"Rolling Coal" is a Brazen Offence to Humanity and the Planet

"Rolling Coal" is a Brazen Offence to Humanity and the Planet

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December 2, 2021
Signatures: 13Next Goal: 25
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Started by Michael Twain

Do you know what "rolling coal" is?

According to Wikipedia, rolling coal is a form of conspicuous air pollution used for entertainment or protest. It is the practice of deliberately modifying a diesel engine to intentionally emit large amounts of black or grey sooty exhaust fumes — diesel fuel that has not undergone complete combustion. Practitioners often additionally modify their vehicles by intentionally removing the particulate filter and installing smoke switches, large exhausts and smoke stacks. 

A predominantly North American phenomenon, rolling coal can cause the inhalation of harmful air pollution and is a violation of clean air laws. It can also result in drivers losing sight of the road. The black smoke can impair visibility, increasing the risks of motor vehicle accidents and crashes.

In 2021, six bicyclists training for a road race were run over by a 16-year-old rolling coal along a U.S. Highway in Waller County, Texas. Two of the cyclists were injured severely enough to require medical evacuation by helicopter. The motorist, a teenaged boy, was not charged at the time of the accident; local cyclists' groups were outraged. He was later charged with six felony counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Check out these rolling coal videos:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=62B_w7gWjsw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=22b27P9Pk9E&t=28s

Shockingly, coal rolling is a normal occurrence in my community of Owen Sound, Ontario, and the police do not appear to do anything about it. They say it is the responsibility of the Ministry of the Environment, which is in no way prepared to pull over motor vehicles!

Can you imagine what it would be like to breath in that smoke, especially if you are on a motorcycle or bicycle, walking on the sidewalk or have a respiratory issue? It is a brazen, rude act considering that all around the world people are losing their homes and lives to extreme weather events from climate change (primarily due to the burning of fossil fuels). Canada's environmental record is an embarrassment. Canada is the only G7 nation whose greenhouse gas emissions have increased since the Paris Agreement!

The very least that we can do is demand effective laws against coal rolling that ensure that manufacturers can no longer distribute the necessary parts and that the police can fine the perpetrators. Rolling coal practitioners should also be required to be educated on climate change and their moral responsibilities. Perhaps they should lose their licence for a period of time as well.

Add your name to STOP rolling coal in our communities!

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