Every thing that we buy in the foothills is brought in by truck. The cost of that transportation is included in the cost of the products on our store shelves. Transportation companies do every thing they can to keep the cost of transportation down to stay competitive. But, we can not say of the same of government agencies like the California Air Resources Board. Here is an example of CARB out of control, faking the data to save the planet.
The details are in a story by Michael Shaw, in the Capital Weekly: When writing regulations, make sure to consider all pertinent data.
Case in point is the Greenhouse Reduction Measure for Heavy-Duty Vehicles in the final steps with the California Air Resources Board (CARB). This regulation takes a great voluntary program, known as SmartWay, by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to promote best practices for heavy duty vehicle fuel efficiency and turns it into a $10.4 billion mandate. However, CARB’s estimate claims a net savings of more than $3 billion from greater fuel efficiency.
One element of the regulation requires the addition of aerodynamic ‘skirts’ between the axles of the trailer. CARB says that What company would not adopt a technology that could save so much in fuel costs, mandate or not?
Unfortunately, a peak behind the curtain of CARB’s miraculous savings shows a different story. CARB guesses that trucks travel at speeds in excess of the legal limit a least 84 percent of the time they are on the road. Anyone who has driven on California roads especially in the Los Angeles or San Francisco Bay areas knows how often traffic flows at the speed limit and trucks are limited to 55 miles per hour.
Where did CARB get the 84 percent number? Where is the data that CARB used to calculate this fantastic number? Those are questions the California Trucking Association posed to Board members in two separate letters. The answers equate to “we are that going to tell you”. In fact, CARB’s regulatory filings have gone as far to say that no such data exists.
We offered to provide data from some of our members (yes, data does exist), but that offer was ignored as well. Why let actual data get in the way of a bad regulation. For every 10 percent that CARB’s 84 percent estimate is off, the ‘savings’ drops $1.75 billion, so that $3 billion in savings disappears very quickly.
Some how it is OK for CARB to fake their data to save the planet. We have seen CARB fake the data in calculating foothill ozone flow here and here. Now we are see the same mis-management and corruption in regulating heavy-duty vehicles. We are going to pay the bill for this fraud when the price of milk and bread goes up at the grocery story, and for that matter everything we buy in the foothills.
Why do our political leaders allow this to happen? Why do we allow our political leaders a pass in this issue? I am going to see Assemblyman Dan Logue and State Senator Doug LaMalfa this afternoon at the GOP Picnic and will bring this CARB fraud to their attention.