In an attempt to give the big, fat middle finger to President Obama and his recent EPA initiatives, a movement that centers on “rolling coal” has picked up serious steam amongst truck drivers.
“Rolling coal,” in case you didn’t know, refers to drivers that purposefully spew black smoke into the atmosphere. To enhance this smoke blowing feature, drivers install smoke stacks and special equipment on their diesel trucks that causes the engine to burn more fuel and send black billows of smoke out into the air. This can be done for as little as $500.
This protest is also directly aimed at the drivers of electric and hybrid cars that receive tax breaks for their decision to “Go Green.”
In an interview with Slate, Dave Weigel- a Wisconsin seller of stack kits- said, “I run into a lot of people that really don’t like Obama at all. If he’s into the environment, if he’s into this or that, we’re not. I hear a lot of that. To get a single stack on my truck—that’s my way of giving them the finger. You want clean air and a tiny carbon footprint? Well, screw you.”
Currently, there are tons of videos littered across the internet of truck drivers blowing this “Prius Repellant” at other drivers on the road.
In addition to the perceived “tax break” injustice, others are “rolling coal” because the new EPA regulations have affected certain businesses. For example, one company from Edge, Utah took a $500,000 hit for selling diesel particulate filters that allowed truck drivers to improve their mileage.
However, not all conservative truck drivers are on board for the new movement, especially older enthusiasts. Instead, they believe that “rolling coal” is a waste of fuel and too disrespectful to other drivers. Oh, and it could be dangerous, leading to accidents and other unforeseen consequences.
Well, the Clean Air Task Force says that diesel pollutants lead to over 21,000 premature deaths each year. Adding to this, in an interview with Fox News, the EPA said, “Tampering with vehicle pollution controls is against the law. Tailpipe pollution, uncontrolled by emissions reduction technology, contains high levels of soot and smog forming chemicals, which are linked to premature death.”
Not all people are buying into these statements and studies, though. One Texan truck driver was quoted as saying, “I’m not a scientist, but it couldn’t be too horrible. There are a lot of factories that are doing way worse than my truck.”
No matter what side you lean to on the issue, one thing seems to remain certain: “Rolling Coal” drivers are on the road today, and they are ready to fight for control of the pavement.