Copenhagen Climate Change Madness Plus California Gets A Climategate Scandal Of Its Own

Posted By: 'Okie' | 4:40 pm — 12/7/2009 | 2 Comments See comments below:

The idiocy of hundreds of thousands of tons of carbon emissions being spewed into the atmosphere by all those Global Warming zealots and lip-smackingly-tax & power-hungry statists that have congregated in Copenhagen for the mother of all Climate Change Circle Jerks is off the scale. In a move to impress this gathering of the most Climate Change holy, our Chosen One President, BHO, is expected to have ‘his’ EPA declare that carbon dioxide is a dangerous pollutant. As you might expect, business is tad bit concerned.

EPA action would give President Barack Obama something to show leaders from other nations when he attends the Copenhagen conference on Dec. 18 and tries to persuade them that the U.S. is serious about cutting its contribution to global greenhouse-gas emissions.

After Prez Barry O pumps a few mega-tons of Carbon into the atmosphere with Air Force One going to Copenhagen, he’ll be doin’ it all over again goin’ over one-more-time to pick up his Nobel Prize. He’s sure worried about CO2 emissions, huh? Just as worried as those at Copenhagen arriving via 1,200 limos and 140 private planes.

The Saudis in Copenhagen called for an investigation into Climategate, saying “[W]e think this [Climategate] is definitely going to affect the nature of what could be trusted in our deliberations[.]” Seeing as how the MSM has been in total lockstep mode to cover up and keep the American public in the dark about the climate-scandal-emails and screwed-around-with data, ya think someone over at NBC, CBS, ABC, the NYT and LAT et all might just bother to mention the Saudi statement? Don’t hold your breath.

You won’t be hearing anything about California’s little Climategate scandal either, cause doing so would upset too many eco-religious apple carts. Here’s the skinny. Basically, CARB (California Air Resources Board) made a ruling that CO2 was a dangerous pollutant and then followed up with regulations on diesel trucks that would be retro-active to models that had never been subject to emission controls. The ruling was based upon scientific findings by a scientist, or more accurately a statistician with a PHD — or, whoops! Maybe not a REAL PHD. Today’s Trucking has that covered:

There are calls to suspend California’s statewide Truck and Bus Rule because of allegations that research behind the legislation was tainted.

Members of the California Air Resources Board (CARB) have taken to the media to request that the board suspend the truck rule, which would require exhaust filter retrofits and engine upgrades starting in 2011 and the replacement of pre-2010 model engines between 2012 to 2022.

CARB members Ron Roberts and Dr. John Telles allege that CARB had tried to cover up that the lead scientist and coordinator of the research used to justify the new emissions rules, had lied about holding a Ph.D. in statistics.

Hien T. Tran’s Ph.D. was the mail-order version, according to local media reports, and senior CARB officials were aware that his falsified credentials before voting on the truck retrofit legislation.

Telles, a cardiologist on the board, wrote a letter to the air board’s chief counsel, saying CARB staff failed to meet its “ethical if not legal obligation” to provide all board members with pertinent information before a vote on a state regulation.

Like Telles, Roberts is generally in favor of the rule, but admonished how it was achieved. He penned a 750-word guest commentary in the San Diego Union-Tribune last week, alerting the public to the cover-up.

Estimated costs of this little rule? $4.5 billion! That oughta put some CA truckers and trucking companies out of business, with what’s left of the industry passing that cost along to the rest of us via higher shipping rates — all to save a little tree food! But the most damning thing is that CARB doesn’t give a whit about their fake-PHD-holding expert. “Nothin’ goin’ on around here . . . just move along.”

Beginning with two editorials in late December 2008, this editorial page repeatedly has criticized the California Air Resources Board for its headline-hunting decision to adopt unprecedentedly sweeping and costly diesel-emission rules at its meeting earlier that month. Soon after that meeting, we had confirmed that Hien Tran – lead author and coordinator of the study justifying the rules – lied about having a Ph.D. in statistics from the University of California Davis.

Our subsequent reporting showed senior air board officials from Chairwoman Mary Nichols down knew of Tran’s academic fraud before the Dec. 12, 2008, vote but chose not to inform the public, the media or most of the board members who voted for the diesel rules.

The outrageousness of this deceit is finally being acknowledged. One of the board members who was kept in the dark – Fresno cardiologist John Telles – learned of the deception earlier this fall. Now Telles and another board member, San Diego County Supervisor Ron Roberts, are calling for suspension of the diesel rules.

But the reaction from the agency’s hierarchy and board members to this common-sense request has been obtuse to the extreme.

Chief Counsel Ellen M. Peter told Telles that the board officials’ failure to reveal the deception before the Dec. 12 vote didn’t amount to a violation of proper procedures.


Nichols is worst of all. In an e-mail to Telles, she acknowledged Tran’s fraud was “illegal and unethical” and apologized for not disclosing it to the full board before the vote. But she characterized the matter as a “distraction” and a “stupid personnel problem” – not a real scandal.

It was, is and will continue to be a real scandal until the rules are suspended and a new study is done. It is worth remembering why the scandal ever came to light: because UCLA epidemiologist James E. Enstrom was so dismayed by the study’s omission of crucial evidence that he began looking into Tran’s background.

That’s how it’s done in the big leagues folks — lie, cheat, steal, manipulate, destroy, ruin — all action verbs for the Climate Change believers that want to see our modern way of life sent packing back to the stone age, those that want to increase the power of the state and control every little thing that you think, say or do, right down to the light bulbs in your lamps, those that want to be granted the power to tax, Tax, TAX the very beejeezus out of us to fund their oppressive Utopian fantasies — all in the name of saving poor, distressed little Mother Gaia.

Actually, I think that our little planet can take care of its own self, and really doesn’t give a whit about what we pathetic humans do — witness Boxing Day 2004.

Trying to change Earth’s climate with CO2 emission controls is like standing on the beach and waving your fist at the tsunami — a fool’s errand, all for naught.
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