News Item: California’s smog war
(Category: Letters To The Editor)
Posted by USPA
Friday 10 April 2015 - 04:37:43


The past and current smog regulations (i.e., OBD II) that have been put forth by the California leadership seem to be geared more towards forcing low income and middle income residents to take public transportation or to use good old fashioned foot power since many of the affected residents will not be able to afford to buy a brand new vehicle or a newer vehicle let alone a bus pass since they can barely afford to pay for gas and are effectively transporting others in their older vehicle, which means that they are pooling their limited resources together in an effort to get to work as a group. The smog assault or quiet war against thousands of economically challenged California residents that has been launched by the ARB (Air Resources Board) and that is primarily aimed at the poorer Californians who are driving 1996 or newer vehicles that are not blowing smoke out of the tailpipe is just one of the many reasons that sensible people are fleeing the state of California for more hospitable states that are not putting their lives in danger by forcing them to take public transportation or to walk the streets in an effort to maintain employment. A great deal of residents who used to own cars before the past draconian smog laws have been killed while walking to and from work or while waiting for public transportation that is often not reliable since the trains are always breaking down and since the buses aren’t always on time which results in employees being late for work and even being terminated for poor attendance, which wasn’t an issue when these California residents were able to drive their older vehicles to and from work. The thoughtful and resident minded leadership in other thriving states seem to care more for their citizens than the California leadership who continues to spend taxpayer money to come up with laws that will take even more money away from their low income and middle income residents who are driving older vehicles due to their unavoidable economic circumstances. This continues to be true year after year even though the California leadership continues to claim that what they are doing will help the motorist who is still stuck with the bill at the end of the day. It is important to note that these smog repair bills are due to several malfunctioning smog system parts that came on the vehicles that were authorized to be sold in the California market by the same California leadership who’s using the known smog failures of these vehicles that they approved to be sold in the California market to fleece the motorists. Our current smog conditions throughout the Continental United States of America as a whole are heaven when compared to third world countries that have not killed over and died due to air pollution. And if air pollution is such a threat to the safety and wellbeing of human beings one would think that all of the third world nations without California style smog regulations as well as all of the other states in the union would have vanished from the face of the earth due to air pollution since they have not rolled out the very same smog regulations as California. However, our neighbors to the South have not seen a decline in their birth rate due to air pollution that is caused by automobiles and nor have they produced inferior workers due to air pollution since thirty plus million workers from Mexico who were born and raised in a country without California style smog regulations are being heralded by the very same California leadership as hard workers. These same foreign born workers who grew up in Mexico prior to coming to the United States have also been rewarded with official state driver’s licenses, which establishes lawful presence which makes them eligible for Obamacare through the California Marketplace. Due to the Affordable Care Act many California residents, some of whom who are driving older vehicles, are currently paying the equivalent of someone’s mortgage payment for health insurance due to the increases in premium which is something that is well known by the California leadership who’s imposing the smog laws on those who cannot afford to buy a newer vehicle since they have been forced to buy health insurance even though they are being taxed for free county clinics and hospitals. The California leadership including the governor know how much their citizens are hurting financially, however, they have imposed 2015 smog regulations that will all but cripple thousands of Americans that are unfortunate enough to be living in their state. These Americans are people who are low income and middle income residents who have the potential of becoming homeless overnight since in order to live within the borders of California and to get to work on time without fail a reliable worker must own a car. The only way to be spared from the smog war that is targeting the Americans who own or buy a 1996 vehicle or a newer vehicle is to own a 1975 gas engine vehicle or a 1997 diesel engine vehicle since they are smog exempt. Or if you don’t want to go that far back in history or can’t find a vehicle in this year range, you as a motorist who resides in the state of California must have a stockpile of cash that will allow you to repair your older vehicle to the tune of thousands upon thousands of dollars, which again isn’t blowing smoke out the tailpipe. The thousand dollar repair bill will be impossible for a lot of people since they are essentially living day to day or hand to mouth as the saying goes. If a California resident doesn’t fit into the previous categories of a 1975 gas or 1997 diesel engine vehicle or doesn’t have stockpiles of cash to pay for thousand dollar smog repair bills then he or she must take public transportation or walk or must be able to buy a brand new vehicle, which many residents simply cannot afford to do due to the state of the economy and the enormous unemployment rate, which have not been taken into consideration since C.A.P. (consumer assistance program) only pays approved applicants 500.00 for smog related repairs and 1000.00 to 1500.00 to retire a car instead of 1500.00 for smog repairs and 2500.00 to retire a car that cannot pass smog which would allow a California resident to potentially buy a newer car or to put a down payment down on a brand new vehicle since the state of California is essentially telling them that they can no longer own a car since they won’t give them a sticker to place on their license plate even if they pay for the sticker since their car won’t pass smog. A 2002 Lexus with all smog systems malfunctioning could cost 1800.00 to repair, so it leaves a consumer with a gigantic 1300.00 smog repair bill after the 500.00 CAP award is exhausted. Plus a California car owner will have to take time off from work to meet with a California Smog Referee if the C.A.P. station can’t repair their car, so it will pass smog. This final step can only be accomplished after the consumer has spent 650.00 on top of the 500.00 that the C.A.P. program provides to approved applicants, which means that everyone will not get help and might have to pay 2000.00 or more to repair their vehicle in a climate where there are fewer and fewer jobs. If a motorist cannot afford to pay 650.00 on top of the 500.00 they are essentially dead in the water. No car to go on job interviews means that the job search will become even harder since employers are looking for people who have reliable transportation and who are not relying on public transportation since it isn’t reliable. Remember these cars run just fine and aren’t blowing smoke out the tailpipe and are reliable means of transportation. They just won’t pass a draconian smog test that hasn’t saved any lives since we don’t have any evidence and since someone would have to be intentionally poisoned while sitting in a closed door environment while inhaling exhaust fumes through a tailpipe, which would in itself produce a flawed result since we are not sitting directly behind a tailpipe and since nature itself ensures that we don’t drop dead which is why populations all around the world have continued to increase despite all of the spirited debates about air pollution and about how to get more and more money out of the consumer on the basis of made up propaganda that cannot be supported by sound scientific evidence that will withstand international scrutiny that includes all first world and third world scientists who have healthy populations and who do not employ California style smog regulations or any smog regulations for that matter and who’s population isn’t forcibly vaccinated against air pollution since this will likely be the next excuse for forced vaccinations. With everything that is happening with respect to the past and current 2015 smog regulations that have been rolled out in California under the guise of public health, California residents must ask themselves whether or not the California leadership is really looking out for them or whether or not they should remain in a state that seems to want to cripple its citizens financially and to even place their lives in jeopardy by forcing them to take public transportation or to walk the unsafe streets of California. 

Nathaniel Armstrong, Jr. Cerritos, CA – CLICK HERE

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