Mary Nichols the ‘rock star’ bureaucrat

Mary Nichols the ‘rock star’ bureaucrat

Mary NicholsAmerica 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 nudge things a little in one direction or another — almost always making the bureaucracies bigger and more thuggish, as with Obamacare — but that’s about it. Even Reagan couldn’t fulfill his 1980 campaign promise to eliminate the departments of Education and Energy.

This is shown in the title of a Los Angeles Times article, “Mary Nichols has ‘rock star’ influence as top air quality regulator.”

In yet another puff piece of an advocate of much bigger government, the Times enthuses:

A meeting with Gov. Jerry Brown and Chevron executives was ending when an oil company official turned to Mary Nichols, California’s top regulator for air pollution.

There was only so much Chevron could do to meet the state’s rules, he told her. “I know we’ve told you before that we couldn’t do things that you wanted us to do, and then we’ve turned around and succeeded,” he said. “But this time we really mean it.”

The October conversation, recalled by Nichols in a recent interview, echoed many others in her decades-long career as an environmental lawyer and regulator.

Once it was car companies fighting her efforts to reduce the smog choking Los Angeles. Now it was the oil industry resisting gasoline restrictions intended to stem climate change.

“They’re just being irritating,” she said.

Note how, like a commissar, she dismisses those she’s supposed to be serving as “irritating.”


And the Times fails to note that smog and “climate change” are two different things. To know smog was real you just had to breathe.

But “climate change” is a euphemism used for “global warming” starting around 2007, when it was becoming clear “global warming” wasn’t happening and new a snooker phrase needed to be developed to keep the bureaucrats in power and the tax dollars flowing to them.

Indeed, Nichols’ authority over “climate change” — in the Times’ parlance — actually comes from what still is called AB 32, the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, which is called that on her very own website.

The bill was signed into law that year by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who still touts it as the signature achievement of his disastrous administration. He used to give a stock speech reviling his Austrian homeland for its hidebound government bureaucracy, and how he escaped to free America. But it was just such a sclerotic bureaucracy that he worsened in California when his AB 32 vastly increased the powers of Nichols and her California Air Resources Board.

Meanwhile, we’ve now had 18 straight years with no global warming.

But Nichols’ powers just keep getting greater. After all, she’s a rock star.


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  1. Ronald Stein
    Ronald Stein 31 December, 2014, 09:41

    Yes, Mary Nichols is a rock star and has more power than the Governor to raise revenue for the government since AB32 gives her all the power to do so without any legislative votes. The current lower fuel prices will also camouflage the cap and trade tax coming in January on California fuel only, as NO OTHER STATE will see that tax. The hidden gas tax is another great way to hit the financially challenged with another cost! Lower income folks spend more as a percentage of their income on energy and work in industries that are most impacted by job losses.

    According to the Board of Equalization the 1.24 gallons PER DAY of transportation fuels for each of our 38 million citizens equates to a usage of 47 million gallons of fuel per day which will generate almost $5 million dollars a DAY for the government with a minuscule 10 cent increase on fuels. The projected larger increases in fuel costs for Californians ONLY will obviously generate even a greater cash cow for Governor Brown.

    AB32 was implemented in 2006 when CA contributed a minuscule 1% to the worlds GHG’s. Now 8 years later we have higher costs for energy and higher costs for every industry that relies on energy and the by-products from oil and we still have that 1% minuscule contribution to the World’s GHG’s. In the past 40 years, California’s population has nearly doubled to its present 38 million, but the air quality has gotten better, not worse. The primary things Mary Nichols and AB32 have done is to generate millions of dollars of income to the government at the expense of the financially challenged.

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  2. Queeg
    Queeg 31 December, 2014, 12:20

    Another globalist cleaning out Comrades!

    This power will cost you far more than your personal income tax annually within 3-5 years.

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  3. SkippingDog
    SkippingDog 31 December, 2014, 17:37

    Given your first linked article, John, is it fair to say you’ve suddenly decided that wealth redistribution is perfectly fine public policy?

    I remember how much all of you loved Arnold when you happily joined Darrel Issa in the Gray Davis recall. My, how times change and chickens come home, etc.

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  4. Donkey
    Donkey 31 December, 2014, 18:50

    She is a bureaucratic RAGWUS feeder, and an enemy of freedom.

    Happy New Year to all!! 🙂

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  5. Bill Gore
    Bill Gore 31 December, 2014, 20:58

    Rock star? Like Alice Cooper on the album ‘Billion Dollar Babies’?

    Alexander Tyler, the 18th century historian and jurist:

    “A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves money from the public treasury. From that moment on the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most money from the public treasury, with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world’s great civilizations has been two hundred years. These nations have progressed through the following sequence: from bondage to spiritual faith, from spiritual faith to great courage, from courage to liberty, from liberty to abundance, from abundance to selfishness, from selfishness to complacency from complacency to apathy, from apathy to dependency, from dependency back to bondage.”

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  6. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 1 January, 2015, 00:59


    Turn in your Ragwus Hunter badge. You’re a failure. Ragwus are exponentially growing as you read!

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  7. NorCal Libertarian
    NorCal Libertarian 1 January, 2015, 15:00

    Yet ANOTHER reason for those who hate bureaucracy, nanny-stating and over-regulation to support the “State of Jefferson” movement and get out of your oppressed urban areas and have the courage to move to rural areas where we appreciate and defend our God-given FREEDOM. can answer your questions…..
    While we accept all Americans who may want to jump on the bandwagon, it’s much more gratifying to have built that wagon and help move it along.
    Republicans….Democrats….Independents….Libertarians–we need all ideas to make the state work.
    My PERSONAL exception is communists and socialists, islamist extremists and any other organizations that hate our what our country stands for.
    God Bless the USA….it’s Time for 51!

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