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Tuesday, December 9, 2003
Dec. 17 = 100th anniversary of controlled, powered flight EAA Countdown to Kitty Hawk
12:08pm Mark Langford re. Tailpipe Testing
.1:08pm Sig Christenson live from Iraq
following 1 o'clock news


To: Alice in Wonderland
From: Brad Messer in San Antonio
Re: Tailpipe Emissions Testing Silliness

Dear Alice:

Make the guest beds and leave the porch light on for us, because Bexar County is about to enter Wonderland once again. Down is up, in is out, and science means exactly what certain bureaucrats want it to mean.

Re: New AACOG computer model shows emissions testing almost worthless!
Just wanted to give everyone a "quick update" from today's AACOG meeting. Based on newest computer modeling, if San Antonio were to approve ASM and OBD II vehicle emissions testing, the reduction would be less than 1/2 of 1 ppb... That's right....the actual percentage is a .48% reduction in ozone. Not even a 1% reduction. So, for over 30 million dollars per year, we will be reducing our ozone levels by less than 1/2 of 1 ppb.
Never mind that our monitors can be off by up to 20% and still meet EPA guidelines...

Citizens Organized for Good Science
Mark Langford-President


Okay, now that Mark has explained that AACOG's own figures show that this area wouldn't benefit from emissions tests, explain this, folks. Below is the local newspaper story on exactly the same thing, and it says pretty much the opposite. And note that the Bexar County environmental wazoo is in PASSIONATE LOVE with car emissions tests despite all the valid scientific evidence showing that tailpipe tests are virtually useless. The newspaper story is a superficial piece of doodoo, if you would care for my unsolicited opinion, and the Bexar County environmental services director's opinion on emissions testing appears (to me) to be at least as superficial.


San Antonio Express-News 5:47pm Monday
Analysis shows emissions testing best course for region's air Mandatory vehicle emissions testing is increasingly looking like a lock for motorists in San Antonio and outlying areas. A preliminary analysis released today showed exhaust tests were the most effective strategy being considered to help clean up the region’s air.

2b (rewrite, update)
San Antonio Express-News
12:00am Tuesday
Area a step closer to tailpipe testing

After reading the newspaper stories you should have no doubt that (A) we could use some better reporting on this vital local issue, and (B) Bexar County is in deep space, orbiting Pluto, on the issue of tailpipe emissions testing-- fixated on it as a solution to our local problems, fingers in ears to prevent any facts from slipping into their made-up minds. Oh, baby baby baby, I do wish some of these bureaucrats were publicly accountable for their ignorance.
So SO sincerely,

Commentary: Tailpipe Testing Issue Surreal

ADDED 10:22 a.m.
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