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Municipalities' rules get little respect, are difficult to enforce

Published: Wednesday, June 13 2012 10:00 p.m. MDT

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Corn Dog
New York, NY

Focusing on automobile idling is terribly misguided. The real idling harm comes from vehicles without the same emission controls that cars have. Diesel engines in heavy trucks, locomotives, buses, and construction equipment that typically have no emission controls are bigger problems. This is especially relevant since earlier this week the WHO named diesel emissions as carcinogenic. The real problem around schools is idling diesel school buses, not idling cars. Idling commercial aircraft, which also have no pollution control equipment, are a much, much bigger problem than cars.

This whole effort is more about being anti-car than it is about being anti-pollution.

Salt Lake City, UT

I'll know when they get serious about idling in the city when they coordinate traffic signals.
Not just passing a law to appease the EPA or environmentalists.

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