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April 12, 2011

US Taxpayers Forced to Upgrade Mexican Trucks

Posted by Dave Blount at April 12, 2011 11:47 AM

Let's see, what else can our rulers waste money on as they squabble over cutting pocket change from $zillion budgets and the economy hurtles toward inevitable collapse? Here's an idea: provide trucks with new exhaust systems — in Mexico.

State and federal agencies can't force vehicles manufactured and bought in Mexico to comply with U.S. emissions rules, even though the trucks cross into this country.
So the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality tried a different approach, offering to pay Mexican truck owners to replace old mufflers with new catalytic converters that will reduce harmful diesel emissions by up to 30 percent. The project in effect circumvents the more lax Mexican rules about exhaust systems.

The new exhaust systems cost $1,600 per truck, compliments of the EPA — i.e., you.

How nice for Mexicans that they no longer have to become colonists or kill their children to enjoy US taxpayer-funded largesse.

Here's another idea: why don't we fight pollution next by paying the communist Chinese not to make all the stuff we buy from them on credit? We don't have the money to pay them, but I'm sure they'll lend it to us — like they do for the foreign aide we give them.

US taxpayers will fix it right up.

On a tip from Bill T.