Windsor calls for comprehensive energy plan
Jul 31, 2008 11:04 AM
Barbara Windsor, president and chief operation officer of Hahn Transportation Inc, New Market MD, has urged the Bush Administration and Congress to implement a comprehensive energy plan that will ensure an affordable supply of oil and limit the effect of rising fuel costs on the economy, according to information from the American Trucking Associations (ATA).
Speaking at a press conference hosted by Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and the Republican Leadership, Windsor said the United States needs a comprehensive energy plan that decreases demand for fossil fuels, increases domestic energy production, and ensures transparency in the petroleum markets.
"This is a big problem that requires a big solution," Windsor, former chairman of the National Tank Truck Carriers and ATA vice-chairman, said. "Trucking delivers America. Trucks transport virtually 100 percent of groceries, medicine, clothing, appliances and even the fuel thatís pumped at the local gas station. Rising fuel prices not only hurt the trucking industry, but the entire American economy."
Tony Sifford, a professional truck driver with over 1.8 million accident-free miles, compared the year-over-year cost of fuel for his regular roundtrip route from Hillsville VA to Dallas TX. At this time last year, Siffordís fuel bill was $1,680. That same trip recently cost $2,826.
Sifford said truck drivers are doing their part to reduce fuel consumption by slowing truck speeds, reducing idling, and properly maintaining equipment. Such steps, however, do not begin to offset the rising cost of fuel, he said.
"Iím trying to do my part," Sifford said. "But we canít continue to run our business at these high prices. The high cost of diesel is cutting into our already tight margins. Iíve had a number of friends go out of business already this year. Weíre feeling it at the pump. Something needs to be done."
The dramatic increase in the price of diesel, which has coincided with a downturn in the economy, is hurting trucking companies nationwide. The trucking industry is experiencing the highest prolonged fuel prices in history. Today, it can cost more than $1,400 to fuel a tractor trailer. Because trucks haul nearly all consumer goods, rising fuel costs have the potential to increase the cost of everything transported by truck, including food, retail and manufactured goods, ATA said.
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