This one is a little near and dear to my heart since it directly concerns the well-being of my husband and our financial future. When the construction industry died because of bad federal policies and the financial meltdown with the banks, hubby sat up all night one night and realized that he had to change careers. Given our circumstances, there was no way we could survive a 4 year degree’s time to achieve so he went into trucking.
Truck stops reduce idling to clear the air (emphasis mine)
Nashville and three neighboring counties have too much pollution in the air, and the state hopes to make it cleaner by getting truck drivers to turn off their diesel engines.
Davidson, Wilson, Sumner and Rutherford counties have failed initial tests to meet federal standards for ozone, a pollutant created when sunlight reacts with vehicle and industrial emissions. Diesel fuel from freight trucks, especially when they are idling, is a contributor to poor air quality.
The Tennessee Department of Transportation received a $2 million grant Monday to equip six to 10 truck stops with technology that reduces diesel fuel emissions from trucks by allowing drivers to turn off their engines but stay cool during rests.
Long-haul drivers, who are required by law to rest for 10 hours after each 11-hour shift, can pay to plug their trucks into a machine that offers air conditioning, heat, electricity, cable television, phone and Internet access. […]
An initial state report released in March showed that the Middle Tennessee counties did not meet new federal air quality standards set last year to reduce health risks, including heart attacks and asthma, problems that are associated with breathing smoggy air.
The EPA will finalize the state’s air monitoring results by March 2010.
So, they won’t finalize their results for almost another year but it’s important that we proceed with the rape of the economy and the trucking industry in the meantime. Oh, did I mention the truckdrivers will have to pay for this new service? It sounds great and all that but 3 hours worth of electricity for $10. Are truck drivers made of gold or something? For the record, hubby is averaging around $500/week being a new driver. He’s on his truck 24/7 except for the occasional times he gets to come home for a day. Truckers are required to take a 10 hour break, so 10 hours divided by 3 hours times $10 dollars is roughly 33 dollars per day to park at a truck stop in Tennessee… or half hubby’s paycheck.
I can imagine the lawsuits that are going to ensue when the first death occurs from exposure from extreme heat or cold because of an inability to pay for the “hook up.”
The article goes on to talk about what a great thing this is, including one lone truck driver from San Antonio, TX as a spokesperson. This truck driver has a 10 year old truck with 100,000 miles on it. Hubby was assigned a truck that’s 1 year old with 180,000 miles on it. Do the math.
Yes, folks, this is our tax dollars at work. My new mantra is Jim Cooper has to got to go. I’ve threatened a gibbon from the Nashville Zoo, even running myelf if I have to although like I never thought I’d be a political activist, being a politician is laughable. I will, however, do what it takes to get a sane government in place.