Thursday, July 26, 2012

When the trucks stop rolling

This 2006 report by the American Truckers' Association gives one a rather chilling picture of what will happen if for whatever reason, the trucks stopped rolling. Read the last page. :


Pugnacious said...

Another case for NOT bombing Iran.

Shadowfax said...

No relationship to Iran, bombed or not; but, who is advocating a cessation of nationwide trucking?

It's only another ridiculous pipedream in the arsenal of goofy liftist journalists. Similar to the 'Cultural Effects of Sex Habits of Aboriginal Hermaphrodites on Vacation Patterns in Italy'.

Anonymous said...

And for those of you who think driving a truck is beneath them, read the above, and then realize what happens when no one will drive them:

KaptKangaroo said...

This very scenario occurred during Katrina.

The author might as well have interviewed anyone from Jackson. When we lost access to supplies trucked in, or even local trucking deliveries due to disruption in fuel. We saw it. It didn't get to the point of what we saw occur in NOLA or on the coast. We did experience similar effects described here though.

Micah Gober said...

Revelations type of event would have to occur for this to happen. The trucking industry has such a high turn over rate. There will always be someone else to replace that driver. The wages need to be alittle higher because you're asking him/her to make a huge sacrifice by being away from his/her family for weeks at a time. You have to give up everything for this lifestyle.

Anonymous said...

Trucking is bad for men especially as many develop prostate problems. Being bipeds means you are constructed to walk not do long hauls. Its crazy for people in the Deep South to receive veggies from California or Old Mexico via 18 wheelers.

Shadowfax said...

Kangaroo; what alternate universe were you living in after Katrina? There was minimal disruption of interstate truck traffic other than along the I-10 and a few coast-northbound corridors. The author, it sounds to me, is foreseeing a nationwide disruption, as opposed to a very temporary regional blip that you describe.

More alarming to us should be the groups of 'owner operators' who employ large numbers of foreign nationals to drive long haul shipments. Obviously, if these groups of truckers ever intend to simultaneously target certain parts of our infrastructure (water plants, power substations, federal buildings, dams), all across the country, we will be in deep trouble. It could literally overshadow what occurred on 9/11.

Pugnacious said...



Meaning like the the "spontaneous combustion" event at 14:00 into Babs' and Bris' own 9/11 video.

Maybe Mohammed Atta was able to parachute out of the plane before impact--dropping his passport in the process--and inserting a satchel explosive charge into the building that is depicted in Babs' video. What luck though, FBI agents found Atta's passport on the sidewalk beneath the "towering inferno" of the Twin Towers.

KaptKangaroo said...

Um, I was in the gasoline industry. What prey tell alternate universe were you in during the week shit hit the fan? I know I was working like a dog to get distribution back and finding reserves for critical services. You really are a hayseed sometimes.

KaptKangaroo said...

Oh yeah and I was providing protection to gas stations from the animals that were drawing guns on the attendants.

Shadowfax said...

Kap'n: Then your business should stop restricting its supply to only certain refineries. Hayseed? Whose fault is it that your tanks were limited to suppliers south of I-20. The subject here is the nationwide trucking industry, not simply your little piece of the pie. Not sure how much you know about trucking (outside tank trucks) but it's not limited to those trucks that carry long wooden measuring sticks.

Got no earthly idea what Pug is trying to say. But, I'll say this; You take 30 to 50 gas or chemical haulers driven by Jordanians or other Arabs, owned by someone outside this country and simultaneously target 30-50 municipal utility systems, nuclear facilities, giant water plants, bridges, football stadiums or highly volatile industrial sites spread all across America and you'll THINK Mohamed Attah! After 9/11, that was exactly one of our greatest fears.

KaptKangaroo said...

Um, interstate and local trucking south of Memphis was shut down. Vicksburg was shut down. Those that had reserves were unable to truck it. No one could get to work. And if you can't equate the natural disaster results as a smaller scale of what was described in the article; I fear, it is your comprehension that is lacking. I humbly submit "uncle" to you mental prowess - or lack there of.

Anonymous said...

Looks like I'll need to update my Y2K go-bag. The only items left in it are a pint of peach brandy, a pencil, three .22 cartridges and a jar of pickled beets.

Shadowfax said...

K'Root; I know the diesel fumes can be overwhelming (from experience), but you might want to check with KLLM, Yellow Freight, the LTL carriers based in Jacktown, JB Hunt, Crete, Old Dominion, US Express and a few others if you think Katrina shut down everything south of Memphis. Interstate truck traffic was stalled for a day at most south of St Louis and east of Dallas, but, lanes were open for all but southern-based refineries in a matter of a day and a half. Fuel deliveries, compared to the overall plight of interstate truck-movement, were a pimple on the ass of Katrina recovery.

KaptKangaroo said...

I wasn't just talking about fuel. I was talking about food distribution and other necessary sundries as well, but started there - i was also involved in the food and beverage distribution as well. Think water. Get back to your drinking, it obviously hasn't kicked in enough yet.

Pimple. Ha! You are silly.

Shadowfax said...

K'Root. I rarely drink. Find something else to amuse yourself. I don't know how many on here you think are interested in what you were doing during Katrina. The subject here is the shutdown of nationwide trucking. It has not happened yet and did NOT happen during Katrina. Water was never a problem during Katrina unless you were within six miles of the ninth ward. And please...tell us what 'necessaries sundries' were unavailable. Trucks were rolling south out of Jackson packed to the rafters with water and other supplies four days after the event. Perhaps you volunteered to help load them as some of the rest of us did.

As was suggested earlier, you really need to stay clear of the fuel island. The fumes have gotten to you.

KaptKangaroo said...

Please continue to amuse.

KaptKangaroo said...

Oh, BTW, now I know you didn't read the article. Did you read what happens after four days? Toodles.

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