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Letter to CARB Member, Sandra Berg

Richard J. Lee  March 4, 2010 Ms. Sandra Berg, President Ellis Paint Company 3150 East Pico Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90023 Dear Sandra, It was nice to talk with you at the CARB Science Symposium on the 26th of February. I totally support your efforts as a member of the California Air Resources Board to “make a difference.” In fact, it is clear to me that the greatest difference that can now be made is what I would refer to as the “noblest of triumphs” where truth wins over falsehood. As Yogi Berra says: “When you come to the fork in the road, take it.” But as we stand at the fork in the road before us labeled: “Truth or Consequences,” the fact that we even have to ask which is the truth is scary. One of my favorite authors, Mark Twain said: “There are three kinds of lies: Lies, damned lies, and statistics.” Knowing that statistics is the special language of scientific experts used to tell their lies, I went to the symposium expecting to hear a barrage of statistics that would serve only to obfuscate the truth, but then again as Yogi Berra says, “You can observe a lot by just watching.” As I watched the world’s leading scientific experts on air pollution gathered at your symposium discussing PM 2.5, I was astounded to learn the truth of the matter. In fact I came away from the symposium totally amazed. Back at my desk, armed with several pages of notes, I sorted through lots of scientific jargon such as correlations, cohorts and covariants and found a consistent thread that leads clearly to the truth that didn’t come from their statistics. It came from their hearts. The following is the unvarnished truth -- the true confessions of the scientific experts – in plain English: There is no risk at all associated with exposure to particulate matter (PM) emissions. PM 2.5 is not a pollutant, it doesn’t cause premature death or cancer and it’s not a significant health hazard. The science is not strong enough to regulate PM 2.5. We really don’t know what the emissions are. The range of reported risks is so large as to be irrelevant. If 70% are not from the regulated vehicles, we don’t really know what’s out there. It is believed that all elements have an effect, but there might be no associations at all.

If you really want to hurt people’s health, you can put them below the poverty line. CARB’s diesel emissions regulations will not improve health in the state and will result in significant economic harm. After millions of research dollars, hundreds of man-years of studies, dozens of analytical models and a lot of head scratching, what the scientific experts have came up with is: “there’s no problem with PM 2.5.” We all assumed that the “Truck & Bus Rule” – aimed at regulating PM 2.5 -- was based on rational scientific evidence and about improving the health of Californians. CARB has been telling us all along that the "science is settled" and that the "consensus is intact,” instead, what the world’s leading scientific experts are actually telling us is that PM 2.5 does not pose a health hazard, let alone PM 2.5 coming from Diesel Exhaust. The “Truck & Bus Rule” itself will do more harm to the health of Californians than the non-pollutant PM 2.5 that it purports to regulate. The net effect will be to eliminate tax paying businesses and jobs in California. How is that going to improve anything? Hence, if there is no problem, then no solution is required. In other words, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!” The “Truck & Bus Rule” has actually become the problem. It’s not the solution! As the California Air Resources Board attempts to ramrod this “Truck & Bus Rule” into full force, it’s facing a date with disaster: a lot of angry truckers. Truck owners are asking why in the world they should be required to pay the state of California $10,000 per day in penalties for not being in compliance with the “Truck & Bus Rule,” while the actual cost to be in compliance can be more than a truck is worth! Let’s just turn this around. How would CARB feel about paying each truck owner $10,000 per day for every day that the “Truck & Bus Rule” is in effect? The obvious answer -- based on the scientific findings -- is that the “Truck & Bus Rule” must be eliminated, entirely and immediately! CARB should stop this madness dead in its tracks! Unless the goal of government is to enslave the population with draconian regulations based on lies, I implore you, do not just abstain from enforcement, but actually and totally eliminate the “Truck & Bus Rule.” I urge you to take the road to truth, and avoid the consequences. The truth will set you free! I’m not saying it will be easy, for doing the right thing is sometimes very difficult. The goal must be to eliminate the “Truck & Bus Rule” or it WILL eliminate CARB! Sincerely, Richard J. Lee C: Mary D. Nichols, Chairman

