Outlaw High-Emission Vehicle Modifications


Target: Leona Aglukkaq, Canadian Minister of the Environment, Gina McCarthy, U.S. Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency

Goal: Implement legislation against the maximization of smoke output in diesel vehicles

A new trend has emerged in North America called “rolling coal,” the practice of puffing large clouds of toxic black smoke out of a modified vehicle. Clubs have formed for owners of diesel trucks who add smoke stack and smoke switch modifications so that when they rev their engines, the maximum amount of black smoke is released into the air.

This process not only reduces visibility for other motorists on the road, but can even be discharged at cyclists or pedestrians, forcing them to inhale caustic exhaust fumes. Some members of the clubs “roll coal” specifically to anger environmentally conscious people such as the drivers of low-emission vehicles.

Diesel exhaust contains high levels of particulates which become airborne and can cause lung damage and exacerbate conditions such as asthma and bronchitis, and can even cause cancer. In the long term, diesel exhaust contributes to smog, acid rain, and global warming. Diesel engines are the third largest contributors in the world to emissions of harmful particulates.

Diesel exhaust is responsible for more health issues than any other type of emission, and it should be a priority to reduce these emissions. It is imperative that this harmful and irresponsible trend be stopped in order to protect citizens and the environment. Your signature will demand that laws be created to disallow this practice, which is an unnecessary nuisance.


Dear Ms. Gina McCarthy & Ms. Leona Aglukkaq,

Canada and the United States have seen a new trend emerge called “rolling coal,” where large puffs of black smoke are emitted from modified diesel vehicles. Clubs have formed around the trend, some using it to anger environmentally conscious motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians.

The black smoke can be aimed at other vehicles, reducing road visibility and creating a black residue on the windshields of other motorists. It can even be aimed at cyclists and pedestrians, forcing them to inhale the toxic exhaust emissions of a truck.

This practice is harmful to humans- diesel exhaust is known to cause cancer, respiratory inflammation, and long-term lung damage. Environmentally, diesel exhaust contributes to smog, acid rain, and global warming.

Not only is this practice harmful, but it is completely unnecessary and ignorant, and is contributing to diesel emissions which both Canada and the US have vowed to reduce. I ask that in the interest of a healthy environment, steps are taken to outlaw this ridiculous trend.


[Your Name Here]

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One Comment

  1. Tamara Heikalo says:

    So glad to see that this is being petitioned against. These A-Holes call themselves “real men”. REAL men are responsible and give a damn about life, the environment we all must share, and our children.

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