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Trucking apocalypse continues: California truckload carrier latest victim. Regulations blamed.

Market conditions and CARB cited for failure reason

The trucking apocalypse is upon us and it has taken its latest victim. This time, it’s a 40-year-old carrier out of California. Timmerman Starlite Trucking, Inc. of Ceres, California announced that it would be shutting down, placing 30 employees into the unemployment line effective immediately. Ceres is a suburb of Modesto, California, a mid-sized city 100 miles east of San Francisco. Starlite had a fleet of 30 trucks, 150 trailers and 28 drivers, according to Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration data. 

Owner Colby Bell cited a tough freight market and environmental regulations as the primary factors in the company’s failure, according to the Ceres Courier, which broke the story. Starlite also announced its closure on its Facebook page.

“We tried to provide a healthy work environment for our employees and give them the best wages and benefits we could,” Bell said. “But in the end, the rates that were available did not support the cost structure needed to compensate our employees appropriately.”

The company served clients through an 11-state region, spanning from the Rocky Mountains to the Pacific coast. 

Long haul trucking spot rates are at their lowest levels in the past few years, off by over 30 percent since last year’s peak.

DAT long-haul national van rate (SONAR: DATVF.VNU)

Even more challenging, trucking volumes have been running between 2 percent and 7 percent in equivalent days in 2018, starting with a large drop in mid-May. 

Outbound tender volume measures the total amount of loads in the freight market from actual loads. The yellow line is 2019. The green is 2018. Since mid-May, volumes have consistently been below 2018’s number. An unusual drop occurred in May 2019, right after tariffs were enforced on Chinese imports. SONAR (OTVI.USA).

While rates and load volumes reflect the demand side of the freight market and paint a picture of the revenue conditions for carriers, the profit story is much worse. In the past two years, carriers have seen significant cost inflation and operational pressure in almost every aspect of their businesses. 

Wage increases for drivers have increased double digits, insurance renewal rates have gone up and equipment is more expensive to maintain. Carriers have been forced to buy electronic logging devices, running their trucks with an inflexible clock. 

Department of Energy Retail Diesel Average PADD 5b (California). This is the average of retail fuel prices. (SONAR: DOE.PADD5b)

Fuel expenses, particularly in a tax- and regulation-loving state like California have also been way up in the past three years. Since Feb 2016, retail diesel prices in the state have increased from $2.29/gallon to $3.95/gallon, roughly equivalent to $.25 per mile. At $1.49 per mile, this will cost a carrier 17% of their operating profits if they aren’t on a fuel-surcharge program.

Larger carriers are able to recover most, if not all of this in the form of a fuel surcharge. Unfortunately, Starlite was likely too small to have much leverage of their shipper relationships to do so.

DOE national retail diesel assessment vs. DOE California national retail diesel assessment. (Yellow is CA, Orange is national average). (SONAR:DOE.PADD5b vs. SONAR:DOE.USA)

Retail average diesel fuel prices in California have shot up 75 percent since Feb 2016, while only jumping 58 percent on a national basis during the same period.

California has added two fuel and excise taxes during the period, first with a 20-cent per gallon increase in 2017 and another 20-cent increase initiated this July.

If taxes weren’t enough of a burden for California’s operators, the company’s environment czar,  the California’s Air Resources Board (CARB), creates its own set of challenges. 

For the past decade, CARB has required carriers to buy and operate trucks that operate under a more stringent set of emissions regulations. 

In describing the plight of environmental and business regulations on Starlite, Bell was quoted in the Turlock Journal:

“The air’s a lot cleaner today because of the work the industry has done — and we’re proud of that — but the rate structure is [holding arm flat] and the cost structure is like this [arm at an incline]. The family was just in a position where we could not continue to operate without risking financial devastation.

“If you’re an interstate carrier that operates in 50 states and you can make money in 49, you can lose a little in California while the pressure’s on, and over time you know that things are going to equalize. But, yeah, the smaller carriers are stressed. Most of them are family companies. They’re not capital rich and it’s a heavy capital industry to be in. They’re pulling $200,000 worth of equipment and that’s a lot of money when you think about almost a 40 percent increase in costs over the last 10 years but no change in the revenue.”

Few would deny that California has benefited from cleaner air, but tax increases, inflexible labor laws and a litigious court system have all made the operating environment for California-based trucking companies extremely difficult. 

