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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.

6 Responses to TN, aided by the Feds, engage in revenue killing and an assault on yet another industry

  • Sean Plankey says:

    I am familiar with the program you speak of, it’s offered by a company called Idle-Aire, Inc. and they are based in Knoxville where I’m from. Now here’s the interesting part: The Haslam family owns a large share of Idle-Aire and the Pilot Travel Centers where these units are being installed. One of the Haslam sons is mayor of Knoxville and running against Rep. Zach Wamp (R-TN) for governor in 2010.

    My opinion is that this arrangement represents a huge conflict of interest for the Haslams and they should sell their interests in Idle-Aire as soon as possible.

  • Bruce says:

    Steph,

    Where are you? I hope that you are ok. (I do really mean that) There has been nothing written here for a week. Everyone seems to be quiet. Steve who recently announced he was back has been silent….Come on Black man speak up……the RWG Susannah who totally ignores me has said nothing (although I understand she is studying for the bar)….the other “typical white person” ….Kathy only shows up briefly every now and then and really does not have too much to say…..well let me see if I can stir up a little conversation…..Today the confirmation hearings start for Judge Sotomayor…..and she has said …….”I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn’t lived that life.”………And I think she has a perfectly valid point…..but I am sure that my “typical white” friends here (and that includes you too Steve) will disagree with me…….

    The revolution has been televised……Black in America Baby……..

  • StephC says:

    Sorry, Bruce. Been working… a lot of it which is a good thing although it does keep me from talking politics.

    I have a lot to say, that’s for sure.

  • john ryan says:

    10 dollars for 3 hours is just about the same cost as an idiling big truck diesel. Most big companies now monitor there engines electronocally to determine just how much time/fuel drivers spend idiling

  • StephC says:

    10 dollars for 3 hours is just about the same cost as an idiling big truck diesel. Most big companies now monitor there engines electronocally to determine just how much time/fuel drivers spend idiling

    So? Whose gonna pay it? The companies or the drivers? You can’t equivalate the two without answering that question.

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