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ATAW Exclusive: Truckers Shutdown – April 1, 2008 – Get Your Taxes Out of My Fuel Tank!


Get Your Taxes Out of My Fuel Tank!

After much discussion here at ATAW Central Command, we have made an important decision.  We will be joining our trucking brothers and sisters – owner/operator and company driver alike – and will be parked April 1.  Do we think a shut down will change anything?  We still do not know.

It’s not enough that we just park our rigs –  make your downtime productive.  Starting Monday, March 31, email, fax and phone your congressmen, senators, the President and DoT’s Mary Peters (just tell her Juan is calling – she’ll probably take your call).  Let them know what you are doing and why you are doing it.  Call your state’s governor, your local representatiave – your local media outlets.  Call every day you are down.  Make them hear you!

We must get the attention of Washington, our state governments and the media.  A plausible, immediate solution to keep the American trucker rolling and the ecomony moving is critical.  Demand they suspend all fuel taxes on big trucks.  Demand they open up our own oil resources – domestic drilling NOW.  Oil is the lifeblood of our economy, oil is the lifeblood of our industry.  Demand more refineries build.  Get fuel prices down to a manageable and stable level.  We have the resources and the technology, we just don’t have the political will.  The leftist, environmentalist wackos have been louder than us – we MUST be louder than they are. 

We are all for conservation – turn off the lights, buy an APU for your truck to reduce idling time.  Research alternative energy sources such as hydrogen fuel cells and biodiesel, ethonol – non of which are viable – yet.  Until they are a viable alternative, the reality is we rely on oil.  Oil is our friend. 


White House:  Comments:   202-456-1111
Switchboard: 202-456-1414
FAX:             202-456-2461

US Senate: to find your senator, visit
                     Switchboard: 202-224-3121

US House: to find your represenative, visit
                    Switchboard: 202-224-3121

US Department of Transportation:   Switchboard:  202-366-4000


(Video – “Soldiers of the Highway” performed by Truck It Records’ Joey Holiday.  Joey’s kicked off the 2008 tour season this weekend at the Mid America Truck Show in Louisville, Kentucky.  For complete tour schedule, click here.)


March 29, 2008 Posted by | economy, Technology, trucking | , , , , , , | 20 Comments

Independent truckers planning shutdown

Posted: March 28, 2008
10:00 pm Eastern

© 2008 WorldNetDaily

Crude oil is running $100 a barrel and it costs $50 instead of $35 to fill your car, but you carpool occasionally and watch the number of trips across town so you’re doing all right so far. But what happens when, in addition to the $50 fillup, your groceries go from $80 to $120 and you hunt for new jeans but the shelves don’t even have your size?

That’s the very real possibility that is triggering an unofficial nationwide call for a shutdown by thousands of independent truck operators who deliver those supplies – all sparked by the rising costs of fuel.

One website already explains about 18,000 trucks have been committed to the shutdown starting April 1, and whether it goes for a day or a week, they are hoping that their actions will get the attention of officials who, they demand, must do something to help.

The Washington Post reports Lee Klass, hauling 41,000 pounds of hairspray from Florida to Quebec, stopped in North Carolina to refill fuel tanks, and paid $960. Diesel prices, he told the paper, “are terrible, and they’re not getting any better.”  More from WorldNetDaily

March 29, 2008 Posted by | economy, trucking | , , , | 2 Comments

No Joke: Truckers to Shut Down April 1

Fri, 28 Mar 2008 19:17:16
by Bob McCarty

One Iowa newspaper reporter describes it as “a small, online grassroots effort (that) now appears to have the potential for something bigger.” That “something bigger” is a threatened nationwide shutdown by independent truck drivers — possibly hundreds of thousands of them — April 1.

Though set to take place on April Fools Day, the effort — launched with Dan Little, owner-operator of Little & Little Trucking, L.L.C., a livestock hauling company based in Carrollton, Mo. — is no laughing matter. It began two weeks ago when Little posted an open letter to his fellow independent truckers on “”, a web site he set up to give trucking companies like his exposure to prospective shippers anywhere in the U.S.  More from

We have talked to owner/operators having to shut down their trucks because they can’t pay the fuel bill.   Company drivers are fighting for survival as trip miles have dropped dramatically.  The economy will turn around, but when?  The American trucker needs relief – now.  Mary Peters is more concerned about the Mexican truck pilot program than the American trucker.  Washington has ignored us for years.  What will it take?    When I called the office of Senator Mark Pryor (D-AR) to find out what is going to be done to ease the burden on the trucking industry, I got some dribble about increasing CAFE standards to make cars and trucks more fuel effifcient.  Silence followed my question of what is going to be done NOW – American truckers cannot pay their mortgages and truck payments because the fuel bill is so high – I got silence. 

We are hearing more and more drivers out here on the road wanting to take part in the shutdown on April 1.   I don”t know how this will turn out.  There are some who don’t think the independent truckers can pull it off, but then again, the tenacity of the American trucker is strong – and our livlihood is threatened.  We’re standing by all weekend with updates and welcome updates and comments, as always, from fellow truckers and readers. 


March 29, 2008 Posted by | trucking | 1 Comment

Massive Oil Deposit Could Increase US reserves by 10x

America is sitting on top of a super massive 200 billion barrel Oil Field that could potentially make America Energy Independent and until now has largely gone unnoticed. Thanks to new technology the Bakken Formation in North Dakota could boost America’s Oil reserves by an incredible 10 times, giving western economies the trump card against OPEC’s short squeeze on oil supply and making Iranian and Venezuelan threats of disrupted supply irrelevant.

