Disagreeing With CARB May Cost Your job

Katy Grimes: A 34-year environmental health sciences professor at UCLA appears to be on the chopping block and headed for the unemployment line for speaking out against diesel vehicle regulations, according to Assemblyman Dan Logue, R-Linda. But that is not where it will end if Logue gets his way.

In a CalWatchdog exclusive, Assemblyman Dan Logue, R-Linda, shared a letter he authored, signed by 25 other state legislators, addressed to University of California chancellor Gene Block and Vice Chancellor Scott Waugh, stating that legislators believe Dr. James Enstrom is being terminated on August 30, for his outspoken opposition to AB 32, California’s global warming initiative.

Logue said that Enstrom is also being terminated because of his discovery in 2009 of former CARB employee Hien Tran, who had falsified academic credentials, but was still allowed to write the health report that determined that CARB would forge ahead with drastic diesel regulations in the state.

Logue’s letter states that Enstrom is being terminated “in order to silence scientific views on the health effects of fine particulate air pollution. In particular, we are concerned that he is being deprived of his academic freedom as a UCLA faculty member to speak out against draconian diesel regulations approved by the California Air Resources Board in 2007 and 2008.”

The legislators ask the UCLA Chancellors in the letter for assurances that proper procedures have been followed by UCLA regarding Enstrom’s dismissal. They request that Enstrom “be allowed to retain his current faculty position until his appeal has been fully evaluated.”

In what turned out to be a mail order Ph.D., CARB employee Hien T. Tran was found to have lied about having a Ph.D. in statistics from University of California, Davis. But even with full knowledge of Tran’s phony credentials, in December 2008, CARB went ahead with the diesel emissions rules based on Tran’s report.

Logue’s letter identifies columnist Lois Henry as the source of Enstrom’s termination information only last weekend.

In the The Bakersfield Californian Saturday, Henry wrote, “Now, despite his 34 years as a researcher at UCLA, he’s being dumped by a secret vote of the faculty in the Environmental Health Sciences Department.” According to Henry, the official reason for not reappointing him stated, “Your research is not aligned with the academic mission of the Department.” A July 29 letter notified Enstrom that his appeal of an earlier dismissal letter had been denied and his last day would be Aug. 30.

Henry wrote, “The guy who’s getting sacked, James Enstrom, was one of only a few scientists willing to stick his neck out and blow the whistle on an outright fraud and coverup at the California Air Resources Board (CARB) over regulations that will squeeze every wallet in this state once they’re implemented.

Enstrom has been relentless, if not successful, in his efforts to get the air board to acknowledge that the science on the health effects of air pollution is not closed. Moreover, he has demanded that the process of science-based regulation be honest, open and fair.”

Logue agrees. As author of Proposition 23, the ballot initiative that would suspend California’s global warming legislation AB 32 from further implementation, Logue is going to put pressure on UCLA. If Dr. Enstrom is dismissed before his appeal has been fully evaluated, “We plan to hold a hearing in Sacramento on this matter,” wrote Logue. “In particular, we will allow Dr. Enstrom and others the opportunity to present evidence regarding academic freedom and scientific integrity at UCLA, particularly regarding the circumstances surrounding his dismissal.”

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  1. Ron Kilmartin
    Ron Kilmartin 16 August, 2010, 21:07

    Dr. Engstrom is in great company with the hockey-stick killers Ross McKitrick,Stephen McIntyre, Anthony Watt, Joseph D’Aleo, Roy Spencer and hundreds of others who have relentlessly pursued the truth on the carbon scam, resulting in the death of the collection of energy-climate bills in Congress this year.

    Dr. Engstrom shares a special place of honor with Alan Carlin, EPA scientist who like him exposed the EPA endangerment finding as a fraud based on the CO2 hoax. EPA ruled that his report could not be published and directed him to cease working on global warming. The report was formerly available at the Competitive Enterprise Institute but the URL I have has expired.

