A week or so ago, I stepped out of the Bandon Library to hop my bike and pedal home for at least the 2,000th time in the last 15 years. And yes, per usual, a UPS van sat outside the door with rattling, stinking toxic to life diesel shut off. I've complimented the drivers many times over the years for this apparently regulated act of mercy.
Out comes the driver after dropping his packages, mounts the beast and instantaneously I found myself staringly questioning whether I had momentarily lost my hearing and sense of smell. So I approached the open door of the van, still amazed and then realized the deafness causing rattle and carcinogenic to the lungs stink was gone. "This is a gas rig," I said to the young, new driver (not the one I knew by name for years). "Did UPS wake up (unlike most Americans!) and learn just how toxic to life and nature diesel rigs are?" I asked.
"Well, we finally got 'em all converted over," he replied. I thanked him profusely, asked him to pass it up-channel, and wondered aloud to him, "I can't believe we allow pickup and van-sized diesels on the roads, and why don't their buyers know the impact or is it that they just don't care? I've long realized the lion's share of corporations have never had a conscience." He didn't have an answer for me.
Again, if you've gotten rid of these destroyers, UPS, thank you! And Fedex, etc., can we be hopeful regarding your policy on this also?