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Tell that to a hive hauler

| October 07, 2013
In mid-March this year, Chris Andreychik reports, "we moved 242 live beehives and about as many empty hives from Fort Myers, Fla., to Bristol" in the same state. For the purpose, "we utilized our 1979 Kenworth K100C," better known to the haulers, with affection, of course, as "Brutus." Their "boogie north" took place "in the wee hours of the morning so our cargo wouldn't fly away. Only got stung once in the process!"

Chris Andreychik moved these “242 live beehives and about as many empty hives from Fort Myers, Fla., to Bristol” in the same state. His rig was featured in the “Get Your Load On” occasional photographic series featuring reader loads. For info on submitting a picture of your own, check the latest edition of the series here

A report from jumps to dish out blame for the phenomenon of honeybee colony collapse, which has been growing in recent years, say researchers, on none other than every hauler’s favorite transport fuel. “Blame diesel fumes for honeybee colony collapse,” screamed the headline of this story, published yesterday. Yet the researcher cited in the story as for the first time proving a link between NOx gases in diesel exhaust and worker bees’ sensory confusion that seems to part of the root of the collapse phenomenon puts it this way at the tail end of the story: “Diesel exhaust is not the root of the problem…. But if you think of a situation where a bee is dealing with viral infections, mites, all the other stresses it has to deal with—another thing that makes it harder for the bee to work in its environment is likely to have detrimental consequences.”

Related: Diesel emissions: Cleaner than fast-food charbroilers

In other words, the science doesn’t say “Blame diesel,” rather something more akin to “Maybe blame diesel,” and the story says as much itself.

If you were a headline-only reader, you’d come to a very different conclusion tat the researcher, who’s made a significant but ultimately just one conclusion — that diesel exhaust may contribute to colony collapse, but many other stresses are involved as well. 

The story makes no mention, either, of the strides engine makers have made in reduced emissions of those NOx gases to much lower levels in recent years. Not to say there aren’t a lot of those pre-low-NOx-emissions power plants out there, of course. Wait, did I just give CARB another argument in favor of their powertrain regs?… 


  • Kurt Keilhofer

    Back when DPFs were coming out, one of the manufacturers said that on a bad air day in Southern California what was coming out of the exhaust was cleaner than the ambient surrounding air! But that never made the mainstream media.

  • MercenaryMan

    The air in California is FAR cleaner then it was in 1990, I remmebr being stuck on the 405 freeway on my way to Hollywood and the Smog was palpable, you could taste it, it was thick…todays its almost non exisitent…

  • lejoelle

    On Netflix there are two, and maybe more documentaries on the honey bee colony collapse. it is pretty much a slam dunk that Bayer pharma are to blame for a great portion the problem. Bayer was ordered to pull at least one of the spray applications used.
    With genetically modified plants, seeds that are unable to regenerate, and chemical companies gaining control of our food supply, clean air in the state of fruits and nuts is the least of our problems.
    CARB needs a new enemy, let it be the seed and chemical companies, our environment is getting clogged by the “unseen” elements unleashed on us.
    Look to the little creatures first, they are the ””canary bird” in the coal mine indicators for us.
    If you really are interested in our future, you will learn more by concentrating on the drug and chemical companies mission to control our food, and their efforts to make all farmers use their genetically modified seeds, or drive them out of business.

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