Scandal Surrounding the California Air Resources Board

Andy Caldwell
COLAB Executive Director, guest editorialist, and radio talk show host

Many
politicians and pundits pin the economic travails of the State of
California upon our tax rates.  However, my experience leads me to
believe that the number one cause for the economic malaise of our once
great State emanates from our regulatory climate.  Here is but one
example.

It is most unfortunate that few Californians are aware of the
scandal surrounding the California Air Resources Board (CARB).  CARB
has been in the process of establishing a Diesel Engine Rule that will
require all engines in the State of CA to be replaced twice in the next
ten years.

The fiscal impact of this rule can easily cost the
California economy in excess of $40 billion.  It will impact trucking,
construction, and farming, as these industries rely heavily upon diesel
engines.  Is the expense for this rule justified?

CARB has been arguing that the particulate emissions from diesel
engine exhaust causes premature deaths in the State of California.
However, Dr. James Enstrom of UCLA, has proven there is no such health
impact and his research has been peer reviewed and replicated by other
scholars.  Dr. Enstrom has a PhD in Physics from Stanford, and he has
been a research scientist in the University of Ca. for nearly 40 years!

Additionally, Dr. Enstrom discovered that the lead researcher
working for CARB on this project, Hien T. Tran, faked his Ph.D, having
purchased it on-line!  Further, the Chair of CARB, Mary Nichols help
conceal this fraud from her fellow board members!  

Yet, after all this, the person being fired is Dr. Enstrom!
Despite the fact that he has been with UCLA for some 34 years, he has
been slated for termination simply because his colleagues don’t like
the effects of his research.

This episode mirrors the international Climategate scandal.  As you
recall, the leaders of the movement to curtail greenhouse gas emissions
were caught in email exchanges discussing how to squelch and punish any
researchers who dared challenge their scientific findings.  

These efforts to squelch debate and silence opposition are an
affront to the honesty and integrity of academia and undermine the very
foundation of the regulatory efforts underway.

Dr. Enstrom is a fine gentlemen having had the courage to been one
of the only scientists out there who has been willing to go against the
current of politically correct junk science.  His research has been a
great help to the business community as they attempt to resist the
onslaught of regulations threatening to overrun our economy.  He was
fired by fellow staff members in a closed meeting.  Some of these
fellow staff members have a grudge against him for his work associated
with this scandal at CARB!

We are asking the Chancellor of UCLA to give Dr. Enstrom the due
process of a fair hearing that will enable him to hear the charges
against him and the opportunity to defend himself.

Please email the Chancellor and ask him to hold a FAIR Hearing on this matter. The contact for UCLA Chancellor Gene Block is chancellor@conet.ucla.edu

To hear an interview with Dr. Enstrom follow this link.

I
am all for clean air and clean water.  Nobody in their right mind
supports indiscriminate pollution.  However, here in California we are
pushing the envelope so hard in our attempt to be green that our
economy is failing and so is the integrity of government and the
science which serves to justify regulations.

What does it say about us if we sit idly by as our fellow Americans are
wrongly defrauded of their jobs, their business and their livelihood?

Please get involved.

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