Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger announced today that Dr. John Balmes, 57, of Berkeley, has been appointed to the California Air Resources Board: the panel charged with maintaining the Golden State’s air quality, and now vowing to go to war with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over the latter’s refusal to issue a waiver letting California regulate greenhouse gas emissions from cars.
A hot-seat appointment, it would seem.
Balmes since 1986 he has been a University of California, San Franaicso professor of medicine; he also has been a professor of environmental health sciences at Cal Berkeley’s School of Public Health since 2002. Earlier, he was an assistant professor of medicine for the University of Southern California from 1982 to 1986. This part-time position requires Senate confirmation and pays $39,332 per year; Balmes is a Democrat.