Target: Every participant in “Rolling Coal” movement
Goal: Stop participants of anti-environmentalist movement from emitting excessive amounts of black smoke from their cars
According to an article in Vocativ magazine, a community of men has taken it upon themselves to purposefully pour pollutants into the air. The men involved in this “pollution pageantry” have attracted thousands of followers on social media by spending thousands of dollars to add smoke stacks to their cars solely to emit excessive amounts of black smoke.
The act of thrusting the black smoke into the air is called “Rollin’ Coal.” Not only do participants find it fun, but many do it to deliberately upset people driving green energy vehicles. One of their most popular pictures is a huge truck “rollin’ coal” on a hybrid car featuring this caption: “Roll, roll, rollin’ coal, let the hybrid see. A big black cloud. Exhaust that’s loud. Watch the city boy flee.”
It is a well-known fact that air quality is becoming increasingly unsafe as a result of too many pollutants in the air. Diesel exhaust is a very dangerous pollutant, causing 21,000 people to die prematurely every year. Diesel exhaust also contributes to global warming. According to the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, around 70 percent of the diesel emitted contains black carbon, which is a powerful greenhouse gas.
However, because black carbon stays in the atmosphere for only weeks instead of months like carbon dioxide, eliminating black carbon particulates from cars can help slow the dangerous effects of climate change immediately. Help us stop “Rollin’ Coal” by signing the petition below.
To all participants in the “Rollin’ Coal” movement,
However fun driving around huge diesel trucks may be, it is not acceptable in this current climate to be purposefully modifying your cars in such a way that hurts human beings and the environment.
Diesel exhaust is toxic. The inhalation of the exhaust causes over 20,000 people to die prematurely every year. Although in the grand scheme of things it may seem like a few diesel trucks do not matter very much compared to factory exhaust, black carbon, the particulate that makes up most of diesel exhaust, can be completely eliminated from the atmosphere quickly since it only stays in the atmosphere for a few weeks.
It is thus of the utmost importance that you stop “Rollin’ Coal” for fun. The costs clearly outweigh the benefits.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Love Krittaya via Wikimedia Commons