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When The Trucks Stop, It’s Over

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Systemic risk. I guarantee that most ordinary folks have no idea that if trucks stopped rolling all across America, within a short period of time nearly all Americans would be in a life-threatening situation from major delivery shortages. Seventy percent of all freight that is moved in the U.S. is done so by truck. You (we) depend on that ‘stuff’ for our survival.

A major disruption in truck travel would immediately impact seven major industries, and would bring America to its knees within days due in part to “Just-In-Time” manufacturing, zero-inventory, and the fact that our modern way of life is entirely dependent upon unimpeded distribution chains.

The other day we had to take the long drive into the city, and while on the freeway Mrs. MSB commented how there were so many trucks – I mean a-lot of trucks (18-wheelers) on the road. She was right, they were with us the entire way – an endless parade – the ‘life-blood’ of the system that keeps most of us alive. I pointed out that what we were looking at is metaphorically the same as the blood vessels in our bodies, carrying the nourishment, goods and supplies which enable the existence for most of us.

This observation along our trip only reinforces the realization of our dependence on others and systems which are mostly or entirely out of our control. The truckers keep us alive – literally. Knowing that this is the case, it might motivate you to prepare for system disruptions (whatever the root cause) so that you are not left out in the cold if it ever happens…


The Food Industry

- Severe shortages within 72 hours, especially of perishable items.
- Panic will make shortages worse.
- Clean drinking water will run dry (every 7 to 14 days all water treatment plants receive chemicals by truck to make drinking water safe).


- Many hospitals operate on a “just in time” delivery for medications and supplies.
- Hospital and nursing home food will run out in 24 hours.


- Gas station fuel will run out within 24 to 48 hours. An average gas station requires deliveries every 2.4 days.
- The subsequent fuel shortage will ripple to all automobiles and vehicles which will no longer be able to transport people to work,  police, fire, rescue, mail-package delivery, garbage pickup, public transit…
- Airlines and air-cargo will be grounded due to lack of supplies.
- Rail lines will halt due to non-delivery of the first and last mile (trucks)

Waste Removal

- Within days, America will be buried in garbage, presenting an enormous health hazard.

The Retail Sector

- Most retailers rely on “just in time” delivery of their products to keep inventories low.
- Consumer behavior during emergencies triple the inventory turnover – speeding up the already ‘bad’ situation.


- Nearly 100% of manufacturing have switched over to “just in time” processes in order to optimize efficiency and profits. Manufacturing will shut down within hours.

Banking and Finance

- ATM’s and bank cash will run dry very quickly.
- Businesses will lose access to cash.
- Bank branches will shut down.


The first 24 hours

• Delivery of medical supplies to the affected area will cease.
• Hospitals will run out of basic supplies such as syringes and catheters
within hours. Radiopharmaceuticals will deteriorate and become
• Service stations will begin to run out of fuel.
• Manufacturers using just-in-time manufacturing will develop component
• U.S. mail and other package delivery will cease.

Within 48 hours

• Food shortages will begin to develop.
• Automobile fuel availability and delivery will dwindle, leading to skyrocketing
prices and long lines at the gas pumps.
• Without manufacturing components and trucks for product delivery,
assembly lines will shut down, putting thousands out of work.

Within 72 hours

• Food shortages will escalate, especially in the face of hoarding and
consumer panic.
• Supplies of essentials—such as bottled water, powdered milk, and
canned meat—at major retailers will disappear.
• ATMs will run out of cash and banks will be unable to process
• Service stations will completely run out of fuel for autos and trucks.
• Garbage will start piling up in urban and suburban areas.
• Container ships will sit idle in ports and rail transport will be disrupted,
eventually coming to a standstill.

Within a week

• Automobile travel will cease due to the lack of fuel. Without autos and
busses, many people will not be able to get to work, shop for groceries,
or access medical care.
• Hospitals will begin to exhaust oxygen supplies.

Within two weeks

• The nation’s clean water supply will begin to run dry.

Within four weeks

• The nation will exhaust its clean water supply and water will be safe for
drinking only after boiling. As a result gastrointestinal illnesses will
increase, further taxing an already weakened health care system.


