So, is the EPA going to give Mexico a “waiver”.. but of course..and how many Millions of our bucks did Zero give away? And Chicago’s Daley who was Sec. of Commerce under Clinton is up to his eyeballs in it.
President Barack Obama and Mexican President Felipe Calderon on Thursday will announce a plan to open up U.S. highways to Mexican trucks, removing a longstanding roadblock to improved relations between the North American allies. An Obama administration official said the two leaders have agreed to a phased-in plan that would authorize both Mexican and U.S. long-haul carriers to engage in cross-border operations, provided that the Mexican trucks meet U.S. safety standards. NY Post
From earlier posting from Bunkerville: Mexican Truckers say they cannot meet U.S. EPA Standards
Mexican government says it will ease its trade sanctions against U.S. imports only after its trucks are allowed to cross the border.
Sanctions? Juan really…
Juan Carlos Munoz, president of Mexico’s National Chamber of Motor Transport of Freight, said Mexican trucks cannot meet U.S. environmental emissions standards, which effectively shuts them out of the market.
Mexican oil companies “do not have sufficient capacity to supply the diesel suitable for these new technologies” required by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Munoz said after meeting with Mexico’s transportation secretary. From: All Headline News :
Last month we posted a story: Obama to lift ban on controversial border trucking program with Mexico. Now there is a new wrinkle to this story. It turns out the Mexican diesel fuel does not meet the EPA standards. Anyone want to make a bet there is an EPA waiver?
The Obama administration announced a proposal last week to resurrect a controversial program that gives Mexican cargo trucks access to American highways. (New York Times, Jan. 6, 2011) This announcement comes after a two-year ban of the cross-border trucking program with Mexico and was made the same day President Obama appointed William Daley to be his White House Chief of Staff. (NBC Chicago, Jan. 6, 2011) Daley, who served as Secretary of Commerce under President Clinton, is considered one of the “architects” of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which took effect in 1994. (The Washington Post, Jan. 6, 2011)
According to a NAFTA arbitration panel, a cross-border trucking program included in the agreement requires the United States to allow trucks from Mexico and Canada access to American highways. (Secretariat File No. USA-MEX-98-2008-01)