Believing that an adequate and reasonably priced fuel supply is essential, not just to the trucking industry but to the economy at large, American Trucking Associations supports policies that will move the United States toward national energy self-sufficiency as a way to reduce fuel price volatility. Such policies include the use of alternative fuels, increased domestic production, and uniform state and federal fuel regulations.
Diesel Fuel, Gasoline, Natural Gas, and Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG) are all petroleum-based fuels with a link to heavy duty trucking. While diesel fuel dominates the marketplace, fleets are looking for ways to diversify their energy consumption, with natural gas leading the way. ATA supports the goals of increased national energy self-sufficiency and reduced vulnerability to future energy disruption and therefore supports government efforts to promote development of domestic oil and natural gas reserves on a timely basis.
The Federal government has aggressively pursued the use of renewable fuels in the transportation marketplace through the implementation of the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS), which mandates minimum blending requirements for renewable fuels into our nation’s fuel supply. ATA supports the voluntary use of high quality biodiesel in low percentage blends but has significant concerns about the ability of refiners to meet stringent blending mandates. Further, alternative fuel programs should be “fuel-neutral,” without favoritism of any specific alternative fuel.
Pollution of our nation's waterways and land resources should be controlled. Wastes generated through vehicle and facility operations, including oils, fluids and solvents, should be properly classified, stored and/or disposed of. ATA supports reasonable regulations to ensure the storage and disposal of wastes without undue costs to the trucking industry.