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 Submitted by Heather Gass

 

California Air Resources Board “Public Consultation on Cap & Trade Auction Proceeds”

This is the ending that Queen Mary Nichols gives to this Public” Forum. The meeting started at 1:30 with 10 members on the dais, and 2 panels of about 10 people total. Public input was allowed from 4:10 to 5:00 p.m. When public comments started all members of the panels left, and one by one most members of the dais (2 were legislators) left until there were 2 people left.

What does Mary Nichols do when she doesn’t like hearing what the public has to say about the CARB AB32 plan? She abruptly ends the public consultation hearing!!!  It is amazing that after driving 1 ½ hours to get to this meeting. Then we sat sat through 3 ½ hours of public officials and stakeholders testimony only to have most of the 11 officials ignore the public comments or leave during that period is shameful. The meeting started at 1:30pm in SAC.

The public comment period did not begin until after 5pm. By 4:40 only 3 CARB officials were left! We were told the meeting would go late and that EVERYONE would have an opportunity to speak. The speaker cards were shuffled so that most of the public would not speak until the end. Then abruptly at 5pm Ms. Nichols shut down the meeting because she did not like the direction the public comments were taking. Many in the audience were appalled at this blatant disregard. Watch the short video clip to see her shutting down the hearing and the public outrage that followed!

Short video clip of Nichols cutting off the CARB meeting yesterday because she didn’t like the negative direction it was taking

The FDA: Close this abomination down!

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Marti Oakley  2012/All rights Reserved

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One of the greatest threats we face today is what many refer to as the “Food and Death Administration”. (FDA) Far from being a protector of the public health, the true intent of this agency was revealed in the ongoing senate hearings regarding S 3187.

The American public has become increasingly alarmed over the use of the word “modernization” in connection with anything coming out of the District of Criminals. Modernization generally means we are about to get another federal corporate agency expansion that will subject us to foreign agreements, which will grossly infringe on our rights to be left alone by government, and, which will effectively militarize some federal agency against the public. These “modernizations” generally conflict with constitutional protections and grossly expand or create enforcement arms of various agencies.

S 3187 is primarily concerned with increasing the pay-to-play administrative fees; in other words they are going to charge those who contract with them more while at the same time shortening the time it takes to get all pharmaceuticals approved. Well! My goodness! That is exactly what we need to do. We need to fast track the approval process for more drugs that kill, harm and impair the public.

Sen. Tom Harkin (D) IA, introduced the bill claiming it had broad support and acknowledging that they had a great deal of input from stakeholders: THE PRESCRIPTION DRUG MANUFACTURERS, THE PHARMACISTS, THE DRUGSTOREs. He also claimed that consumer groups were involved in the process. More

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