Sunday, February 14, 2016

EPA: We are so past the point of diminishing returns

There is something called the Law of Diminishing Returns:
The law of diminishing returns states that in all productive processes, adding more of one factor of production, while holding all others constant ("ceteris paribus"), will at some point yield lower incremental per-unit returns.[5] The law of diminishing returns does not imply that adding more of a factor will decrease the total production, a condition known as negative returns, though in fact this is common.
The EPA is constantly taking us past the point of diminishing returns.  What do they expect to happen with the new regulations on racing vehicles?  There will be fewer of them and they will kill a popular sport.
Page 862 of the document states, “[The] EPA is proposing in 40 CFR 1037.601(a)(3) to clarify that the Clean Air Act does not allow any person to disable, remove, or render inoperative (i.e., tamper with) emission controls on a certified motor vehicle for purposes of competition. An existing provision in 40 CFR 1068.235 provides an exemption for non-road engines converted for competition use. This provision reflects the explicit exclusion of engines used solely for competition from the CAA definition of “non-road engine”. The proposed amendment clarifies that this part 1068 exemption does not apply for motor vehicles.”

If the wording is then ratified to include competition vehicles, it could have serious implications for motorcycle racing and the industry as a whole. It would then mean the sale of parts such as aftermarket exhausts would be illegal under U.S. law and force racing championships such as MotoAmerica to run any and all parts that come stock from the OEM in regards to emissions control, not to mention the wide reaching implications the ruling could have on amateur racing and track days.  
This is not a clarification.  This is a complete REWRITE.

When are we going to defund this outlaw agency?

BTW, notice the reference to page 862?

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