So, here’s how good the “science” behind California’s Global Warming Law AB32 probably is. The California Air Resources Board has beyond screwed-up their diesel regulations. Based upon “grossly miscalculated pollution levels” of only 340% over reality, which was used to create onerous regulations. Yes, you read right, 340%. Was this stupidity? Gross negligence? Gross incompetence? Outright fraud? All of the aforementioned? Read and decide for yourself.
Do they care about the people and businesses of California? Probably not. They appear to love spending other people’s money on non-existent problems because it’s really all about control and forcing you to live their greentard lifestyle, while increasing the size of their bureaucracy, regardless if it’s based in reality or not.
From the San Francisco Chronicle we get the following information about this travesty from a government agency, run by appointed (not elected) officials who appear to be hell-bent to ruin the state’s economy.
California grossly miscalculated pollution levels in a scientific analysis used to toughen the state’s clean air standards, and scientists have spent the past several months revising data and planning a significant weakening of the landmark regulation, The Chronicle has found.
The pollution estimate in question was too high – by 340 percent, according to the California Air Resources Board, the state agency charged with researching and adopting air quality standards. The estimate was a key part in the creation of a regulation adopted by the Air Resources Board in 2007, a rule that forces businesses to cut diesel emissions by replacing or making costly upgrades to heavy-duty, diesel-fueled off-road vehicles used in construction and other industries.
Of course the CARB is hiding out and trying to make feeble excuses to cover their asses. Heaven forbid it could be their mistake……except that idea gets busted, too……
The staff of the powerful and widely respected Air Resources Board said the overestimate is largely due to the board calculating emissions before the economy slumped, which halted the use of many of the 150,000 diesel-exhaust spewing vehicles in California. Independent researchers, however, found huge overestimates in the Air Board’s work on diesel emissions and attributed the flawed work to a faulty method of calculation – not the economic downturn.
The resident Warmer-in-Chief, Mary Nichols, of course appears to be in a total state of denial about this, like she just couldn’t ‘be wrong, couldn’t be lying, couldn’t be playing warmer politics with people’s lives via use of gross miscalculations, perhaps calculated to enforce her greentard agenda.
Mary Nichols, chairwoman of the California Air Resources Board, offered no explanation when The Chronicle questioned her about the diesel emissions miscalculation.
Miscalculation? Bernie Madoff wasn’t even “miscalculating” percentages that high for returns from his bogus investment scheme! No this has the appearance of outright fraud. We even seem to have the classic denial going on.
Nichols was emphatic, though, when asked whether she has concerns about other scientific calculations made by Air Board scientists.
“No, no, no, no, no, no, no and no,” she said.
I wonder of Bernie said that when the Feds asked him about his Ponzi Scheme? Or, perhaps she’s been listening to too much of the Amy Winehouse song “NO NO NO?”
Mary Nichols even failed to provide the knowledge to the board that the guy who came up with the numbers got his “Ph. D.” from a mail order college with a post office box. Talk about “unprecedented!” We now have phony “scientists” providing evidence for phony regulations. No wonder this state is such a screwed-up mess. The government is totally out of control.
Roberts and other board members were not told by Nichols that the scientist, Hien Tran, lied about earning a Ph.D. from UC Davis before they voted in favor of regulations based in part on his science. That vote took place in December 2008.
Nichols, who acknowledges she knew about the falsification prior to the vote, has apologized for not sharing that information with her fellow board members.
She knew and deliberately withheld pertinent information crucial to the vote. Frankly I think this woman is dangerous and should be immediately stripped of her position and that they should be some sort of Grand Jury inquiry into what, by appearance, is fraudulent behavior. I’d really like to know why she’s obviously being covered by someone or some group of people as she seems to have some kind of diplomatic immunity.
Robert Harley, a UC Berkeley professor did a study that outed the gross errors made by CARB.
While Air Board officials and other defenders of the Air Board science point to the economy as a major factor in the overestimates, Harley found that prior to the recession the board’s estimates of nitrous oxide were too high by a factor of 4.5 and its estimate of particulate matter was off by a factor of 3.1, an extraordinarily high amount to be off scientifically.
“Extraordinary?” “Scientifically?” How about perhaps “fraudulently” or “grossly negligent? You’re talking about a powerful bureaucracy that’s obviously been running amok costing the tax payers of California a fortune, driving business out of the state and even putting people out of business. You can bet if I ran a business like that in California I’d be a guest of the penal system for a long time.
There are also diesel truck regulations created by CARB that have been forcing truckers out of business, costing them tens of thousands to have their trucks retrofitted or having to spend the same or more buying newer model trucks that meet their regulations. How much of this is based on reality and how much is based upon fantasy, fraud, gross incompetence or gross negligence?
They already dropped the premature death rate from diesel exhaust from 18,000 to 9,200 and frankly I’d have to question if that is a big crock, too? As of this minute their track record is in the garbage can and I fail to see how anyone could believe anything coming out of CARB. Evidently most of our elected officials in Sacramento must be in a coma to let this slide by without even as much as a whimper from most of them.
You could question the same about AB32, California’s global warming law that will end up costing billions, driving out business and will do basically not much of anything to stop non-existent global warming. How much of this was based upon dis-information from CARB? I’d already say it’s based on piss-poor science and to say the very least I’d question any of CARB’s input that went into the drafting of this law.
People involved in this are also wondering if CARB has been hiding out and delaying revised regulations so that AB32 will pass. Nichols already has deliberately withheld a very pertinent fact from the board, which makes me wonder if she wouldn’t do this to the voters?
If you don’t want your bank account sucked dry via increased cost of gas, fuel, electricity and other onerous regulations dreamed up by someone with an obvious agenda, I’d urge you to vote yes on Prop 23 and put the brakes on AB32. After this, I’d question anyone’s sanity who didn’t think that there should be a lot of investigating going on about the so-called science behind a lot of California’s clean air and CO2 regulations before we decide upon any course of action.
You can read about the whole sordid affair at the source below. The Chronicle has my sincere thanks for bringing this to light.
Source: San Francisco Chronicle/SFGate