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U.S. Pays To Upgrade Mexican Trucks (Outrageous)
Judicial Watch ^ | April 11, 2011

Posted on 04/11/2011 1:42:59 PM PDT by jazusamo

In the latest effort to accommodate its cherished trade partner in the south, the U.S. government is paying to upgrade outdated Mexican trucks that hemorrhage illegal amounts of exhaust on their trips north to deliver merchandise.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 Arizona Department of Environmental Quality is running the operation but 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.

In this genius case, EPA grants have 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, especially in towns that are helpless due to lack of resources. The director of Arizona’s Department of Environmental Quality says it’s all about establishing a “relationship on environmental issues.”

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.



TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; Mexico; News/Current Events; US: Arizona
KEYWORDS: epa; mexico; nafta; spending; taxes; trucking; trucks
Way past time to defund EPA.
1 posted on 04/11/2011 1:43:03 PM PDT by jazusamo
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To: jazusamo
STOP THE SPENDING. How loud must we shout it? We need to put a new exhaust system on Obama to stop his polluting of America.
2 posted on 04/11/2011 1:50:35 PM PDT by Truth29
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To: jazusamo
Swell. Just another way for Obummer to spread our wealth to 3rd world countries.


3 posted on 04/11/2011 1:51:58 PM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: jazusamo
It is becoming increasingly obvious that this administration willfully,consciously and maliciously sets out to damage its citizens and favor the alien. The Mexican provides votes, illegally, but none the less votes.
4 posted on 04/11/2011 1:52:32 PM PDT by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: jazusamo

I’m not so much worried about the pollution as I am about the extra highway carnage they might cause.


5 posted on 04/11/2011 1:52:42 PM PDT by pbmaltzman
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To: jazusamo

I’m not so much worried about the pollution as I am about the extra highway carnage they might cause.


6 posted on 04/11/2011 1:52:48 PM PDT by pbmaltzman
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To: jazusamo

I’m not so much worried about the pollution as I am about the extra highway carnage they might cause.


7 posted on 04/11/2011 1:53:03 PM PDT by pbmaltzman
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To: jazusamo

I’m not so much worried about the pollution as I am about the extra highway carnage they might cause.


8 posted on 04/11/2011 1:53:21 PM PDT by pbmaltzman
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To: pbmaltzman

Oops... sorry about the multiple posts. My computer is hanging up today.


9 posted on 04/11/2011 1:54:05 PM PDT by pbmaltzman
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To: pbmaltzman

Oops... sorry about the multiple posts. My computer is hanging up today.


10 posted on 04/11/2011 1:54:13 PM PDT by pbmaltzman
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To: jazusamo

“We bring in terrorists by the truckload,
steal jobs from Americans,
drain the American economy,
and get the stupid taxpayers
to fund my friends from Brazil to Mexico.
Is not life great?”

11 posted on 04/11/2011 1:54:51 PM PDT by Diogenesis (Those who would repeat the past must control the teaching of history. - Bene Gesserit Coda)
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Please bump the Freepathon or click above and donate or become a monthly donor!

12 posted on 04/11/2011 1:55:18 PM PDT by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

Truckers need to band together and refuse to buy diesel from any truck stop that is caught pumping diesel into one of these Mex trucks.

Once word got out this was happening the mex trucks would end up empty on the roadside. Word travels fast among truckers...10-4, good buddies :-)


13 posted on 04/11/2011 1:56:21 PM PDT by Bobalu ( "Israel must be like a mad dog, too dangerous to bother." ..Moshe Dayan:)
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To: jazusamo

They’ll just punch them out so they get better milage. There’s no hope for this country anymore.


14 posted on 04/11/2011 1:56:35 PM PDT by Slump Tester (What if I'm pregnant Teddy? Errr-ahh -Calm down Mary Jo, we'll cross that bridge when we come to it)
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To: Diogenesis

Just pay your damn taxes and get back to work...The Mexicans are in need.

Move it!


15 posted on 04/11/2011 1:58:14 PM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: pbmaltzman
I just thought you had a stuttering problem.
16 posted on 04/11/2011 1:58:31 PM PDT by Bitsy ( i)
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To: AEMILIUS PAULUS

You’re absolutely right. We’re in debt up to our ears, Rats don’t want to cut spending, they stay awake nights thinking of new ways to tax us and they’re upgrading Mexican trucks. *just shaking head*


17 posted on 04/11/2011 1:59:01 PM PDT by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: Slump Tester
Since the Mexican truckers have no intention of fixing the problem, the government is forcing the American tax payer to step in and save the Mexicans.

