Some rural fellas are making their trucks “roll coal”.
The left has their dainties in a wad about it.
Pickup trucks customized to spew black smoke into the air are quickly becoming the newest weapon in the culture wars.
“Coal Rollers” are diesel trucks modified with chimneys and equipment that can force extra fuel into the engine causing dark black smoke to pour out of the chimney stacks. These modifications are not new, but as Slate’s Dave Weigel pointed out on Thursday, “rolling coal” has begun to take on a political dimension with pickup drivers increasingly viewing their smokestacks as a form of protest against environmentalists and Obama administration emissions regulations.
Last month, Vocativ noted many coal rollers focus their fumes on “nature nuffies,” or people who drive hybrids, and “rice burners,” or Japanese-made cars.
“The feeling around here is that everyone who drives a small car is a liberal,” a roller named Ryan told Vocativ. “I rolled coal on a Prius once just because they were tailing me.”
Weigel spoke to a seller of coal rolling customization equipment who described why some drivers see spewing smoke as a political protest.
“I run into a lot of people that really don’t like Obama at all,” the salesperson said. “If he’s into the environment, if he’s into this or that, we’re not. I hear a lot of that. To get a single stack on my truck—that’s my way of giving them the finger. You want clean air and a tiny carbon footprint? Well, screw you.”
This should be considered an appropriate reaction to the guy in the hybrid with his nose in the air and a government that wants to tell you how to do just about anything, especially if it is fun.
I do not “roll coal” in my diesel and I have been “spoken to” at least two times that come to mind by leftists in parking lots around the topic of why I feel the need to single occupant my truck. What do I haul with it? Why am I driving it and not hauling anything? Don’t I have another vehicle I could drive instead of it?
When I answered that last question, I said yes, I had a 20 year old Jeep with no catalytic converter on the exhaust that I usually drive, but that that day I felt the urge to powerslide around the cloverleaf on the highway interchange and the Jeep didn’t have the wheelbase for it. Gave her the finger and climbed into the cab.
What is it with some people’s inability to mind their own damn business? I’m unemployed and still have no free time. Where do they find the time to worry about what everyone else is doing?