[Rushtalk] The California Version of The Green New Deal

Carl Spitzer {C Juno} cwsiv at juno.com
Sun Oct 24 18:13:56 MDT 2021

The California Version of The Green New Deal...Posted on 10/15/21 at
9:40 am
The California Version of The Green New Deal and an October 16, 2020,
EPA Settlement With Transportation is What’s Creating The Container
Shipping Backlog – Working CA Ports 24/7 Will Not Help, Here’s Why 

Hundreds of requests for details on the specifics of the container
shipping backlog. So, I spent 3 days calling sources, digging for
details and gathering information on the substantive issue at hand. The
epicenter of the problem is not what is being outlined by financial
media, corporate media and politicians who have a specific interest in
distracting from the issues at hand. This has nothing to do with

The issues being discussed today relate to events that happened a long
time ago. As a matter of fact, it was so predictable that Amazon,
Walmart, UPS, FedEx, Samsung, The Home Depot and Target all had taken
actions years ago -long before COVID- because they knew this day would
come. It was not accidental that those companies showed up at the White
House to discuss the issue, because there’s now a full court press to
hide it. 

There is one very specific regional issue driving the problem. Read on: 

The trucking issue with California LA ports, ie the Port of Los Angeles
(POLA) and the Port of Long Beach (POLB), is that all semi tractors have
to be current with new California emissions standards. As a consequence,
that mean trucks cannot be older than 3 years if they are to pick up or
deliver containers at those ports. This issue wipes out approximately
half of the fleet trucks used to move containers in/out of the port.
Operating the port 24/7 will not cure the issue, because all it does is
pile up more containers that sit idle as they await a limited number of
trucks to pick them up. THIS is the central issue. 

On October 16, 2020, the EPA reached a settlement agreement [DATA HERE]
with California Air Resource Board (CARB) to shut down semi tractor rigs
that were non-compliant with new California emission standards: 

2020 SAN FRANCISCO – “Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
(EPA) announced settlements with three interstate trucking companies
imposing $417,000 in penalties for violating the California Air
Resources Board’s federally enforceable Truck and Bus Regulation,
Drayage Truck Regulation and Transport Refrigeration Unit Regulation. 

“As trucks are one of the largest sources of air pollution in
California, EPA will continue to ensure these heavy-duty vehicles have
the needed pollution-control equipment and operate in compliance with
the rules,” said EPA Pacific Southwest Regional Administrator John
Busterud. “These companies have agreed to bring their trucks into
compliance and operate more cleanly in all communities they serve.” 

Transportation is a primary contributor to the high levels of air
pollutants in Southern California and the Central Valley. Diesel
emissions from trucks are one of the state’s largest sources of fine
particle pollution, or soot, which is linked to health issues including
asthma, impaired lung development in children, and cardiovascular
effects in adults. Many of these trucks are older models and emit high
amounts of particulate matter (PM) and nitrogen oxides (NOx). 

[…] California Truck and Bus Regulation and Drayage Truck Regulation
have been essential parts of the state’s federally enforceable plan to
attain cleaner air. California requires trucking companies to upgrade
vehicles they own to meet specific NOx and PM performance standards and
to verify compliance of vehicles they hire or dispatch. Heavy-duty
diesel trucks in California must meet 2010 engine emissions standards or
use diesel particulate filters to reduce the diesel particulates
emissions into the atmosphere by 85% or more. (read more) 

In effect, what this 2020 determination and settlement created was an
inability of half the nation’s truckers from picking up anything from
the Port of LA or Port of Long Beach. Virtually all private owner
operator trucks and half of the fleet trucks that are used for moving
containers across the nation were shut out. 


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