Everybody hates pollution.
I just wish we could focus on what is really causing the problem.
We have ever-tightening emissions controls on our cars, costing each of us hundreds if not thousands of extra dollars every time we buy a new car.
This despite the fact - as shown on the web site of Environment Canada, no less - that cars and light trucks are responsible for only twelve percent of greenhouse gas emissions.And that is for our entire fleet, old and new cars alike. The average lifespan of a car these days is somewhere around ten years, so a lot of the cars out there are nowhere near as clean as new ones.
Quite literally, in most urban centres, the exhaust coming out of a new car's tailpipe is cleaner than the air going into the engine.
Sure, it'd be nice if cars' contribution were zero percent.
But even if it were, shouldn't we be looking harder at whatever is causing that 88 percent, instead of always blaming the car?
Most provincial jurisdictions in Canada also have some form of 'E-Test', which is required on a regular basis in order to keep your vehicle registered.
What I'd like to know is, who is looking after transport trucks?
I was driving westbound on 401 just past Mister-and-Missisauga Road last Tuesday, around 2:30 p.m. There's an uphill grade there, and a transport truck - a bright blue cab; couldn't see the name or a truck number - pulling a tanker trailer.
He was obviously pulling a heavy load up that grade, and in the words of Earl Gray and Carl Montgomery in the song "Six Days on the Road" (first recorded by Dave Dudley):
"There's a flame from her stack and the smoke's rollin' black as coal..."
OK, so there was no flame in this case.
But there was more black smoke rollin' out of this one truck than you'd see from a thousand cars.
Who is monitoring these things?
Makes it hard to justify in our own minds the money we're laying out for pollution control measures when we see something like this.