Calif. delays cap and trade

Jun 30, 2011 By JASON DEAREN , Associated Press

(AP) -- California regulators on Wednesday said they would give power plants, refineries and other major polluters another year to comply with a new state program that provides financial incentives to emit fewer greenhouse gases.

Mary Nichols, chairwoman of the Air Resources Board, said in testimony before a state Senate committee that the government is giving California's major until 2013 to comply with its cap-and-trade program.

Most polluters previously were to have begun cutting emissions under the program in 2012. The program was passed in December by the board, which said it hoped other states would follow suit since Congress had failed to pass national climate change legislation.

"This would not affect the stringency of the program or change the amount of that the program will achieve, keeping us on track to meet the 2020 target required by AB32," Nichols said.

Cap and trade is the key piece of the California's 2006 climate law - called AB32 - and will cover 85 percent of the state's worst polluters.

Nichols said the state would still initiate the regulatory framework for cap and trade in 2012, pending the outcome of an appeal of a lawsuit challenging the program.

In general terms, California's cap-and-trade program works by requiring companies that produce pollution, such as a utility or a , to buy permits from the state that allow it to send a specified amount of and other into the air each year. Those permits could then be bought and sold by the polluters in a marketplace.

If a company in Long Beach is 20 percent under its pollution allowance, for example, it can sell the unused portion to a company in San Francisco that has exceeded its quota.

The seller company gets to keep the money, so polluters can even make a profit, if the marketplace sets a price above the initial cost of the permit.

The amount of emissions allowed would be reduced over time, and the regulations would expand in 2015 to include and fuel distributors, such as oil companies.

The cap would reach its lowest level in 2020, when California wants its greenhouse gas emissions reduced to 1990 levels.

The delay announced Wednesday comes about three months after a San Francisco Superior Court judge halted work on the program, saying the air board had not properly considered alternative programs, as required by state law.

But a state appeals court on Friday allowed the board to resume work on the program, pending an appeal. That has allowed the board to schedule two public hearings on July 8 and 15 to discuss the plan.

"The delay in initial compliance lets the program get on its feet without the angst of everybody asking the question `are they ready?'" said Jon Costantino, a senior adviser at a Sacramento law firm who served formerly as the planning manager at the Air Resources Board. He said the delay gives the board a full year to put finishing touches on the program without having to deal with companies dealing with compliance for the first time.

"Pressure was building on the program. This lets some of that go," he said.

Some environmental groups applauded the board's efforts to allow more time to hone the regulation while not giving up its overall goals.

"This is a smart and responsible step that also ensures that the greenhouse gas pollution reductions required by the program remain unchanged," said Derek Walker, director of strategic climate initiatives for the Environmental Defense Fund.

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omatumr
1 / 5 (5) Jun 30, 2011
Mary Nichols . . . is giving California's major polluters until 2013 to comply with its cap-and-trade program.


Sorry, Mary, you were sleeping when AGW and the cap-and-trade program were exposed as a government scam.

Despite all the claims, CO2 is not Earth's heat source.

Use this break to read about Earth's real heat source [1-3].

1. "Super-fluidity in the solar interior: Implications for solar eruptions and climate",
Journal of Fusion Energy 21, 193-198 (2002)

http://arxiv.org/.../0501441

2. "Earth's Heat Source - The Sun", Energy and Environment 20, 131-144 (2009)

http://arxiv.org/pdf/0905.0704

3. "Neutron Repulsion", The APEIRON Journal, in press, 19 pages (2011)

http://arxiv.org/...2.1499v1
Shelgeyr
1.8 / 5 (5) Jun 30, 2011
It is always good to have second thoughts, and listen to alternatives, when contemplating suicide. This applies to "economic suicide" as well.
omatumr
1 / 5 (4) Jun 30, 2011
It is always good to have second thoughts, and listen to alternatives, when contemplating suicide. This applies to "economic suicide" as well.


