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Full story, very long and detailed but well worth reading . . .

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/10/07/BAOF1FDMRV.DTL&tsp=1

Wyatt Buchanan, Chronicle Sacramento Bureau

San Francisco Chronicle October 7, 2010 05:27 PM

Thursday, October 7, 2010

"California grossly miscalculated pollution levels in a scientific analysis used to toughen the state's clean air standards, and scientists have spent the past several months revising data and planning a significant weakening of the landmark regulation, The Chronicle has found.

The pollution estimate in question was too high - by 340 percent, according to the California Air Resources Board, the state agency charged with researching and adopting air quality standards. The estimate was a key part in the creation of a regulation adopted by the Air Resources Board in 2007, a rule that forces businesses to cut diesel emissions by replacing or making costly upgrades to heavy-duty, diesel-fueled off-road vehicles used in construction and other industries. "

"One of the major recent problems was an air board estimate of premature

deaths caused by particulate matter spewing from diesel engines. The

first calculation found 18,000 deaths a year in the state had links to

particulate matter. That has been revised down by nearly half.

The revision was ordered after the board scientist who oversaw that

study was outed as having faked his scientific credentials.

Roberts and other board members were not told by Nichols that the

scientist, Hien Tran, lied about earning a doctorate from UC Davis

before they voted in favor of regulations based in part on his science.

That vote took place in December 2008.

Nichols, who acknowledges she knew about the falsification prior to the

vote, has apologized for not sharing that information with her fellow

board members.

Roberts called the spate of errors "a major black eye" for the board.

He said he does not know why the process to fix them is taking longer

than first expected."

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Full story, very long and detailed but well worth reading . . .

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/10/07/BAOF1FDMRV.DTL&tsp=1

Roberts called the spate of errors "a major black eye" for the board.

He said he does not know why the process to fix them is taking longer

than first expected."

Yes, a major black eye for an organization so deeply rooted in science... err... facts... errr.....

public opinion. There we go. CARB, what a farce...

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"Roberts has been on the board for 15 years and said the agency has built a solid scientific reputation, but he said the board can't afford another mistake and he still does not know what really happened."

-not surprising in a government official

"I think somehow some very poor decisions have been made and politics have entered the picture too much," he said. "There are plenty of excuses but no explanations."

-what kind of politics would that be? where do the radical environmentalists party? with the donkey, of course. agenda over science, explanations not needed.

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"Roberts has been on the board for 15 years and said the agency has built a solid scientific reputation, but he said the board can't afford another mistake and he still does not know what really happened."

-not surprising in a government official

"I think somehow some very poor decisions have been made and politics have entered the picture too much," he said. "There are plenty of excuses but no explanations."

-what kind of politics would that be? where do the radical environmentalists party? with the donkey, of course. agenda over science, explanations not needed.

PLEASE MOVE THIS BULLSHIT TO THE P&C FORUM!!!!!

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