WASHINGTON, D.C. — The American Trucking Associations (ATA) has told a Congressional committee that cap-and-trade emissions programs will be damaging to the trucking industry and consumers.
Tommy Hodges, ATA first vice-chairman, said a cap-and-trade scheme included in the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 will increase fuel prices and jeopardize the economic viability of trucking companies.
“Fleets are extremely sensitive to rapidly shifting operating costs given thin operating margins,” said Hodges. “These margins continue to be chipped away, given the numerous and unprecedented costs being imposed upon the industry to reduce emissions from trucks.”
The ATA contends that mobile sources, such as commercial trucks, should be treated differently than traditional stationary sources of carbon emissions as part of any carbon reduction regulatory program.
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