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Friday, October 08, 2010

And the beat(ing) goes on…

Revelations like this, not that they come as a surprise, mind you, is why I often am instinctively turned off and against any of these crusade campaigns to help or better whatever the cause of the day might be. Sure, the intent was good, but those of us that live in the real world would always like reality to win out over fantasies of the perfect. Especially when the cost & consequences of the enforced regulations that inevitably accompany the laws these crusaders straddle us with, are practically always ignored or brushed aside, and the harm caused ignored. This particular revelation of course, is stunning, and illustrates my point:

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.

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. 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.

Posted by AlexinCT on 10/08/10 at 10:34 AM in Deep Thoughts   Left Wing Idiocy   Politics   Law, & Economics   Science and Technology   The Press Machine  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink
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