Today driving to work in my free rental "thanks nissan!" I'm fliping thru the stations since I do not have any of my normal presets. Welp, I ran across some tuesday only show that runs from 10-11am and it's about clean air and the news you don't normaly hear about in the paper. Turns out the last 2 years tree hugers have been trying to get a bill passed that makes Maryland as with 6 other states adopt CA smog laws. law two years they lost but they're reallllllly pushing to get it passed this year. the mail thing they were pushing for passing this bill is BECUASE right now they say if you want to buy a hybrid car theres a big waiting list becuase the major companies are not supplying enough. also that theres not enough people that want them because with out the harder smog laws people don't care as much. ok so theres not enough cars becuase toyota/honda/ford can't make enough fast enough so to fix the problem we should force people to pay money every year for an out the ass smog test and by doing that more people will want to buy hybrids in doing so honda/toyota/ford will some how meet the new demaned that they can't curenty meet? wtf. Some reasons why people don't want hybrids, 1, have to get on a long waiting list so they say. 2, smog test are not hard enough therefor people don't care. HOW ABOUT COST? IMO hybrids are still very pricy in the end they do pay for themselfs with fuel savings but the up front cost of the car is very high when for the same money you could buy a RSX or Mazda 6 loaded. and get 30+ mpg bottom line it makes me sick here people go on and on about how cars are killing this planet and now we need to adopt CA smog laws. Smog test are a total joke. in maryland it cost I believe 16 bucks it was 12 when I first started driving. If you pass great come again in 2 years if not spend X many dollars and we will wave your car passed. I look at smog test as being like redlight cameras. does it help out the problem... no not realy does it make a shit load of money for the state? yup. Then you have shit like making the yellow lights shorter so the chance of running a red light is higher the same goes making the test for smog harder to pass so we pay a higher amount to get that waver......... This is one of the sites they were pluging on the radio show. They said there was a link for a yes to bill "insert # here" we should all go and using their e-mail setup to say NO to bill "insert # here" http://www.marypirg.org/ Fuckin eh it pissed me off. plus everyone that called in was a total dumb ass that never asked any worth while questions. heres the e-mail to the gov.... http://marypirg.org/MD.asp?id=122&id3=MD&id4=MDAA& just remember they are trying to pass this for SEVEN states in our area.