George & Wendy Show

Wendy Parker

DEF or dumb?

We added 150 miles to our trip out of Portland because our truck isn’t DPF- or DEF-equipped. It turned out to be OK, since we got to see some of the most awesome scenery Oregon had to offer, but it’s irritating to be kept out of a state for such a ridiculous reason.

Now before all the environmental people start screaming at me, hear me out. First of all, I’m pretty dang sure not every single farm truck in California is CARB compliant. Especially the ones being used up in Growers that have the bumpers strapped on with bungee cords. And while I’m certain they all have their papers filed to remain non-CARB compliant (no really, I always roll my eyes like that), how in the hell is that helping the environment? Does the atmosphere automatically know not to be offended because there’s a piece of paper on file somewhere?

DEFI am so sick and tired of literally stumbling over the trash from diesel exhaust fluid. When it’s not sold in bulk at the pump, the amount of waste involved is incredible. And guess what? The plastic containers (inside the cardboard boxes) are NOT recyclable, which means they sit in a landfill and seep the toxins out into our ground water for thousands of years. How is that better for anything? Are you kidding me with this logic?


DPF ash cleaning retread

Trucks with DPF systems come with a warning light alerting the operator to the need for a cleaning, but many experts believe you shouldn’t wait ...

I realize California has a lot of good points. I mean, it houses the collection of weirdos we like to call Hollywood and at least a couple of the people who live there are marginally entertaining. It also grows a huge amount of food – for wherever they’re shipping it. I find it asinine to drive through the agricultural areas (when we were allowed to be there) and see miles of oranges grown in California, only to go to the grocery and be forced to buy oranges from Peru, because the California oranges are going to Japan. Who does this crazy stuff? Am I the only one this makes absolutely no sense to?

The whole thing would really make a whole lot more sense to me if I could figure out which politician’s cousin owns the DEF refineries, because that’s the only reason I can see that this would be made mandatory. 


A Closer Look: Diesel exhaust fluid

While it performs a sophisticated task, the basis of the selective catalytic reduction system – DEF itself is a simple blend of urea and water.

I’ve asked several times for someone to explain this to me. I sent the above picture to the EPA and asked someone to please tell me how it’s better for the environment. I got a form letter back, with absolutely no mention whatsoever of the trash or my direct question, thanking me for my concerns about the environment. I guess they were too busy pooping the the hallways to take a minute to actually answer. You read that right – your tax dollars just paid for a consultant to tell the bosses at the EPA (namely an office in the Denver area) how to keep their employees from pooping in the hallways. Unfortunately, this is not a filthy lie and I’m as horrified as you are that the people in charge of the very air we breathe are crapping at will wherever they please.

So we stay out of California. I miss Northern Cali – I love it from the Tejon Pass up, but it’s not worth the hassle any more. Maybe when they get tired of having to get their toilet paper from Guam, they’ll invite criminals like us back into their weird little world and we can all just get along. Until then, they can have it.

  • deny

    way to go. If all the trucks stay out of California thinks my get better

  • Matt

    Believe it or not the the Ag trucks and tractors are EXEMPT from all CARB rules, on road as well as off road. That’s big money lobbying at work. Apparently the environment will have to heal it self on the backs of all the hard working truckers in California.

  • grandpa5x

    Yep as far as I can tell there are 47 other states that ship and recieve freight 24/7. Sooner than later californications will decide that wearing orange peels
    and lettuce leaves for clothes is not working and elect politicians with a little common sense.

  • Douglas

    Take a close look at Californicate’s Caltrans if you really want to get mad. Their heavy equipment is not CARB compliant so they park it and hire private contractors that have been forced to be compliant. Does that make sense to everyone or do I have a weird sense? This was true a year or so ago. Also they found hundreds of trucks and cars stockpiled that were never used and paid for by tax payers. The land of illegals and legal drugs.

  • Lee Campobasso

    and its all based on junk science by people without the degrees they said they had, and yet the State of Ca is enforcing this. I moved out of N. Ca last year

  • Jack Simon

    The sad part is that there was a referendum a couple years back and the majority voted to keep the law intact. The populous has been dumbed down to think that this ‘rule’ is actually good for the state as it buys it’s coal fired power from Arizona and other states. What a bloody joke.

  • Jack Simon

    I left So Cal 2 years ago before they bankrupted me.

  • SafetyFirst

    Two words: CRONY CAPITALISM. Follow the money. The plastics industry, the paper industry, and certainly the chemical industries all benefit from these mandates. Environmentalism is HUGE business! And there are so many people out there being duped and manipulated by governmental entities like the EPA (bought and paid for by these industries). Incidentally, considering you sent that pic to the EPA, don’t be the least bit surprised if their swat team comes busting in your door some morning at 2am.

  • Julius Scissors

    If only half the population in china farted once a day we would have consumed all the def has cleaned up in the next 2 years world wide let alone california.but if they succeeded in convincing 350 milion americans that the price of diesel is really $4/Gal world wide and the average world wide work force paycheck especially china is less than $100 a week and some how the Chinese worker can afford to go in debt buying Groceries as americans do @ <$100 a week pay check then why not DEF ? There sould be a saying ( If U can pull doda out of you undies, throw it on the wall & if it sticks then by golly that is the truth.The world is full of 2 bit hustlers some play bigger than others. 10/10 hello come in?

  • Steve

    Well said Wendy. You would think that a state could not keep us off of a federally built highway. After all, Obama said (over a year ago and I’m sure he might be changing his mind again) that the Arizona border was subject to federal law first and state law second.

  • Steve

    By the way, the CARB exemptions are *self inspect* which I’m sure works very well – especially with those of us who are able to speak and read English. strives to maintain an open forum for reader opinions. Click here to read our comment policy.