Yes. Read about the global cooling scare of 1974!

www.time.com/time...,00.html

To understand weather and climate, also read this scientific report on Earth's heat source:

"The Sun is a plasma diffuser", Physics of Atomic Nuclei 69 (2006) 1847-1856

http://arxiv.org/.../0609509

With kind regards,
Oliver K. Manuel
Former NASA Principal
Investigator for Apollo
omatumr
1 / 5 (4) Jun 30, 2011
financial incentives to emit fewer greenhouse gases


May be available from the IMA (International Monetary Fund) or World Bank, according to Greek sources.

They say it takes a long time before you have to worry about consequences,
kaasinees
not rated yet Jun 30, 2011
financial incentives to emit fewer greenhouse gases


May be available from the IMA (International Monetary Fund) or World Bank, according to Greek sources.

They say it takes a long time before you have to worry about consequences,

Are you seriously taking the IMF and fed banks as a reliable source of info?
Those are the #1 corrupt instances of the world.
omatumr
1 / 5 (3) Jun 30, 2011
Those are the #1 corrupt instances of the world.


You may be right.

Does Mary Nichols, chairwoman of the Air Resources Board, know about that?

With kind regards,
Oliver K. Manuel


Shelgeyr
4 / 5 (4) Jun 30, 2011
Oliver (Dr. Manuel), I've read a bunch of your material, off and on since sometime back in 2004-2006 (not sure of the exact starting time) when you published an interesting idea regarding why the various planetary makeups and orbital distances were the way they are. I didn't really agree or disagree, but thought you had an idea that was at least worthy of further investigation.

Over the years it seems you've done some - maybe a great deal - of that "further investigation". But with all due respect, I have to ask:

What in the world does hypothetical "Neutron Repulsion" have to do with California delaying implementing their "Cap & Trade" laws?

In fact, I'll take this one step further and admit that I'm NOT claiming there is no relationship. Maybe it is obvious to others, but it just completely escapes me. Even with prior knowledge of your works, I just can't make that logical leap.

Would you kindly help me out by connecting the dots?
ted208
3 / 5 (2) Jun 30, 2011
California is The USA version of Greece = Screwed blued and Tattooed. The once mighty Economic powerhouse has been run into the ground by idiots posing as educated know it all's! It so sad to see. to think I once dreamed of living there. Study history and you will find that Ideology of any kind will ruin any civilization and economy, running it into the ground eventually.
Soon to follow Spain, Portugal, Ireland, The UK and The once might USA followed by the collapse of the EU with or without AGW alarmist or carbon taxes.
Mark my words.
omatumr
1 / 5 (4) Jun 30, 2011
Would you kindly help me out by connecting the dots?


I'll try to outline and connect the three main dots:

1 st dot: The Sun is Earth's heat source.
2nd dot: Neutron repulsion powers the Sun.
3rd dot: Earth's atmosphere in an insulator, not a heat source.

Research filled in the picture: http://myprofile....anuelo09
omatumr
1 / 5 (4) Jun 30, 2011
California is The USA version of Greece = Screwed blued and Tattooed. The once mighty Economic powerhouse has been run into the ground by idiots posing as educated know it all's! It so sad to see. to think I once dreamed of living there. Study history and you will find that Ideology of any kind will ruin any civilization and economy, running it into the ground eventually.

Soon to follow Spain, Portugal, Ireland, The UK and The once might USA followed by the collapse of the EU with or without AGW alarmist or carbon taxes.

Mark my words.


I hope you are wrong, Ted, but I appreciate your concern.

I know that CO2 in Earth's atmosphere is certainly NOT a heat source.

I also regret to see government science used as government propaganda, as Eisenhower warned might happen in his 1961 farewell address:

www.youtube.com/w...ld5PR4ts

With kind regards,
Oliver K. Manuel

Shelgeyr
2 / 5 (4) Jul 01, 2011
Thanks, Dr. Manuel.

