Obama throws the Teamsters under the "Truck"

The administration just announced emissions and fuel efficiency standards for Heavy Trucks, making long haul trucking a much more expensive proposition.  They are demanding a 20% reduction in CO2 emissions and fuel consumption by 2018 – yeah, right.

Curious that this story is buried or nonexistent from traditional media outlets.


The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Department of Transportation (DOT) announced the first US national standards that target greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and fuel efficiency in heavy-duty trucks. Unveiled October 25, the new standards begin to take effect in 2014 and are expected to boost the price of a new truck by several thousand dollars

“Several thousand dollars”, a study in understatement there, and of course there will be the obligatory rise in the cost of everything delivered by trucks – which is just about everything.

The EPA and DOT have proposed new standards for three categories of heavy trucks: combination tractors, vocational vehicles, and heavy-duty pickups and vans. For combination tractors, the feds are proposing vehicle and engine standards beginning in model year 2014 and should achieve up to a 20% reduction in CO2 emissions and fuel consumption by model year 2018. On the vocational side (which would impact many tank truck fleets), the feds want up to a 10% reduction in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.