Rep Darrel Issa – Paging CARB’s Mary Nichols
11/09/2011 42 Comments
It has been my opinion the CARB is bureaucracy that is out of control, with little of no oversight. Now, it appears that the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has some concerns about CARB refusing the answer some questions about CARB setting fuel standards.
The Sac Bee Capitol Alert has the story:
The California Air Resources Board is now being investigated by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.
On Wednesday, the committee chairman, Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Temecula, sent Air Resources Board Chair Mary Nichols a 13-page letter advising her that he was “expanding” the committee’s ongoing investigation into the establishment of fuel economy standards. Nichols had earlier declined to attend a committee hearing on the subject.
“Your refusal to subject yourself and your office to congressional scrutiny is emblematic of the core concern that many in Congress share…that CARB, as a state actor, is unresponsive to congressional concerns and unappreciative of congressional priorities,” Issa wrote.
Issa accompanied his observation with a series of specific questions and document requests, dealing with California’s role in the fuel economy standard deliberations. The ARB has until Nov. 23 to meet the demands.
I will keep looking for the list of questions and see how CARB answer them. This should be real interesting, with Governor Brown holding a climate change threat conference in December. More on that meeting in another post.