CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 25, 1995
Government bureaucracy in action is a sight to behold! On May 9, at a public forum to discuss hybrid-electric vehicles, the bureaucrats at the California Air Resources Board were trying to decide if you and I should drive electric cars with a lot of batteries and an engine, or just a half ton of batteries. Not minding the car's production costs or possible pollution from the lead-acid batteries in every car, they just insist we stop polluting the air. We all agree in cutting air pollution, the question is how, and how much does it cost us taxpayers.
October 1, 2003
"Air Board Cracks Down on Lawn Mowers, Diesel Trucks" (Sept. 26) raises a question about statistical accuracy. I own a lawn mower, one of 14 million in use in California, according to the California Air Resources Board. The board goes on to state that these small-engine machines emit "152 tons of smog-forming fumes daily." I use my mower about twice a month during the summer, less in the winter. Is the board suggesting all 14 million mowers are used daily? And, just how does it weigh the fumes?
August 13, 2003 |
Three big automakers and several auto dealers Tuesday confirmed that they have dropped the lawsuit that had delayed California's clean-air program, saying changes in the regulations would allow them to cut tailpipe emissions by selling a wider range of vehicles than just electric cars. General Motors Corp., DaimlerChrysler and Isuzu Motors Ltd. said that the changes would make it more practical to comply with the regulations.
November 1, 1990 |
It has been a decade in the making, but when President Bush signs the new federal Clean Air Act later this month, many in the nation's smoggiest cities will agree it was worth the wait. Cars will be cleaner. Factories will be less polluting. Cancer-causing air contaminants will be reduced. By the year 2010, every smog-bound metropolitan area in the country is supposed to be in compliance with federal clean air standards, including Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 23, 2005 |
Three months after his initial choice of an industry lobbyist was condemned by environmentalists and rejected by Democratic legislators, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Thursday appointed a respected air-quality scientist to chair the California Air Resources Board. The Republican governor's choice of Democrat Robert F.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 3, 1994
I was disturbed by sections of a recent article and cartoon ("State Taking Wrong Road in Drive for Electric Vehicles," June 12), which inaccurately said that air emissions from power plants will negate the benefits of the commercial introduction of zero-emission electric vehicles. In California, electric vehicles are 97% less polluting than conventional gasoline-powered cars, even accounting for air emissions from power plants that generate the electricity to recharge the batteries.
July 13, 2003
General Motors wants to be viewed as supporting futuristic developments in propulsion systems and is constantly touting one research and development effort after another ("Peter Buys an Electric Car," by Peter Horton, June 8). But it does not want to be the guinea pig in actually producing radically new vehicles in quantities sufficient to break the chicken-versus-egg cycle. Unfortunately for GM, its EV1 design team came up with something immediately practical and desirable, and the limited production runs mandated by the California Air Resources Board put these prized vehicles into the hands of a significant number of avid consumers.
May 10, 2013
Re "Tesla drives state credits to the bank," May 6 Tesla Motors is an example of an innovative, homegrown California industry. It is building ultra-clean cars and providing employment for 2,800 people in a formerly abandoned car factory. This success is not being subsidized by other car companies. Car manufacturers are not required to purchase credits (which Tesla can sell to its competitors), nor does the state's Air Resources Board establish a price. The credits are entirely an opportunity to provide additional flexibility to car manufacturers to comply with a program whose ultimate goal is to support the commercialization of cutting-edge clean technology vehicles, and ensure that we get as many of them as possible on our roads and highways as fast as possible.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 27, 2007 |
With creations like the "Undertaker" and "666 El Diablo," Jesse James and his West Coast Choppers team have become TV stars and automotive icons by turning average motorcycles into pimped-up machines. But California air regulators announced Friday a $271,250 fine against James, the co-producer and host of "Monster Garage" and "Motorcycle Mania," saying that 50 of his custom-built choppers ran afoul of California's clean-air rules.
March 4, 2001
For some time now, it has been the agenda of certain groups to kill the compression ignition engine, otherwise referred to as the "diesel." The recent energy fiasco has only given these people more ideas. I read "Firms' Use of Backup Diesel Generators Attracting Heat" [Feb. 4] with much concern over the lack of accurate information. The mere fact that the "beliefs" of the California Air Resources Board are included goes to show cooperation with political conspiracy. The fact is that diesel engine technology is well suited for periodic power generation.