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    A wonderful use for tax $

    ..the U.S. government is paying to upgrade outdated Mexican trucks that hemorrhage illegal amounts of exhaust on their trips north to deliver merchandise... The Mexican trucks enter the U.S. under a 17-year-old international trade pact known as the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and they’ve 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 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.

    ...EPA grants have [already] 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... [Of course,] U.S. truck drivers are required to have the type of converters that Mexicans are getting from the American government, though they must pay for theirs. For years, the idea of Mexican trucks entering the U.S. under NAFTA has been a contentious issue because they follow the notoriously dismal safety standards of a third-world country.

    In fact, a few years ago the Department of Transportation’s Inspector General determined that Mexican trucks that regularly travel throughout American highways are rarely checked for safety by U.S. authorities despite a provision requiring it. Rules requiring that every Mexican truck undergo a thorough safety compliance check and that every driver has a valid license and is proficient in English have been virtually ignored, according to the IG’s findings.

    http://www.judicialwatch.org/blog/20...mexican-trucks
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    What an outrage!

    Let them fix their own dang vehicles. If that drives their prices up so that our own trucking companies who have to pay their OWN way towards meeting USDOT emission standards become more competitive, so be it.

    That the EPA aka OUR TAX DOLLARS is subsidizing foreign transportation costs to the detriment of U.S. trucking companies is an OUTRAGE.

    Which moron or morons, specifically, in the EPA is/are responsible for this incredible cluster?
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    And how long do you really think the new catalytic converters will last, considering the diesel fuel in Mexico is likely to not be of the now-mandated "ultra low sulfur" type? As soon as they clog ( or before if someone realizes the scrap value) they get cut out and replaced with straight pipe.

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    And yet, they can't figure out how to cut spending from the budget....amazing
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    Balance the budget? The National government forgot how to do that after the XVI ammentment passed.

    How to balance the budget, defund the DEA, the ATF, the EPA, the DoE and a couple hundred other "A"s that have no business existing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hermannr View Post
    Balance the budget? The National government forgot how to do that after the XVI ammentment passed.

    How to balance the budget, defund the DEA, the ATF, the EPA, the DoE and a couple hundred other "A"s that have no business existing.
    Agreed get rid of all the ABC agency's.
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