Brad Messer Commentary KTSA Tuesday, Jan.
night, San Marcos was the last town in the Austin air pollution district
to vote on a Clean Air plan with car tailpipe testing.
other town and county had voted yes on the $40 car inspection scheme.
Scheme is what I call a plan I don't like.
Forrest Mims sent this email to me and others:
The San Marcos City Council heard the facts about the poor record
and huge expense of [tailpipe testing] I/M
(inspection and maintenance), transported air pollution, declining
ozone in Austin and related matters from Mayor Charles Ruppert,
Mr. Mike Riley and me.
The proponents of I/M from Austin were
simply unable to make their case. They could
not provide the answers the council wanted to hear. Their warnings
about what the EPA might do were not taken seriously.
The council voted 4-2 to delete [tailpipe testing]
I/M from their Early Action
This is a major victory for sound air quality policy, good science,
and the many citizens and families who will be least able to afford
the hard consequences of [tailpipe testing]
One can only wonder how all the other Austin
political bodies might have reacted if the Guadalupe County fact
squad had provided them the information we gave the San Marcos City
to our neighbors to the north. San Marcos embraced actual good science,
and threw the [tailpipe testing] rascals
Messer commentary, KTSA.
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