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ARB Newsclips for July 8, 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 Christie administration is pulling N.J. away -- again -- from regional cap and trade. Gov. Chris Christie (R) may have fallen out of love with cap and trade years ago, but his state is still struggling to complete the divorce papers. New Jersey has been trying to extricate itself from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative -- a cap-and-trade system spanning nine states in the Northeast -- since 2011, when Christie first suspended participation in the program. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1060002461/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY AIR POLLUTION ‘Illegal’ La Honda oil refinery faces shutdown. The state of California and Bay Area air regulators are trying to shut down a La Honda oil refinery they say has been illegally operating without a permit for 16 years and spewing potential pollution into the air and water. The state and the Bay Area Air Quality Management District claims that Costa Loma Limited Corporation and owner James M. Wilkinson have never had a valid permit and missed numerous deadlines to become compliant with standards to qualify for legal operations. Posted. http://www.smdailyjournal.com/articles/lnews/2014-07-08/illegal-la-honda-oil-refinery-faces-shutdown/1776425126233.html CLIMATE CHANGE Picking Lesser of Two Climate Evils. Climate scientists long ago settled among themselves the question of whether human emissions of greenhouse gases are a problem, concluding that we are running some grave risks. But the field still features vigorous debate about how bad global warming will get, how quickly, and how to combat it. One of the biggest fights involves how much effort to put into stopping leaks of methane gas into the atmosphere. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/08/science/climate-methane-global-warming.html?module=Search&mabReward=relbias%3Aw%2C[%22RI%3A7%22%2C%22RI%3A12%22]&_r=0 Oregon county looks at effects of climate change. Everybody talks about climate change. Now Benton County is trying to do something about it. The Benton County Climate Change Adaptation Plan, recently released in draft form, describes potential impacts of a warming climate on Benton County over the next century or so and outlines possible strategies for dealing with those impacts. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2014/07/07/6538947/oregon-county-looks-at-effects.html##storylink=cpy http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/Oregon-county-looks-at-effects-of-climate-change-5604805.php Scientist's vine research could illuminate climate change. Stefan Schnitzer wields an unusual instrument for a scientist - a machete. Schnitzer, of the School of Freshwater Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, studies woody vines in the tropical forests of Panama - work that has him traipsing through the forest and hacking away at vines to study the impact of their growth on the trees around them. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2014/07/08/6540382/scientists-vine-research-could.html#storylink=cpy Silicon Valley tech firms focus on energy efficiency to confront climate change. As President Barack Obama pushes ahead on a strategy for confronting climate change that relies heavily on energy efficiency, some Americans may see flashbacks of Jimmy Carter trying to persuade them to wear an extra sweater and turn down the thermostat. Silicon Valley sees dollar signs. Posted. http://www.contracostatimes.com/News/ci_26088160/Silicon-Valley-tech-firms-focus-on Cooperation, Ingenuity Needed to Halt Climate Catastrophe. Carbon emissions have been rising since the start of the Industrial Revolution. But they'll have to be curbed soon, and sharply, to keep the globe from warming above "safe" levels. A new report lays out avenues to get there and shows that while it's possible, it'll take a little human ingenuity and a lot of global cooperation. Posted. http://www.vcstar.com/news/state/cooperation-ingenuity-needed-to-halt-climate-catastrophe_48941568 DROUGHT A California Oil Field Yields Another Prized Commodity. The 115-year-old Kern River oil field unfolds into the horizon, thousands of bobbing pumpjacks seemingly occupying every corner of a desert landscape here in California’s Central Valley. A contributor to the state’s original oil boom, it is still going strong as the nation’s fifth-largest oil field, yielding 70,000 barrels a day. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/08/us/california-drought-chevron-oil-field-water-irrigation.html?_r=0 California water district recycling wastewater. A Northern California water district is offering residents recycled wastewater to use on their lawns and plants, as it tries to cut water use during the drought. The Contra Costa Times reports (http://bit.ly/1otNMtY) that about 60 people are now making regular runs for the water from the Dublin San Ramon Services District, which also provides sewage services. