ATA calls for comprehensive plan to ensure affordable oil

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The American Trucking Associations on Tuesday, June 24, urged the Bush administration and Congress to implement a comprehensive plan to increase domestic oil supplies and ensure an affordable supply of oil for the nation’s 3.5 million truck drivers and American consumers.

Speaking at a National Press Club press conference hosted by Consumers For More Energy, ATA Senior Vice President Tim Lynch encouraged Congress to implement policies that will reduce oil demand, accelerate the development of research and technology, prudently increase government oversight of the petroleum markets and increase domestic oil supplies.

“ATA recognizes that the solution to this problem is multifaceted,” Lynch said. “We need a broad relief agenda that includes increasing domestic oil production to address the escalating cost of fuel and relieve the financial hardships of the trucking industry and all drivers.”

Lynch was joined at the press conference by the American Highway Users Alliance, National Defense Council Foundation, The National Grange and the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council.

ATA is urging the federal government to help bring down the price of diesel fuel by doing the following:

  • Allow environmentally responsible exploration of oil-rich areas in the United States that are now off-limits;
  • Allow environmentally responsible development of crude resources in oil shale and tar sands in Colorado, Utah and Wyoming;
  • Streamline the Environmental Protection Agency’s regulatory framework for reviewing and processing applications for additional refinery operations;
  • Establish a national diesel fuel standard;
  • Work with the 50 state Attorneys General to combat any fuel price gouging that might occur;
  • Continue to fund EPA’s SmartWay Transport Partnership Program, which encourages fuel-saving strategies;
  • Require speed limiters set for 68 mph or lower on all new trucks;
  • Set a national maximum speed limit of 65 mph;
  • Eliminate the collection of the 12 percent federal excise tax on motor carriers’ purchase of auxiliary power units, which cut the consumption of fuels in idling truck engines;
  • Require states to grant a weight exemption for APUs;
  • Eliminate “splash and dash” — a tax benefit for imported biodiesel that subsequently is exported; and
  • Release oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve.