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Friday, December 3, 2021

California Air Resource Board Regulation could sink Harbor Cruise


One of the joys of living in California is taking a harbor cruise. I took quite a few at Newport Harbor. I also enjoyed fishing trips and floating seminars where lectures were made more tolerable by cocktails.

Now the fun could be threatened by new rules from the California Air Resources Board (CARB). According to CARB, it is a continuation of the “Commercial Harbor Craft Regulation of 2007” to reduce emissions and standards in protecting public health. The amendment came in 2010.

The CARB website provided a September 2021 Fact Sheet (PDF) outlining possible steps:

1. “Harbor Craft is in the top three emission segments at the seaport, contributing to more diesel particle emissions than trucks at San Pedro Bay Port in 202 in.”

Except, it’s just an area. Diesel trucks are widely regulated as they travel across states and countries.

2. “Current regulations have accelerated turnover; However, the Tier 2 engine still emits 153 times more diesel particles than the 5-year-old diesel medium-heavy duty truck.

“The proposed amendments are expected to reduce 1,560 tons of diesel particles by 2023-2038, equivalent to the emissions emitted by 246,000 heavy-duty diesel trucks per day from Los Angeles to Sacramento.”

By “turnover”, they replace the old diesel engines with new ones, called the Tier 4, which is much more efficient and less polluting way. But replacement is expensive. Eventually, all engines break down and need to be replaced. So this problem will take care of itself over time, although CARB does not want it as quickly.

“. “The proposed amendments will force the sector to move toward zero-carbon by 2055, in line with the state’s ambitious goals of zeroing in on the state and combating climate change.”

But as I wrote in ET, here and here, emissions from China are many times higher than anything else in California, of which Harbor cruises are a small part overall. If CARB really wants to do something to reduce greenhouse gases, it will regulate the power industry in underground power lines. As such, pressing “zero-carbon” means using more electricity for electric vehicles, without tackling the problem of ancient power lines that ignite and start CO2-spwing fires.

“. “Many communities in the vicinity of shipping are disadvantaged communities. It is important to address emissions from port craft to achieve the state’s goal of air quality and environmental justice. ”

But how do “backward communities” thrive when their jobs at the port die? Obviously harbor workers are more likely to be nearby. Destroying their jobs through over-regulation will send many of them into total poverty, even homeless. How is it without the irony of “environmental justice”?

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17 State legislators write CARB

Fortunately, a bipartisan coalition of 1 state legislators has written a letter (PDF) to new CARB Chair Lian Randolph highlighting the problems of the over-regulating Harbor Cruise Craft. The signatories included Democrats such as Eureka Sen. Mike McGuire, Santa Ana Sen. Tom Umberg, San Francisco Sen. Scott Winer, and Assemblywoman Petri-Norris. Republicans like St. Brian Jones and Huntington Beach Assemblywoman Janet Nguyen were also included.

They wrote: “As currently proposed, these pending regulations will have a significant and irreversible negative impact on the commercial charter fishing and whaling ship owners, ports and coastal communities we proudly represent.

“These regulations will adversely affect the natural beauty of California’s great coastal waters and public access to grace because operators will be unable to comply. They can’t comply because the technology needed to do it literally doesn’t work. ”

Legislators need to be listened to because, ultimately, they can change the law under which CARB operates. It will be difficult, but not impossible.

Lawmakers can also hold hearings on CARB operations, exposing many of the problems that exist within any government bureaucracy.


Another thing. If the CARB regulations remain in place, they will not simply kill the workers on the boat. They will take a great way for middle class and poor families to enjoy our great coasts and ports. Almost anyone can afford a harbor cruise.

It is such a wonder that only rich people will be left in their yachts. Will this become another way California can only be enjoyed by the rich and powerful?

The motto of Governor Gavin News is “California for All.” But will his newly appointed CARB chair keep ports for “everyone” or just a few privileged?

CARB’s next hearing on the proposed regulations will be on November 19. Click here for more information and to comment.


John Seeler is a veteran California opinion writer. He has been an editor at The Orange County Register for nearly 30 years. He is a U.S. Army veteran and former California State Press Secretary Sen. John Murlach. He blogs at [email protected]


This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

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