So there’s this story going around about how some climate change denialists are purposely altering their trucks to spew large, black plumes of exhaust in protest of the EPA and of course, President Obama. The form of protest is known as “Rolling Coal” and it’s yet another silly, cut off your nose to spite your face move on the part of some conservatives who are upset at the EPA for enforcing pollution regulations.
So what is “Rolling Coal”? It is modifying a truck so that it will burn excessive fuel, creating a large plume of black smoke that blows back into the faces of drivers behind them. It’s stupid, immature, and it can be dangerous not only to the environment, but to other drivers due to a lack of visibility caused by a blinding cloud of exhaust.
The pollution pageantry has its origins in Truck Pulls, a rural motorsport where diesel pickups challenge one another to see who can pull a weighted sled the farthest. In order to have an edge, drivers started modifying their trucks to dump excessive fuel into the motor, which gave them more horsepower, torque, speed and a better chance of winning. It also made their trucks emit black smoke, an affectation that apparently won the hearts of country boys everywhere. Today kids will spend anywhere from $1,000 to $5,000 modifying their pickups for this sole purpose; adding smoke stacks and smoke switches (which trick the engine into thinking it needs more gas), or even revamping the entire fuel system. (Source)
Yeah, you read that correctly. People spend thousands of dollars so that they can pour EVEN MORE expensive fuel into a vehicle which already guzzles diesel like John Boehner guzzles red wine. And apparently, wasting money on already expensive diesel fuel on deliberately spewing clouds of black smoke into traffic and the atmosphere is the new way to be an absolute dick to everyone else because you don’t like environmental standards.
Rolling coal is different and totally legal process from removing the filter. And yet it has everything to do with the EPA. It has everything to do with Obama. It has everything to do with the tax credits that go to hybrids and electric cars.
“I run into a lot of people that really don’t like Obama at all,” said one seller of stack kits from Wisconsin. “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.” (Source)
Here’s the face of the anti-Obama, anti-liberal, anti-environmentalist movement, y’all. What they’re really saying is “I don’t like the President, government regulations and people who want to take care of the environment, so I’m going to shit all over everything I love and waste thousands of dollars in order to prove my ridiculous point.”
The meme below which I found on a “Rolling Coal” Pinterest site sums up the juvenile behavior of these folks.
There’s certainly a place for big trucks, and they’re everywhere here in Louisiana. Construction sites, agriculture, oil field work or hauling your boat to the coast for a day offshore – those are all things you need a truck for and diesel trucks are designed for these purposes. In fact, when we get more than a few inches of rain down here, a lot of roads are only accessible to people with jacked up trucks and they’re often literally lifesavers. But altering your vehicle and wasting thousands of dollars just to prove a political point? Come on now, that’s just wasteful and hurting yourself in order to try to get a cheap rise out of people.
A lot of these people are probably outdoorsmen, and they probably know deep down that what they’re doing is immature, expensive, and destructive to the forest and streams their families hunt and fish in. Yet they’re willing to destroy the things they love and waste fuel, in order to spite the president and environmentalists. You know, it is possible to protest and debate ideas and policies like adults, but apparently that’s something that has been lost on the modern fringe of the conservative movement. Like the Open Carry Texas idiots carrying assault rifles into grocery stores and restaurants, the “Rolling Coal” protestors are intent on being absolute dicks in order to make their point – and then they wonder why we laugh at them?
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