Truckin’ Hell: A Dress Rehearsal for Net Zero

I don’t know much about heavy trucking but Lyndon Watson, boss of Don Watson Transport, does. If what he says about the AdBlue shortage is true, 2022 could begin very badly indeed. The crucial point he makes is that crunch time won’t come when supplies literally run out, but well before that – when the public starts to panic-buy. Not just toilet paper this time but everything on the shelves. Given how desperate Australia is for this nectar of the road hogs, the likelihood is that non-Chinese suppliers will chase the premiums we’re being forced to pay and make a tidy killing. DGL Group is standing by to fly in hundreds of tonnes of urea.

This is very serious. The only Australian supplier of AdBlue, Incitec Pivot, can only supply 10 per cent and they intend to close down the plant completely… It’s quite simple what needs to be done: today I am calling it bluntly – suspend the AdBlue regulations for at least 12 months.”

– KAP leader Bob Katter wants action before it’s too late

Half of Australia’s trucks don’t use diesel exhaust fluid and it may be possible to rig the newer half that does to run without it. Dean Smith, director of Winston Express Haulage in Sydney, isn’t very optimistic about a fleet overhaul. “What do you do? Take them back to the manufacturers and get a special dispensation to turn the AdBlue off for a month? I don’t know.”

The Federal government has established a “task force” to solve the problem – much to Mr Katter’s disgust – but it seems an executive decision is necessary now: wait and see or authorise owners to bypass AdBlue and write off associated costs; also: pressure the manufacturers to keep warranties clean. Dissertations will be written about the Urea Shock. Is it a supply-chain crisis, market failure, geo-political gamesmanship as vendetta, regulatory overkill or a combination? The most important question, however, is this: do we really want an economy in which ‘pollution’ control is baked into the machinery keeping us alive? Scott Morrison says yes.

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15 Responses to Truckin’ Hell: A Dress Rehearsal for Net Zero

  1. FlyingPigs says:

    Incitec Pivot are shutting that Brisbane plant because, they say, they cannot get a long term and secure gas supply.

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  3. Lee says:

    Captain Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart) in Star Trek: the Next Generation?

  4. dover_beach says:

    Incitec Pivot are shutting that Brisbane plant because, they say, they cannot get a long term and secure gas supply.

    That is the modus operandi right now for energy. They deliberately make the conditions of production and exchange very difficult. The operators then are put in an increasingly dire situation; many of them are in on the transition to renewables, and want to have the government part finance their transition. Consults, etc. then pretend that the economics are changing naturally because of shifts in the market to new modes of energy production. Financiers, etc. start writing off the industry as antediluvian, and beyond repair, while lauding the new entrants. Insurance companies, etc. start ratcheting up the cost of business of the old firms, either raising the premiums or denying them at all, as the banks are denying/ restricting them finance. And here we are. It’s criminal.

  5. Buccaneer says:

    There are simulators that make the ECUs in diesel cars and trucks think the ad blue system is working. The european trucking industry is all over this and i bet most truckers here are too. Google Adblue delete.

  6. Buccaneer says:

    More importantly, the ad blue system is simply an injection of urea into the exhaust to reduce nitrous oxide emissions. These are counted in parts per million and were blamed for the acid rain scares of the 70s. These pretty much turned out to be bs anyway. Deleting these systems would be no big deal for anyone involved and would lower the cost of transport anyway.

  7. Chris M says:

    Exactly Buccaneer, sounds largely a media beat-up. But might as well stock up on food, fuel and ammo anyways right. The zombies won’t hold off forever, at some stage they will leave Canberra.

  8. FlyingPigs says:

    It’s criminal.

    Dover_Beach

    I’m sure there is a law against calling something criminal.

    What you are doing is coming from your privilege.

    You just don’t understand how much work goes into setting up laws so that Pairotots can pay a Twiggy $3billion to bottle his farts.

  9. Entropy says:

    I really don’t like being on the side of BKJ on this.

  10. Not Trampis says:

    diesel aint great for the environment. Just how does this relate to net zero?

  11. C.L says:

    Are you pretending to be dumb, Homer?

    Net Zero will bring forth a huge raft of legislation and regulations designed to control carbon dioxide emissions at every conceivable coalface of the economy. That means there will be a corresponding number of logjams and meltdowns when millions of people and enterprises vainly attempt to comply with the new rules.

  12. Boambee John says:

    diesel aint great for the environment. Just how does this relate to net zero?

    Non Compos Mentis is correct. We must revert to horse drawn transport immediately.

    PS, punctuation still bad, he will never make it beyond kindy at this rate.

  13. Not Trampis says:

    Are you trying to be a moron.
    Diesel has nothing to do with going to net zero. Nor does it involve a lot of legislation. The easiest thing would be a price on carbon.

    As for Trucks think electric or hydrogen if it comes off.

  14. Boambee John says:

    Non Compos Mentis

    As for Trucks think electric or hydrogen if it comes off.

    You are even stupider and more ignorant than I thought. Definitely still mentally in pre-school.

  15. Buccaneer says:

    “diesel aint great for the environment”
    Yeah, just like paper bags weren’t great for the environment in the 80s.
    Diesel’s biggest problem is particulate, DPFs remedy this problem, otherwise diesels use far fewer rare earths and problematic elements like lithium than electric vehicles. Hydrogen has problems with capture that are not close to being remedied. Swallowing green bs will result in more problems for western countries once they again have to stump up their own capital to drive progress.

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