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Re "Panel OKs Diesel Bus Trade-Off," Oct. 21 Perhaps one reason why "clean" diesel won't be around for another four years is because, rather than rushing to meet clean air standards through R&D, the engine manufacturers poured more money and resources into L&L -- lawyers and lobbyists. BILL HALLER Van Nuys
October 6, 1985 | RICHARD BUFFUM
Diesel, a golden retriever whose aquatic fame has spread to nearly every mariner in Newport Harbor, has lost a friend and playmate. The harbor seal with whom Diesel has frolicked happily for the past three years has been missing this year. Gary Hill, Diesel's master, and I speculated idly on the fate of the missing seal. We were sitting in the sun on a wood bench on the pier outside Hill's office.
May 16, 1991
In the article about the efforts of the AQMD to bring our air pollution under control, I read a long list of areas being attacked, including passenger cars, utilities, even back-yard barbecues. It seems nothing has been overlooked. Well, almost nothing. Diesel trucks have been overlooked. Is it possible that any sane person driving the highways surrounded by these carcinogen-gushing monsters can fail to connect that black gunk coming out of their smokestacks with pollution? If L.A. can convert school buses away from diesel, then the same can be done with 18-wheelers.
October 13, 2011
2012 Mercedes ML350 BlueTec Base price: $51,365 (including destination charge) Price, as tested: $75,665 Powertrain: 3.0-liter, turbocharged V-6 diesel engine, seven-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters Horsepower: 240 at 3,600 rpm Torque: 455 pound-feet at 1,600 to 2,400 rpm 0-60: 7.3 seconds Curb weight: 5,040 pounds Wheelbase: 114.8 inches Overall length: ...
August 16, 2012
Re "Cracking down on diesel," Opinion, Aug. 14 Carl Pope makes a good case for retrofitting trucks with diesel filters, which costs about $10,000 a truck, to reduce deadly air pollution. But the benefit is to the public. Why should the truck owner bear the burden while getting no direct benefit? I suggest that the retrofit be subsidized by taxpayers because they receive the benefit. Among the advantages of this approach is that the retrofits will be done sooner and the savings from costly enforcement programs can be used to actually get the job done.
February 18, 1990
Jim Hutchison's story, "In the Wake of the Lady Rose," Jan. 28, was interesting to an ex-Northwester, but I must take exception to "state of the art in 1937, the Lady Rose boasted one of the world's first marine diesel engines." Fiat was building marine diesels in 1909 and they were used in World War I U-boats. R. BOTTUM Van Nuys
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