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Minneapolis limits vehicle idling to 3 minutes
kstp 5 news ^ | 06/06/2008 05:38:29 PM | Nicole Muehlhausen, Web Producer

Posted on 06/08/2008 9:43:30 AM PDT by badpacifist

The Minneapolis City Council and Mayor R.T. Rybak approved changes Friday, to the city’s vehicle idling ordinance that aims to reduce air pollution. The ordinance limits most vehicle idling to three minutes, except in traffic.

"Most of the air pollution in Minneapolis comes from vehicles and cutting down in idling is one easy thing we can all do for our environment, our health, and the health of our neighbors," said Mayor R.T. Rybak.

Vehicle motors release particulate matter, dirt, nitrous oxides, hydrocarbons, carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide into the air. These chemicals are linked to increased rates of cancer, heart and lung disease and asthma and are the major source of human-caused climate change. Children are especially vulnerable to vehicle air pollution because their lungs are still developing, and they inhale more pounds of pollution per pound of body weight than adults do.

For the driver, reducing idling saves money in fuel. On average, a car will burn more than half a gallon of fuel for every hour spent idling. In general, 10 seconds of idling uses more fuel then restarting the car, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

"In these times of high gas prices, it’s a way for people to save fuel. If you’re sitting in an idling car, you’re getting zero miles a gallon. That’s not good for your pocketbook or the environment," Rybak added.

(Excerpt) Read more at kstp.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Minnesota
KEYWORDS: airquality; mayor; minneapolis; rybak
Like to see that in a midwest humid summer.....they would be making you break the law.
1 posted on 06/08/2008 9:43:31 AM PDT by badpacifist
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To: badpacifist

That apply to 18 wheelers too? Hilarious.


2 posted on 06/08/2008 9:45:20 AM PDT by yldstrk (My heros have always been cowboys--Reagan and Bush)
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To: badpacifist

They’re not the first city with such a law.


3 posted on 06/08/2008 9:45:31 AM PDT by samtheman
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To: badpacifist

How about the “3rd rail” of the green movement - the clothesline! A super efficient, non-polluting, simple way to avoid burning precious fuels.


4 posted on 06/08/2008 9:52:22 AM PDT by LZ_Bayonet (There's Always Something.............And there's always something worse!)
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To: badpacifist
In general, 10 seconds of idling uses more fuel then restarting the car, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

In the only-a-little-bit-farfetched department:

Coming soon to a Demo/Commie-infested Nanny State near you - watch for legislation mandating that drivers turn off the ignition when stopped at traffic lights...

5 posted on 06/08/2008 10:00:11 AM PDT by Zeppo (Every mighty mild... seventies child... Beats me (Metric - Combat Baby))
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To: badpacifist

I HOPE this applies to the poloce, too - they get too many special exemptions from laws enslaving everyone else.


6 posted on 06/08/2008 10:06:54 AM PDT by 2harddrive (...House a TOTAL Loss.....)
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To: badpacifist

Oh, this is going to go over great with the truckers come Winter in MN.


7 posted on 06/08/2008 10:08:32 AM PDT by Cyber Liberty (Who would McQueeg rather have mad at him: You or the liberals?)
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To: badpacifist

And how long will the Police vehicle be allowed to idle while the stop takes place, the computer checks are run, and the ticket is written?


8 posted on 06/08/2008 10:10:11 AM PDT by LZ_Bayonet (There's Always Something.............And there's always something worse!)
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To: badpacifist
Apparently the good mayor never saw the traffic at the I35/I94 spaghetti junction at 4:30pm.

-Traveler

9 posted on 06/08/2008 10:41:04 AM PDT by Traveler59 (Truth is a journey, not a destination.)
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To: Traveler59

The last time I was in Minneapolis it was 27 below. It took longer than 3 minutes to warm the engine...and a cold engine is much less efficient than a warm one. But, hey, what does reality really matter?


10 posted on 06/08/2008 10:48:19 AM PDT by Kanzan
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They are going to have to build some very large jails.

"What are you here in jail for?"

"Serial Idling."

