Bush Wins Long-Sought Goal of U.S. Access for Aging Mexican Trucks

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    June 09, 2004

    The Supreme Court's unanimous ruling this week giving President Bush the authority to allow approximately 30,000 Mexican trucks onto U.S. roads marks the culmination of a long campaign by Mr. Bush. During his tenure as governor of Texas, President Bush signed a letter to the Clinton Administration criticizing its refusal to open the border to Mexican trucks. [1]

    In 2001, under the North American Free Trade Agreement, the Bush administration issued new regulations that would allow tens of thousands of aging trucks from Mexico to haul freight anywhere in the U.S. without having to meet U.S. clean air standards. Mexican trucks pose a greater pollution risk than trucks licensed in the U.S., which must adhere to stricter emission standards.

    The regulations were delayed through a lawsuit filed by a broad coalition of organizations including Public Citizen, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, the American Lung Association, the California Federation of Labor AFL-CIO, the California Trucking Association, the Sierra Club and the Natural Resources Defense Council. The groups argued that the regulations disregarded key requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the Clean Air Act. They pointed out that the administration should have considered the environmental impacts of opening the border.

    The Supreme Court's decision, overturning a ruling by the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals, also means the administration will not have to do a detailed environmental impact study.

    "This ruling gives a green light to allow trucks to cross the border with no regard for their effect on the environment," said Public Citizen President Joan Claybrook. "Communities on both sides of the border are already struggling with severely polluted air. This ruling in essence tells those communities they must fend for themselves, because the federal government isn't going to help them by ever acknowledging or accurately describing the impact of its own decisions on their air quality."

    The older, Mexican diesel trucks are more likely to emit high levels of particulate matter and nitrogen oxides. [2] The fine particles composing this pollution are easily inhaled deep into the lungs where they can remain embedded for long periods of time. Hundreds of community health studies have linked daily increases in fine particle pollution to reduced lung function, greater use of asthma medications, and increased rates of school absenteeism, emergency room visits, hospital admissions, and premature death. [3] Exhaust is also a known carcinogen. [4]

    "This is yet another example of how the Bush administration's approach to trade puts communities at risk and weakens our hard-won clean air protections," said Stephen Mills, director of the Sierra Club's International Program. "The Bush administration shouldn't put trade deals ahead of public health. Instead they should make sure that environmental protections are part of trade agreements."

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    Never fear, nycflasher. The Corporate Media will be sure to take good pic's of the few new ones coming across the border and publically proclaim their paid for belief in "What's the prob'? But then again, what's the difference when the insurance companies have already exonerated themselves from liabilities when it comes to accidents involving internationally licensed motor carriers. It's a win/win thing for so-called capitalism/free market, don't you think?

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    Well, I just hope that strict emmission standards are in the fuiture for filthy Mexican trucks. I belive that prior to this, the 4.5 million Mexican trucks that cross our borders each year were not allowed to go further than 20 miles into our country.

    This should be of no surprise to people familiar with Bush's enviromental record.

    That and judicial appointments are two of the biggest reasons why I won't be voting for him.
     
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    Only two? I can relate hundreds, possibly thousands. No doubt about it, especially now. The shrub will not have favorable entries in the History books of tomorrow.

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    No, I don't think he will. But I'll leave that one alone as I can't predict the future. If I could I'd be at Foxwoods right now playing blackjack.
     
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    1. Only pussies cry. :D
    2. Get your face out of my ass. :D
    3. I told you, I'm not a "treehuger" but a tree-lover. Remember?
     
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    SE, you really crack my ass up, dude!!!!!!! So you think nyc and me have a thing? You're so homophobe!!!!!!! I'm straight as a Georgia Pine, I don't know or care concerning nyc's orientation and I'm sure he/she isn't concerned with mine. I could get crass here, but I won't.

    But I love YOU anyway, Sir or not, you little titillator you.

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    No shit, SE!!!!! Check my handle, my mantra. I don't think I could've made it any clearer.

    Flasher has genuine concerns, do you address them or ignore them? Although I may not share the intensities of his/her concerns, I at least consider their validities and examine the possibillities of redress. That's the American way, or at least the American way I was taught to believe in. What were you taught?

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    If you're sick of me "crying" about the enviroment, I'm sick of all the crying that goes on here about "libs" ruining America.

    I, for one, am not ruining America.

    'Nuff said.
     
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    How safe is Bush keeping our troops?
    [emphasis]Not picking a fight.[/emphasis]
    Valid question.
     

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