Truckers Stage April Fools' Day Slowdowns, Strikes

A wide swath of small trucking companies and independent truckers everywhere will be staging a protest of sorts today. Truckers will be slowing their rigs down and parking them as a protest against both fuel prices and perceived industry unfairness. They're mad as hell about the meteoric rise in the price of diesel fuel over the last two years and they're not going to take it anymore. Making things doubly maddening is the odd way in which diesel — a more crude product which requires less refinement and delivers more gallons per barrel — is rising in a decoupled manner from gasoline, first surpassing gas prices and then leaving them in the dust. We suspect the sort-of-a-strike will fall on deaf ears, but we understand the sentiment. [NYTimes]


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