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By: Eve Lanark
California Air Resources Board Breaks its Own Rules in Political Oil Deal
The California Air Resources Board (CARB) claims to operate on the premise of reducing air pollution in California, protecting the public from toxic air contaminants, and providing innovative approaches to complying with air pollution regulations. However, since the state-funded board was formed in 1967, CARB seems to have spent most of its time involved in fraud scandals and squandering public money. As Kill CARB has proven through analysis of the board’s activities, CARB is a company without scruples, and this year they’ve taken it even further by getting into bed with their supposed enemy. The Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA), a trade oil group which includes oil giants such as BP PLC and Shell PLC, has long been against CARB and its initiatives. So why then, have CARB helped WSPA to insert language into Assembly and Senate bills that will prevent CARB from enforcing one of its own rules?
The ‘Clean Fuels Outlet’ Initiative
The CARB initiative that the deal with WSPA effects is the Clean Fuels Outlet, a measure aimed at providing fill-up stations for green vehicles throughout California. The Clean Fuels Outlet plan, as reported on E&E News, has existed for over two decades but mainly idled- though most likely spending a good chunk of public money in the process. The legislation, if approved, would mean that oil refiners and importers would have to help fund hydrogen fueling stations as soon as any region has up to 10,000 green vehicles.
Making the Deal
Unsurprisingly the oil giants weren’t happy with this idea, and have made moves to cut the initiative down by going after the legislature, which CARB have kindly let them do. The legislation implemented by CARB at the behest of WSPA will prevent CARB from implementing the Clean Fuels Outlet for a decade. In exchange WSPA are supporting provisions that advance cleaner cars and trucks, and provide state funding for hydrogen vehicle fuel stations. Seems like a bit of a contradiction, right? It is not clear exactly how WSPA will be supporting such provisions, and what these provisions indeed are. CARB is insistent, however, that this deal is a positive step for them in introducing the green fuelling stations. The deal has also garnered outside support from green groups and government officials, with State Senate Fran Pavley, sponsor of the Senate bill, saying in an email; “I believe this bill will attract broad bipartisan support.”
Not everyone seems to agree. Many critics of the deal say that CARB’s move to change its own rules to keep the oil companies happy sets a precedent. Suggesting that it is likely that WSPA will continue to go after the legislature until it poses no threat to the oil companies at all. This theory is backed by the fact that in 2010 the oil industry funded an attempt to kill the states’ climate law. Their bid failed, but they are now focusing on weakening green rules. Kathryn Phillips, director of Sierra Club California, says that, “I see them going after individual regulations bit by bit… (it’s) like being nibbled to death by ducks.”
Why CARB Complied
CARB may claim to believe that this legislature will ultimately aid them in implanting their Clean Fuels Outlet initiative, but the reality of why they made the deal is far seamier than that. Oil companies have been widely acknowledged to dislike the Clean Fuels Outlet legislature since it began over two decades ago, and it was believed that they may sue CARB to cripple the initiative. Meaning that CARBS’ actions come down to nothing more than risk-avoidance and cost-saving.
Unfortunately government initiatives to help the environment frequently amount to money-making schemes which accomplish little and cost tax payers a lot. This trend exists all over the world. Money.co.uk recently published an article questioning the validity of UK governments’ claim that a green housing scheme would save buyers money in the long run. The governments’ ‘Green Deal’ promises to help 14 million homeowners cut their energy bills in a ‘buy now, pay later’ scheme. The scheme is to implement improvements to homes which would make them more energy efficient. It is claimed by the government that this green scheme will save those who invest in it more in energy bills in the long run, and in the ‘worst case scenario’ homeowners will break even. Money.co.uk questioned this claim, inviting homeowners to investigate whether it really would be worth the cost. It is easy to be blinded by institutions purporting to aid the environment, as naturally we all recognize environmental damage as a big modern concern. Nevertheless it is important to ask questions. Look into what is actually being done, how the money is being spent, and whether it is quite so energy-efficient after all.
-- Eve Lanark
WHEREAS: CARB is an unelected and unaccountable bureaucracy whose actions have killed jobs and harmed our economy.
WHEREAS: CARB has committed serious ethical lapses with its failure to terminate an employee with falsified credentials, failure to withdraw costly regulations based on this employee’s faulty research and failure to account for millions in funds designated for AB32 implementation.
WHEREAS: CARB has abused its power by levying millions of dollars in disproportionate fines on business owners who have not violated existing laws or who have committed only minor technical oversights.
WHEREAS: CARB has proposed or implemented policies that infringe on our right to make our own decisions and run our own lives. Examples include proposed taxeson vehicles CARB does not approve of, mandatory programmable thermostats, imprisonment for not inflating our tires and penalties for dissent.
WHEREAS: CARB continues to move forward with plans to mandate increased ethanol usage despite overwhelming evidence that ethanol will significantly raise fuel costs without improving the environment.
WHEREAS: CARB has promised its actions will lead to a prosperous new green economy that has failed to materialize but that have instead turned California into a national leader in high unemployment.
BE IT RESOLVED: CARB should be abolished! We need jobs and a healthy economy, not punitive and unfair regulations!
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CARB is demanding that perfectly good diesel engines in the state be replaced with less efficient engines that will actually add to the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. They are doing this based on a flawed report by a fraudulent CARB employee. They claim a $70 billion savings in health care by destroying these engines. Their own summary document shows that there is no proven link between diesel particulate mater and cancer. This action is based on "indications" and "suggestions"! As if that is not enough, the 20 billion dollar price tag will place a financial burden on an estimated 30 thousand business owners and will put many of them out of business--it is estimated that 150,000 jobs could be lost if these companies pull up stakes and move from California. Comments from noted scientists and the public sent to CARB regarding Hien Tran's report are contained in a supplement to the report and were for the most part ignored by the board.
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