Conservatives Intentionally Modifying Trucks To Spew Black Smoke To Mock Obama, EPA


Conservatives eager to stick it to Obama and his pro-environment agenda think they have found the perfect way to do it: polluting the air in protest. They’ve begun modifying their trucks to spew out plumes of thick, black smoke with the hope that the smoke negates any benefits to the environment more fuel efficient cars would have done.

People so inclined start by adding huge chimneys and equipment to their diesel trucks in order to “trick” the engine into needing more fuel. The consequence – a giant toxic cloud of smoke thrown into the atmosphere. It’s meant to be an act of defiance against the president and his administration for having the audacity to want to help the environment.

The “art” of ostentatiously polluting with a truck is not new. Trucks with huge exhaust stacks have been around for a long time. The shift has been in how it’s perceived. Rather than just a way to have fun or show off, the practice has increasingly taken a political tone.

Calling themselves “coal rollers” and decaling their cars to read “Prius repellent,” these self-described culture warriors admit to targeting people perceived of as environmentalists, liberals, or even people who buy foreign-made cars.

According to Vocativ:

The ultimate highway enemy, however, are “nature nuffies,” or people who drive hybrid cars, because apparently, pro-earth sentiment is an offense to the diesel-trucking lifestyle. “The feeling around here is that everyone who drives a small car is a liberal,” says Ryan. “I rolled coal on a Prius once just because they were tailing me.”

YouTube has become littered with coal rollers eager to show off their latest attack on unsuspecting liberals. In one video, a group of kids carefully align their car directly in front of a Prius driving behind them. After getting the timing just right, the driver releases the smoke and the victim’s car is completely gone in a cloud of black smoke. The passengers laugh hysterically. As of this writing it has over 13,000. Others are even more popular.

The popularity extends to other social media, where coal rollers exchange stories of how they “rolled” on liberals or post memes meant to encourage the behavior and mock environmentalists.


And of course they don’t even get the grammar right.

Apparently, the sellers of coal rolling equipment have taken notice of this nice little bump in sales. They’ve jumped at the chance to sell their products to angry conservatives in the name of anti-liberalism.

Dave Weigel at Slate spoke with a seller who gleefully relayed what a boon Obama has been to his business (for all the wrong reasons):

“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.”

These sellers now target potential costumers by specifically pointing out that the black cloud is a wasteful pollutant. As far as sales pitches go, that’s a new one on me.

The conservative freakout over environmentalism appears to be directly related to the rise of the hybrid and electric cars. In many of the YouTube videos, it’s clear that a Prius – the best selling hybrid in the country – is the main enemy. A brief survey of “rolling coal” on Twitter yields a handful of people expressing shock that this trend exists and a bunch of tweets that look like this:


While it would be fun to simply shake our heads and laugh at these people for their misguided attempts at hurting liberals, the fact is billowing clouds of diesel smoke is terrible for the environment and really bad for human health as well.

According to the Clean Air Task Force, diesel pollutants lead to over 21,000 premature deaths each year. People with lung conditions and breathing problems (largely the elderly and infants) are particularly susceptible. The drivers themselves aren’t immune to the effects of their protest smoke either. People exposed to large amounts of diesel fumes have a cancer risk seven times greater than the combined risk of all 181 other air toxins tracked by the EPA.

Suddenly, the need to make fun of hybrid car owners (for no reason) doesn’t seem worth it.