Attention: All of you people who are trying to convince us to join your fight against allowing transportation of oversized loads, here is your place to state your case.
Just don't mention Big Oil
. This issue shouldn't be about Big Oil
. If your only real reason for opposing the Big Haul is that it will benefit Big Oil
, then your opposition is not rational. It's emotional.
I heard Terry Emmert (of Emmert International) on the radio a couple of days ago. Emmert is the contractor (or one of the contractors) involved in the Big Haul. They have decades of experience hauling huge loads, and they have a perfect safety record. Emmert pointed out that the huge loads crawling along at 5 miles an hour do LESS damage to highway surfaces than normal truck loads do at highway speed. Any civil engineer can explain why that is true.
But let's suppose that you succeed in banning oversized hauling. Here are some of the Big Hauls that you will be banning, along with refinery parts.
This Big Haul took place 35 years ago. It is a turbine runner for Brownlee Dam. It was part of a powerhouse upgrade that greatly increased the efficiency of the Brownlee powerplant.
Okay, none of us like dams, so maybe it would be okay if the dam builders weren't allowed to transport things like this.
But how about these much more recent Big Hauls? Want to outlaw them too?
Yes, those loads are parts for wind turbines. My point is that if you are martialing opposition to the Big Haul simply as a tool to express your dislike for Big Oil
, then you may well be defeating your own purpose.