10/22/2010 4:00:00 PM
American Trucking Associations said Friday it has adopted a carbon-emissions control policy supporting a national fuel-economy standard for trucks, rather than government actions to increase fuel prices or alternative-fuel mandates.
â€œCarbon-emission reductions achieved through national truck fuel-economy standards are preferable to government actions that increase fuel prices in an effort to discourage petroleum-based diesel fuel consumption or mandate the use of alternative fuels,â€� ATAâ€™s policy stated.
The policy was approved by ATAâ€™s Board of Directors at its annual Management Conference Exhibition earlier this week in Phoenix.
ATA said that an energy policy for the trucking industry must:
• Produce cost-effective, verifiable carbon reductions;
• Ensure that revenue generated from motor carriers and other highway transportation consumers benefits highway users;
• Ensure that any increased costs are reasonable, predictable and do not increase the volatility of fuel prices;
• Avoid diesel fuel supply disruptions and ensure that only on-road diesel fuel that meets the ASTM standard for which trucks were designed to run on is sold in the marketplace;
• Maintain a level playing field among freight transportation modes; and
• Provide incentives for improved fuel efficiency and availability of alternative technologies.
â€œDiesel fuel remains the most viable option for powering the trucking industry,â€� said Rich Moskowitz, ATA vice president and regulatory affairs counsel.
â€œATAâ€™s carbon emission reduction policy acknowledges the need to look toward alternative technologies while ensuring that the industry can continue to efficiently move the consumer goods we rely on daily,â€� he said in a statement.
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