Cover Story
Green arguments lack credible support

By Charlie Morasch
staff writer


Those who would profit by longer, heaver trucks often tout decreased emissions as a benefit, although experts on the topic haven’t verified that claim.

At a late January Congressional hearing by the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s Subcommittee on Highways and Transit, some large motor carrier witnesses extolled the virtues of “more productive truck combinations.”

OOIDA Executive Vice President Todd Spencer quickly countered.

“Upping truck weights and mandating speed limiters in the name of sustainability is irresponsible and ridiculous,” said Spencer. “Those things have nothing to do with making trucking more ‘green’ and everything to do with adding more ‘green’ to the pockets of large corporations.”

OOIDA pointed out the inefficiencies in trucking caused by truckers made to wait to load and unload and empty miles, which combined cost trucking and consumers $5.7 billion annually.

At the January hearing, the National Resources Defense Council told the committee it had no formal position on heavier trucks.

The silence was deafening.