Editorial: CARB's emissions fiat

Three statements of varying formality from the California Air Resources Board give clear perspective to the panel's Sept. 24 fiat on vehicle emissions of greenhouse gases. In a rule taking effect in 2009, CARB mandates vehicle emission cuts of 12% by 2012 and 30% by 2016.The first self-revealing statement by the board came the day before the ruling. Announcing that it would consider the move the next day, CARB said, "Greenhouse gases have been proven to adversely affect the global climate."Actually, greenhouse gases have been proven to warm the biosphere enough to make it inhabitable. They've been proven to be building up in the atmosphere in a process associated with industrializ...

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