The lead scientist on California Air Resources Board study justifying costly new diesel rules got his degree from a UPS Store in New York for a $1,000. The UPS Store is the address listed for "Thornhill University" for its campus. But, no big deal CARB used his research anyway. It was not about the science, it was about the mission.
Hien Tran admitted Dec. 10 to CARB that he lied about having a Ph.D. in statistics from UC Davis. Instead, Tran said, his Ph.D. was from "Thornhill." Nevertheless, the air board still voted unanimously to adopt the rules based on his research Dec. 12 -- without acknowledging Tran's deception. Months and months later, Tran was demoted, but he still has a key role. Academic fraud, you see, is no big deal. The air board is on a mission. The normal concerns about making huge decisions based on tainted/flawed/untrustworthy/suspect research? The board couldn't be bothered.
These costly rules have a negative impact on local businesses. Which in turn has an impact on our local economy. Your thoughts.