In the next 30 days the USGS (U.S. Geological Survey) will release a new report giving an accurate resource assessment of the Bakken Oil Formation that covers North Dakota and portions of South Dakota and Montana. With new horizontal drilling technology it is believed that from 175 to 500 billion barrels of recoverable oil are held in this 200,000 square mile reserve that was initially discovered in 1951. The USGS did an initial study back in 1999 that estimated 400 billion recoverable barrels were present but with prices bottoming out at $10 a barrel back then the report was dismissed because of the higher cost of horizontal drilling techniques that would be needed, estimated at $20-$40 a barrel.  More from NextEnergyNews

The American trucking industry is struggling under diesel fuel prices at over $4.00 per gallon.  Families are struggling to put gas in their cars to go to school, work and church.  Why?  There is no excuse.

Rush Limbaugh explains it best:

RUSH:  May I have your attention please, folks, on the business of alternative fuels?  Look at me.  Look-k-k at me.  The United States is not a zero-sum game. Meaning when somebody gets hired, it does not mean somebody gets fired.  Meaning when somebody earns an additional five dollars, somebody has lost an additional five dollars.  It doesn’t mean that it’s either oil or else.  The whole concept of the United States, the capitalist system, is the free market — and the free market is fueled by freedom!  Freedom leads to ingenuity, invention, entrepreneurism, and what is the pursuit?  The pursuit is profit.  The profit derives from success.  Now, there’s some charlatans in our free market.  The people in carbon offset businesses are sharks.  They are pure frauds!  They are convincing people to pay them X-amount of dollars for whatever, to plant trees, to soak up the additional carbon footprint of what is “allowed.”  Allowed by who?  Who says that there is a maximum carbon footprint?  There is no such law, there is no such standard, because we have freedom!  

If you want to have a 30,000-squarefoot house and a big-ass swimming pool and a bunch of outdoor lights and you can afford it and you pay for it, and there are people that provide it. End of story.  You are not guilty!  You are not guilty.  No, you are not.  Just because somebody else doesn’t have a 30,000-square-feet house, doesn’t have a big-ass swimming pool and outdoor lights, doesn’t mean they’re innocent and you are guilty.  As this relates to alternative fuels, oil is the most plentiful energy source we have. It’s the most efficient.  But while oil is being used, and while it is being exploited, the United States taxpayer, ladies and gentlemen, already spends billions of dollars on alternative energy research — and you can bet that the private sector is investing in it, too, and do you know why?  Because we are a growing country and everybody needs energy!  We’re not going to stay the United States if we start reducing energy usage. Conservation is not the answer.  So because it free market’s percolating and gurgling and burbling out there, somewhere in this mix will come the magical alternative fuel source. It may not be for a hundred years, it may not be for 50, but it will happen, and it will happen all by itself…if we stay free.


RUSH:  Oil is not the enemy.  We can peacefully co-exist with oil while looking for the miracle alternative fuel source that everybody wants, but we’re going to have to do that while using oil.  Oil is not the enemy, folks.  It’s our buddy.


March 29, 2008 Posted by | economy, trucking | , , , , , | 4 Comments

IED’s found in Alabama, Wyoming. Suspicious package in parking garage in Nevada

ALABAMA:  Huntsville Police have blocked off Pansy Street at Marsheutz after a landscape worker found a suspicious device in the grass.
Officers say the device appears to be a piece of PVC pipe with wires coming out of the end.
A bomb technician is being called to the scene to destroy the device.

CODY, Wyo. (AP) – An improvised bomb was found at a highway pullout near Ten Sleep.

Wyoming Department of Transportation employees found the improvised device Wednesday afternoon and the Highway Patrol called in Cody police officer Jake Sullenger to handle it.
According to patrol Capt. Ed Peterson, Sullenger disarmed the device without detonating it. Sullenger reported that the bomb consisted of several layers of explosive powder, a fuse, ball bearings and nails.
Patrol officials say they’re investigating.

NEVADAThe parking garage at the Horizon Casino is being closed after the second report of a suspicious bag in three hours.
A green garment bag was found on the second floor of the garage by security officers. The bag is described as 2 feet square and 4-6 inches thick.
The report came in at 1:35 p.m. The Tahoe-Douglas Bomb Squad has been called out to investigate the suitcase.

Be alert and aware of any and all suspicious items on pull outs, rest areas and roadsides.


March 29, 2008 Posted by | BOLO and Crime, Homeland Security, trucking | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Overturned truck spills hazardous chemicals on Hwy 301 at I-26


ORANGEBURG, SC (WIS) – The South Carolina Highway Patrol says a truck overturned Friday, spilling a hazardous chemical onto the Highway 301/Interstate 26 interchange in Orangeburg County.According to the Highway Patrol, Hwy 301 at I-26 has reopened after it was cleaned. The evacuated gas station and Waffle House have also reopened. The on-ramp from I-26 to 301 is still closed for now.

Troopers say the truck overturned on the exit ramp from I-26 to Hwy 301. Authorities think the driver, Kurt Zumwalt, was going too fast around a curve and that is what caused the crash. They say he decided to get off the ramp too late. He was driving a 2003 freightline of Langer Transmissions of New Jersey.   More from WIS – News 10

March 29, 2008 Posted by | trucking | , , , | Leave a comment