Are truckers anti-environment? Often truckers, and other heavy equipment operators, get painted as the arch-enemy of the tree-hugging greenie. They’re seen as the thugs who ram down blockades setup by environmentalists trying to protect nature reserves or the habitat of the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker.
On trucking forums you’ll hear them moan about environmental legislation as being a hindrance to progress, a lot of extra work done only to satisfy a few tree-hugging hippies and without thought to the reality of what it’s like to be a truck driver, working long hours under difficult circumstances and sometimes struggling to make ends meet. For example, the recent debate on anti-idling laws had truckers up in arms complaining that would freeze to death at night because they couldn’t keep the cab warm. It seemed the only way to stop truckers from emitting the 11 million tons of CO2 produced each year was to keep increasing the cost of idling a truck overnight until it was actually cheaper to get a motel room.