Bus Regulation have new documents and a hotline to call and receive help. The California Air Resources Board is using email, social media and virtually every outlet at its disposal to publicize enforcement dates for the Truck and Bus Regulation – its most expensive truck rule. Posted. http://www.landlinemag.com/Story.aspx?StoryID=27286#.U7WKbIUvAk8 DROUGHT California toughens enforcement of water violations. California’s water cops on Wednesday approved emergency drought regulations aimed at forcing water users to act swiftly when told to stop diverting water from streams. The State Water Resources Control Board, after meeting for nearly 12 hours over two days, voted unanimously to approve the new rules package. The emergency regulations mean that for the next nine months, the board can follow a streamlined process to force some water-rights holders to stop diverting from rivers and streams. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2014/07/02/6530585/california-toughens-enforcement.html#mi_rss=Latest%20News VEHICLES Lithium-ion battery makers look to stimulate electric car production. Electric vehicle manufacturer Tesla Motors has decided it will no longer pursue lawsuits against anyone using its patented technology. Chief executive Elon Musk explained on the company’s blog that Tesla cannot tackle the carbon crisis alone: ‘If we clear a path to the creation of compelling electric vehicles, but then lay intellectual property land mines behind us to inhibit others, we are acting in a manner contrary to that goal.’ Posted. http://www.rsc.org/chemistryworld/2014/06/lithium-ion-battery-makers-stimulate-electric-car-production GREEN ENERGY For some new homes, batteries included. In a new pilot offering, San Jose-based SunPower, the second-largest U.S. solar manufacturer, is partnering with builder KB Home to offer energy-storage systems to California homeowners that will power houses at night with electricity generated from sunlight during the day. Posted. http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/jul/03/houses-feature-batteries-solar/ OPINIONS Stop the hidden cap-and-trade tax on fuel: Guest commentary. Fighting climate change is the right thing to do; but measures considered to reduce greenhouse gases deserve public debate. Allowing the California Air Resources Board (CARB), a state regulatory agency, to levy a gas tax and hiding it from the public is the wrong way to go. Posted. http://www.dailybulletin.com/opinion/20140703/stop-the-hidden-cap-and-trade-tax-on-fuel-guest-commentary BLOGS How Climate Change Could Foil China’s Smog-Fighting Efforts. Scared of a big problem, a government throws money at it. Hundreds of billions of dollars. Yet the money doesn’t truly help. That’s a scenario that may be facing China as it tries to rid itself of severe air pollution, a prominent Harvard University scientist said after a two-day, closed-door symposium in Shanghai attended by leading American and Chinese scientists and pollution experts, including meteorologists, chemists and economists. Posted. http://sinosphere.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/07/03/how-climate-change-could-foil-chinas-smog-fighting-efforts/?_php=true&_type=blogs&partner=rssnyt&emc=rss&pagewanted=all&_r=0 Madrid's new parking meters cost more if you drive a gas guzzler. The parking situation in Madrid, Spain went through two big changes this week. In some areas, the meters have been updated to know what kind of vehicle is parked there and charge dirty vehicles more money while giving discounts to cleaner ones. In another area, all parking meters have been removed. We'll call it mixed messaging. Posted. http://green.autoblog.com/2014/07/02/madrids-new-parking-meters-cost-more-if-you-drive-a-gas-guzzler/ California is in a drought emergency. Visit www.SaveOurH2O.org for water conservation tips.