It's hard to believe what this government is getting away with, all on the backs of the American tax payer.

18 posted on 04/11/2011 2:03:07 PM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: Diogenesis

and get the stupid taxpayers
to fund my friends from Brazil to Mexico.

Part of the new world order process.

Anyway, between insurance and fines my son had to get out of the trucking business. The rigs are pulled over and checked with a fine toothed comb and if one this is found they are detained (which is money) and/or fined heavly (which is money) I bet the DOT lets the Mexs sail through. Makes my blood boil.


19 posted on 04/11/2011 2:03:35 PM PDT by Bitsy ( i)
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To: Bobalu

Owner operators have been step children in the trucking industry for years. They’re hurting and the states and feds don’t do a thing to help them. Now they see taxpayer money going to Mexican trucks, they have gotta be pi$$ed and rightly so.


20 posted on 04/11/2011 2:03:58 PM PDT by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

“”The feds justify the expenditure by claiming that it will improve air quality on both sides of the border””

Ah! Jeez! When are we going to get some peace? Each day we think we have seen everything. Didn’t someone once say, “Live long enough and you’ll have seen it all?” I don’t want to see it all... This has sure been under the radar, hasn’t it?

I’m so glad someone put such a high priority on this. Will the reason for dead bodies on both sides of the border get the same attention or just the air?


21 posted on 04/11/2011 2:05:05 PM PDT by Thank You Rush
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To: jazusamo

Defund the EPA? Why stop there, it is time to defund the entire federal government with the exception of the military. Send them all packing.

I used to think well, it was not rhe rank and file but as the rank and file expands, these clowns have nothing better to do then to write regs and put more spending onuses upon the taxpayers, or the bond issuers as we continue to run in the red. Let me see, would I miss the immigration service? No, put more military on the borders. The Ag department? No, if anyone needs seeds for their crops, send them to the local county extention service. Goodbye to food stamps and ethonol. HHS? Don’t make me laugh. Give everyone back what they put into social security and medicare at a decent ROR, say 6%, and let them fend for themselves. On and on.


22 posted on 04/11/2011 2:05:58 PM PDT by Mouton (Voting is an opiate of the electorate. Nothing changes no matter who wins..)
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To: Bitsy

American independent truckers have been horse whipped for years, with endless fees, fines, taxes and regulation...

They need to now hand over what little they have left, if anything, to pay for Mexican truckers.


23 posted on 04/11/2011 2:06:42 PM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: Bobalu

Well unfortunately that wouldn’t work. Truckers buy fuel at the big name truck stops only. There are very few mom and pop truck stops left in America.

Just so you know truckers don’t call each other “good buddy.” A “good buddy” is CB slang for one who is of the gay persuasion. Most non truckers have received all the info they know about truckers from that ridiculous 70’s movie, “Smokey and the Bandit.” Trust me that movie and the real world of trucking aren’t even close.

My current truck was purchased in 04. Because of EPA rules it cost me an additional $5,000. No way the gov’t would give me any extra money for it. Now a days if your an American the gov’t just wants you to pay in so they can give your hard earned dollars to someone else. Just today I’ve read about the US giving money to Mexican truckers and millions going to Africans for college. I really can’t take this much longer.


24 posted on 04/11/2011 2:23:55 PM PDT by Graneros ("The difference between genius and stupidity is; genius has its limits." — Albert Einstein)
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To: jazusamo

bttt


25 posted on 04/11/2011 2:24:06 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This post is not a statement of fact. It is merely a personal opinion -- or humor -- or both)
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To: jazusamo

The “Sandford & Son” Czar.


26 posted on 04/11/2011 2:24:51 PM PDT by WOBBLY BOB ( "I don't want the majority if we don't stand for something"- Jim Demint)
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To: jazusamo

I’m more worried about what these “uninspected” trucks might be transporting into the US than I am about the pollution they cause. What’s to stop them from accepting a bribe to transport dirty nukes?

Anything?


27 posted on 04/11/2011 2:25:05 PM PDT by XenaLee (The only good commie is a dead commie.)
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To: jazusamo
Just damn! Our backs are breaking under taxes and spending and to read this makes me livid!
28 posted on 04/11/2011 2:29:42 PM PDT by ladyvet ( I would rather have Incitatus then the asses that are in congress today.)
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To: Bobalu

“Truckers need to band together and refuse to buy diesel from any truck stop that is caught pumping diesel into one of these Mex trucks.”

