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Union of Concerned Scientists Criticizes RPM Act as “another dieselgate”

Posted November 01, 2017 12:00 AM by dstrohl
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Describing it as an emissions scandal on par with or worse than those plaguing European diesel car manufacturers, the Union of Concerned Scientists this month decried the RPM Act as state-sanctioned emissions cheating, a claim that backers of the act – designed to exempt race cars from emissions controls – say they disagree with.

“There is a way to (ensure emissions defeat devices remain off public roads) that doesn’t impact people who want to race,” said Jonna Hamilton, the Clean Vehicles Program representative in Washington for the Union of Concerned Scientists. “But we don’t think the RPM Act as it’s currently drafted does that, and that’s what we take issue with.”

Stuart Gosswein, senior director for federal government affairs for the Specialty Equipment Market Association – the automotive aftermarket organization backing the RPM Act – said there’s “a twisting of perception” that the RPM Act is about anything other than motorsports.

These scientists want more stringent regulations about what counts as competition vehicles.

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11/01/2017 4:55 PM

The 'Union of Concerned Scientists' continue to push their "all or nothing" mentality, ie: "all" emissions of anything must banned or the law is "nothing."

Soon, they (UofCS) will be pushing to ban eating cabbage and beans because THEY produce human-generated "gases" -- flatulance -- first, the cows, then the humans.

What's next, ink pens? The volatiles that make the ink "dry" need to be banned too, so add them to that "hit list."

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11/01/2017 10:23 PM

Admittedly from what I could see at a quick glance the scientists are right, the act in itself is a common sense act to protect both custom built and modified standard vehicles into race vehicles exempt under the clean air laws.

But the loophole that people could perhaps exploit is defining their vehicle as a track only car and driving it on the road.

Not sure on American law, is there a different registration system for track and legal road vehicles that will clearly show someone if a perfectly innocent from the outside road going vehicle is in fact a track car?

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11/01/2017 10:46 PM

Well, they could take a look at the Virginia law regarding not registering farm vehicles. I'm sure they could pattern a law for non-street (racing) vehicles toe exempt them from emissions regulations similar to the way farm vehicles are exempt from registration for street use.

The only thing that makes this stuff complicated and contentious is politics.

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11/02/2017 2:52 PM

Amen - that last sentence is the biggest one in your post.

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11/02/2017 3:04 PM

I've been super sensitized to people trying to tell me what's good and bad for me and passing laws regarding those things without bothering to ask my opinion, or anybody's opinion for that matter.

Needless to say, I'm a bit tired of it.

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11/02/2017 3:21 PM

We all are, brother.

Think of it less as a problem solving measure, and more of an autocratic power grab, if that give you more of a "warm fuzzy".

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11/02/2017 4:42 PM

Well "autocratic power grabs" rate a shooting revolution, IMO. And that's ok, my M-4 needs some exercise and I have plenty of ammo.

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11/02/2017 4:50 PM

I would say "go get 'em Tiger", but that might be just a little bit too incitement ridden.

How about we take that back down a notch, and wait for the real fireworks, between countries.

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