Letters to the Editor

EPA must reduce emissions from heavy-duty trucks

May 12 2022, 3:52 PM

A growing majority of Americans recognize the threat of climate change and support efforts to fight it. Reducing emissions from heavy-duty trucks is crucial to that fight. 

According to Friends of the Earth, these trucks represent only 4% of the vehicles on the road but they are responsible for 24% of the carbon emissions in this country.

Yes, the freight industry is crucial to our economy but, because heavy-duty trucks aren’t required to meet the same emission standards as passenger vehicles, it’s also one of the fastest-growing sources of pollution. We can’t allow big trucks to have a continual green light to keep polluting.

The Environmental Protection Agency has proposed a long-overdue rule to create stricter emission standards for heavy-duty trucks. It’s now in the public comment period. They need input from ordinary citizens. Please urge the EPA to keep its promise to protect our environment and secure our future by cutting carbon emissions everywhere possible. Call 800-424-9346 and press Option 3. 

We can’t allow the fossil fuel and trucking industries to drown out the voices of those who want a sustainable future.

Steve Gehlert

West Newbury