Choked up in Mexico City… the smog capital of the Americas

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A typical smog choked day in the Los Angeles basin.

I grew up in the shadow of Los Angeles in the mid 1960’s. Think the heart of the San Gabriel Valley.

In addition to tons of amigos, there was something else that was there almost everyday. Call it a presence, because it never left. It was smog. And not your garden variety smog. I’m talking asthma inducing, eye watering smog that took your breath away. If you had any left after a day outside.

Coupled with the heat, the smog of So Cal was incredible. And when you were lucky enough to get a chance to cool off and play in the sprinkler, at the end of the day it felt like your chest was going to explode.

I was reminded of that today as I was listening to a story on the choking level of smog in Mexico City.

One of the things we’ve done in the states to cut down on smog has been to require carmakers to build more efficient vehicles that produce fewer smog causing emissions. Many of those car makers, think VW and Ford, make those cars in Mexico.

What a lot of people don’t know is that the cars produced for the US are extremely efficient and produce very little those deadly toxic emissions. The cars they make for Mexico however, are not those cars. They are cars that are not nearly as good for the environment.

Check out the story as Benjamin Bain of Bloomberg News is interviewed

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