Disagreeing With CARB May Cost Your job
CA Political News
Katy Grimes, Cal Watchdog, 8/17/10
A 34-year environmental health sciences professor at UCLA appears to be on the chopping block and headed for the unemployment line for speaking out against diesel vehicle regulations, according to Assemblyman Dan Logue, R-Linda. But that is not where it will end if Logue gets his way.
In a CalWatchdog exclusive, Assemblyman Dan Logue, R-Linda, shared a letter he authored, signed by 25 other state legislators, addressed to
Logue said that Enstrom is also being terminated because of his discovery in 2009 of former CARB employee Hien Tran, who had falsified academic credentials, but was still allowed to write the health report that determined that CARB would forge ahead with drastic diesel regulations in the state.
Logues letter states that Enstrom is being terminated in order to silence scientific views on the health effects of fine particulate air pollution. In particular, we are concerned that he is being deprived of his academic freedom as a UCLA faculty member to speak out against draconian diesel regulations approved by the California Air Resources Board in 2007 and 2008.
The legislators ask the UCLA Chancellors in the letter for assurances that proper procedures have been followed by UCLA regarding Enstroms dismissal. They request that Enstrom be allowed to retain his current faculty position until his appeal has been fully evaluated.
In what turned out to be a mail order Ph.D., CARB employee Hien T. Tran was found to have lied about having a Ph.D. in statistics from
Logues letter identifies columnist Lois Henry as the source of Enstroms termination information only last weekend.
In the The Bakersfield Californian Saturday, Henry wrote, Now, despite his 34 years as a researcher at UCLA, hes being dumped by a secret vote of the faculty in the Environmental Health Sciences Department. According to Henry, the official reason for not reappointing him stated, Your research is not aligned with the academic mission of the Department. A July 29 letter notified Enstrom that his appeal of an earlier dismissal letter had been denied and his last day would be Aug. 30.
Henry wrote, The guy whos getting sacked, James Enstrom, was one of only a few scientists willing to stick his neck out and blow the whistle on an outright fraud and coverup at the California Air Resources Board (CARB) over regulations that will squeeze every wallet in this state once they’re implemented.
Enstrom has been relentless, if not successful, in his efforts to get the air board to acknowledge that the science on the health effects of air pollution is not closed. Moreover, he has demanded that the process of science-based regulation be honest, open and fair.
Logue agrees. As author of Proposition 23, the ballot initiative that would suspend