Last year, we wrote a commentary about California’s hostile environment for the trucking industry labeled “California’s Hostile Environment for the Trucking Industry.” 

California, perhaps more than any other large state, is incredibly dependent on the trucking industry to keep the economy humming along. With a large agriculture industry, a sizable industrial sector and being home to the biggest port in North America, a third of all jobs in the state are in logistics-dependent industries and trucking is still the largest logistics mode by far.


While it is too late for Starline and Bell, chief executive officer of the California Trucking Association Shawn Yardon issued a statement about the closure, “I am saddened to learn of Starlite’s closure and this is further proof that California must take a very hard look at its business environment.”

If you are keeping score, this is the sixth major trucking company failure of 2019. LME, a Midwest LTL carrier also shut it’s doors last week.

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  1. It what happen when it all started back 1998 cal started push the little guy out the big guy just said nothing so now it has came full circle so sad

    1. What also was a pick pocketed robberies was contract scales breaking items on your new trucks. Telling you that you had to call their cousin garages to fix what they cut or broke. You had to have a certified mechanic to fix what they broke or backed off brakes. Also the states like Maryland charging $670.00 for fifty three foot trailers on I -95 . And Oregon charging extra tax on loads going into their state even if you have Oregon IFTA stickers for their state. Another thing is New Mexico charging drivers for not logging their selves out from driving on a DOT inspection $125.00 by not changing to not driving but on duty at SCALES FOR DOT INSPECTION. All the bull crap from black Texas state troopers lying about their speed detector saying they clocked a truck doing 79 mph in a 65 mph speed zone in a slow truck governed at 64 mph. You have to except the ticket because you can’t afford to pay a wrecker to toe the truck to a certified service station and pay to prove the governor was in tacked. If you proved the truck was a 64 mph truck the state doesn’t refund the driver. Texas doesn’t anyway. Yes no unity in the trucking business against crooked scales and contract scales. The larger companies are paying more for pushing owner opps out of the trucking business. They are feeling the ugly truth about reaping what they sowed. SEMPER FIDELIS

        1. The Neanderthals didn’t make it either. Evolve or die. Drive cross country if that’s what it takes. Greed is always the motivator. The way you can tell who is greedy is by the way they dump employees instead of changing policies.

    2. Its sad to see.
      It all boils down to plain old GREED. Govt and Big business Ruling over everything.
      Cost of living going up monthly…but most companies still offering. 1980 wages.
      12.00 to 13.75 an hour.
      True cost of living is 24.00. To 30.00 per hour NATIONWIDE.
      Natiral Gas is not.the answer…It also is a Fossil fuel.
      People wake up…. We are using it up toooo fast.
      We have about 150 years left…Then everything will be Gone.
      The answer is SLOW down…we moving too fast.
      Everything doesnt have to happen overnight.
      MODERATION……BALANCE.
      Doesnt mean just watch what we eat and exercise.
      It applies to Every aspect of the World.

    3. It’s not sad these big carrier’s deserve what they get .They’ve been cut throat for the last 30 years moving freight by volume I hope they all go down not paying driver cheating them

    4. We have a new demon th worry about guys. You can check this out with any dot approved physical doctor. Our own government no mind you our own government are letting foreign driver come he to drive on our highways. Which is fine but the catch is they do not fall under any DOT regulation. The doctor is told not to upload any discrepancies on the DOT website not to fail this person. They don’t need a CDL license. They don’t fall under mandated regulations. We are fighting with each other over skin color and ethnic backgrounds but we better band together and fight in what we love and live in or before we know it it will be taken away

      1. Joe how in The Whole world did u come up with this bs nonsense ,, facts pls .
        Where did you read this stuff so I can educate myself an maybe a few others .
        I know for a fact that in the good old USA if you are driving a commercial vehicle be prepared to show your CDL in case you get stopped or pulled in a chicken coop cause if you don’t they will nail you to the wall my friend . That’s exactly what happened to me before I had my CDL . came up to the weight station in chowchilla California an got pulled in cause they wanted to inspect the truck an when they asked me for my DL I showed my regular dL lol ,, whole hell broke loose after that an five hours later I had a checkbook of tickets totaling little over $4000.00 had to pay every bit of it . Judge never gave me the time of the day to pay little less . So Joe FYI pls state facts not bullshit ok . Cause we don’t want any idiots out there thinking they can jump on a rig an just go after they read your post . SAVE LIFES NOT LIES

    1. To open the flood gates for outsider, probably illegal, freight carriers to abuse US DOT, and further deteriorat the highway infrastructure. They dont aid in the taxes. Only in the fuel tax. Shippers have not compensated drivers well for decades.

