8:15 a.m. KTSA Morning Edge Commentary 9/12/2002

Auto emissions tests are silly

Dirty air blows into Central and South Texas from Houston, we get blamed for polluted air.

Mexicans burn crop stubble in a southerly wind, San Antonio gets the smoke, the US federales say, "Oh, look! San Antonio's air is dirty again! We'd better do something about it!"

Dirty air blew westward from Louisiana on August 5 -- maybe you saw the satellite photo -- and on August 6 San Antonio exceeded the ozone limit.

I imagine a gaggle of bureaucrats duckwalked around, clucked like chickens, shuffled paperwork, had a group hug, drank Evian water, then said, "You know, we could sucker San Antonio into mandating tailpipe tests!"

You know bureaucrats. When something needs to be done, they get some googoo idea that doesn't even begin to deal with the actual problem, they force it on us— then they can say they did something.

Testing cars for pollution does NOT solve any dirty-air problem. Never has. But the Alamo Area Council of Governments seems irrationally dead-set on making us pay $40 for a car inspection, and wait in a long line for the privilege.

My friends, the Bexar County Commissioners ain't buying it. They have just voted to NOT endorse any clean air scheme that includes emissions testing. Judge Nelson Wolff, commissioner Lyle Larsen and colleagues did their homework, showed some spine, and said, "No sir and no ma'am, not if we have anything to do with it!"

And of course they have a lot to do with it.

The Bexar Courthouse Bunch has demonstrated something you don't see around San Antonio very often: real, against-the-wind leadership from elected politicians.

Now the CITY needs join the effort to defend all of us from the EPA and ACOGers who want to probe our tailpipes.

Hey, ACOG: probe this!

Now San Antonio mayor Ed Garza needs to go over to the courthouse and see if he can find a spine donor.

I'm Brad Messer with commentary at 8:15 on KTSA's Morning Edge.



Commentary A R C H I V E

Mandatory Vehicle Emissions Tests proposal
The Clean Air Plan
S.A. elected officials' phones and email

Ditto the AACOG Board
how "poor" you'll have to be to get your car fixed free with other people's money (the googoos' triple-silly LIRAP Program)