Energy: The New Highway Guerrillas

When times are flush, the life of a trucker can be good—not easy, but good.

Highballing down a turnpike in his own $30,000 rig, the open countryside flashing by, the air conditioning and stereo on, old buddies to meet at the next truck stop, a good load in back and the promise of maybe $20,000 in profit at the end of the year—a man could do worse. But times now are anything but flush, and the truckers have suddenly turned into the angriest and most disruptive group of protesters in the nation.

What could cause the truckers, normally strong law-and-order men, to become...

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