Air board approves rule to raise gas prices, open new fuels market

By : bizjournals – excerpt

The California Air Resources Board doubled down on an oil regulation Friday that could raise the cost of gas by up to 13 cents a gallon over the next five years.

In doing so, the low-carbon fuel standard aims to expand markets for fuels like ethanol and biodiesel through blending them into gasoline. It also directs funding to transportation companies to offset the cost of replacing fleets with electric or natural gas vehicles…

“It will drive new technologies, not only in transportation fuel but in hybrid cars, electric cars and other means of transportation,” said Paul Koehler, spokesman for Sacramento-based Pacific Ethanol, who supports the standard… (more)

Your State is Charging Ahead

Union of Concerned Scientists : ucusa – excerpt

Help demonstrate the potential and benefits of electric vehicles

Here’s the good news: your governor recently joined a group of eight states—California, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Vermont— committed to getting millions of electric vehicles (EVs) onto their state’s roads. But the real work of putting that commitment into action is just beginning.

As states put their EV plans into action, we need to keep up the drumbeat of support for policies that will encourage people to choose EVs and make owning them easier.

You can help demonstrate the potential benefits of EVs when it comes to cutting oil use, saving money at the pump, and curbing global warming emissions by sharing the findings of our recent survey with your friends and family.

Here are a few ideas, and we hope you’ll share your thoughts on how cleaner vehicles would benefit your community specifically… (more)

How California is planning growth for a prosperous economy and clean environment

Kaid Benfield’s Blog – excerpt

A thorough new report developed by my colleagues at the Natural Resources Defense Council, together with Move LA, a transportation and smart development partnership in southern California, documents the impressive progress made over the last four years to ensure that our nation’s most populous state will absorb future growth in a sensible way.  Called Bold Plans for California Communities, the report traces the history and implementation of the state’s landmark planning framework, adopted by the state legislature and signed by then-governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2008.

California’s planning framework
In California, laws tend to be known by bureaucratic names or abbreviations and numbers (think Proposition 13 or AB 32).  The planning legislation, known by most as Senate Bill 375 or simply “SB 375,” wisely takes account  of the growth pressures facing the state – population is expected to increase about ten percent in each coming decade – and directs each of its metropolitan planning organizations to coordinate transportation investment, land use and housing so that growth occurs efficiently while minimizing emissions and  other environmental impacts.  The most significant environmental provisions of the law direct the California Air Resources Board to develop and assign transportation emissions targets for each region, and then requires each region to develop a detailed strategy to assure that those targets are met.  The Air Board must review the plans and certify that each is adequate to meet the targets.  It’s not quite that simple, of course, but that’s the general idea…. (more)

Report: carbon emissions lowest in 20 years! | CalWatchDog

By Kay Grimes: CalWatch – excerpt

Katy Grimes: Apparently the big news that the amount of carbon dioxide being released into the atmosphere in the United States has fallen to the lowest level in 20 years, hasn’t yet reached the desk of Mary Nichols, the director of the California Air Resources Board.

Rarely do I repeat the news in both my blogs, but rarely is the news this good….