Brad Messer Commentary
Tuesday, December 16, 2003


Tailpipe testing up in smoke

The threat of tailpipe emissions testing here has suddenly gone up in smoke. One minute it was there, the next minute— poof!

It was yet another Alice-In-Wonderland moment in the convoluted quest for a local Clean Air Plan to satisfy the EPA.

Last week we were being told that expensive annual vehicle inspections, with tailpipe tests, were the best way to reduce air pollution.

Yesterday afternoon, the Clean Air Planners reversed themselves and said we apparently won't have to have them.

A great deal of credit for the reversal goes to a couple of citizens who waged a steady, strong campaign to bring real science to bear on the pollution issue. Without Forrest Mims and Mark Langford's battle against junk science and bureaucratic idiocy, things certainly would have gone the other way.

Ding dong, the witch is dead. But watch the witch: she's like a vampire— and tailpipe emissions testing may rise again, and it'll take more than a stake in the heart to keep it dead.

Brad Messer— commentary, KTSA.


San Antonio Express-News 12/15/2003
Auto emissions testing likely won't be necessary here


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