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AM Alert: Will gas price hikes trip up climate change efforts?

07/25/2014 5:00 AM

07/24/2014 6:10 PM

The California Air Resources Board concludes its two-day monthly meeting, 8:30 a.m. at the Cal/EPA building on I Street, with a presentation on updates to the Low Carbon Fuel Standard. One of the centerpieces of the state’s fight against global warming, the standard is being considered for re-adoption next year with a couple of amendments to its credit program.

Under the 2007 executive order by then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, fuel producers must reduce the “carbon intensity” of their products by 10 percent by 2020, taking into account the entire process – from growing corn for ethanol to shipping fuel to California.

The standard survived a legal challenge last month when the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear a lawsuit brought by oil and out-of-state farm groups.

VIDEO: Consumers support California's efforts to combat climate change until it hits their pocketbooks, Dan Walters says.

DELTA BLUES: When freshwater is scarce, maintaining the salinity of Delta water for municipal, agricultural and wildlife use can be a challenge. A panel discussion on the impacts of the drought on salinity management is among the items at the Delta Stewarship Council meeting, 9 a.m. at the Park Tower Plaza on 9th Street.

WHAT’S GOING ON: What are lawmakers up to back in their districts during the summer recess? Assemblyman Adrin Nazarian, D-Burbank, is leading a charge to extend Los Angeles’ light-rail system into the San Fernando Valley, 9 a.m. at the Metro Orange Line Station in North Hollywood. Assemblyman Brian Maienschein, R-San Diego, will attend a workshop for small businesses seeking government contracts, 10:30 a.m. at Poway City Hall.

On Saturday, Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla, D-Concord, hosts a free soccer clinic for girls, led by players from the women’s semi-professional team the California Storm, 10 a.m. at Arbolado Park in Walnut Creek. Assemblyman Rudy Salas, D-Bakersfield, will host a school supply drive, noon at the East Panama Road Rite Aid in Lamont.

CELEBRATIONS: Happy birthday to Assemblyman Tom Daly, D-Anaheim, who turns 60 today.

READ MORE: California low-carbon rule survives big legal challenge

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