SAVE THE DATE - MAKE PLANS TO BE IN SACRAMENTO ON DEC. 17TH!!!!!
THIS IS IT!!!! CARB IS MEETING ON STAFF'S PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO THE ON-ROAD DIESEL TRUCK RULES
12/17/10 AT 9 AM
Click on the picture to the left or here to read the Board Meeting Agenda.
Don't forget that anyone wishing to, may speak for 3 minutes by registering at the meeting. We need EVERYONE that can make it to be there and speak. This is your last chance to voice your opinion or opposition to the rule and to any amendments that are proposed.
At this meeting they will be discussing and approving changes to the rule including possibly extending the implementation date and other modifications. Your voice needs to be heard!
If for some reason you cannot make it to the meeting, please submit your comments directly to CARB by clicking here.
SIERRA REPORT OF CARB OVERESTIMATION IS IN
The CARB Ad-Hock Group (comprised of various industries impacted by the on-road diesel rules) commissioned a report from Sierra Research. The report is titled "Review of CARB On-Road Heavy Duty Diesel Emissions Inventory". Click on the image to the left or here to download the full report.
This is from the Executive Summary:
As shown, the original CARB baseline inventory values for 2009 were about 1.40 times the current CARB baseline inventory values, or, in other words, emissions were overestimated by about 40%. However, the magnitude of that overestimation varies and decreases to about 15-25% in later years. In addition, the current CARB baseline inventories are now substantially closer to CARB's original "with-regulation inventories" that represented the agency's emission control goals at the time the In-Use On-Road
Diesel Regulation was adopted.
This is from the Conclusion:
As outlined above, there are several important areas where the assumptions and data associated with CARB's on-road Diesel inventory are either questionable or not publicly available. This is not new issue as the same situation existed in 2008 when the In-Use On-Road Diesel Regulation was adopted. At that time, Sierra urged that CARB conduct a peer-review of the inventory-a request that was ignored by CARB as evidenced by the fact that Sierra's recommendation is not addressed in the Final Statement of Reasons published by CARB.9 Sierra again urges that CARB conduct a peer review of the inventory to ensure that the need for and the emission benefits of the In-Use On-Road
Diesel Regulation are accurately quantified.
If you own an on-road diesel truck or are in the trucking industry this is a MUST READ.
|CARB Wants to Prohibit (make it criminal?) to Make False Statements|
Like something out of Orwell's "1984", CARB is proposing a rule to "forbid dishonest statements offered to the board or its staff."
The "false statement" rule workshop has been delayed until next year with no explanation on the CARB website.
For an excellent and biting response to this rule, click on the image to the left (or here) to read the Construction Industry Air Quality Coalition's letter to CARB on this proposed rule.
Many articles have been written on this, perhaps the best are the editorial in the San Diego Union and the article by Lois Henry "Regulating the Truth..." (click on links to read)
Remember it was CARB that had a scientist (Hein Tran) with a fake Ph.D. produce the report relied on as the basis for the on-road diesel rule. Later it was disclosed that there was a cover up prior to the vote, in addition to Tran's academic fraud. This lead to harsh words by other Board Members and an apology by Chairman Nichols.
Click on following links to watch on YouTube - Board member Telles, Board member Roberts, Chairman Nichols apology for the cover up.
|COMPANIES SAY "SO LONG" TO CALIFORNIA IN RECORD NUMBERS|
For proof that the over-regulation of California businesses is leading to companies leaving California in record numbers, or investing outside of California, take a look at the Business Relocation Coach site by clicking here
They state that so far in 2010 193 Companies have departed California or shifted work out. This is 4X the rate of 2009! Even green jobs are leaving because California is too over-regulated and just inhospitable to doing business.
|YOUTUBE VIDEO ON CARB GOES VIRAL|
This may make you chuckle but unfortunately this is the experience of many when confronted with all the CARB regulations upon opening a business in California.
This video is going viral after someone made and posted it. Click here or on the image to watch.
|I WANT TO HELP, BUT WHAT CAN I DO?|
There is a great deal you can do! This list goes to over 4,500 people and if everyone does a bit, it makes a HUGE difference.
Almost more important, email the John and Ken show with your concern about CARB. Email John and Ken at firstname.lastname@example.org
Also send letters to CARB
and the Governor letting them know how you feel and what you expect.
If your are on Facebook join our Group "CARB Awareness Group"