      1. You can tell that by what a lot of brokers are charging to run for the mile…not much…how much can we take of all of this ? We drivers got beg to make money !!! You ask brokers to give you 50 cent more and he telling me he can’t , he dont want to get in trouble with his higher ups
        , we try hard out here to try make it wirh what cost to operate …its getting to the point where its not worth the time and energy and being away from family to be out over the road driver anymore and im sure a lot of drivers out there can vouch for that !!! I’ve been over the for 20+ yrs .

    2. Natural gas will take over in B. C and Ontario Canada as well with our carbon tax . We need minimum freight rates and detention pay and give the truck drivers more flexibility and all companies required to pay after 8 hours driving or 10 hours on duty per day at $20.00 U. S. Or $26.50 cd per hour while in Canada or the U.S. or Canada no loads under $1.80 per mile plus $45.00 per hour dock rate U.S. 5195239586

      1. I wouldn’t work for any of those amounts you mentioned, I make between 3 and 500 a day as a company driver, sometimes more . Yesterday for example I had a busy day and I made $620 gross . But if I were an O/O I wouldn’t haul for less than 2.50 a mile, and that’s just refrigerated! Anyone hauling freight for 1.80 a mile is going under, I don’t care if you own your equipment or make payments. Because it’s parts you gotta buy or payments you gotta make!

  2. I personally believe that California needs to back the fuck off of everything that is going on in America. California is a liberal state harboring illegals and they want to no longer be part of the United states of America so they have no right to tell the rest of the country how to do or operate anything. Fuck all California laws and regulations.

    1. How about fuck you and fuck all the raping of the environment that had been going on over the years. Fuck the trucks pounding the roads and not putting in their fair share. You are a fucking xenophobe and a racist going right to “harboring illegals” maybe you can whine to Daddy Trump and he will pretend to give a shit and lie about saving your job. You fucking snowflake.

      1. Real sad as you have no substance in this remark. Goverment overall has over regulated everything in your great state. Let’s hope this doesn’t spread to the rest of America. Real nice observation on your part. Thank you for being so vulgar.

      2. How many of these illegals do you pay for and actually live with you.?…. Wait until one of these perpetual drink driving illegals kill a few of your family members…

        1. Jukelly, just curious. You blame illegals (which is bad, but illegals now maybe 0.001% of drivers, not like 20 years ago when eastern European schools provided CDLs to anybody for little pay) at the time when the Government, FMCSA counterproductive regulations crushing the industry? It’s not an illegals who create a non humane HOS rules or draconian ELD monitoring.

          1. No but it is the illegals that’s pulling freight for under a 1.50 a mile killing the rate for everyone else

      3. yeah taxing us more saying they are going to fix our roads then didnt. Now if your not even a citizen and you step foot in California between the ages of 15-25 you get free health care at a cost off 44million a year.

        1. Actually Northern California roads are in the best shape I’ve seen in a long time. Especially 101.

      4. Matthew you need to see a proctologist’s brain surgeon boy. Your heads to far up your butt boy.

        1. Jake Graywolf, and this is our biggest problem.
          Instead to be united under one little union to protect truck drivers small fleets (say from 1 to 30 trucks. Becouse OOIDA proved to be worthless) interests, we communicate with each other with blames, ‘f*ck you’ words or not communicate at all.

      5. Mathew, you stupid, hypocritical Twit! You played Devil’s advocate under the same name. Or, you’re a troll too dimwitted to procure your own name. It’s not “racist” to not agree with allowing illegals to break the law by being here without permission. Color or county of origin was never mentioned. At best (or worse) the word “prejudice” could be used, just as you are prejudiced against truckers. BTW, truckers per se don’t “rape the environment”. They don’t mine or haverst anything. They “pound the road” bringing you all those goods you can’t or don’t want to live without…and I’ll bet they pay a lot more toward taxes that repair California’s roads than you do. If anyone’s a “snowflake”, it’d be you, you Shitty Little Nitwit!

