Climate Legislation Will Hurt Trucking, Consumers

Ray Kuntz, chairman of the American Trucking Associations executive committee, recently appeared on Capital hill and stated ATA’s view that “any substantial cost increases imposed directly or indirectly on trucks by climate change legislation will curtail the delivery of vital consumer goods across the nation such as food, medicine and clothing.”

Further, ATA’s research states that a one-cent increase in diesel fuel average costs the trucking industry an additional $390 million in fuel expenses. ‘Petroleum suppliers indicate that climate change legislation could increase the cost of gasoline by 77 cents per gallon and 88 cents per gallon for diesel fuel. As trucking companies struggle with already minuscule margins, additional costs for fuel would be passed on to the shippers of goods and materials, and ultimately, to consumers.”