Monday, April 28, 2008

Truckers Protesting Diesel Prices

I can hear the truckers that are circling the White House out my window. I didn't know what it was at first. It sounded like a a very loud band tuning up . . . but, at times, it almost sounds symphonic. Read more about this (via Treehugger):

When diesel costs $4 a gallon in the United States, it does more than force truckers to slow down: it also makes them angry. So angry, in fact, that there has been talk of a nationwide strike today to protest the high price of diesel fuel. So far, protests have been sporadic, with around 100 truckers "rallying on the steps of the Pennsylvania Capitol asking lawmakers to cut state taxes on their fuel, and nationwide there are others calling for a day of boycott to emphasize their plight."

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association "says many of its members believe diesel prices at more than $4 a gallon is making it difficult for them to stay in business," and they are calling on President Bush to "stabilize fuel prices by using the nation's oil reserves." Granted, that would only temporarily ease the pain. In the long-term, cutting fuel taxes and using the nation's oil reserves won't change the fact that the U.S. fleet of trucks is inefficient. In the meantime, even if the strike does not materialize, consumers can expect to see the price of food, clothes and other consumer goods continue to rise.


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