      6. Typical Marxist response to anyone that has an opinion different than yours. Don’t you guys ever get tired of regurgitating the same buzzwords and catch phrases? Even if you’re correct and the man is a “racist” or “xenophobe”; who cares? What if he doesn’t like the color pink or dislikes cats/dogs? Will you try to throw him in your gulags for “hate speech”?! People in America have a RIGHT to opinions and the Constitution guarantees they can voice said opinions. Don’t worry my little Red buddy…you’re going to get your war soon enough! You sir, have much growing up to do.

        1. No, the First Amendment protects you from government retribution when you criticize the government. Period.
          You voice a racist opinion to others, don’t cry when you get your head handed to you. Not a First Amendment issue. Go read your pocket Constitution.

          1. Show me where it states that in the Constitution. Nice try, Karl.

            “Amendment I

            Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”

      7. Another man bun wearing TDS natzi snowflake!…and by the qay semi trucks pay 500%more road taxes then cars…so talk to your dumbocrat party you vote for thats ass raping you! And you allow it

      8. Matthew you can come to Arizona to get your Fucking shit you loser. See how much of what you don’t have,signed,Mr. Snowflake

    2. I think the Governor should be impeached and get rid of carb until they get a real plan that will work for the o/o as well as the big companies ro

      1. He should be tarred and feathered. If we don’t get it together these Marxists will make 1600’s Britain look like kindergarten teachers.

  3. A solution is to move trucking industry completely out of CA. Don’t even bother deliver anything there. Where is Black Smoke Matters at on this.

    1. Jim Woods, why you are not considering to create a small a Small Trucks Fleet Union (say 1 to 30 trucks) which would include about 1 million or more drivers and fight for our rights. OOIDA proved to be a joke.

    2. Can’t do it – Millions of square feet of warehouse space built in Ontario – Chino – Inland Empire. More millions being built. Makes no sense, but more companies are building in So Cal than moving out.

  4. I have worked for 2 trucking companies that went out of business and always said there is hardly a way for small companies to make it nowdays with the maintenance it takes for the Particulate Deisel Filters require

    1. Curt Redding, then a question: How it is legal or constitutional for the Government to came up with the same set of requirements and regulations for the mega carriers, which operate on the lower cost or for free AND for a small fleets which are bleeding to death and bankruptcy?

  5. When I began trucking in 2010 and saw California from the cab of my 18 wheeler, I said there needs to be large distribution centers in AZ, NV, and OR so non-CA carriers don’t have to enter the state. That way the CA carriers can get all the work back and forth from those centers. It saddens me to see another company close its doors. That makes around 6 or 7 (?) companies to close since NEMF declared themselves bankrupt.

  6. If the government would just leave the industry alone we wouldn’t be having so many companies shutting down. Leave it to the people of politics that no nothing about the industry adding more and more rules and regulations. It needs to stop. They are screwing with a lot of lively hoods. Why mess that up for the trucking industry, the drivers, and there families.

      1. Stu, I don’t mind they do it. Obama, when economy was stagnated for 8 straight years, maintained employment percentage number by multiplying the governmentS positions. I don’t care if US so rich to pay “zi government”. What I do care, it’s to create a real Small Fleets Organization, which will protect our rights. And do not let “zi government” to generate illegal and unconstitutional regulations.

  7. I lived in CA for 55 years… Now reside in NV..
    .For me it was just all played out in CA so I left.
    Slowly with all the Regs, taxes, crime, crazy housing prices…..,yes also the influx of people from other countries legal residents or not legal yes all these things….Have hurt all residents and small business. The State has completely changed in the last 30 years.
    It got to the point for me to get the hell out of CA to find more piece of mind out in a much less regulated area…
    Churchill County NV.
    And more piece if mind I got…..

  8. Well now you see what Democrats want to do to United States as a whole with a green deal which means to me green putting politicians pockets and their friends at the cost of the transportation industry and the United States as a whole and anyone that buys food or anything else must or because everything is hold on a truck there are other places to bring things in the United States then California

    1. A veteran, you see it now? Not in before, when Democrats gave China the penetrate US missile technology? Improve Chinese and Russian military? Bowing to king Abdullah.

