Friday, April 11, 2008

LA Times: CARB's Sperling Conflicted

Check out today's LA Times piece by Ken Bensinger on CARB Board Member Dan Sperling, here.

The UC Davis Institute he heads took in millions from auto and oil companies in the years prior to his appointment by Gov Schwarzenegger. At last month's Board Meet, Sperling spearheaded a proposal to cut the number of zero emission vehicles required by the ZEV program. Spirling has been a major proponent, along with the automakers and oil companies, of shifting the program's emphasis from near-term battery electric cars to decades-away hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. A one-time supporter of electric cars, he says in the article,
"I lost funding [for the institute] from the Detroit car companies for many years, and I realized I should not be taking those policy positions unless it was really well-grounded," he said.


Anonymous said...

Yyyyyessss! It's about time a major newspaper spilled these beans!

Have you ever wondered why hydrogen fool-cell vehicles are given more gold "credits" than EVs in CARB's ZEV mandates? Who in the world came up with that inequity?

Now you know.

Anonymous said...

"He says that the new rule he wrote sets a higher target number for zero-emission vehicles than had been proposed in a report by air board staff, and that it forces automakers to make 58,333 plug-in hybrid vehicles where none were required in the previous mandate."

Oh please... The automakers are much happier to make plug-in hybrids, since the cars will be using internal combustion engines which require parts and service. Why would auto companies want to make battery electric vehicles that have virtually no maintenance!! Yup he saved the auto industry a bunch of money... really he just gave them our money. Would someone in California please clean up CARB?