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Saturday, April 14, 2018

Environmental film festival in Santa Monica on April 21, 2018

If you are interested in the environment and film, the second annual Earth Focus Environmental Film Festival may be worth your time.

Open to the public, the festival will take place at Laemmle's Monica Film Center in Santa Monica from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 21, 2018.

The festival will feature a variety of free and nominal cost environmental shorts, four acclaimed films, and two back-to-back episodes of KCET and Link TV's "Earth Focus." The latter is the longest running environmental news program on U.S. television.

For a complete program listing and ticket information, please check this link:

Earth Focus Environmental Film Festival

Friday, April 13, 2018

CARB Chair responds to another Trump directive

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) Chairwoman, Mary Nichols, responded today to a new Presidential directive that she claims will weaken air pollution control efforts and threaten the public's health.

Mary Nichols
Photo: CARB

The Presidential Memorandum, which was issued yesterday by President Trump. directs the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to speed up the review of permit applications, air quality plans, and other areas to streamline and make more efficient a variety of air pollution programs, policies, and procedures.

In the Memorandum, President Trump asserts that existing EPA requirements and procedures have resulted in "unnecessary impediments to new manufacturing and business expansion essential for a growing economy."

In response, Nichols said, “This order caves to a minority of industries who claim Clean Air Act standards are too strict, too costly and too burdensome. The truth is a large body of research shows the Clean Air Act dramatically improves public health, especially among our most vulnerable populations. The consequences of inaction are irresponsible -- unhealthy people, shortened lives, and greater demands on our health care system.”

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Check your California electric bill for a climate credit

Just in case you were unaware, your electric bill this month should be reduced a little bit by a "California Climate Credit."

Photo: California ARB

One of the consumer benefits of California's efforts to combat climate change, monies for the credit come from regulations that require power plants and other large sources of greenhouse gas emissions to purchase carbon pollution permits.

A share of those payments is returned twice a year to residential utility ratepayers and certain small businesses, who are customers of PG&E, SDG&E, and SCE Pacific Power and Liberty Utilities. Additionally, all Community Choice Aggregator (CCA) customers get the credit.

Depending upon what utility you use, the amount of the credits varies from  $29.46 to $126,90.

Monday, April 2, 2018

CARB chair fires back at Trump's EPA, vows to hold automakers to tighter emission standards

California's top air pollution regulator fired back at the Trump administration's EPA today over the latter's plans to weaken air pollution standards for cars and light trucks, model years 2022 - 2025.

Mary D. Nichols, CARB Chair
Photo: California Air Resources Board

Mary D. Nichols, Chair of the California Air Resources Board (CARB) issued the following statement:

“This is a politically motivated effort to weaken clean vehicle standards with no documentation, evidence or law to back up that decision. This is not a technical assessment, it is a move to demolish the nation’s clean car program. EPA’s action, if implemented, will worsen people’s health with degraded air quality and undermine regulatory certainty for automakers. 
This decision takes the U.S. auto industry backward, and we will vigorously defend the existing clean vehicle standards and fight to preserve one national clean vehicle program. 
Meanwhile, today’s decision changes nothing in California and the 12 other states with clean car rules that reduce emissions and improve gas mileage—those rules remain in place. California will not weaken its nationally accepted clean car standards, and automakers will continue to meet those higher standards, bringing better gas mileage and less pollution for everyone.”