Richard J. Lee  March 4, 2010 Ms. Sandra Berg, President Ellis Paint Company 3150 East Pico Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90023 Dear Sandra, It was nice to talk with you at the CARB Science Symposium on the 26th of February. I totally support your efforts as a member of the California Air Resources Board to “make a difference.” In fact, it is clear to me that the greatest difference that can now be made is what I would refer to as the “noblest of triumphs” where truth wins over falsehood. As Yogi Berra says: “When you come to the fork in the road, take it.” But as we stand at the fork in the road before us labeled: “Truth or Consequences,” the fact that we even have to ask which is the truth is scary. One of my favorite authors, Mark Twain said: “There are three kinds of lies: Lies, damned lies, and statistics.” Knowing that statistics is the special language of scientific experts used to tell their lies, I went to the symposium expecting to hear a barrage of statistics that would serve only to obfuscate the truth, but then again as Yogi Berra says, “You can observe a lot by just watching.” As I watched the world’s leading scientific experts on air pollution gathered at your symposium discussing PM 2.5, I was astounded to learn the truth of the matter. In fact I came away from the symposium totally amazed. Back at my desk, armed with several pages of notes, I sorted through lots of scientific jargon such as correlations, cohorts and covariants and found a consistent thread that leads clearly to the truth that didn’t come from their statistics. It came from their hearts. The following is the unvarnished truth -- the true confessions of the scientific experts – in plain English: There is no risk at all associated with exposure to particulate matter (PM) emissions. PM 2.5 is not a pollutant, it doesn’t cause premature death or cancer and it’s not a significant health hazard. The science is not strong enough to regulate PM 2.5. We really don’t know what the emissions are. The range of reported risks is so large as to be irrelevant. If 70% are not from the regulated vehicles, we don’t really know what’s out there. It is believed that all elements have an effect, but there might be no associations at all. If you really want to hurt people’s health, you can put them below the poverty line. CARB’s diesel emissions regulations will not improve health in the state and will result in significant economic harm. After millions of research dollars, hundreds of man-years of studies, dozens of analytical models and a lot of head scratching, what the scientific experts have came up with is: “there’s no problem with PM 2.5.” We all assumed that the “Truck & Bus Rule” – aimed at regulating PM 2.5 -- was based on rational scientific evidence and about improving the health of Californians. CARB has been telling us all along that the "science is settled" and that the "consensus is intact,” instead, what the world’s leading scientific experts are actually telling us is that PM 2.5 does not pose a health hazard, let alone PM 2.5 coming from Diesel Exhaust. The “Truck & Bus Rule” itself will do more harm to the health of Californians than the non-pollutant PM 2.5 that it purports to regulate. The net effect will be to eliminate tax paying businesses and jobs in California. How is that going to improve anything? Hence, if there is no problem, then no solution is required. In other words, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!” The “Truck & Bus Rule” has actually become the problem. It’s not the solution! As the California Air Resources Board attempts to ramrod this “Truck & Bus Rule” into full force, it’s facing a date with disaster: a lot of angry truckers. Truck owners are asking why in the world they should be required to pay the state of California $10,000 per day in penalties for not being in compliance with the “Truck & Bus Rule,” while the actual cost to be in compliance can be more than a truck is worth! Let’s just turn this around. How would CARB feel about paying each truck owner $10,000 per day for every day that the “Truck & Bus Rule” is in effect? The obvious answer -- based on the scientific findings -- is that the “Truck & Bus Rule” must be eliminated, entirely and immediately! CARB should stop this madness dead in its tracks! Unless the goal of government is to enslave the population with draconian regulations based on lies, I implore you, do not just abstain from enforcement, but actually and totally eliminate the “Truck & Bus Rule.” I urge you to take the road to truth, and avoid the consequences. The truth will set you free! I’m not saying it will be easy, for doing the right thing is sometimes very difficult. The goal must be to eliminate the “Truck & Bus Rule” or it WILL eliminate CARB! Sincerely, Richard J. Lee C: Mary D. Nichols, Chairman