(Warning: The opinions of Rooster are not the opinions of FreightWaves or it’s subsidiaries. Are you happy now, ya legal beagles!)
It’s was Earth Day yesterday, that wonderful day of the year when we celebrate land reclamation after deforestation, fields of dying solar arrays leaking toxic chemicals and strip mining lithium ore from once fertile farmland! Oh, I meant planting trees, green energy, and zero emission vehicles. Did ya’ll go and hug a tree?!? Well, everybody’s favorite – New York, the Empire State – has decided to make it a weeklong extravaganza. And the state Department of Environmental Conservation is leading the charge by “conducting details to protect public health and the environment by inspecting diesel vehicles to ensure compliance with the State’s stringent air regulations.” Get out your wallets…
“This latest diesel truck detail, happening as we commemorate Earth Week, will take dirty trucks off our roads and provides us with a great example of why we need to accelerate our transition from fossil fuels to prevent the damage they cause to our climate and the health of our communities.”Commissioner Basil Seggos
DEC’s Earth Week enforcement details are happening in and around “Environmental Justice communities” in Suffolk, Nassau, Queens, Bronx, Westchester, Rockland, Orange, Ulster, Dutchess, Schoharie, Delaware, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Clinton, Washington, Warren, Saratoga, St. Lawrence, Jefferson, Oneida, Cortland, Oswego, Broome, Seneca, Schuyler, Steuben, Allegany, Chautauqua, Niagara, and Erie counties. Might as well say all of New York. And yes, that idling bounty program where they pay $87 to “report idle law violators” is still going on. Here’s a MotorTrend article about a “bounty hunter” making $125,000 snitching. That’s upper class payroll?!?