California "grossly miscalculated" pollution levels by 340%, to bring about their "landmark Diesel Law." Does any greenie have an ounce of truth in him/her?
From San Francisco Chronicle:
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.
The staff of the powerful and widely respected Air Resources Board said the overestimate is largely due to the board calculating emissions before the economy slumped, which halted the use of many of the 150,000 diesel-exhaust-spewing vehicles in California.Now, do you believe that? Right! Neither do I.
Independent researchers, however, found huge overestimates in the air board's work on diesel emissions and attributed the flawed work to a faulty method of calculation - not the economic downturn.So now, maybe, the requirement to start the "landmark" Diesel Law will be put off until 2014.
It would be a major scaling back of the rule if the air board approves it in a vote scheduled for December.The California governor's race is all over this. Meg Whitman has promised to suspend the law for "at least a year." Moonbeam Jerry Brown is still a supporter.
California voters, meanwhile, will vote on Proposition 23, a November initiative to suspend AB32 until the unemployment rate - now at 12.4 percent in California - falls to 5.5 percent or less for a year.You and I both know that may be one hell of a very long time.
The combination of limp hiring by businesses and more governments layoffs expected means unemployment could rise to 10 percent again this year or next. When Obama took office in January 2009, the unemployment rate was 7.7 percent. Source.This article quotes "most economists" saying it will likely take, at least, until 2015 for unemployment to reach a "more normal 5.5%."
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