Sunday, March 29, 2009
And now the Liberals hate your black cars too
I swear, if Hell has a front gate, it’s located under a manhole at the corner of Haight and Ashbury in San Fransisco, the Crapital of Liberal Socialist America. After all, the City by the Bay spawned Diane Feinstein and Nasty Pelosi. Need I say more? The evil oozes downhill and has contaminated Sacramento so badly that California is just a running joke now. The rhino may be endangered but there’s a RINO in Kellyfawnya named Arnold who’s alive & well.
I say this, because as if there wasn’t enough governmental control bullshit and babble issuing forth from the Obamunist Manifesto in Washington, the asstards in California now want to control what color your car can be, based on Global Warming bullshit.
The problem stems from a new “cool paints” initiative from the California Air Resources Board. CARB wants to mandate the phase-in of heat-reflecting paints on vehicle exteriors beginning with the ’12 model year, with all colors meeting a 20% reflectivity requirement by the ’16 model year.
Because about 17 other states tend to follow California’s regulatory lead for no better reason than it sounds cool & hip, as many as 40% of the vehicles sold in the U.S. could be impacted by the proposed directive, suppliers say.
The measure is allegedly aimed at reducing carbon-dioxide emissions and improving fuel economy by keeping vehicles cooler on sunny days and decreasing the amount of time drivers use their air conditioners. I just simply can’t believe that someone feels they should regulate my personal comfort level in my car based on their own idiocy.
From the CARB website: “In 2006, California adopted the California Global Warming Solutions Act, also known as AB 32. This law created a comprehensive, long term plan for California to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020. Cool Paints was identified as an Early Action strategy, to be in place no later than January 1, 2010. This strategy is based on measures to reduce the solar heat gain in a vehicle parked in the sun. A cooler interior would make drivers less likely to activate the air conditioner, which increases carbon dioxide emissions.”
The rationale goes like this: Vehicle a/c units sap engine power and hurt fuel economy. If vehicle paint and glass reflect more heat, car interiors will be cooler. That means drivers will use their a/c less, the compressors won’t have to work as hard and auto makers will be able to use smaller a/c units in the future. Eventually, these environmentalist assholes will outlaw air conditioning altogether.
There should be a massive public outcry, for at least these two reasons:
1. Black is a highly-popular car color, second only to white, according to the 2008 DuPont Automotive Color Popularity Report, and
2. Regulating the color of cars, or anything else for that matter, is the mark of an overly-intrusive government and a lessening of our freedoms.
In 2006 an experiment was conducted by Craig Eppling, the regional head of public relations for General Motors in Dallas.
He parked a red Buick Lucerne, a white Chevrolet Impala and a black Saab SUV on a concrete parking lot in Carrollton, Texas one afternoon in mid-July. All were late-model, low-mileage vehicles. There were thermometers in each car, and readings were taken every five minutes between 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. The temperature outside ranged from a 93 to 102.
The red Lucerne was left with its windows up. The white Impala started the test with its windows down a quarter of the way, and they were lowered all the way at 3:40 p.m. The black Saab had darkly tinted windows that were left up.
At 4:20 p.m., when the temperature hit 102 degrees outside, the black Saab with gangsta glass rolled up tight registered an interior temperature of 125.8. The white Impala with the windows down had an interior temperature of 127.2 degrees, and the red Lucerne with untinted windows up all the way was a brain-melting 139.5 degrees.
None of this surprised Jan Null, an adjunct professor of meteorology at San Francisco State University, who has done research on heat and sealed vehicles.
"The exterior of a black car gets hotter than a white car, but it does not get transferred to the interior any more than in a white car," he said. "Try this experiment: Take your hand and put it on the headliner. It's not very hot. The energy that heats up the inside of a car comes through the windows."
Holy shit. You mean there’s a sane, rational voice of reason in the Capital of Liberalism?
Besides, anyone who's ever entered a hot car knows that it can be cooled down immediately by driving a few dozen feet with the windows open, effectively neutralizing any color-caused heat issues before engaging the a/c. But whatever, black is evil according to he Dems, unless it’s to promote the fact that their President is black-ish.
Not even your super cool black Prius Hybrid is safe from Liberal Tyranny. Who's the dumbass now?