Posts Tagged ‘Mary Nichols’

Mary Nichols the ‘rock star’ bureaucrat

Wednesday, December 31st, 2014
NEW: Mary Nichols the ‘rock star’ bureaucrat

America is supposed to be a democracy ruled by "We, the people." Actually it's rule by bureaucracy. The vast bureaus of federal, state and local governments run our lives, and there's not much that can be done about it until the whole shebang goes bankrupt. Presidents, governors and mayors can...

CARB draws sharp fire on AB 32 — from the left

Monday, December 29th, 2014

David Roberts -- a journalist who has an easy command of energy issues that makes his NRDC-style environmentalism easier to take -- has written a sharp piece about AB 32. Roberts details what he calls an "avoidable mess" in the implementation of the law by the California Air Resources Boa...

CARB rejects delay for ‘hidden gas tax’

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

  The California Air Resources Board rejected pleas at its latest meeting to delay bringing transportation fuels into the cap-and-trade program – despite arguments that it will result in higher gas prices, cost thousands of jobs and harm the state’s poorest residents. Cap-and-trade wa...

CA Dems balk at Cap and Trade cost

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014
gas prices stunt recovery, mckee, cagle, July 3, 2014

  With gas prices soaring again, consumers are rebelling. And even liberal Democrats in California are seeking to help their constituents. Assemblyman Henry Perea, D-Fresno, spearheaded the writing of a June 16 letter signed by 16 Democratic assembly members to California Air Resources B...

How Obama energy rules hurt, help CA

Friday, June 13th, 2014
Obama's New Proposed Regulations On Coal Energy Production Met With Ire Through Kentucky's Coal Country

  On June 2, President Barack Obama announced his new rules to mothball “dirty” coal power plants so as to reduce carbon-dioxide power plant emissions by 30 percent from their 2005 level. He also set voluntary targets for the percentage of renewable energy in each state by 2029. Cove...

CARB update: Powers expanding beyond AB32

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013
Mary Nichols

Irish wit Oscar Wilde once quipped, “The bureaucracy is expanding to meet the needs of the expanding bureaucracy.” He died in 1900, but he would have recognized the California Air Resources Board. Under AB32, the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, CARB was charged with overseeing the lower...

CA’s economic funk: ‘Regulators gone wild’ take their toll

Sunday, October 27th, 2013

For Sunday's U-T San Diego, I did an essay about how California went from being the world pioneer in sensible efforts to clean up air pollution and coastal waters to a laboratory for fanatics who want to go ever farther in regulation, whatever the downside. "The CEOs who have long ranked California...

Air Resources Board corp facing open meetings

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

May 30, 2013 By Katy Grimes Stop the presses! A really good Republican bill just passed the Assembly 63-0. What? How? AB 527 by Assemblywoman Beth Gaines, R-Rocklin, would repeal the existing exemption of the Western Climate Initiative, Inc., and its appointees, from the Bagley-Keene Open Meeti...

CARB chair plugs electric cars

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

April 17, 2013 By Joseph Perkins Mary Nichols was in Detroit this week for the Society of Automotive Engineers annual World Congress. The chairwoman of the California Air Resources Board told attendees that her agency wants to have better relations with the auto industry. “If we can collaborate...

Employers and taxpayers ask Gov. Brown to halt cap and trade

Friday, March 15th, 2013

March 15, 2013 By Katy Grimes A group of employers and taxpayers have sent a letter to Gov. Jerry Brown asking that he halt cap and trade "and policies to achieve greenhouse gas emission reductions." Cap and trade is the state's fledgling system of trading carbon credits to reduce greenhouse gas...