by Michael dEstries
Categories: People.

james.jpgJesse James, the unlikely husband of environmentalist Sandra Bullock, was recently hit with a fine totaling $217,000 for emissions violations on about 50 bikes he built between 1998 and 2005.

James, who is also the host and co-producer of Motorcycle Mania, neglected to install state certified emissions equipment on his bike’s exhaust systems. As a result, the bikes were giving off hydrocarbons at up to 10 times the state limits! The California Air Resources Board did a little digging and slammed James for violating the California Clean-Air Act.

This has got to be slightly embarrassing for Bullock; especially since she and James have supported several environmental causes and even opened up an organic burger jointsince being married. Motorcycles and gas-scooters have more emission issues than SUVs, so it’s great to see California doing everything it can to ensure caps are in place.

We’re prone to think that James has changed his ways since marrying Bullock, but this fine is an expensive reminder of his past. Let’s hope his actions forward don’t prove us wrong.

Link: Jesse James Fined For Pollution

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Michael has been blogging since 2005 on issues such as sustainability, renewable energy, philanthropy, and healthy living. He regularly contributes to a slew of publications, as well as consulting with companies looking to make an impact using the web and social media. He lives in Ithaca, NY with his family on an apple farm.

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  • Kate

    Hi, I’d like to point out a few things. These might interest you. One thing is the media version of Jesse’s fine by the (CARB) is misquoting the (CARB) here’s the link to the original press release .
    This incorrect media claims “As a result, the bikes were giving off hydrocarbons at up to 10 times the state limits!”. That is NOT correct. The (CARB) said “Emissions data shows that an uncertified engine in a motorcycle can emit up to 10 times more pollution than a certified one.”
    Jesse James released a press release Saturday after the (AP) picked up the story and it hit a large media. I quote “I think its pretty suspicious that an organization (CARB)that runs
    under the premise of “Clean Air” is doing press releases on the cash
    settlements they are extracting from California Business’. If there
    intentions were really focused on the environment they surely would
    have taken my offer to make All of the “noncompliant” Motorcycles meet
    Federal EPA standards. They did not accept my offer and stated that they
    were only interested in the cash settlement.
    West Coast Choppers Motorcycles have been tested to be low emissions
    Vehicles and will always comply with Federal safety and Emissions
    standards. West Coast Choppers is on the leading edge in Hydrogen
    Technology with
    Development of a Zero emissions hydrogen powered Land Speed car capable
    of 250mph. West Coast Choppers has also pioneered the worlds first
    Green Fast food restaurant Cisco Burger that opened in May 2006.
    We hope that paying this money will bring to light that California has
    a Flawed system when it comes to its Clean Air Agencies and the policies
    and practices they use. Jesse James.”

    Jesse’s wife became part of this story BECAUSE of the media. This is BY far the 1st time I have seen him address his wife in anything to do with HIS shop West Coast Choppers & HIS restaurant CISCO BURGER. He did that today in a response to this story. Jesse’s response in the LONG BEACH PRESS TELE_GRAM today.
    Thanks Kate