From the Sublime to the Ridiculous - Obama's EPA is Paying to Fix Mexican Trucks!
by Bob Price on April 13, 2011 at 11:48 AM
Judicial Watch reports that Obama's EPA is now paying to fix Mexican trucks to bring them up to American pollution standards. Yes, that's right, American trucking companies have to spend their own hard earned money maintaining the pollution standards on their trucks, but our government, with YOUR tax dollars is paying to overhaul trucks from Mexico which are entering this country under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). This is outrageous! If Mexican trucking companies want the opportunity to make money delivering goods into the United States, they need to comply with our pollution AND safety standards at their own expense.
The report from Judicial Watch says non-compliant Mexican trucks have created an air pollution crisis. The air quality in border towns has been especially impacted by the exorbitant levels of exhaust released by the Mexican trucks, which also fail to meet American safety standards.
Since the Mexican truckers have no intention of fixing the problem, Uncle Sam has stepped in to save the environment. U.S. taxpayers have picked up the cost to replace old mufflers on dozens of trucks and many more are scheduled to be upgraded by the middle of this year.
The unbelievable story was reported this week by an Arizona newspaper that says replacing the old mufflers with new catalytic converters will reduce harmful diesel emissions by up to 30%. The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality is running the operation but the money is actually coming from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the same bloated federal agency that’s dedicated millions to “environmental justice” programs that help minorities get green.
Under that brilliant EPA project, leftwing groups get federal dollars to teach black, Latino and indigenous folks how to recycle, reduce carbon emissions and participate in “green jobs” training. In this genius case, EPA grants have upgraded 55 Mexican trucks and many more will be enhanced this year. Each truck costs U.S. taxpayers about $1,600.
The feds justify the expenditure by claiming that it will improve air quality on both sides of the border, especially in towns that are helpless due to lack of resources. The director of Arizona’s Department of Environmental Quality says it’s all about establishing a “relationship on environmental issues.”
"It's a definite upgrade," said Larry Boch, an account manager for Auto Safety House, the Phoenix-based company doing the work. The old mufflers were all that was required down there, still are."
Isn't it great to know our government will spend your money fixing trucks from other countries to do the work American companies are willing to do with trucks that are already in compliance? Just sayin...