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Jun 25, 2004

EPA Commercials Short Circuit

We know the White House and the Environmental Protection Agency have a total disregard for auto emission and fuel efficiency issues. It's pretty bad, however, when they actually flaunt the attitude in a public service announcement.

The NYTimes reported today that EPA's Energy Star group (responsible for encouraging home energy savings) has started running an ad that mocks the ability to reduce air pollution or greenhouse emissions from automobiles. Proving that poor policy can go hand in hand with poor management, the Times reported that the Department's transportation division was completely uninformed about the campaign.

In doling out the ridicule, the ad also manages to take a cheap shot at husbands, as well. The story line involves a wife who has all the answers to saving energy around the house, while her idiot spouse is hopelessly preoccupied with Rube Goldberg schemes to meet the same goal with the family car. To view the ad:

Quicktime 60 second version
RealPlayer 60 second version

Quicktime 30 second version
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Funny ad, thanks for the link.

Perverse, in that it's repulsively subersive, and disgusting in that it doesn't hide it. It's another triumph for the neoconservatives in this administration, working their propaganda campaign so tirelessly. Literally every forum on earth is fuel for their crazed world schemes. Watching this is just such a pisser...I mean, WHEN ARE WE GONNA GET OUR FUCKING COUNTRY BACK? I, for one, am entirely sick of this shit.

That being the case, will the USEPA refund the annual fees paid by Ohio drivers for the so-called 'E-Check' testing/screening program which supposedly improves the air quality in various high-pollution zones in the state?

Every two years Ohio drivers--with notable and significant exceptions for new vehicles, old vehicles with $400 in repairs,etc.--must pass an vehicle emissions test that costs $20 to administer.

If your vehicle fails the test, you don't pay the fee but must have the vehicle repaired to bring it into compliance with emission standards for your make, model, and year. If you spend $400 or so in a bona fide attempt to improve your vehicle's emissions, you may be granted a waiver even if your vehicle is still emitting more poisons, er, criteria pollutants, than otherwise permitted.

The loopholes in this program are significant: new vehicles (which emit pollution at lower levels but are driven more miles per year than many clunkers), clunkers requiring $400 or so in repairs (as mentioned above), vehicles not licensed in the administrative zone but driven there (Clark County residents, for example, may have their vehicles licensed in another county and escape the test even though they drive exclusively in Clark County), and, more important than all of this, vehicles travelling through Clark County (or other OEPA zones with pollution problems) on the highway system and licensed in other areas, counties, or states.

Clark County, Ohio, is bisected by Interstate 70, upon which travel thousands of vehicles daily, emitting tons of pollution daily, but entirely outside the scope of the E-check program for reasons unknown to me.

Recent reports published by the OEPA and other entities indicate that there is no support for the contention that programs like E-Check have any appreciable impact on air quality. Yet the program has operated in Ohio for years and will continue for years more because the State of Ohio contracted with private sector entities to operate the program.

Buying these entities out of their contracts will cost the state millions and produce nothing but happy drivers free of the hassle and expense of having their vehicles checked every two years for what is apparently no good purpose.

And this nonsense was imposed on us by a Republican Governor and state legislature.

Do you ever think you're reading a bit much into what's supposed to be just a funny ad? You launch off into a diatribe about the evil EPA and the evil Bush Administration, without giving one bit of supporting evidence that anything in the ad is false or even is a misleading representation of anything.

Could it be that they’re simply trying to convince Americans that maybe, just maybe, one of the first places that they should look for energy savings is their home? Or maybe they’re trying to show people that most homes consume far more energy than their cars do and that if they can reduce that energy usage they can help fight pollution? From how you launch into the ad, one might think that the ad called for everyone to go out and buy 4-ton diesel trucks or something. Instead, it is encouraging conservation; something we all need to do in so many different places, not just the automobiles that we drive.

Ahhh! But don't you see it; sail=swiftboat...Its clearly an attack on JFk's war record!! The gravity thing implies that he's not really a WAR HERO at all but has to abide by the laws of physics. Another clever ruse to outwit both Professor Feingold & McCain....

Guess it doesn't help that what they are saying is true...ooopps...

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