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house Bill H.R. 1768

Should the Diesel Emission Reduction Grant Program be Reauthorized Through FY2024?

Argument in favor

The Diesel Emission Reduction Act (DERA) is an effective means of reducing diesel emissions’ negative impact on American communities. Reauthorizing it will help fund diesel emissions retrofits that’ll help increase the efficiency of cars, trucks, and more.

jimK's Opinion
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09/10/2019
Diesel powered products will be hard to replace for years into developing our approaches to a carbon neutral economy. I think that improving greenhouse gas emissions from diesel combustion engines in the mean time is a both a worthy and helpful investment. Climate change solutions will be complex and I can anticipate that some approaches may not work as well as expected. We need to keep as many options available until we can assure that they will no longer be needed. There will be no second chances if we do not meet greenhouse emission guidelines. Diesel power will be important in the interim. I hope some enterprising geniuses can up with a reliable 99% combustion source carbon capture gizmo to retrofit existing equipment. It would sure help with the time and economic pressures the world community faces to meet these goals.
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Martha's Opinion
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09/10/2019
The Trump administration continues to try and has rolled back environmental protections. We need to protect our environment and strengthen standards not reverse them. Without a viable environment nothing else will matter.
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Thelma's Opinion
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09/10/2019
If this will slow climate change, I’m all in.
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Argument opposed

The Trump administration is seeking to reduce DERA funding to $10 million for FY2020, presumably for budgetary reasons. Since the administration has already set this priority, Congress should abide by it instead of increasing DERA funding to $100 million.

Poli.Sci's Opinion
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09/09/2019
Diesel is by far the slowest burning and better fuel for vehicles than unleaded or premium fuels. For one gallon of oil to be made for unleaded, 2 gallons can be made for diesel. Yeah we can increase more fuel efficiency in Diesel engines but the problem encompasses people who don’t like diesel because “it smells bad.” I can you this much, I’d rather smell diesel than unleaded filtered which smells like rotten eggs when burned through newer engines. Besides smell, diesel is more economical and longer lasting. It is harder to ignite diesel than unleaded and diesel does not freeze or clump at lower temperatures like unleaded and ethanol. Besides, we need to be reducing our Federal spending rather than increasing the costs and grants offered. Let the states give grants on this, not the Federal government.
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Justin's Opinion
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09/10/2019
Most people here have no idea what new emissions have done to diesel trucks in the past 7 or 8 years. It’s been a NIGHTMARE. Multiple companies with diesel fleet trucks are spending more time with their trucks in the shop than on the road! So quit throwing on new emissions equipment on these trucks when they are junk. So no, I don’t support all this new emissions stuff. In fact, diesels are more efficient than their gasoline counterparts, so I’m not sure why we’re focused on diesel anyways.
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Mart's Opinion
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09/10/2019
Every time government gets into an area, the outcome is always worse than nonintervention. Let the market decide.
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    Diesel powered products will be hard to replace for years into developing our approaches to a carbon neutral economy. I think that improving greenhouse gas emissions from diesel combustion engines in the mean time is a both a worthy and helpful investment. Climate change solutions will be complex and I can anticipate that some approaches may not work as well as expected. We need to keep as many options available until we can assure that they will no longer be needed. There will be no second chances if we do not meet greenhouse emission guidelines. Diesel power will be important in the interim. I hope some enterprising geniuses can up with a reliable 99% combustion source carbon capture gizmo to retrofit existing equipment. It would sure help with the time and economic pressures the world community faces to meet these goals.
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    Diesel is by far the slowest burning and better fuel for vehicles than unleaded or premium fuels. For one gallon of oil to be made for unleaded, 2 gallons can be made for diesel. Yeah we can increase more fuel efficiency in Diesel engines but the problem encompasses people who don’t like diesel because “it smells bad.” I can you this much, I’d rather smell diesel than unleaded filtered which smells like rotten eggs when burned through newer engines. Besides smell, diesel is more economical and longer lasting. It is harder to ignite diesel than unleaded and diesel does not freeze or clump at lower temperatures like unleaded and ethanol. Besides, we need to be reducing our Federal spending rather than increasing the costs and grants offered. Let the states give grants on this, not the Federal government.
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    The Trump administration continues to try and has rolled back environmental protections. We need to protect our environment and strengthen standards not reverse them. Without a viable environment nothing else will matter.
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    If this will slow climate change, I’m all in.
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    Of course the White House wants to reduce funding for this program. To continue it means having breathable air, fewer respiratory problems, and a healthier environment. This administration would abhor that idea. Keep the funding, renew the program.
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    Diesel emissions are even worse than normal gasoline emissions. Protecting public health and the environment needs to be a top priority!
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    Why is it Trump's goal to get rid of everything that's good for the world? I forget.
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    Most people here have no idea what new emissions have done to diesel trucks in the past 7 or 8 years. It’s been a NIGHTMARE. Multiple companies with diesel fleet trucks are spending more time with their trucks in the shop than on the road! So quit throwing on new emissions equipment on these trucks when they are junk. So no, I don’t support all this new emissions stuff. In fact, diesels are more efficient than their gasoline counterparts, so I’m not sure why we’re focused on diesel anyways.
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    Every time government gets into an area, the outcome is always worse than nonintervention. Let the market decide.
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    Every effort must be made now, preferably yesterday, to reduce emissions and transfer to clean energy.
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    Diesel emissions needs to be reigned in since the dieselgate and these big Chevy and ford diesels that people use and blow smoke all over people to show off their trucks needs to be brought in to help everyone live and breath
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    No, abolish the corrupt EPA.
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    We must continue to improve government standards on man made pollutant emissions.
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    Diesel is by far a better fuel! With today’s technology it’s much more clean burning!
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    I didn't even have to look to know that this bill was introduced by a Democrat. They are the only ones who want our grandchildren to live, and so are working against the fossil fuel and Russian bought GOP to try to keep our air and water clean, and our energy efficient with destroying the planet! If you want your children and grandchildren to live, support them!
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    Just like regular emissions are regulated diesel emissions should be regulated too.
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    Air quality *must* be kept among the highest of priorities. Too many people, including children, develop respiratory illnesses from breathing polluted air.
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    Any effort to curb damage to the climate has my support.
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    Diesel is a cheaper more efficient fuel than gasoline. (Why do you think diesel dominates the commercial market?) Stop punishing America for choosing a better product.
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    No. It’s a cleaner fuel
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