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2014/07/07/6538755/california-water-district-recycling.html#storylink=cpy Sacramento Local Online Ad Network: Thoughts about public trust from a state official. It was almost 6 p.m. at the California State Water Resources Control Board meeting that began at 9 a.m. when Board member Tam Doduc said, “I’m going to say something that I very rarely talk about.” Previously, she said she had to leave for another meeting at 4 p.m. but stayed on, perhaps to make what for a government board member is unusually frank. Posted. http://www.centralvalleybusinesstimes.com/stories/001/?ID=26238 California drought: In-N-Out, Chipotle raising prices due to rising food costs. That Double-Double you’ve been craving from In-N-Out Burger just got pricier and more price hikes are on the way, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The USDA projects that the price of beef and veal will rise 5.5 to 6.5 percent this year and that poultry prices will increase 3 to 4 percent. Dairy products will likewise see a 3 to 4 percent jump, with egg prices rising 5 to 6 percent. Posted. http://www.sbsun.com/general-news/20140707/california-drought-in-n-out-chipotle-raising-prices-due-to-rising-food-costs FUELS EU Funds First Large-Scale Clean Fuel Project. U.K. Coal-Powered Plant to Test Carbon Capture and Storage Technology. Europe's first large-scale project to turn coal into a clean fuel was given hundreds of millions of euros by the European Union Tuesday, reviving hopes that the technology could finally get off the ground. The EU's climate change chief, Connie Hedegaard, said the funding would help the technology "make a substantial step forward" in Europe…Posted. http://online.wsj.com/articles/eu-funds-first-large-scale-clean-fuel-project-1404834975#printMode GREEN ENERGY Alternative-Energy Funds See Renewed Buying by Investors. While the boom in U.S. natural gas has generated excitement among investors and companies alike, the renewable-energy sector has been having a moment of its own. Investors are pumping more money into funds and projects dedicated to clean energy, such as solar and wind power. Posted. http://online.wsj.com/articles/alternative-energy-funds-see-renewed-buying-by-investors-1404679622 Daniel Yergin on the Future of Energy: Big Gains for Coal and Natural Gas. The Energy Expert Says Change Comes Slowly to the Industry. The world will soon run out of its most important energy resource because supplies are "becoming exhausted." To stave off disaster, there must be a quick shift to wind power. Posted. http://online.wsj.com/articles/daniel-yergin-on-the-future-of-energy-big-gains-for-coal-and-natural-gas-1404764096?KEYWORDS=climate+change "Microgrids" offer energy security and independence. The periodic blackouts in Cassina Tarsia's Oceanside neighborhood meant the 71-year-old couldn't charge her cellphone or electric wheelchair. But outages aren't a problem anymore. Since February, Tarsia's garage has housed a suitcase-sized battery that stores power from her rooftop solar panels and the main electrical grid. Posted. http://www.insidebayarea.com/Business/ci_26102724/%22Microgrids%22-offer-energy-security-and-independence 2 solar giants aim to own it all. SolarCity is America's largest financier and installer of rooftop solar panels. SunPower is one of the country's biggest solar-panel manufacturers. From opposite ends of the supply chain, the two California firms have declared their plans to become vertically integrated, just like the major oil companies. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/energywire/stories/1060002464/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY MISCELLANEOUS Device Cuts 93% of Harmful Emissions from Lawnmowers. A team of University of California, Riverside Bourns College of Engineering students have won an EPA student design contest for a device they created that curbs harmful pollutant emitted from lawnmowers by 93 percent.The students developed the device – an “L” shaped piece of stainless steel that attaches to the lawnmower where its muffler was – because small engine devices produce significant harmful emissions. Posted. http://www.azocleantech.com/news.aspx?newsID=20425 OPINIONS Valley air needs cleaning up, and oil companies must help. During the school year, I drive my two sons, ages 6 and 3, to school in downtown Fresno. As a Central Valley mom, I have to include one more step in my morning routine -- checking the air quality flag. For those who don't know, right under the American flag and the California flag at Yokomi Elementary is a color-coded flag representing the severity of air pollution that day. Posted. http://www.bakersfieldcalifornian.com/opinion/hot-topics/x634490612/Valley-air-needs-cleaning-up-and-oil-companies-must-help BLOGS Why Will Economic Growth Be Slower in 2060 Across the Globe? The global economy is one thing that may not be getting better with time. Aging populations, climate change, decelerating growth in emerging economies and rising inequality threaten to drag down global growth in the next five decades, according to a recent report from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. Posted. http://blogs.wsj.com/numbers/why-will-economic-growth-be-slower-in-2060-across-the-world-1527/?KEYWORDS=climate+change Regulation & Environment: Cap & Trade comes to California oil product markets. California’s cap and trade law has been reality for a wide variety of CO2 emitters for several years. But they are all stationary sources. In January, it moves to a moving kind of source: motor vehicles. In this week’s Oilgram News column, Regulation & Environment, John Kingston, fresh off a trip to the state’s capital city of Sacramento, discusses the implementation of the law in the fuels business. Posted. http://blogs.platts.com/2014/07/07/california-cap-trade-fuels/ Raising farms and preparing for climate change in Bangladesh. When Barry Evans, a 71-year-old retired engineer from Eureka, Calif., went to Bangladesh this spring as a volunteer for Save The Children, he was packing some heavy cynicism along with his lightweight tropical clothing. “I thought this would just be a band-aid job, a rich country throwing a bit of help to some very poor people.” Posted. http://www.realsolutionstoclimatechange.com/raising-farms-and-preparing-for-climate-change-in-bangladesh/#more-287 California is in a drought emergency. Visit www.SaveOurH2O.org for water conservation tips.