Dear Readers: As Horemheb is enjoying “FUNemployment” under Obama’s economy of hope-for-change, I have been focused on building my consulting/technical writing business. So, I have had neither the time or energy to opine as often before, especially in light of the disheartening news that our elite representatives don’t seem to be adopting the proper Tea Party tone regarding the economy. However, I just got some news that lightened my heart, and I had to share with you.
FIRE IS BACKING CARB WHISTLEBLOWER DR. JIM ENSTROM, AND HAS MANAGED TO EXTEND IS CONTRACT THAT WAS UNDER THREAT UNTIL APRIL 4. FIRE is the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education. It has always been one of my personal favorite organizations, and I am thrilled it is supporting Dr. Enstrom. The full details on FIRE’s case can be found by clicking HERE.
In 2005 Enstrom authored an extensive study that found no relationship between diesel particulates and premature deaths. He says his study, as well as other evidence that agrees with it, have been ignored by an agency bent on passing ever more stringent regulations regardless of their effect on California’s economy.
Enstrom blew the whistle on CARB for, among other things, failing to publicize that the lead author of the study that was used to justify the new regulations falsified his education history (he purchased his PhD from an online diploma mill).
But UCLA didn’t come to Enstrom’s defense. In fact, officials informed him that, after 34 years at the university, he was out of a job.
“The environmental regulation machine in powerful in California,” says Adam Kissel of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, which is defending Enstrom in the fight to keep his job. “When Dr. Enstrom went up against that machine he was retaliated against.”
Even better news comes via Hot Air today: CA legislators threaten hearings if UCLA fires CARB whistleblower:
Enstrom will meet with University of California chancellor Gene Block on Monday to start the appeal of his dismissal, but that may not be the last word. According to FIRE, which has come to Enstrom’s defense, twelve members of the state Assembly have warned Block that they will hold public hearings into the UC system’s handling of academic freedom if Enstrom’s termination is not rescinded.
Just a reminder: SoCal Tax Revolt Coalition has been of the forefront of supporting Dr. Enstrom. To review our early work, please check out my piece detailing CARB’s nefariousness in August, 2009: <a href="http://templeofmut.wordpress.com/2009/08/05/california-eco-bureaucrats%E
“None of this is real,” said the then acting California Air Resources Board (CARB) Scientific Review Panel (SRP) Chairman John Froines during a 1998 Scientific Review Board Meeting. During the discussions, panel chose to rely on bad data to craft regulations now killing small businesses throughout the state. The comment referred to the data being considered as the basis for developing rules that controlled levels of particulate matter from diesel exhaust. Though the numbers were unreal, the unintended consequences of CARB rule enforcement based on voodoo science is very real.2%80%99-voodoo-science-kills-jobs/”>California Eco-Bureaucrats’ Voodoo Science Kills Jobs
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