OK... My shot at restating the dots from a similar but not identical point of view, initially skipping dot #2:

1) Everyone agrees the Sun heats the Earth. As far as Cap/Trade is concerned, it doesn't matter how. Could be the campfires of Solar Elves (that might go over well in California) but I digress...

3) Earth's atmosphere in an insulator, the oceans WAY more so, but despite the fashionable atmospheric premises currently in vogue, the degree to which CO2 plays a part - or even IF it does - in the "greenhouse effect" is far from proven.

4) California is planning economic seppuku in order to "do their part" (OK, window dressing aside, the point is to suck up more tax money) to combat "global warming".

OK, back to dot #2... We know "Solar Elves" are not the culprits, but that doesn't render dots 1, 3, or 4 invalid. Ditto for Neutron Repulsion. I'm not sold on the idea, but for this issue it can stay a big, bold, question mark.
holoman
3 / 5 (2) Jul 01, 2011
Al Gore is behind this and he expects to make billions.
omatumr
1 / 5 (4) Jul 01, 2011
OK, back to dot #2... We know "Solar Elves" are not the culprits, but that doesn't render dots 1, 3, or 4 invalid. Ditto for Neutron Repulsion. I'm not sold on the idea, but for this issue it can stay a big, bold, question mark.


Thanks for your interest, Shelgeyr.

Isotope measurements on solar wind-implanted elements in soils from Apollo Mission provided the first clear evidence that the Sun acts as a plasma diffuser enriching lightweight elements and the lighter isotopes of each element in the photosphere.

The interior of the Sun has the same chemical composition as ordinary meteorites and rocky planets [1].

In 1995 the Galileo probe of Jupiter confirmed solar mass fractionation, but the data were not made available until 1998 [2].

At the 1998 AAAS Meeting in Washington, DC, NASA Administrator, Dr. Dan Golden, publicly scolded NASA bureaucrats for hiding experimental experimental data [3]. He ordered the data released within 24 hours.

To be continued . . .
omatumr
1 / 5 (4) Jul 01, 2011
Since iron (Fe) is nuclear ash, not fuel, how could an Iron-Sun generate solar H, He, neutrinos and luminosity?

The answer came in 2000, when five students helped me use 3-D plots of nuclear rest mass data to reveal a powerful force of repulsion between neutrons in every nucleus with two or more neutrons [4-6].

1. "Solar abundances of the elements", Meteoritics 18, 209-222 (1983)

www.omatumr.com/a...nces.pdf

2. "Isotopic ratios in Jupiter confirm intra-solar diffusion", MPS 33, A97, 5011 (1998)

www.lpi.usra.edu/...5011.pdf

3. D. S. Goldin, "Future of Space Science," C-SPAN Tape 98-01-07-22-1 (7 Jan 1998)

4. "The Sun's origin, composition and source of energy", 32nd LPSC, 1041 (2001)

www.omatumr.com/lpsc.prn.pdf

5. "Neutron repulsion confirmed as energy source", Journal of Fusion Energy 20, 197-201 (2003)

www.omatumr.com/a...nrep.pdf

6. "Neutron Repulsion", The APEIRON Journal, in press (2011)

See link above
Shelgeyr
2.3 / 5 (3) Jul 02, 2011
Thanks again, Dr. Manuel, for the additional links and material. Given their breadth and that it is a holiday weekend, it may take me several days before I can intelligently respond to them. (Stupid responses, however, I can make off-the-cuff at any time, just ask anyone who knows me!)

Have a great July 4th!
omatumr
1 / 5 (4) Jul 03, 2011
Thanks again, Dr. Manuel, for the additional links and material.

Have a great July 4th!


As we celebrate the 235th anniversary of the birth of our nation, I fear not climate change but those who would use the threat of climate change to take away the very foundations of our great nation.

Thank you, Shelgeyr, for asking and for taking the time to read the papers!

With kind regards,
Oliver K. Manuel
Former NASA Principal
Investigator for Apollo

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