It’s all pretty scary. The ripple effects would be severe, the specifics of which are far too many to list here. You may be of the opinion that something like this could or would never happen. You would be wrong to think that. Don’t let your normalcy bias get in the way of critical thinking.

Imagine a pandemic. A major and deadly pandemic WILL happen again. It has in the past and there is no denying that it will happen in the future. Much of the trucking transportation system would be affected for a number of reasons including they themselves being stricken or the fear of becoming infected while out in public. Even a partial trucking collapse would lead towards a chain-reaction that would cripple the rest.

Imagine a natural OR weaponized EMP (eXtreme solar flare or high altitude nuke). An EMP could destroy the electronic workings within most trucks in an instant, rendering them useless. In addition to stopping vehicles in their tracks, an EMP will bring down most all other electronic systems, making for an overall truly apocalyptic event.

A major New Madrid fault zone earthquake could sever all or much of east-west trucking distribution as major bridges are damaged or destroyed across the Mississippi river.

A super-spike in the price of diesel fuel due to a major world conflict-disaster-war could grind to a halt much of trucking traffic.

Terrorist attacks while using trucks as truck-bombs could grind trucking to a halt while the government begins mandatory inspections of all.

Any major event, terrorist or otherwise, which causes the majority of truckers to remain at home with their families for the sake of their own security or health rather than to risk leaving them behind and going out on the road.

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    • I AM Cow

      I understand the term American Exceptional-ism now!
      Exceptionally STUPID!
      Because it is THIS EASY to bring your whole culture down in LESS THAN A WEEK?
      NOT have to fire one shot, to get your christo-COWARDS to surrender?
      Which, surrender would happen after most of you ran out of toilet paper!
      :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

      • Chet

        Good thing pigs don’t use toilet paper… you should make out just fine.

        • Mr. Chet Friend

          Take that big, black thing out of your mouth, Chet, you Sodomite of a judeo-christo-CREEP, you!
          HEY, you all stocked up on toilet paper, pussy boy?
          You can hide out then, for months! :wink: :wink:
          :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

          • Chet

            If you use a composting toilet you can just throw sawdust over your logs and call it a day. No need to cry about TP unless you are spoiled.

            Is it true what they say about soft rich white guys?

            Do you all “take the corporate cigar” to make a few bucks?

            Is that just “part of the job” ? What do you do to get the taste out?

            • Man

              why do you fantasise about gay sex, chet?

            • Chet

              Man Quote: “why do you fantasise about gay sex, chet?”

              Don’t flatter yourself Mr Man. I’m not interested in gay sex…

              I would however like Mr Kitze to answer the question about “What it takes to be successful in this world”

          • Ted

            Why do Gays always insult straights by implying they are Gay? Only 1.8% are LGBT. The Chances of “Chet” being gay are pretty small.

      • Neanderthal

        Accuracy Counts NOT, Sucks to be you since I have 30 years of TP. Have you ever had your as wiped? Welcome to my world. :mrgreen: :idea: :lol:

      • Robin Brentwood

        And for some insane reason you think you will be safe? LMAO

    • Bill_H2

      Since we don’t know who will read this article, don’t you think that pointing out a global weakness is a really bad idea.

    • FarmerX

      Well admittedly some for some people things will get very bad if that happens, But for some of us life will have just begun…..
      There are allot of helpless idiots in the U.S., but there are also some highly intelligent, highly skilled folks who are the kind of people that made this country great.

      • Will

        And armed .

      • Robin Brentwood

        We are armed and preparing. Life would be harsh but very survivable without electricity. I dont see the big problem myself. Maybe folks should start preparing and getting fit. Si Vis Pacem Para Bellum!

    • NWO for Dummies.

      Well at least you’ll know what its like to be on the receiving end of america’s wars….I mean democracy.

    • onevoice

      Toilet paper will be VERY important. When faced with the insanity of folks to come will scare the crap out of anyone! Think about smokers with no cigarettes. Drinkers with no alcohol- ppl dependent on which ever drug they “need”…. Not to mention dwindling water/ food supplies. It’s amazing the lengths a parent would go to rather than watch their children go hungry. Facing not having the basic comforts of life (no hot shower- no A/C, not fridge and our poor kids with no video games or cell phones) will be enough to drive most over the edge. No gloom and doom here- just some realistic possibilities and food for thought. Best to prepare – better to have and not need than to need and not have. Prepare your hearts and get right with God.