11 posted on 06/08/2008 11:12:03 AM PDT by NoControllingLegalAuthority
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Right. And that says nothing about driving a moving, freezing cold car with ice and fog forming all over the cold windows and no way to get rid of it.

Sheesh. You'd think politicians in Minneapolis would know a bit about driving cold cars in sub zero weather.

But, I suppose their chauffeurs take care of all those little annoying details.

12 posted on 06/08/2008 11:17:07 AM PDT by Gritty (The GOP has no political warriors. None. None are willing to fight liberalism's premise.-R Limbaugh)
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To: badpacifist

Yet another feel-good but utterly unenforceable law. The only way to charge would be for an officer to observe a driver with an idling engine for 3 or more minutes. Who’s going to write that up? Are there exemptions for the disabled that might need constant AC? Any exemptions, like for cars that can’t restart easily? This would be tossed if ever charged. How much energy was wasted debating this nonsense, printing it, etc.
So drivers that pay for gas can’t let their cars idle, but we taxpayers pay for people to remain idle on welfare. Go figure


13 posted on 06/08/2008 11:27:25 AM PDT by Battle of Tours
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To: badpacifist

Will this apply to Somali-Muzzy taxi drivers? Probably not.


14 posted on 06/08/2008 11:29:29 AM PDT by clintonh8r (Leaving the top of my ballot blank.)
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To: badpacifist

Okay. So as long as I am on one of the Governments over crowded, ill-concieved poorly planned and designed highways, its okay for me to pollute the air while idling for and hour or so in traffice. But if I let me car idle in my drive way for over 3 mniutes I am a criminal?


15 posted on 06/08/2008 11:35:27 AM PDT by SECURE AMERICA (Patriot Guard Riders - Standing for those that stood for us.)
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To: badpacifist

Notice how they include the “Do it for the chillun angle”?


16 posted on 06/08/2008 1:02:06 PM PDT by NaughtiusMaximus (Bible toting, bitter and armed with slashing sarcasm.)
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To: badpacifist
Children...

It's For The Children!

17 posted on 06/08/2008 5:04:50 PM PDT by sionnsar (trad-anglican.faithweb.com |Iran Azadi| 5yst3m 0wn3d - it's N0t Y0ur5 (SONY) | UN: Useless Nations)
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To: NaughtiusMaximus

LOL, same thought.


18 posted on 06/08/2008 5:06:20 PM PDT by sionnsar (trad-anglican.faithweb.com |Iran Azadi| 5yst3m 0wn3d - it's N0t Y0ur5 (SONY) | UN: Useless Nations)
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To: badpacifist

I wonder how they’re going to time all those cars?


19 posted on 06/08/2008 5:09:43 PM PDT by reagan_fanatic (Average White Conservative)
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To: badpacifist
""In these times of high gas prices, it’s a way for people to save fuel. If you’re sitting in an idling car, you’re getting zero miles a gallon. That’s not good for your pocketbook or the environment," Rybak added."

While it might be better for the environment, my pocketbook is none of your damned business. I don't need your rules and regulations intended to force me to save money.

20 posted on 06/08/2008 5:19:05 PM PDT by JustaDumbBlonde ("When the government fears the people there is liberty ... " Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Traveler59
Uh he did mention it...
The Minneapolis City Council and Mayor R.T. Rybak approved changes Friday, to the city’s vehicle idling ordinance that aims to reduce air pollution. The ordinance limits most vehicle idling to three minutes, except in traffic.
21 posted on 06/08/2008 7:43:50 PM PDT by akorahil (Thank You and God bless all Veterans. Truly, the real heroes.)
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To: sionnsar

You could sell nuclear waste in this state, as long as somewhere on the package you slapped a “for the children” sticker on it....


22 posted on 06/08/2008 7:45:46 PM PDT by akorahil (Thank You and God bless all Veterans. Truly, the real heroes.)
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To: badpacifist
People in this area, be heard and bring these elected officials "down to size," as Rush said:

"The time has come to say, 'Stop.'"


23 posted on 06/10/2008 5:58:45 PM PDT by GOP_Lady
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