Another Environmental Loss for North Carolina

From the Myrtle Beach Online:

Emissions tests of 1995-model and older vehicles ended Saturday, exempting some of Charlotte's likeliest polluters from the dragnet intended to catch them.
Annual emissions tests for those vehicles no longer will be required in Mecklenburg, Gaston, Cabarrus, Union and the five other N.C. counties where they've been the law since the early 1990s. More than 600,000 cars and trucks - one vehicle in four in those counties - will get a pollution pass.
Older vehicles are those most likely to flunk the tests, state records show.

So the genius of this state stops testing the cars most likely to emit pollution.


I was going to write about this....

but I was too busy polluting the air with paint fumes. Isn't this just the damndest thing? I sure hope it doesn't make national news. They(north of the Mason-Dixon line and west of the Mississippi) already think we do things backasswards. We don't need to give them more proof.

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

Couldn't agree more

We aren't talking about a vintage 1979 Ford Fairlane that never had low emission hardware to begin with. These are cars that have the parts, but they get old and need replaced. But, who is driving around a 1995 Chevy Sprint? Those without the money to replace the necessary emission hardware when it goes bad. I've been there - I've bypassed the catalytic converter when I didn't have the money to replace it, because there was no emission test. It's hard in today's economy to tell people they have to replace expensive hardware on their car when they can't pay for their meds and food.

I place the blame for this squarely on the Republican administration. If we had a real solution to healthcare, a real living wage, and a fair tax system, we wouldn't have to do away with this kind of law to give the poor a break.

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.