By now you must have heard about Volkswagen Dieselgate and how they circumvented EPA restrictions on emissions. If not, click here for a nice summary. Basically Volkswagen reached its technological wall in diesel emissions and took a gamble by applying a healthy dose of Captain Kirk’s solution for the Kobayashi Maru problem.
Both emission controls and improved gas mileages come from the dark days in the 1970s after the Oil Embargo and the new era of Environmentalism. Limits were set to reduce one and increase the other, but apparently and by the way the New
Communists Environmentalists bitch, moan and cry, they were never reached and we are about to kill Gaia. Except it is not true: Using the original baseline of the Clean Air Act, emissions have been reduced 99%. Fuel economy has almost tripled and that is not peanuts in anybody’s book.
If you clicked on the link above, you are going to see something we are used to see in the Gun Control movement: the continuous moving of goalposts because their desire for control is never enough. There is no “common sense” with these people no matter how much they use those words. Nobody minds and adjustment here and there, but compare the imposed NOx limits from 1975 to 2009 and then tell me with a straight face we are killing the planet with our cars.
“But…but..it is for our own good! Good Air Quality! Do it for the children!” And even that one does not stand. We do not have a reliable set of data indicating what is good or even tolerable because…moving goalposts again. Miami-Dade county got rid of the Vehicle Emissions Tests more than a decade ago for the simple reason that they were just a revenue-generating measure rather than a health control issue as local air quality was not affected by vehicle emissions but by pollen count.
Gun Control operates the same way: “Let’s pass this legislation that will stop all killings in (select your spot)” and once is passes and the ink in the President’s signature is not even dry, they will change their tune and demand more. Old Gunnies will remember the dreaded phrase “It is a good first step” that the Opposition used over and over in the 80s and 90s. Nobody in the Media even dared to ask them why the sudden change from “this legislation that will stop…” to “Good First Step.” We did. We had to.
Always remember: They are never satisfied. They will lie, cheat, steal and probably engage in criminal activity if they can get away with their ultimate goal. It is our duty to fight them and stop them.