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Climate Roundup: State Decries Auto Rule Rollback

California officials blasted the Trump Administration’s plan to freeze automotive greenhouse gas and fuel efficiency standards set under President Barack Obama during a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency public hearing on the proposal in Fresno Sept. 24.

“For most of us, this is an issue about leaning forward, not backsliding,” said California Attorney General Xavier Becerra. […]

September 24, 2018|

CEC Tightens Desert Plant Water Use, Efficiency Rules

The California Energy Commission approved “drought-proofing” a desert power plant and modifying efficiency regulations for portable electric spas and battery chargers. It also okayed a handful of multi-million-dollar grants and loans at its April 11 business meeting.

The Commission approved changes to the conditions of certification for soil and water resources for the 830 MW […]

April 11, 2018|

Undercurrents: Dividing VW Penalty Pie

Another big crowd filled a California Air Resources Board meeting Oct. 9 to develop a plan for how to spend $423 million in penalty money Volkswagen is paying for its major Smog Check cheating scandal.

Under a straw man proposal developed by the Air Board, most of the focus is on reducing emissions from […]

October 9, 2017|
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