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Jon Osburn and OOIDA’s tour truck, the Spirit of the American Trucker, are at the Petro in Gary, Ind. That’s located at Exit 9 off Interstates 90 and 84. Stop in, say hi to Jon, and join OOIDA for a $20 discount through July. See the full Spirit Schedule. Air date: July 20, 2018.

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In Sunny CA, silly has no bounds. Really.

Dear CARB, See below clip from your recent press release:
Sacramento – The Air Resources Board this month fined Orange County-based On the Edge Marketing and CSK Auto Inc. of Phoenix $240,000 for selling gasoline-powered blenders using illegal uncertified small off-road engines to California businesses and residents. Sales of these unauthorized blenders, popular for mixing beverages at tailgate parties and other outdoor events, occurred in 2007. They feature “two-stroke” engines similar in size to those that power small chain saws, and require that oil be mixed in with the gas. These types of illegal uncertified engines from China can produce emissions 10 times as high as those of compliant certified engines approved for use in California. “Gasoline-powered blenders may be this year’s tailgate sensation, but drinkers should not be polluting our air while having a good time,” said ARB Chairman Mary D. Nichols.
Seriously ... this is actually your biggest problem out there’ Really’ This is where you think your staff’s time is best spent’ Are you sure it’s not huge oceangoing ships using the worst fuel in human history and belching toxins into your air in amounts measured in actual tonnage ... not that, but this’ Really’ ’Cause I’m pretty sure it might be the other thing. Or maybe it’s the millions upon millions of cars with one fool in them cruising for hours down non-moving interstates where they belch foul toxins in the incredibly power-consuming act of not moving a freaking inch. Maybe it’s that. I’m just sayin’. Or maybe it’s the fact that you built millions of houses in the world’s best known and best identified wildfire/mudslide/earthquake zone, adding to pollution by burning, and then by the carbon emitted to rebuild said millions of houses, and then by burning again. Maybe that. No’ Really’ Not that’ Maybe it’s the hot gas from Sacramento. Yes, that seems the most logical answer of all. There’s lots of that. It seems to emit more toxins than all those oceangoing ships combined, more than the cars, more than the fires, even more than those trees President Reagan said were to blame. If that’s the case, it’s good news. ’Cause it turns out we can do something about that. It’s called an election, and it’s the best pollution control device ever invented. Meanwhile, I intend to continue to use my safe, CARB-approved electric blenders, which operate on electricity generated from either coal-fired plants – or by electric generators that use a combination of bald eagle feathers, koala fur and wood culled from historic structures. Enjoy! Mark Reddig


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