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  2. Bruce Hill
    Bruce Hill 17 August, 2010, 10:10

    Another interesting piece of this situation, not noted in this article, is that the Head of CARB, is also on faculty at UCLA, in this department, and was a voting member of the secret panel that recommended termination of Dr. Engstrom. Does anyone smell conflict of interest or backroom deal?

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  3. ts
    ts 17 August, 2010, 11:00

    CARB is the most Autocratic government entity that I know of. They routinely thumb their noses at attempts to oversee them by the Legislature. Their mission is important, but I would not shed a tear to see CARB dismantled and rebuilt in a form that answers to the People they’re charged with protecting.

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  4. Ken Hunter
    Ken Hunter 17 August, 2010, 11:04

    I am proud of Dan’s Logue leadership on the AB 32 issue and also stepping end to help this professor. Flushing your fellow academic for not agreeing with your political views is the hieght of hypocrisy and intellectual shame.

    If they follow up and are succesful in getting their fellow professor fired, I would just close down the entire department and put them on the Freeway off ramps begging for money.

    King Obama fired over 700 Chrysler dealers because they are Republicans.He is setting a good example for other liberal elitists to flush their competition down the toilet. I say, flush Obama…and flush twice because it is a long way to Chicago.

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  5. Craig Powell
    Craig Powell 17 August, 2010, 11:40

    What an outrageous attempt to muzzle scientific debate on a state college campus about an issue of major public importance. Thanks for breaking this story, Cal Watchdog. I look forward to possible follow-ups.

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  6. Chris Reed
    Chris Reed 17 August, 2010, 14:00

    In fact, Enstrom’s discovery of Tran’s academic fraud came in November 2008.

    http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2008/dec/21/lz1ed21top20221-unworthy-trust/

    It took a year for the rest of the media to follow up, with the exception of Lois Henry.

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  7. C Walker
    C Walker 20 August, 2010, 16:08

    If there is a GOD, Dan-THE SKY IS FALLING-Logue is the one that will be fired — come election day.

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  8. Tylerle13
    Tylerle13 25 August, 2010, 11:24

    cwalker, Its kind of ironic that you accuse Logue of being an alarmist (“The Sky is Falling”), when that is the primary tool of CARB, Steve Maviglio, & the other supporters of AB32(AKA- The “Kill 1 Million Jobs so Arnold Can Be Remembered For Something” Bill)

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  9. Mike Shuemake
    Mike Shuemake 30 August, 2010, 16:31

    Dr. Engstrom had the guts to stand up to CARB at a recent forum and put forth crediable evidence that diesel particulant matter was not as harmful as the other 10 panel members would have us believe. While most of the science was way above my head the fact that so much funding for these “studies” comes directly from CARB is not lost on me.
    Mary Nichols has said “regulators regulate that is what we do” It would be better if they solved problems using regulations that made sense were cost effective and in the end had a positive effect on the environment. Unfortunatly Mary is much happier surrounding herself with people who only tell her what she wants to hear and convincing the public that without CARB more and more of us would die each and every year. It would be nice if Mr. Logue would focus some of his attention on CARB as well as UCLA. UClA doesn’t want to see the pie being split between Berkley,Davis and other institutions that take funding from CARB with more often than not a predetermined outcome.

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  10. Oralia Ornelas
    Oralia Ornelas 6 January, 2015, 01:00

    First off they set the emission standards, now they are going against what they set, it sounds like CARB isn’t doing their job effectively this should have been addressed when the catalyst converter was mandated yet they failed to acknowledge Diesel engines emit harmful emissions now their ignorance imposes emergency on the consumer, that’s not acting in good faith this agency should be shut down and EPA standards should be all we need what makes us so different from the rest of the nation especially with CARB’S tarnished reputation, yet nothing is done and this rediculous regulation keeps moving forward. This is so wrong , CARB failed on doing their job diligently and now the trucking industry is held holding the bag to clean up their mess. Wow unbelievable.

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