I don’t know what the price of diesel is in Mexico right now, but normally it’s so damned cheap compared to the US they would be loading up to the brim before they cross the border. I doubt any of them are buying fuel here.


29 posted on 04/11/2011 2:32:54 PM PDT by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will, they ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: XenaLee

“”What’s to stop them from accepting a bribe to transport dirty nukes? Anything?””

I would add illegals and terrorists and absolutely nothing to stop them!


30 posted on 04/11/2011 2:37:53 PM PDT by Thank You Rush
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To: jazusamo

This is the kind of stuff that tells you we have gone beyond insanity. If you are not prepping for a major train off the tracks collapse at this point you are seriously not paying attention. Where is the GOP leadership? AWOL.


31 posted on 04/11/2011 2:40:23 PM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Georgia Girl 2

Pollution from Mexican semis is probably related to the quality of the diesel. They run a heavier cut than is allowed in the US.


32 posted on 04/11/2011 2:44:07 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Go Hawks !)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Notice the usual extreme hypocrisy from the enviro-wacko EPA crowd on, not just allowing this, but insidiously “making” it happen. And meanwhile, they hamstring and penalize hard-working, legal and honest Americans trying to make a go of their small business.

Damned lying anti-American lefties. Words cannot express what I feel towards them. And it gets worse as every day goes by.


33 posted on 04/11/2011 2:53:15 PM PDT by XenaLee (The only good commie is a dead commie.)
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To: jazusamo

Pay up, gringos, you want my truck to be safe when it brings drugs to el norte, don’t you?


34 posted on 04/11/2011 3:08:05 PM PDT by count-your-change (You don't have be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: jazusamo
and America takes another one in the........

35 posted on 04/11/2011 3:09:43 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Diogenesis
steal jobs from Americans

In broad daylight and with no apology whatsoever to the American jobless courtesy of our nation's politicians! Perhaps "shovel ready" will be for Americans killed by illegal aliens and the upcoming onslaught of truck drivers from Mexico (hope they can read traffic signs)!

Mexican trucks could soon be rolling through Texas

"We think, in the long run, corners are going to be cut and there's going to be potential dangers on our roads as a result," Sills said.

36 posted on 04/11/2011 3:14:23 PM PDT by MamaDearest
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To: XenaLee
Words cannot express what I feel towards them. And it gets worse as every day goes by.

I'm left with nothing but contempt for those in D.C.

37 posted on 04/11/2011 3:26:01 PM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: jazusamo

BTTT!


38 posted on 04/11/2011 4:10:07 PM PDT by SwinneySwitch (Nemo me impune lacessit)
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To: jazusamo

Could be just the usual bad reporting but “catalytic converters” don’t do squat against diesel particulate emissions. In fact, with soot-belching engines upstream they’d clog right up. Just take a look at the lengths Mercedes, BMW, VW/Audi et al are going to to make diesels cleaner on already highly efficient passenger car engines running on low sulfur diesel fuel. Never mind some ‘50s technology(?) Mexican truck engines running on crappy diesel fuel. SCAM!


39 posted on 04/11/2011 4:14:37 PM PDT by Moltke (Always retaliate first.)
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To: Moltke

I understand what you’re saying and basically agree but I’ve been away from trucking and new technology for some time. I don’t think it’s bad reporting, check the first live link in the article, they’ve got a pic of guys seemly changing mufflers or whatever it is.


40 posted on 04/11/2011 4:25:29 PM PDT by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo; All

This is a Free Trader Communist Wet Dream: Not only take away American jobs....but equip the foreigners that are going to take them

But, hey, the Free Trader Commies are the ones who say Free Trade works, NAFTA is good, and the North American Union is great.

This is treason and sedition


41 posted on 04/11/2011 4:34:22 PM PDT by UCFRoadWarrior (Donald Trump wants Obama's BC released...Glenn Beck attacks Birthers....Now, who is supporting Obama)
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To: jazusamo

I hate all the people destroying this great country. truly parasites and vermin, the entire lot. If only they really were, we could deal with them appropriately.


42 posted on 04/11/2011 5:25:37 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: dragnet2

They need to now hand over what little they have left, if anything, to pay for Mexican truckers

Our government is fast becoming the enemy of Americans. Change has to come in 2012 and beyond. Thorough investigations need to be made of many organizations and agencies who are harmful to our American culture.


43 posted on 04/12/2011 6:24:38 AM PDT by Bitsy ( i)
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44 posted on 04/12/2011 10:56:37 AM PDT by twistedwrench
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