Cars sold today are much cleaner

I believe that the new bill in Olympia to tighten emission standards for cars is not needed.

Senate Bill 5397 would provide for tougher standards like the California law that is currently being litigated, but we need to not be fooled by percentage numbers that are not supplied with base numbers to compare with. A 25 percent reduction means nothing to me without knowing what the base number is, and what kind of damage the base number is doing.

All new cars that are sold today run very clean and only cause problems when the owners operate the cars with the “check engine” light on. The bill also would have us coating the radiators with a spray that will change the ozone in the air to oxygen as we drive the car down the road.

Now letter writer Kathleen Dewhirst needs to know that ozone machines have been sold for over 50 years for home use, touting the health benefits of having ozone in the air, and are currently being sold by network marketing companies. But now we have to spend more money to make our cars remove a substance that we just paid for to put into the air?

Do the people who want this bill know how to keep the proper amount of air in their tires? Are they willing to drive 5 mph slower on their commute? Are they willing to eliminate two trips per week from their schedule? These are the little things that will make more difference than a new law. I put a sign in the back of my car that says “slow down – save gas” and I am real surprised by the number of drivers who wave to me with only one finger. We have a mentality problem, not an emissions problem.

Neil Knutson


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