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  • California Environmental Regulations Based on Myths

    When an environmental law or regulation passes in California, it usually comes as a surprise to no one. After all, it’s California. So when the California Air Resources Board unanimously approved regulations to reduce diesel emissions—despite opposition from the trucking industry—most thought of it as “California being California.”

    Now California may significantly reduce the regulations, because scientists drastically exaggerated the diesel emission levels from off-road machinery. The San Francisco Chronicle reports:

    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.

    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.

    This isn’t the first time diesel regulations in California have come into questions because of faulty scientific reporting. In December 2009, two of the eleven board members “asked that the anti-pollution rules be suspended because they were partially based on a report by Hien Tran that found particulates in diesel emissions account for 3,500 premature deaths a year in California. Tran falsely claimed he had a doctorate in statistics from UC Davis.”

    The cost of such regulations, which air regulators peg at $5.5 billion for the trucking industry, will increase the cost of transporting goods for businesses. Richard Lee of Tim A. Manley Trucking said, “It makes no sense to saddle the trucking industry with regulations that absolutely assures the collapse of thousands of taxpaying businesses.” For those businesses that don’t collapse, they’ll simply pass those costs onto the consumer. California is right to pull back on stringent, costly regulations on diesel emissions. Faulty science seems to be a running theme for justifying environmental regulations, and that, on top of the massive economic costs, is why the Air Resources Board should reconsider its Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (AB32), which would seek to reduce carbon dioxide levels to 1990 levels by 2020.

    Contrary to the claims that AB32 will boost California’s economy from green investment and green job creation, the state cap-and-trade program would do the complete opposite by increasing energy prices, thereby causing a considerable reduction in economic growth, household incomes, and employment. Whether it’s federal or state, the logic is the same: Higher energy taxes will destroy many more jobs than they create.

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    12 Responses to California Environmental Regulations Based on Myths

    1. Billie says:

      Government corruptive derelicts puts needless expense, needless mandates, needless penalties, needless closings of industrial businesses, (that's okay to run anywhere else in the world) to convince needless protection of something that doesn't exist by man and that the innovative minds of a free people, who live in reality and not in myth, will figure out with their integrity of honesty and truth.

      See all the ways American government leadership will destroy this country into a third world? Trapped like mice.

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    4. Randall Holland, Ari says:

      California gets what California deserves. LOL

    5. Dick, California says:

      CARB is parttly the creation of "Gov Moonbeam" Jerry Brown, who is once again running for governor with the usual support of all the unions to get this state even more screwed up than it already is. As soon as we can, we are moving out of state, and we are taxpayers, not freeloaders.

    6. Freddel, Walnut Cree says:

      How can a state government agency (CAB) responsible for regulating air pollutants be given the task of determining whether a problem exists and, if so, what is the amount of potential damage that needs to be abated? Being in charge of regulation and simultaneously determining the scope and scale of regulation enforcement needed is a clear conflict of interest. Determining the any potential damage and abatement that is economically justified with existing technology should be up to an independent, objective research organization whose compensation is not affected by their scientific findings. Otherwise, citizens are being told, "The sky is falling!" And then, "Give us a blank check and we will ameliorate the falling sky problem."

    7. Freddel, Walnut Cree says:

      How can a state government agency (CARB) responsible for regulating air pollutants be given the task of determining whether a problem exists and, if so, what is the amount of potential damage that needs to be abated? Being in charge of regulation and simultaneously determining the scope and scale of regulation enforcement needed is a clear conflict of interest. Determining the any potential damage and abatement that is economically justified with existing technology should be up to an independent, objective research organization whose compensation is not affected by their scientific findings. Otherwise, citizens are being told, “The sky is falling!” And then, “Give us a blank check and we will ameliorate the falling sky problem.”

      revised

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    10. Barry S, says:

      The only madness in California is that which resides in the vast group of people who come here to live off the sweat of the rest of us who work, pay taxes and want to make the state better. Sadly, the welfare types, special interest groups and unions are organized; the rest of us aren't. Those groups have made a mockery of California by running the state into the ground. We are now $20 billion in debt, and may not be able to pay bills due to the stranglehold the unions have on our weak-kneed legislators. Governor Arnold Swartzeneger is on his way out, and guess who the Democrats have in mind to replace him? Jerry Brown, who had been governor years ago..following in the footsteps of his father, Pat Brown. Both can be classified as career politicians. Jerry Brown, if elected, can be guaranteed to pander to the very same groups that are responsible for the financial mess we are in.

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    12. Robert N says:

      This is by design. On March 20, 1969, Dr. Richard Day, the National Medical Director of the Rockefeller-sponsored “Planned Parenthood” told a meeting that American industry will be sabotaged and shown to be uncompetitive.

      “Each part of the world will have a specialty and thus become inter-dependent, he said. The US will remain a center for agriculture, high tech, communications, and education but heavy industry would be “transported out.”

      The 2000 ruling global elites are afraid of economic growth. Their main concern is with population control. They see the world's 6,000,000,000 people as competition, and/or potential competition. John D. Rockefeller said that "competition is a sin."

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