• Jan 6th 2011 at 6:04PM
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California's recently elected Governor, Jerry Brown, has reappointed Mary Nichols as California Air Resources Board (CARB) chairman. Nichols, who served her first stint as CARB chairman back in 1978, was reappointed to her current position back in July 2007 by then-Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Nichols is regarded by some as one of California's first "environmental lawyers." She's credited with precedent-setting cases filed under both the Federal Clean Air Act and California's air quality laws. Nichols was a staff attorney at the Center for Law in the Public Interest, holds a Juris Doctorate degree from Yale Law School and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Cornell University.

Regarding her reappointment as CARB chairman by Governor Brown, Nichols issued this statement:
I am delighted to join the Brown administration and be reappointed as Chairman of the California Air Resources Board. I look forward to continuing the work of ARB to clean California's air, protect the public's health, and help drive the development of clean and more efficient energy sources and technologies to power our state's economy and generate new, green jobs.
Throughout her career at CARB, Nichols has had a big impact on the auto industry. You can find some of those stories here.

[Source: Air Resources Board]

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      • 8 Months Ago
      The same Mary who has been main-lining, snorting, drinking, breathing and otherwise ingesting H2 in every way humanly impossible and screwing over EVs? THAT Mary?

      Friggin wonderful...just freakin, fraggin, F@CKING wonderful.

      I give up.
        • 8 Months Ago
        It is best for you to give up on California sooner than later anyway.
        I did... and moved!

        They can't even get massive privately funded solar projects installed in the middle of the barren desert, for god's sake.
      • 8 Months Ago
      As soon as she spends the same money on an EV Charging "highway" that they tried to spend on the "hydrogen highway", as soon as she tries to get funding for EVs the way she did for hydrogen, when she appoints board members with backgrounds from EV roots rather than oil and gas companies and hydrogen companies...THEN she can open her disgusting, hypocritical mouth about how we should all do a group hug and love each other and sing campfire songs together.

      She can TALK all day long. But she's just like any other politician: completely full of shit.
      • 8 Months Ago
      "There is one thing that has really frustrated me in the last couple of years...it has been the ideological, I would almost say theological, debate between the people who think that hydrogen fuel cells are the answer and the people who think that only battery electric vehicles are the answer. Each of them do their best to trash the credibility, viability and good faith of the other side. ... From the point of view of a regulator, this is madness."

      I agree with this statement. Extremists who take up the position that only one technology will suffice are actively weakening the effort towards a total solution.

      BEVs and FCVs are both needed.
        • 8 Months Ago
        Thank you for that LTW. If you look in the rear view mirror and the dark ages we have left behind, then ANY path forward is a brighter step towards the future.
      • 8 Months Ago
      Will Governor Brown choose a CA/DCA/BAR Chief who can find out if what is broken on a Smog Check failed car gets fixed?

      A Smog Check secret shopper audit would cut toxic car impact 1500 tons per day while reducing cost. Chief Sherry Mehl, CA/DCA/BAR, has never found out if what is broken on a Smog Check failed car gets fixed.



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      Bruce Hotchkiss


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      • 8 Months Ago
      Time for a new round of job killing regulations. Will the last business to leave California please turn out the lights?
      • 8 Months Ago
      Daum, her husband, saved Exxon Mobile billions of dollars of environmental damage judgments in the Valdez case in recent years. Both she and her husband ironically won Clay awards last year, she for her environmental contributions-he for Exxon. She was forced, involuntarily at first, to sell off millions in fossil fuel investments when she became Chair. Hydrogen is made mostly with fossil fuels anyway. She leads the agency that, at first, accepted truly faulty hokey research that said biofuels were worse than gasoline. It's just more of the same...say that you're working on alternatives, while you delay, delay, delay. And put more $$$ in the pockets of fossil fuel execs...and your fossil fuel attorney husband. But what else is new, right?
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