What is "rolling coal?" Simply, it's a way of showing the world that you are a selfish excuse of a human that isn't intelligent enough to realize that maybe you're playing a part in making the world a worse place. More precisely, "rolling coal" is modifying your diesel truck in such a way that allows it to spit out thick, black smoke into the air. See for yourself:
What's a video of trucks doing gross, stupid things if there isn't a metal song in the introduction?
Personally, I have a problem with diesel trucks to begin with, but I think that we can all agree that this is just objectively bad. If it's objectively bad, then why are trucks like this on the market? It's true that you can't go out and get a truck that fouls the environment just like that. These trucks are capable of doing this only because their owner spent extra money on a kit that enables them to modify the vehicle in a way that will override emissions control.
So yes, there are people out there that will spend money and take the time to modify their trucks so that they don't comply with environmental laws. Why? What's the point? What I want to know is why there is such a large population in the US that seeks to rebel against the government in literally any way possible, even if it means ultimately harming themselves and the society that they are a part of. Seriously, these trucks are nothing but potential danger: the black smoke that spews out of them obstructs the views of other drivers on the road, the trucks are intentionally in violation of environmental laws, and exposure to this type of smoke can lead to a plethora of health issues. Why would somebody want to do this? I just don't get it.
But in reading the New York Times article, a couple of explanations are offered. One truck driver featured, who named his truck "Public Enemy" (how apt), said that "rolling coal" is "an adrenaline rush." But surely the temporary satisfaction of feeling powerful behind the wheel of a vehicle is not enough to justify the gross carbon footprint it leaves on the world, not to mention the negative health effects it will have on not only the driver but also those in the area.
"Smoke's pretty. I like seeing it," another truck driver was quoted as saying. I think the stupidity speaks for itself on this one....
One truck driver wrote a letter to his state representative, who wanted to impose a fine on those who attempted to bypass emissions controls. The New York Times quoted the letter: "Why don't you go live in Sweden and get the heck out of our country..... I will continue to roll coal anytime I feel like and fog your stupid eco-cars." This sounds like such an immature and childish thing to say, I can hardly believe that a grown man ever said this. It's easy to laugh it off with an eye roll, but it's this very mentality that causes many of the problems in our country. It's this same line of thinking that causes people to object to gun control, or something like transgender rights. These people have a way of life that they refuse to give up, even if it's dangerous or toxic to both themselves and the world at large. All they see is that their "rights" are being taken away from them. Their minds are too narrow to realize that maybe there are certain things that you just don't do, because that's what makes the world a better place.