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A crisis so urgent, liberals will act in 18 years

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Don Surber

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Thursday, September 22, 2022

A crisis so urgent, liberals will act in 18 years

The world is in peril, my friend. For 50 years liberals have told us we must act now. If we wait for proof of global cooling/global warming/climate change, it will be too late.

California is taking the lead.

The LA Times reported, “Saying they had a ‘moral obligation,’ California regulators could soon ban the sale of diesel big rigs by 2040, ending a long reliance on the polluting vehicles that are the backbone of the American economy.“The proposal by staff of the California Air Resources Board would further require that, by 2035, medium- and heavy-duty trucks entering ports and railyards must be zero emission and that state and local government fleets be so by 2027.

“The new regulations would likely demand a radical buildup of electric charging infrastructure, placing new stresses on California’s already fragile power grid and force the trucking industry to reshape how it does business. Regulators and activists say any disruption would ultimately be outweighed by lives and money saved.”

It is so urgent — such a big moral obligation — that they will do something about it in 18 years.


What do I know about trucking? Nothing.

But Tri-State Trucking does and it says, “An average car lasts about 200,000 miles or so. A typical semi truck can last up to around 750,000 miles or more. There have even been trucks to hit the one million mile mark! On average, a semi truck drives about 45,000 miles per year. This means that you can probably expect to get about 15 years of use out of your truck.”

15 years.

So that means an entire generation of big rigs will be built and retired before this ban on new rigs is in place. This also means the state won’t run out of big rigs until 2055.Instead of acting now, California is acting in 33 years.

The planet is in peril, they say. We must act, they say.

Ah, I remember all those science fiction movies from the 1950s, in particular, The Day The Earth Stood Still. The United Nations would convene to confront the alien invaders by passing a tax and banning trucks in 18 years.

Every Godzilla movie ended with Raymond Burr buying an electric car, which was odd since Godzilla really liked to pull those high tension wires down.

This is goofball political science and theater. The politicians know it is nonsense. If the problem were urgent, they would ban the big rigs now, not beginning in 2040. 

Then there are hydrofluorocarbons, which are used as refrigerants. The Senate passed a treaty that will ban HFCs in 20 or so years.

HFCs replaced chlorofluorocarbons, which were deemed a threat to the ozone layer.

Since then, the EPA approved three alternatives to HFCs. Enviro-socialists will find fault with the alternatives and demand they be replaced.

Banning big rigs 18 years from now shows climate change (or whatever they will call it in 18 years) is not a threat to our planet.

A government that can ban cars is the real threat. Life without liberty is a prison term.

Posted by Don Surber at 9/22/2022 03:00:00 PM