    2. What do Republicans want to do to the United States? I’ll tell you: give large corporations all the power. Cut taxes for themselves, and kill Social Security and Medicare. Reagan said Medicare is socialism and would lead to a dictatorship.

  9. I am a truck driver i will not go in to California fo no less then $5.00 a mile at 55 mph and the traffic it aint worth it. Yes they consume alot but the laws are to unreasonable for me many time stop at the borders and let a connection go eben when i had 9 hours left me for one will not drive in California. It is to big of a risk with all off the people who speed at 70+ .

  10. Everyone is comment on gas and regulation but that is only half the problem. The other half “Long haul trucking spot rates are at their lowest levels in the past few years” seems to be the bigger problem and the article doesn’t really say why. If the smaller companies can’t compete then isn’t this how the market is designed to work?

    1. The government also breaks up monopolies and anyone can see that’s exactly where we’re heading. The multinational conglomerates and megas are taking over the transportation industry slowly but surely. The writing is on the wall to anyone who’s been alive in this country for more than 30 years.

      1. Jimmy Wells. It’s above my understanding. If US is a country of the law and it has an antimonpoly law then somebody have to go to prison for ruining small businesses families lives. Right?

    2. Tom Hoffman. Eventually one reasonable voice.
      The mega carriers did the right genius move – pushed small fleets out of the competition. And what is our answer? Where our niche in the market?
      Do somebody need the small fleet service?
      Our mane attribute – flexibility was taken from us by the mega carriers/government conglomerate. Abide.

  11. I’m hoping Ca. Keeps up the pressure, even making it worse, the more it heaps on, the more people and companies will leave ca. And leave that state with such devistation it will all come crashing down !

    1. Jim – Drive on the 10 East to where it meets the 15 in Ontario. More new warehouses going up as fast as they can pour the concrete. As long as the ports of LA and Long Beach are open, California will have a lot of freight business.

  12. Do not believe all the bs they say. Most of these companies are trying to get out of paying workers out of benefits and pensions, they will reopen later under a new name just like eastern freightways and nemf.

  13. California probably will be one of the first states soon that truck drivers will avoid, I as a truck driver stay out of California due to the idiot’s that run the state , into the ground , so far iv notice more people moving out and living better lives elsewhere, also I have seen other trucking companies move out of California and start all over in other states and continue to avoid delivery to California and profit big in other states, I also know thru the trucking grapevine that the trucking industry will move slowly towards the east making it harder soon for California to get what it needs unless it lightens up how I know this is because we too have behind closed doors talks about when we should turn the key off of cali. Right now we are only humoring the government with our semi obedient way

    1. Nonsense. You are not humoring anyone. You are making a profit. When you are not, you will abandon the market and others will enter it. This is what capitalism is all about.

      1. Rotund Rider. Absolutely true. If I am not comfortable with existing HOS rules, I am welcome to leave. On my place will come 100 drivers who will feel comfortable with those HOS regulations.

  14. Go ahead and leave California, or don’t deliver there. Other businesses will take the market share you give up. There are > 30,000,000 people in the state; it’s a huge market- if it were a country, it would be the world’s seventh largest economy.
    Eventually costs to consumers will include the higher operating costs. Don’t want to play? You don’t have to. No one is forcing you to operate in California.

  15. Perhaps the most liberal state in the US is making laws favoring big business over the “little guy.”

    Who would have guessed that?

    1. That’s always the way it works, regardless of party. The only way to fix it is to get money out of politics. Start by getting rid of Citizens United. Corporations are not people, and money is not speech.

      1. Small companies can’t make the big political contributions that large corporations can, to buy politicians.
        Actually, the liberals are the only ones who care about fairness. Which party supports unions, and which party is always trying to kill them off?

  16. So according to this article it has nothing to do with environmental regulations. According to this article the downturn in the industry is primarily due to tariffs imposed by the trump admin, on Chinese import goods. Sounds like a recipe to disaster. Sorry but Trump’s economic advisers are living in the 19th and 20th centuries instead of the Twentyfirst century. Tariffs are attacks on people who buy goods and USE services in this country. It affects manufacturers Importers and export hers in the United States. It effects the shippers and us truck drivers.

    1. John. Wait a minute. Now it’s a Trump’s fault. I spoke with other business. They are doing well while China Tarrifs. How is this happened that tricking industry is a weakest link?