      • NWO for Dummies.

        Grass works dry or green.

    • Robin Brentwood

      Rest assured when America gets hit all the other countries will be in the same boat if not worse so all these trolls here who make anti-american comments will wish we were there to help them but wont be! I begin to feel more and more since we are so un-appreciated that we should pull back now and all those other countries can start fending for themselves finally. I bet within one week after emp,, 3/4 of the world would be begging us for help again. Americans are far more resiliant then these trolls might believe!!

      • @USArmy_vet

        Yours, and Farmer X’s above – are the only intelligent comments on a very serious subject. Thanks go to the writer for a well-written outline of events should a trucking stoppage happen. I have a good sense of this since I was a long-distance trucker for a good many years. The ‘just-in-time’ concept John PND laid out are a double-edged sword. One, it cuts costs of duplicate effort and warehousing. But two, it makes the pipeline all but absent. Hence, nothing will be available for sale the next day – anywhere – anything!

        EMP is the 800lb gorilla in the mix. For years, some of us have warned of it, but few – even now – take it seriously.

        The small number of us who take the warning signs serious will stand a chance – the nitwits are future fertilizer.

        Be well.

        • @USArmy_vet

          (I missed the valid comments to Farmer X. They are acknowledged)

        • Brent Holman

          Anyone who tries to detonate a nuke over America is gonna have their country reduced to a parking lot.

      • NWO for Dummies.

        ………’re still bragging about how great america is and how crappy the rest of the world is. thats what got you into this mess in the first place. I see a lot of prophecies about the destruction of america on the internet. very few to nil about anywhere else. thats OK if you believe in prophecies. I don’t generally but the evidence for americas not just demise at every level but its turning at full speed into the most vile evil and degenerate dictatorship on the face of the earth in this age or any other is unmistakeable and contrary to your prideful miscreance, unique. :cool: :lol:

    • EnoughAlready

      This article misses the larger point of oil-dependence and widespread disregard for oil’s finite nature. Trucks are just one facet of that. The real problem is that people waste oil like it’s dirty bathwater, idling for no reason (including many truckers), buying ego vehicles with large engines, speeding, and acting like oil is owed to them by some supernatural deity. Squandering a finite resource that’s so critical to our future is not intelligent. Trucks will stop if oil gets too costly or scarce, and wasting oil at any price is a poor survival strategy, since there’s less of it underground every second. Most people are like zombies who consume oil almost entirely based on price and don’t understand the geology behind it. The price on any given day is a combination of temporary flow-rates, refining capacity and politics. It has no bearing on slowing depletion. We should be using less oil all the time and truckers should drive for maximum efficiency, not speed. But schedules force the opposite in many cases. It’s like speeding toward a blind cliff. People fail to look more than a few years into the future and buy into whatever makes them feel good.

      Abiotic oil has never been proved and the U.S. “shale revolution” is just the downslope of Peak Oil, drilled in desperation. Look up actual recoverable reserves for Bakken & Eagle Ford and you’ll see they’d only last America a few years if that’s all we had. California’s Monterey shale was downgraded by 96% in 2014 after initial hype. Kerogen shale may never break even, EROI-wise, yet many fools think we can get trillions of barrels from it. Global conventional crude oil peaked around 2005 and tight oil won’t be able to keep pace with demand much longer. It just can’t be pulled out of the ground fast enough; that also includes tar sands. Pragmatic flow-rates are critical, not hypothetical oil-in-place. Most of the hype about American “energy independence” involves blatant exaggerations based on oil-in-place and a poor understanding of geology. People want to believe in magical abundance but they won’t look at the science.

    • Brent Holman

      Well, yeah, trucking is important, so is shipping, so what is the point? Some people must like to scare themselves, maybe they are addicted to their own fear-adrenaline?

    • Cori

      who needs horror movies…just read articles here……

    • truthlovingsoul

      stock up on extra water, food, necessities…..after that, don’t worry.

      live your lives.

      envision a beautiful, corruption-free world with health and abundance for all, every day.

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