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‘ROLLIN’ COAL’ — TALK ABOUT YOUR SECOND-HAND SMOKE
NEW FAD SHOVES ANTI-ENVIRONMENTAL AGENDA DOWN PEOPLE’S LUNGS
In reaction to EPA’s increasingly rigid environmental regulations and Obama’s squeeze on carbon emissions, diesel truck drivers are using a technique that originated in truck-pull competitions to deliberately emit clouds of black soot onto individuals and, their favorite target, Prius drivers.
The technique is known as: rolling coal.
So, how do Rollers get huge puffs of grimy smoke to billow out of their exhaust? By modifying their vehicle to dump excess fuel into the motor, which originally served the purpose of allowing truck-pull drivers to carry a weighted sled farther and faster. It’s highly inefficient to say the least, as the black smoke is essentially fuel that hasn’t been burned. The whole arrangement doesn’t come cheap either. Modifying one’s vehicle to roll coal can cost anywhere from $500 to $5,000.
To top that off, it could get you a hefty ticket.
The modification itself violates EPA regulations — making the whole thing quite illegal:
“It is a violation of the [Clean Air Act] to manufacture, sell, or install a part for a motor vehicle that bypasses, defeats, or renders inoperative any emission control device.”(Source)
And that’s exactly what one does to “roll coal.”
But does any of this really matter to coal rollers? Probably not. And since this is supposedly an anti-environmental “protest” the fact that diesel exhaust is one of the nation’s most pervasive sources of toxic air pollution, and black carbon, a component of diesel pollution, is one of the largest drivers of climate change…well, that probably doesn’t matter to them either.
How about the fact that, much like second-hand cigarette smoke, diesel exhaust is carcinogenic? Maybe then they should stop sticking their heads down their smokestacks.
Unlike second-hand cigarette smoke, however, the victims of coal rolling aren’t innocent by-standers. No, they are the targets of this abuse that not only hurts the environment, but makes people sick.
Scientific studies link pollutants in diesel exhaust to a myriad of public health effects, including asthma attacks, heart attacks, stroke, cancer, and premature death.
Also, inhaling diesel fumes is a great way to kill brain cells. (Hmmm…perhaps that’s the explanation.)
Recently, those who subscribe to this subculture have been getting bold by using social media to promote and parade these ignorant stunts.
Watch one of their many YouTube videos here :Diesels Rolling Coal on PEOPLE 2014 Compilation
What to do — besides roll up your windows and turn off your vents:
- If you’re a member of Better World Club you’re already doing something: BWC is currently configuring a carbon offset plan specifically designed to combat coal rolling.
- Join the Diesel Clean-up Campaign!Clean Air Task Forceand state-based partners launched the national Diesel Clean-up Campaign. To learn more, and to take action in support of this campaign, please visit theDiesel Clean-up Campaign.
- SIGN THE PETITION!!! TELL THE EPA AND JUSTICE DEPARTMENT TO CRACK DOWN ON COAL ROLLERS!!