  17. Well cant the truckers boycott california to get their attention? Heres a question: how many sanctuary. Cities soon to be whole sanctuary states like california are there now? Seems their are operators /united states from within? Arizona has people organizing now to get it on the ballet to turn arizona into a sancuary state!.
    Multinational conglomerates are not just taking over trucking.

  18. It says in the bible we are made in his image and what we allow in heaven we also allow on earth. So to make heaven our earth change what we are allowing on earth. We are the change . it is up to us to change what we are allowing to happen here on our earth. Do we want what we are now allowing to happen?

  19. Cathy. It’s simple. We (small fleets) are separated. Anybody can take an advantage of it. When we will unite we can protect our rights.

  20. Save your pennies and buy a low maintenance, low operating cost Tesla, Nikola, or other electric semi!

  21. My baby drives a Peterbilt. Her wheels are big and mean.
    Chromestacks fill the sky with smoke. She’s proud of that machine.

  22. This country needs to start supporting the trucking industry and lower the fuel cost for truckers. Lower their insurance costs lower their licence tabs lower the truckers costs so they can make a living do you want to loose all these trucking companies? Soon there will be no trucks to deliver the freight in this country and all the people in this country will be without anything Or without fuel for their cars and trucks. No more lumber to build home’s no more water to drink no more food no more car’s or truck’s no more heating oil to heat your home’s in the winter no more of anything. The store shelves will be empty the gas station’s will have no gas the drug store will have no more medication for you or your children the hospitals will have no place for you. The city you live in will not be able too plow your street’s in the winter. Farmers will have no way to grow their crops no way to get them to market if they can grow them. Soon this country will just die off. Is that what the people of this country want? Do you want no more off anything. Then stand up for these truckers and help get their costs lowered.

    1. Or their revenue raised. You have a better shot at that. The big guys can undercut you and starve you out. Maybe time to think about a little re-regulation?

    2. Truckers eat each other alive!!!!
      Just like sharks in that big ocean….
      And those interested in this process knows that first hand.

  23. Last year, we wrote a commentary about California’s hostile environment for the trucking industry labeled “California’s Hostile Environment for the Trucking Industry.”

    Brought to you by the Department of Redundancy Department. ?

  24. Sounds like a typical socialist state. If you can’t seize the means of production by means of outright confiscation, seize it by means of legislating it to death.

  25. We are looking to hire a full-time driver for our company located in McAllen Texas who can run midwest and upper east routes mainly. We got 53 feet newly leased reefers waiting on a pilot. I’m sorry to here this happened and I would like to give an opportunity to someone who’s willing to work hard. We pay by the mile with the option of bringing loads back and get a percentage. Shoot me a text ig you are not willing to give up on work 956-414-3255

  26. All you whining crybabies have to do is band together and call a national 3 day strike. Just stay home for 3 days and watch America come to a screeching halt. But you’re all too busy squabbling for table scraps while the big carriers laugh all the way to the bank. You ignorant fools never learn. Oh well my Truck I bought new is paid for, along with my house and student loan so if things don’t improve real soon I am selling my rig and venturing off to other opportunities. Good luck chumps!

  27. I’m a former CARB employee who is looking to get involved with associations or companies fighting CARB, the bogus regulations they pass, and their unfair targeting of truckers in California. I watched CARB victimize the trucking industry for a decade, and as a trucker’s daughter, my stomach is still ill from what CARB has done to the hardworking men and women responsible for the transport of goods and services throughout our state. I know how to pull apart their “reports” and where all the holes are in their so-called “socially conscious” regulations. I know where their weak spots are. I’m not looking to hurt or offend anyone, but rather to help prevent hardworking people from having their industry destroyed by bogus science. If you have any leads, please post them and I will surely follow up. Thank you for your time and assistance, and as my daddy used to say, keep on truckin’.

  28. Fascinating article, and even a more fascinating headline.
    “Regulations blamed.”
    But the majority of the article ISN’T about regulations. Start from the top and read it. Look at the graphs, and read the captions below them.
    I’m guessing the hope here is that a headline will be seen, agreed with, and circulated.
    The author is “covered” since he provided the data and nobody could therefore claim otherwise. But the author’s obvious intent is to sway opinion on the issue….otherwise the headline would accurately reflect what the article details.

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