I Agree Audit CARB — Sooner Rather Than Later!

Russ Steele 

Joel Fox, Editor of Fox & Hounds, writes it is time for an Audit of the Air Resources Board HERE.

Last week, the Department of Finance concluded a quick audit of the Special Funds portion of the budget that, whether sufficient to look into the situation or not, hopefully will start a trend in performing audits on government program revenues and costs. Next in line should be an audit on the California Air Resources Board, which the Joint Legislative Audit Committee is considering in a hearing today.

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In a letter to the Chair of the Audit Committee, a number of business groups requested the audit to establish “accountability, transparency, and credibility as CARB embarks on its effort to implement a complex, multi-billion dollar, greenhouse gas trading market that will involve credit exchanges for offsets and emissions allowances issued by foreign governments.”

The letter cited a number of examples of lack of information in CARB’s use of a two-year old Implementation Fee as well as other concerns, among them:

  • Documents released by CARB in 2009 and 2010 only confirmed 46% of the AB 32 implementation expenditures CARB claimed for FY 2007-2008
  • Documents released by CARB in 2009 and 2010 only confirmed 36% of the AB 32 implementation expenditures CARB claimed for FY 2008-2009.
  • No expenditures for salaries, totaling $26,698,352 over two years, were confirmed by the documents provided.
  • No information from CARB that would purport to explain how CARB spent the $35 million loaned to it from the Recycled Beverage Container Fund for FY 2009-2010.
  • How CARB spent any funds related to AB 32 implementation in FY 2010-2011.

I am sure that we would all like the answers to the above questions, before we have to shell out billions more increased energy costs.

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About Russ Steele
Freelance writer and climate change blogger. Russ spent twenty years in the Air Force as a navigator specializing in electronics warfare and digital systems. After his service he was employed for sixteen years as concept developer for TRW, an aerospace and automotive company, and then was CEO of a non-profit Internet provider for 18 months. Russ's articles have appeared in Comstock's Business, Capitol Journal, Trailer Life, Monitoring Times, and Idaho Magazine.

One Response to I Agree Audit CARB — Sooner Rather Than Later!

  1. gjrebane says:

    I would also like a verification of the ‘path of cash’ from the cap and trade dealings that CARB’s private company will administer in the coming months. This bamboozle has the potential for billions of dollars worth of fraud.

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