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Unknown Knowns

The Merriam-Webster on-line dictionary defines SCIENCE as “ the state of knowing : knowledge as distinguished from ignorance or misunderstanding.”  That seems very reasonable to me. As Donald Rumsfield so memorably pointed out as we marched toward starting a war in Iraq, there are known knowns, known unknowns, and the problematic unknown unknowns.  Science can [...]

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The Other Shoe Drops

I’ve written here before about our case against the California Air Resources Board challenging Arnold Schwarzenegger’s blind and mad rush forward to adopt a carbon trading scheme for California no matter if the damn thing works or not.  In March, the San Francisco Superior Court decided that the Air Resources Board violated California’s environmental laws [...]

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20 years and 6 months and counting….

Did you know that Sunday was an important milestone day here in the South Coast Air Basin?  Well it was. Twenty years and 6 months ago Congress established in the Clean Air Act the requirement that  the Environmental Protection Agency must announce whether the health-based National Ambient Air Quality Standard for Ozone has been met [...]

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Trading is working? Really?

Hello, CARB, you guys reading the papers??? Cuts in carbon emissions by developed countries since 1990 have been cancelled out three times over by increases in imported goods from developing countries such as China, according to the most comprehensive global figures ever compiled. …. According to standard data, developed countries can claim to have reduced [...]

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Foward, CARB, Forward

In Europe, where they have been trading and offsetting carbon under the Koyoto Protocol, there have been concerns raised from the beginning, emission have not been reduced, and the programs are plagued with fraud, corporate lobbying interference,  and manipulation. We hope that CARB will take the opportunity resulting from the San Francisco Superior Court finding [...]

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In Which ARB Drives the Bus Over the Cliff

My kids–like many kids–love Winnie-the-Pooh.  Not the new fangled stuff, I’m talking about the original A.A. Milne stories with their wonderful illustrations by E.H. Shepard.  One of our favorites stories is “In Which Pooh and Piglet go Hunting and Nearly Catch a Woozle.”   Anyway, we always loved how the stories in the first two [...]

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Public Health, Public Policy and Public Debate—here’s hoping we get to the “good” after trudging through the “bad” and the “ugly”

So, the big SCAQMD Governing Board meeting happened on January 7th and so far they have been silent about what happened.   Nonetheless, you can read a media report about it here.  That report recounts the heated exchange between a member of the public, Ricardo Pulido, and Chairman Burke.  I gotta say, the whole hearing wasn’t pretty.  [...]

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When Good Government Goes Bad

With the adoption of proposed Rule 1315 on Friday, The South Coast Air Quality Management District will manage to hit the sweet-spot of bad government:  writing a rule that strips valuable assets from the people who earned them to keep them for itself.   And all the while, making the air more deadly. Strong words?  Yes.  [...]

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What else, really, can we say?

Back in 2006, the South Coast Air Quality Management District tried to change its rules to create a bunch of new pollution credits in this air basin and then to distribute those credits to fossil-fueled powerplants.  Of course, I’ve talked about this a lot. Back then, the District insisted that these new powerplants were needed [...]

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Because clean air matters

Well, I blogged before about the case we filed challenging the law sponsored by the South Coast Air Quality Management and a second law supported by the District that threw out the ruling we obtained from the Superior Court that found that the District had violated the environmental law when it adopted some rules that [...]

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