Bud Wallace: Truckers urge cap-and-trade delay

07/20/2014 5:34 PM

07/20/2014 5:35 PM

California truckers have been doing our part by spending nearly a billion dollars a year on cleaner equipment and cutting pollutants by over 90 percent. While we are continuing to pay to stay in compliance with many expensive California regulations, the California Air Resources Board is planning on enacting another rule starting in January. The policy also referred to as fuels under the cap-and-trade program will increase gas prices by at least 12 to 15 cents a gallon and more in future years. With gasoline being one of the top expenses in the trucking industry, the regulation will inflict unpredictable damage on the goods and services that we provide for our communities.

Last month, Assemblyman Adam Gray chose to stand with 15 Assembly Democrats in writing and submitting a letter to the California Air Resources Board Chairwoman Mary Nichols urging the delay of fuels under the cap program. The letter discussed negative impacts the regulation will have on Californians – specifically in the Central Valley. As a concerned trucker who operates my own business, I applaud Gray and encourage all Californians to join Assembly Democrats in urging for the delay of fuels under the cap.

Bud Wallace, Planada

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