In a previous post, we pointed out how Jesse James was recently fined over $200,000 for failing to adhere to the California Clean-Air Act with the myriad of motorcycles he built between 1998-2005. Timothy, of the cool green site, Bamboo Furniture, wrote in to round out the story,
“Jesse James commissioned me to build a bamboo project years ago at his home…he is a big supporter of artists and artisans working with natural materials..sometimes bloggers not having the budget of larger news organization do not objectively research the larger picture and only nitpic the details..I am the last person to defend motorcyles but the demand for motorcyles is more the real problem…but if you look at Jessie’s work is is really more sculpture and less transportation…does the writer of the blog post run to work???”
To answer his first question, I do not run to work (unless I’m late), but I do walk to work — everyday. I’m not sure what he’s implying since driving a car to work would expel less emissions than a motorcycle, but I do understand his point on the arts, support of the arts (especially natural), and showing the other side of an individual.
And granted, this is why we have readers — and look for your input on helping us clarify positions we take on the people we write about. I still think it was irresponsible for James not to install emissions-reducing technology on his bikes; but also find it a little odd that such a practice went unnoticed for such a long time. Shouldn’t such vehicles be inspected? It seems to me that California unfairly singled the guy out after seven years and nailed him with the fine to set an example. Are motorcycles subjected to the same inspections as cars? Did he receive warnings?