If You Loved “Coal Rollers”..

May 6, 2015

Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former.

– Albert Einstein

If somehow you missed the flurry around “Coal rollers”, see below.

Napoleon famously said, “Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.”  I normally would like to assume that others who do not share my views are still people who have a legitimate set of values, and may just be misinformed. But harsh experience teaches, we can’t automatically assume that everyone cares about the natural world, the planet we leave to our children, or the creatures with whom we share it.

It’s obligatory for climate denial shills to preface anti-environment rants with “of course we all want clean air and pure water, but…”

Anyone that’s followed the litany of anti-environment initiatives and rhetoric by the current crop of non-conserving “conservatives”, or listened to Rush Limbaugh’s hatred and venom toward the natural world, might understandably be skeptical.

Now there’s this.

Business Insider:

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.”

For myself, I’ve always wondered, why go thru the hassle or expense of buying or building a giant, smoke belching noise machine, when a simple bumper sticker explaining that “I’m extremely insecure about my small penis”, would be so much cheaper.

Below, coal-rolling “humor”. Ha Ha.

6 Responses to “If You Loved “Coal Rollers”..”

    • dumboldguy Says:

      “….a simple bumper sticker explaining that “I’m extremely insecure about my small penis”, would be so much cheaper”.

      Yep, and the other end of the bumper should have a sticker that says “I also have a low IQ, but I’m too dumb to recognize that fact”.

  1. miffedmax Says:

    Although I have to admit I have fantasized about modified VW diesel in case I need to retaliate, just for the shock effect.

  2. ubrew12 Says:

    I have a bumper sticker for these guys and I’m sure it’s going to sell out:
    “Climate Change is a Hoaks”

  3. Andy Lee Robinson Says:

    Should be a market for anti-coal-roller-seeking missiles.
    Problem solved!


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