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1960: The Smog War Begins

Posted August 16, 2010 9:42 AM by dstrohl

If the 50th anniversary of the nation's first automobile smog bill hasn't been overly memorialized, well, we're not surprised. Between emissions regulations, safety oversight, insurance premiums and OPEC, the law enacted in April of 1960 was the first, and maybe most important, factor in ushering the almost 20 years of low-performance Seventies and Eighties.

With the privilege of hindsight, however, we can be more charitable. Detroit was ludicrously slow to adapt, but the imports were quicker (although Germany had some impressively emissions emasculated cars well through the Eighties), and ultimately, emissions regulations helped drive innovation and competition, until 50 years later, we're finally starting to see alternatives to pure gas power (again).

Okay, so that's not a particularly impressive timeline, but it's an excuse to look back at the events leading up to 1960, when car exhaust first became regulated.

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08/17/2010 10:18 AM

Quote: 'Snail today, turning to snoot tonight; tomorrow smoggy with smud'

Not to take away from the rest of the blog, but that was funny.

Apparently I needed a good laugh today, thanks.

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