Here's an interesting battle brewing on the environmental front - the EPA is considering tightening the restrictions on the sale of automotive finishing paint to ensure that it ends up in the hands of only those that can spray it in a safe environment. That, in itself, doesn't sound quite so evil. Where the story gets just a bit interesting is who's behind this push. It's not environmentalist groups, but rather the auto body industry itself. Now, one might say that it's only fair that these shops get to protect the investments they've made in environmental protection equipment, but one might also say that this is an attempt by a special interest group at using the government to gain a competitive advantage.
Regardless, the coming advances in water-based paint technology will hopefully make all of this a moot point, since evaporating off our precious petroleum reserves into the air doesn't strike me as a great use of resources.


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