Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Robust Technical Analysis Supports Leaving Carbon Pollution Standards for Cars and Light Trucks in Place Through 2025, EPA Administrator Finds
Robust Technical Analysis Supports Leaving Carbon Pollution Standards for Cars and Light Trucks in Place Through 2025, EPA Administrator Finds Automakers on track to meet standards at lower than expected cost WASHINGTON — Based on extensive technical analysis that shows automakers are well positioned to meet greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions standards for model years 2022-2025, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy today proposed leaving the standards in place, so the program that was established in 2012 will stay on track to nearly double fuel economy, dramatically cut carbon pollution, maintain regulatory certainty for a global industry, and save American drivers billions of dollars at the pump. “Given the auto industry’s importance to American jobs and communities and the industry’s need for certainty well into the future, EPA has reanalyzed these clean car standards and sought further input,” said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. “It’s clear from the extensive technical record that this program will remain affordable and effective. This proposed decision reconfirms our confidence in the auto industry’s capacity to drive innovation and strengthen the American economy while saving drivers money at the pump and safeguarding our health, climate and environment.” Today’s proposed determination is based on years of technical work, including an exhaustive technical report released earlier this year, and the agency’s thorough review and consideration of comments received on that report. This extensive body of analysis shows that manufacturers can meet the standards at similar or even a lower cost than what was anticipated in the 2012 rulemaking, and that the standards will deliver significant fuel savings for American consumers, as well as benefits to public health and welfare from reducing the pollution that contributes to climate change. Full implementation of the standards will cut about 6 billion metric tons of GHG emissions over the lifetimes of the vehicles sold in model years 2012-2025. Cars and light trucks are the largest source of GHG emissions in the U.S. transportation sector. Although EPA’s technical analysis indicates that the standards could be strengthened for model years 2022-2025, proposing to leave the current standards in place provides greater certainty to the auto industry for product planning and engineering. This will enable long-term planning in the auto industry, while also benefiting consumers and the environment. Today’s announcement builds on years of success under EPA’s vehicle emission standards. Auto manufacturers are innovating and adopting fuel economy technologies at unprecedented rates. Car makers have developed more technologies to reduce GHG emissions, and these technologies are entering the fleet faster than expected. These technologies include gasoline direct injection, more sophisticated transmissions, and stop-start systems that reduce idling fuel consumption. At the end of 2015, all large automakers were in compliance with the standards. In fact, automakers on average out-performed the model year 2015 standards by seven grams per mile. These gains are happening at a time when the car industry is thriving, and domestic vehicle sales have increased for six consecutive years, while maintaining consumer choice across a full range of vehicle sizes and types. As part of the rulemaking establishing the model year 2017-2025 light-duty vehicle GHG standards, EPA committed to conduct a Midterm Evaluation of standards for model years 2022-2025. The public comment period for this action begins today and will end on December 30, 2016. After the comment period has ended and consideration of the input, the Administrator will decide whether she has enough information to make a final determination on the model year 2022-2025 standards. For more information on today’s announcement, go to: https://www.epa.gov/regulations-emissions-vehicles-and-engines/midterm-evaluation-light-duty-vehicle-greenhouse-gas-ghg. To provide comment on today’s proposed determination, go to Docket EPA-HQ-OAR-2015-0827 at www.regulations.gov. R184
Tuesday, November 29, 2016
REMEMBER 2 DECEMBER this Friday at 10:00 am at the NMSU Plant Science Center 64 4 dinkus road Arteia. I thought they were going to e-mail us for review before this past monday but I have not seen it yet. It is on their web page at: http://www.ose.state.nm.us/Planning/RWP/region_10.php
Monday, November 28, 2016
TOWARD A MORE RELEVANT STATE WATER PLAN Online registration is now open for the New Mexico Water Dialogue's 23rd Annual Statewide Meeting, to be held on January 12, 2017 at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. To register please visit the Dialogue's website or Click Here to Register for this Event The issue of ensuring a reliable water supply for New Mexico has been the focus of water planning for over 30 years. In 2003, the legislature enacted provisions for “a comprehensive state water plan.” A skeletal state water plan was adopted that same year. Finally this year, the Interstate Stream Commission began the process of working toward a comprehensive state water plan. It is not clear what that means, but it will be substantially different than the one adopted in 2003. In 1987 the New Mexico Legislature had mandated regional water planning to demonstrate that all of New Mexico’s unappropriated water was needed within the state and was therefore not available for appropriation by out-of-state entities. From then until 2008, broadly representative groups in 16 distinct planning areas developed regional water plans. Since 2013, the ISC has supervised a process to “update” these plans and align them better with future efforts at statewide water planning, just getting underway.. The threat of unappropriated water in New Mexico being taken by out-of-state entities has not been a significant issue for some time. But ensuring a reliable water supply for many parts of our state has continued to be a major focus of water planning for over 30 years. There are clearly overarching jurisdictional issues affecting the entire state, requiring uniform statewide policies to ensure legal sufficiency and fairness in protecting and appropriating the state’s water resources. Other statewide issues require regional input to respond to the many different physical realities, cultures and economies of our diverse state. Finally there are issues that need to be left to local communities to resolve through voluntary planning coordination among them. Join us on January 12th to discuss these important issues, and register early to help us plan (and to save a few bucks)! If you have questions or problems with registering, please call or send us an email. Joaquin Baca (505) 377-7549
Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Reminder next meeting is 2 December 2016. I will get you a copy of the proposed water plan update next Monday or so (Laila Sturgis). The meeting to present to the ISC has been moved from Roswell to Albuquerque on 112 December 2016. I think this is real important that we get this correct and it will be used by the OSE to administer our water.
Thursday, November 3, 2016
Weekly Water and Climate Update November 3, 2016 The Natural Resources Conservation Service produces this weekly report using data and products from the National Water and Climate Center and other agencies. The report focuses on seasonal snowpack, precipitation, temperature, and drought conditions in the U.S. High-elevation snowpack has begun to accumulate in the mountains of the West. The map of the western U.S. modeled snow depth is from the National Weather Service, National Operational Hydrologic Remote Sensing Center. The northern Cascades and northern Rocky Mountains have over two feet of snow in the higher elevations, whereas the Sierra Nevada snowpack is over one foot at the highest peaks. The central and southern Rockies have been warm and dry and are reporting a few inches of snow depth in the south to nearly two feet farther north in the Teton Mountains of western Wyoming. http://www.wcc.nrcs.usda.gov/ftpref/support/drought/dmrpt-20161103.pdf
Tuesday, November 1, 2016
Well it was a tie so I am going to go with the one close to our "normal" meeting date. The next meeting will be December 2, 2016 in the conference room of the NMSU Plant Science Center 67 four Dinkus Road starting at 10:00 am and ending at or before 12:00 noon. Thank you for participating in the doodle poll.