Brad Messer Commentary • KTSA • Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2004


No Tailpipe Testing

Last night, San Marcos was the last town in the Austin air pollution district to vote on a Clean Air plan with car tailpipe testing.

Every other town and county had voted yes on the $40 car inspection scheme. Scheme is what I call a plan I don't like.

Scientist 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 Compact.

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] I/M.

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 Council tonight.

Best regards,


Congratulations to our neighbors to the north. San Marcos embraced actual good science, and threw the [tailpipe testing] rascals out.

Brad Messer— commentary, KTSA.




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