Kardashians crash a truck stop | Food industry needs diesel emissions

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Updated Aug 29, 2022

Kardashians trashed over 'disrespect' in truck stop photo shoot

Screenshot of Kourtney Kardashian's InstagramCommenters on Instagram had some choice words for the starlet and her husband.Screenshot of Kourtney Kardashian's Instagram

American media personality and socialite Kourtney Kardashian and her husband, musician Travis Barker, have angered many in the trucking community and much of middle America alike with a truck stop photo shoot that commenters found disrespectful. 

“This is where my father has to sleep in the back of his semi 6 nights a week and they’re treating it like a zoo taking pictures of the trucks,” a Reddit commenter wrote. “Sorry but this makes me angry.”

In fact, basically everyone on social media site Reddit lit up the couple as disrespectfully playing at life on the road. 

The series of images on Instagram shows Kardashian and Barker, both multi-millionaires, touring the aisles of a truck stop in a Pilot truck stop in Daleville, Indiana, and even trying on some high-visibility safety gear. The socialite and her husband can be seen in one image taking a shot of a lot full of tractor-trailers in a post she captioned "truck stop, huh?"

The pictures look professionally done by a photographer on the scene, and there are no other customers or truckers visible, leading many online to worry that they had security clear the Pilot before attempting what one top commenter called a "poor aesthetic" photo shoot. 

The good news for owner-operators is that if you haven't been keeping up with the Kardashians, apparently the fashion now is for the Kardashians to keep up with you. While diesel fuel has gotten expensive, we couldn't have predicted it would be the new luxury item to show off on Instagram, or that truck stops would be the new Gucci. Here's hoping they don't camp out at the fuel island or take too long in the showers, or perhaps they'll just find a new hobby altogether. 

America's food industry needs diesel emissions

The country's top food producers have run into another supply chain problem that's creating a shortage of something truckers have literally flying out of their stacks: Carbon dioxide. The Wall Street Journal reported that Tyson Foods and Kraft Heinz are hard up for the abundant gas, and that the shortage is now "threatening production of goods from cold cuts to beer."

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CO2 does everything from putting the fizz into soft drinks and beer to stunning animals before the slaughter, but it's usually produced as a byproduct of ethanol and fertilizer production, which has been struggling during the pandemic, according to the Journal. 

With bologna in peril, the big companies are looking everywhere for a new source of CO2, but they may not have to look far. 

Just last month Overdrive reported on Remora Carbon's attempt to capture CO2 directly from truck tailpipes, and the growing market for the gas. Initially, Remora sought to sell the gas to companies that produce concrete, but the recent shortage highlights the fact that there is indeed a growing and vibrant market for the greenhouse gas. 

Remora Carbon CO2 capture device on a daycabRemora Carbon's mobile CO2-capture device and tanks mounted on a daycab.Courtesy of Remora Carbon

With further processing than what's required to sell the gas to concrete producers, Remora Carbon noted, it could well serve food and beverage needs. That market for CO2 might then more quickly be a revenue generator for owners selling part of their emissions, which, let's be honest, were just going to be thrown away like week-old turkey slices, right?