In response to the ongoing legal challenge to its proposed carbon cap-and-trade program, the California Air Resources Board June 13 released a revised analysis of alternative approaches to reducing the state\u2019s greenhouse gases. \u201c[T]to remove any doubt about the matter, and in keeping with ARB\u2019s interest in public participation and informed decision-making, ARB is revisiting the alternatives,\u201d Stanley Young, Air Board spokesperson, stated. The 120-page revision of the Air Board\u2019s scoping plan includes five alternatives, including the controversial market-driven carbon cap-and-trade program. It also includes strategies to cut emissions through more source-specific regulations, a carbon fee or tax, and a variety of proposed strategies and measures. The fifth alternative is to take no action to cut emissions. The expanded plan includes a revised assessment of emission projections in the sputtering economy. It concludes that emissions would be 507 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent, down from 596 MM tons under a business as usual scenario. The revised emissions baseline represents a 16 percent reduction. The Air Board plans to reconsider its 2008 scoping plan August 24 for achieving emission reductions required by the state\u2019s climate protection law, AB 32. Last February, San Francisco Superior Court Judge Ernest Goldsmith directed the Air Board to set aside the section of its AB 32 scoping plan laying out ground rules for a carbon dioxide trading scheme and voided the supporting documentation. The court found that the Air Board\u2019s analysis of alternatives to a carbon trading scheme fell short of California Environmental Quality Act mandates. The Air Board appealed the matter May 23 (Current, May 27, 2011). The court case is Association of Irritated Residents, et al. v. California Air Resources Board, et al; docket CPF-09-509562. * * * * * Feebates could help California reduce greenhouse gas emissions from cars by encouraging motorists to buy low-emission models, but the concept has little to no support, researchers told the California Air Resources Board June 14. Feebates would work as follows: Buyers of high-emitting cars would pay a fee to the state. The state then would transfer that money to buyers of low-emitting cars in the form of rebates. In a presentation, Potential Impacts of Feebate Programs for New Passenger Vehicles, researchers from the University of California and Oakridge National Laboratory found that to be effective, fees and rebates would have to range between $1,000 and $5,000. Auto dealers indicated in interviews with researchers they were flat out against the plan. They said they would lose money, a contention corroborated by the researchers. Automakers said they were not terribly supportive, although voiced less opposition. Motorists offered some support for the concept, but were more negative than positive on the specifics. Researchers found feebates have had success in reducing automotive greenhouse gases in Europe and told the Air Board they could be effective here in encouraging motorists to buy hybrid vehicles. The findings come as the Air Board is weighing potential alternatives to a cap-and-trade program for cutting greenhouse gases (see above). * * * * * The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency June 14 confirmed that California\u2019s request for a Clean Air Act waiver granted in July 2009 to allow it to continue implementing its automotive greenhouse gas emissions standard met federal law. The California Air Resources Board sought confirmation that its rules implementing the tailpipe standards--while easing the compliance burden for automobile manufacturers for model years 2012-2016--continued to satisfy the federal act. The National Automobile Dealers Association, which challenged both the Air Board\u2019s Clean Air Act waiver request and the Obama administration-led Environmental Protection Agency approval, backs the state\u2019s implementing regulations. According to EPA\u2019s notice of decision filed in the Federal Register, the auto association \u201cunreservedly supports California\u2019s amendments and encourages EPA to confirm that the amendments are within the scope of the previously issued greenhouse gas waiver.\u201d Under former President Bush\u2019s administration, EPA took the unprecedented step of denying California\u2019s Clean Air Act waiver request. The denial was reversed shortly after President Barack Obama was sworn in.