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Old 02-14-2009, 11:19 AM   #1
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Oregon intrudce Bill to Prohibit Sales of Aftermarket parts

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I stumbled upon something quite serious while browsing the SEMA website. It seems that the governor of Oregon, Theodore Kulongoski, has introduced H.B.2186 which is a bill that would prohibit the sale and distribution of aftermarket motor vehicle parts if alternatives are available that “decrease greenhouse gas emissions from motor vehicles.” The bill is primarily focused on aftermarket tires and would authorize the Environmental Quality Commission to implement enforcement regulations.

This focus on tires means that you will need to buy rubber that has the least amount of rolling resitance, effectively eliminating performance tires from the market. Don’t worry just yet because even if this thing passes, its just one American state. In the unlikely event that this becomes a national law then we’d suggest worrying because there are sure to be some Canuck lawmakers eager to follow suit.

The law also wants to ban all other performance parts, forcing the user to always buy from the factory should a replacement be needed. Needless to say this would be a disaster for the industry. A better alternative would be to concentrate on producing more fuel efficient vehicles instead of finding ways to kill off entire industries in the name of the environment.
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Old 02-14-2009, 12:01 PM   #2
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Greenhouse gas emissions would be impossible to reduce if you're going after car parts, tires etc. A more logical and effective way is to reduce engine and car sizes in the future. Having large electric cars would not help. The Gov. has his head up his ass and thinks his fart does not contribute to greenhouse gas.
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Old 02-14-2009, 07:02 PM   #3
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It's just the govt. trying to interfere on our fun again. Besides, if they really wanted to put a lid on greenhouse gases, they'd do something about the gases that come out of factory smokestacks. IMO they're responsible for at least half of global warming, if not more
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Old 02-14-2009, 07:04 PM   #4
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Greenhouse gas emissions would be impossible to reduce if you're going after car parts, tires etc.
Not impossible but it seems to me kind of asinine to go after tires, pulleys and tuning kits when vehicles are made every day that make a lot more Carbon Dioxide than any small car with turbo chargers and other performance enhancements. In plain English, why worry about Tuners when SUVs and Pickups are sold new each year?

My money says that the Governor is getting campaign contributions from some Dealers who don't like to see aftermarket stuff taking away "their" market.

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Old 02-14-2009, 07:07 PM   #5
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Agreed, and this just creates a black market for the parts.

The cops there would then be looking at the tires?? Crazy!
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Old 02-14-2009, 07:09 PM   #6
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It's just the govt. trying to interfere on our fun again. Besides, if they really wanted to put a lid on greenhouse gases, they'd do something about the gases that come out of factory smokestacks.
Trust me, they are, they are.... Environmental remediation puts a lot of money into my pocket these days.

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IMO they're responsible for at least half of global warming, if not more
....not even a fraction of a percent.

However I don't say such things at work. We just wink at each other and get back to work.

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Old 02-14-2009, 07:16 PM   #7
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Old 02-14-2009, 07:18 PM   #8
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Not impossible but it seems to me kind of asinine to go after tires, pulleys and tuning kits when vehicles are made every day that make a lot more Carbon Dioxide than any small car with turbo chargers and other performance enhancements. In plain English, why worry about Tuners when SUVs and Pickups are sold new each year?

My money says that the Governor is getting campaign contributions from some Dealers who don't like to see aftermarket stuff taking away "their" market.

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Old 02-14-2009, 07:28 PM   #9
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Where's your head Gene?
If you mean by that, why do I think that way? This kind of approach is, to use the Corporate vernacular, going after the "high hanging fruit". If you're going to curb "green house gases" then enforcing speed limits would probably do a better job of automobile efficiency than this blanket ban.

So we're left with the unfortunate conclusion that the Governor of Oregon probably has ulterior motives, or they're grandstanding.

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Old 02-14-2009, 07:52 PM   #10
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If that is the attitude, then they should immediately ban all motor-boats, whether putt-putts or Formula boats, all snowmobiles and all "racing" quads. THEN they should ban Campers, and force everyone to drive to a campground in a Yaris and use a tent.
In other words - what a waste of everyone's time!
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Theres no way that this bill should pass.
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