Every good you enjoy, furniture, food, clothing, your cars, computers, golf clubs….etc. all got to the store where you bought them by truck. Yep, those loud smoking rigs that burn diesel at the rate of about 1 gallon every 5 miles.
What’s my point?
The Obama administration in its infinite wisdom is mandating that heavy trucks improve exhaust emissions and greenhouse gases. By 2015 new standards must be in place. We might call it the California plan.
Not long ago I talked to a CA trucker who had just picked up a new tractor in North Carolina. He didn’t want to buy one, the old one had been performing well but would no longer meet California’s strict pollution standards. The replacement trucks do not perform as well and it takes longer to do the job.
Guess who is going to pay for the expense of newer more costly rigs? It’s you, the consumer who will foot the bill! The trucker isn’t willing to live on less pay than he is earning now. The supply company isn’t willing to eat Spam instead of pork chops. And the retailer isn’t in the mood for doing with less either. So, the whole tab will be passed on to everyone who buys the goods.
Thanks Mr. President! You have found yet another way to stick it to the American citizens.