EPA’s latest target has 18 wheels

tractor trailerWhether you watch the regulatory actions of the Environmental Protection Agency with support, amusement, disbelief or horror, it’s worth noting what’s coming next.

In this case, it’s the rumble of the tractor trailer that could be the next target of EPA’s chomp-chomp-chomp regulatory battle against global warming.

This week, EPA is likely to propose regulations cutting greenhouse gas emissions from heavy-duty trucks, reported Aaron M. Kessler and Coral Davenport in The New York Times.

It means the government will provide a steeper challenge for tractor-trailer fuel efficiency, seeking to raise the average from the current five to six miles a gallon of diesel up to nine miles a gallon by 2027.

This could be a welcome development for those who’ve gotten stuck behind exhaust-heavy tractor-trailers in traffic, but it’s a worry for America’s transportation industry — including plenty of trucking companies that hit the highway on West Virginia’s strategically-located interstates.

“Talk is cheap, but I don’t see how they get there,” John Yandell Jr., president of Yandell Truckaway in Pleasant Hill, Calif., told the Times.

The Times story calls the trucking industry “the beating heart of the nation’s economy,” noting the food, raw goods and freight crisscrossing America’s highways.

It’s worth watching how much cost of meeting new regulations gets passed on to consumers.

The new rules could add $12,000 to $14,000 to the cost of building each new tractor-trailer. EPA estimates, though, that the cost could be recouped after 18 months through fuel savings.

EPA helpfully suggests that truck operators could benefit from regulation in a way that the market presumably could not point. “Fuel is either at the top or near the top of truck operators’ costs,” Christopher Grundler, director of the EPA’s Office of Transportation and Air Quality, told the Times.

This next regulatory chapter is in its early stages. Once the proposed regulations are introduced, there’s still a public comment period ahead before EPA comes out with a final version.

There’s always something new up around the bend with EPA. It pays to keep your eyes on the regulatory road.


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    Again a regulatory “climate goal” fits perfectly into the Marxist model: Trucks literally move American business and commerce. Free market commerce is bad. Therefore the left must restrict and hyper-regulate the trucking industry to cripple the US economy to reduce America’s economic advantages in the world.

    I wish these people would at least have the intellectual integrity to fully describe the ultimate goals of their Utopian plans. They need to explain how their vision is for some kind of a world-controlled affiliation of collective agrarian communes that focus on growing and composting.

    Let people decide for themselves if they agree with this vision of social paradise. Let people decide if they trust the honesty and competence of those promoting this vision, but [i]please[/i] spare us from this narrative that this is all about catastrophic climate change.

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      I agree! The problem with zealots is their hit and run tactics–EPA is a terrorist organization to most business activity–especially transportation and farming.

      Go to your favorite store selling “bug killers”. Read the label or the insert, if you use the product outside the instructions you’re subject to penalty under federal law.

      Soon technology will total your offences emanating from your home, car and business allowing EPA to give you an environmental citation–a ticket for polluting. Its coming emperor odama wants it.

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    For some it’s about saving the planet but for most of the rent seekers and panhandlers it’s about the cash they hope will be sent their way .

    I am surprised the EPA hasn’t already attempted to just banned 18 wheelers, however there is an election to consider after all .

    EPA creep will continue until Congress and the American people get fed up with
    their unaccountable overreach .

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