Brad Messer Commentary • KTSA • Thursday, March 25, 2004

Clean Air Plan Makes Sense

Towns in the San Antonio area have okayed a Clean Air Plan which is serious about improving air quality.

San Antonio, Seguin, New Braunfels and Floresville worked together on it. So did the county governments of Bexar, Comal, Guadalupe and Wilson counties. They avoided suckering into tailpipe testing: that was a wonderful triumph of good sense over junk science.

The eight governments agreed to do more than a bare minimum, which indicates they really do want to cut air pollution. We'll move toward reducing fumes from gasoline and some other industrial chemicals.

Day before yesterday, Austin, Round Rock and Georgetown went in the other direction. They okayed the junkiest of junk science, and burdened their vehicle owners with tailpipe tests. Each car inspection sticker each year will cost at least $20 more than now— and of course there'll be nothing good to show for it.

Our area governments ended up having a lot better sense than our neighbors to the north.

Brad Messer Commentary, KTSA.

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