Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Truckers Protest Diesel Prices

A caller on the Ed Schultz show just reported that truckers in Wyoming are standing idle to protest the high cost of diesel. Then I heard truckers in New Jersey are doing the same thing.

It seems a national protest has begun:
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Independent truckers around the country pulled their rigs off the road and others slowed to a crawl on major highways in a loosely organized protest of high fuel prices.

Some truckers, on CB radios and trucking Web sites, had called for a strike Tuesday to protest the high cost of diesel fuel, saying the action might pressure President Bush to stabilize prices by using the nation's oil reserves. But the protests were scattered because major trucking companies were not on board and there did not appear to be any central coordination.

On New Jersey's Turnpike, southbound rigs "as far as the eye can see" were moving at about 20 mph near Newark, said Turnpike Authority spokesman Joe Orlando. Other truckers had gathered at a service area near Newark chanting and protesting.

Outside Chicago, three truck drivers were ticketed for impeding traffic on Interstate 55, driving three abreast at low speeds, said Illinois State Police Master Sgt. Luis Gutierrez.

Near Florida's Port of Tampa, more than 50 tractor-trailer rigs sat idle as their drivers demanded that contractors pay them more to cover their fuel and other costs.

"We can no longer haul their stuff for what they're paying," said David Santiago, 35, a trucker for the past 17 years.

I’m sure our snooze media will barely mention this story before moving back to their infatuation with all things McCain and the Democratic primary. So I thought y’all should know.

There’s a lot of discontent brewing under the surface in this country. When it all explodes, don’t say I didn’t warn you.