Friday, October 5, 2007

Your CARB-O loading diet

I’ve been prolonging this blog entry for some time now.

For the past five months, Land Liner Aaron Ladage and I have been training for the Kansas City Marathon on Oct. 20, because if you can’t tempt fate and put yourself one step closer to meeting Jim Fixx, are you really challenging yourself?

To the surprise of my family, friends, co-workers, and especially myself, I’ve actually made it to the two-week point before the starting gun.

After signing up yesterday, there’s no turning back. We’re looking forward to a solid four-and-a-half hours of hitting the pavement, followed by some stomach sickness and several days of whining about how our knees hurt.

While running the other day, I started thinking. Running a marathon is kind of like covering the California Air Resources Board. The agency seems to have trucking regulations proposed or discussed every few days, and produces documents hundreds of pages long at quite a pace. It can be as exhausting as an uphill endurance run on a windy morning.

On Tuesday, Oct. 9, CARB is hosting another installment of their “Chair’s Air Pollution Seminar” series, with the topic this time revolving around catalytic converters. A presentation is already available at CARB’s Web site, and it details CARB’s history with the catalytic converter along with some hints about what scientists believe about the future of diesel particulate filters.

That meeting, like most CARB meetings, is webcast live but not scheduled to be archived on the agency’s Web site.

On Thursday, Oct. 11, CARB will host another informational meeting on the state’s proposed Goods Movement Emissions Reduction Incentive program. In short, CARB wants to issue billions of dollars to local governments in California to hand out for replacement and retrofitting of older trucks that pollute the most.

CARB seems to want to listen to small-business owner-operators on this deal, so as they gather information on this topic over the next few weeks, hopefully OOIDA members and other drivers will weigh in on the topic.

Because it involves replacement of trucks, there’s always the concern that major truck lines will stand to benefit the most if small business owners’ interests aren’t looked out for.