Autobloggreen: Presidential Limo Emissions Legal?

Robert Farago
by Robert Farago
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If we’re going to start looking at the discrepancy between what our politicians say and actually do, we could be here a while. Still, props to Autobloggreen (ABG) for pointing out that the diesel-powered Cadillac-shaped tank from which our lastest President will view the rabble is probably not California-compliant. In particular, particulates. “It’s been reported that the limo uses a 6.5L diesel V8 which got me thinking about whether it might be a Tier 2 Bin 5 compliant clean diesel. I contacted Cadillac spokesman David Caldwell who gave me the following response, “We’re just not permitted to discuss that at all — and in fact I don’t even know the engine aspects of the car. So it’s not the case that I’m just choosing not to tell you — I don’t know and would not be permitted to know.” In fact, if they told him, they’d have to kill him. And if we told you, well, didn’t Robert Redford star in a movie about that? ABG has to go that one step further, pointing out that the limo probably runs on military-grade diesel. This from Mr. Ethanol. Who’d a thunk it?

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  • Psarhjinian Psarhjinian on Jan 16, 2009
    Ethanol gels at cold temperature and I would not want our leader stranded on the side of the road or have to limit where he would be able to travel. Actually, that would be diesel. Ethanol (alcohol) doesn't gel; it freezes at -114C. If Obama is touring Mars, this might be an issue, otherwise not so much.

  • David C. Holzman David C. Holzman on Jan 16, 2009

    This limo is a presidential protection device, not a commercial vehicle. Thus, the issue of compliance is irrelevant. @Rod Panhard It may actually BE his stunt double riding in that car. We wouldn't know if that were the case, but based on the car he had before he was outed for it durin gthe election--a xler 300 V8--Obama has a healthy enjoyment of driving. Maybe he'll be the guy in the Corvette.

  • Landcrusher Landcrusher on Jan 16, 2009

    AND, government vehicles are almost all exempt from all the laws for OUR vehicles. Do as they say...

  • Greg Locock Greg Locock on Jan 17, 2009

    Non-story. The chances are this thing is flown from city to city in a full size jet with maybe 30 people in it, so what its emissions are like when it is driven are irrelevant. Even if some lucky dude got to drive from city to city it wouldn't matter. Get a grip.