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California Truckers Take EPA to Court Over Emissions Rules
Fox News ^ | 1/6/12 | Claudia Cowen

Posted on 01/06/2012 9:55:07 AM PST by Nachum

For the first time, the federal government is regulating big-rigs, RV's, and tractor-trailers in much the same way it's held car makers to rigorous fuel efficiency standards for decades. But a group of California truckers contends the regulations will drive them right out of business -- and has filed suit to block them. The Environmental Protection Agency is ordering large trucks and buses to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 20 percent and overhaul engine design starting with models built in 2014. Most operators will need to spend thousands upgrading their rigs or buying new vehicles,

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TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: california; climatechange; climategate; climategate2; emissions; energy; epa; globalwarminghoax; truckers

1 posted on 01/06/2012 9:55:11 AM PST by Nachum
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from the article “The ATA’s Bill Graves denies that’s the case, and argues the new regulations will lead to a major goal for the transportation industry — lower fuel costs.

“The rule is about being more fuel efficient. Over the long haul, this has got to be positive for anybody in the trucking industry,” he says. “”

Where in the world do morons like this come from, It has NOTHING to do with either, Any truck Driver that belongs to this group should quit today. What a Buffoon


2 posted on 01/06/2012 10:02:54 AM PST by eyeamok
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Okay, what’s the difference between “big rigs” and “tractor-trailers”?


3 posted on 01/06/2012 10:09:40 AM PST by Excellence (9/11 was an act of faith.)
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To: Excellence

Nothing.


4 posted on 01/06/2012 10:17:55 AM PST by Jeff Chandler (Quando Omni Flunkus Moritati)
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To: eyeamok

I think truckers already got an exception for the additional weight imposed by the auxiliary power units to contend with anti-idling laws. There’s no doubt that between the extra equipment scabbed onto diesels since 2007 and the other BS stuff, engine manufacturers are going to be hard pressed to get that 20% while meeting emissions requirements. It still comes down to moving upwards of 80,000 lbs down the highway and doing that with equipment that doesn’t end up in the shop more than the equipment built years ago.

This will take a combined effort by the truck builders and their compent suppliers. I wish them luck. If I was a trucker I’d keep an older unit well maintained and rebuild major units of the power train as necessary and restrict my running where I could still operate with an older truck.


5 posted on 01/06/2012 10:34:54 AM PST by meatloaf
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Without the removal of Obama from office, America is quite doomed. Hell, it might already be too late.


6 posted on 01/06/2012 10:39:33 AM PST by Lazamataz (Romney is the Pale Obama. That's all.)
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To: eyeamok
Exactly... Most of the people coming up with these regulations know NOTHING about what they're trying to regulate, nor the repercussions of those regulations...

"What's the big deal, just buy a new truck." What's a modern diesel big-rig going for these days? Nearly $200,000?

And the maintenance on these rigs, as well as the upgrades for existing rigs will drive many owner/operators right out of business.

Mark

7 posted on 01/06/2012 10:46:55 AM PST by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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What about Mexician trucks, excempt?


8 posted on 01/06/2012 10:53:27 AM PST by razorback-bert (Some days it's not worth chewing through the straps.)
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To: eyeamok
“The rule is about being more fuel efficient. Over the long haul, this has got to be positive for anybody in the trucking industry,” he says. “”

Yes, and we would be more energy-efficient if we had more nuclear power and everyone's house had solar panels installed. But either the government blocks it, or the upfront cost is just too much for most people to handle.

Paying $5k now to save $500 a year in the future doesn't make much sense if you don't know what happening a few years down the road, AND can't really afford that much right now.
9 posted on 01/06/2012 11:00:12 AM PST by Svartalfiar
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Someone help me understand why the union rank and file don’t demand that their union bosses begin giving their political donations to the Republican party.


10 posted on 01/06/2012 11:31:25 AM PST by wayoverontheright
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To: Excellence
Okay, what’s the difference between “big rigs” and “tractor-trailers”?

A "tractor trailer" goes as fast as he can, a "big rig" goes as fast as he WANTS to.

11 posted on 01/06/2012 11:44:17 AM PST by DeepInTheHeartOfTexas
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No connection at all to letting Mexican truckers finally roam the US highways without the same standards.

The Teamsters just aren’t the same since Hoffa was murdered.


12 posted on 01/06/2012 12:17:53 PM PST by hattend (If I wanted you dead, you'd be dead. - Cameron Connor)
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