Brad Messer Commentary
Wednesday, June 11, 2003

Pollution, Schmollution

Local government people are building a plan to reduce air pollution. We have to whup up a plan locally, or Uncle Sam will force his own rules, and we figure those would be worse.

The planners in our four-county area are coming right along. There are only so many sources of ozone you can try to attack. Cars are one.

Newer cars don't pollute. They're built to run clean. Older ones may or may not pollute, so they ought to be checked, and tuned up if they need it.

But the Alamo Area Council of Governments seems to prefer testing all cars, even though they know the newer ones don't pollute. Testing late-model cars will do nothing to reduce pollution. But it will generate money, and that big car inspection fee slush fund seems to be the goal.

This Saturday morning at 9, there will be a meeting to see whether anyone cares about car emissions testing. It'll be at the Council of Governments headquarters near Broadway and Loop 410. If there are not a whole lot of citizens there, I believe we are all going to be forced into expensive, annual emissions tests. It'll be a shame, a waste of money and time, and it will not clean up the air.

Brad Messer, commentary, KTSA.

AACOG Clean Air Workshop June 14, 2003 at 8700 Tesoro Drive, Suite 100, San Antonio

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