• Sep 24, 2009
Will it blend? If the answer is no – as was the case with the boron steel used to create the latest Ford Fiesta – perhaps all that's needed is a more powerful blender (insert appropriate Tim Allen-esque grunting sounds here) complete with handlebars and a twist-grip throttle? Enter the Party Blender, which uses a gas-powered engine in lieu of a standard wimpy plug-in electric motor.

Unless you live in California, that is. Earlier this month, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) fined On the Edge Marketing from Orange County and CSK Auto Inc. from Phoenix, Arizona a whopping $240,000 for selling the blenders in the Far-Left State. Says CARB chairperson Mary D. Nichols:
Gasoline-powered blenders may be this year's tailgate sensation, but drinkers should not be polluting our air while having a good time.
So, let's get this straight... gas-powered blenders are A-OK, just so long as they aren't powered by two-stroke engines from China that aren't approved for sale in California? Does this sound strange to anybody else?

[Source: LA Times]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Would these really sell in a volume that would cause concern? Even then, they will be operated for 10 minutes a year to blend stuff. A single cow probably creates more of a concern than all the gas-powered blenders in the world combined. Personally I think it's a stupid product but that doesn't mean that its makers should be sued. Ah well, I guess there's the rest of the good ol' USA to sell in...

      • 5 Years Ago
      The state of California is flat broke. Can they really afford an organization that provides a function totally redundant to the EPA and often proposes ridiculous regulations, even by government standards? I think not. And don't give me any of this "California has special needs" BS.

      CARB just needs to go away. Period.


        • 5 Years Ago
        why not the LS2LS7?

        "California has special needs. Lots of cars and valley air flows (more like lack of) means you can't use the same standards as you can in North Carolina where your emissions just blow out to sea."

        California's problem is the people are hypocrits. They love their cars, but blame the carmakers when they polute. If they all cared so much about polution, they would all take the bus or live near work.

        • 5 Years Ago
        @Alex
        Touche!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Somebody get them their helmet and some cheese crackers... CARB --> GFYS
        Although in CA's defense, I'm pretty sure even I know that any internal combustion engine sold in CA must be approved for use in CA...
        In the meantime I've got a jug of 2-stroke pre-mixed and a couple jugs of Margaritaville Tequila - ready to make some margaritas.
        • 5 Years Ago
        California has special needs. Lots of cars and valley air flows (more like lack of) means you can't use the same standards as you can in North Carolina where your emissions just blow out to sea.

        Come out and take a look at our air some time.

        Public health is important to the success of the state, and beauty helps tourism too. So if CARB is what it takes to accomplish this, who are you to say otherwise?
        • 5 Years Ago
        California *is* special needs.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Anyone remember a few months back when CA attempted to outlaw the sale of black cars throughout the state based on the notion that cars with black paint attract more heat and then cause their climate control units to work harder and use slightly more fuel? Nothing from california surprises me anymore. Besides, this is a recession economy, so I can't imagine that too many people will be spending money on these useless novelty items.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow stupid ass knee-jerk morons at CARB. No wonder the state took months to get a budget passed.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Is this really that strange to everyone? They're not regulating the blender, they're regulating the engine. I think most people agree that, in general, polluting less is better than polluting more, right? So there are standards set for engines that can be sold in CA, and this one doesn't meet them. End of story.

      As for CARB, sure there's a bureaucracy there, but name me a large organization, and I'm not just talking government, that doesn't have one. Anyone who thinks that private industry is devoid of red tape, bureaucracy, and politics hasn't worked at a company with more than 10 people in it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      CARB is useless. Its just a typical bureaucracy, where companies are essentially forced to "pay up" or their products wont even be "analyzed" by CARB, thus deemed illegal regardless of their emissions output relative to similar products.

      CARB is a waste of taxpayer money that gets in the way of real environmental progress.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Hmm? For most applications, if you just buy an approved engine, you can use it in your product and not have to worry about getting CARB approval.

        And just how would you know the emissions output of your product relative to other products if you weren't using engines that were analyzed? Are you just going to squint at it and then declare it cleaner than the next one?
      HotRodzNKustoms
      • 5 Years Ago
      I can think of a really good place for that guy to shove CARB...

      Just another example of the biggest government money can buy!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Thank God I live in Alabama where our government officials get in fist fights and argue about how much to raise their own pay rather than regulate away all of the awesome.
      • 5 Years Ago
      why does this thing even exist?
        • 5 Years Ago
        See, and there's the point. This is ridiculous that CARB is even wasting their time on this. Obviously this device is ridiculous and the market will probably end up dictating in the end that this product will never take off and become mainstream.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Because the Viper V-10 powered one is too heavy.
      • 5 Years Ago
      lol California.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Just put a CARB-legal LS2 on it. Problem solved.

      (Hey, that's what Jeremy Clarkson did.)
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is CALIFORNIA! And this surprised you how???
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