California truckers protest 'boutique' fuel

| 7/18/2003

California truckers this month protested possible action by the California Air Resources Board to approve an alternative diesel fuel formulation.

Truckers would prefer a single national fuel standard to open up supply and equalize prices among the states. Diesel prices in California are typically the highest in the nation.

The protest took place simultaneously in Sacramento, Fresno, Oakland and Long Beach. A California-only standard would result in even higher fuel costs and more California freight being moved out of state and out of the country, opponents said. Meanwhile, the state EPA says more than half of California’s current smog-forming emissions originate from gasoline and diesel-powered vehicles.