The past, present and future of trucking in Nevada

by Brian Bahouth

The Nikola One hydrogen powered semi - image - the Nikola Corp

Look around you. I’d be willing to bet that trucks, at some point, transported every human-made object within your view, to say nothing of the raw materials that went into those products. From the Erie Canal to the nation’s Interstate System of Highways, the ability to transport goods has been and continues to be an integral aspect of America’s economy and quality of life. Las Vegas and Reno are well-located on major transportation routes in the western United States. Nevada has zero inventory tax, so warehouses and associated trucks are an ever-present feature of the transportation landscape. There are roughly a half a million trucking companies in the US and 3,300 in Nevada. On this edition of the Wild Hare, I visited the offices of the Nevada Trucking Association and spoke with association CEO Paul Enos about a sprawling range of topics from diesel motor technology and climate change to meat substitutes.


Brian Bahouth has been news director at three public radio stations and writes about the environment and science for The Ally. Detailed reporting like the audio above takes weeks to gather, research and write. Take time to support Brian’s work.

Music credits in order of appearance as reported through the Public Music Exchange:

Song: Greenland
Artist: Emanicipator
Album: Safe in the Steep Cliffs
Label: Loci Records
Year: 2010
Duration: 1:25

Song: Summer Lightning
Artist: Caia
Album: The Magic Dragon
Label: Guidance Recordings
Year: 1999
Duration: 1:40

Song: Mr Gone
Artist: Caia
Album: The Magic Dragon
Label: Guidance Recordings
Year: 1999
Duration: 1:40

Song: White Cyclosa
Artist: Boards of Canada
Album: Tomorrow’s Harvest
Label: Nova Records
Year: 2014
Duration: 1:26

Song: Aint That Dandy
Artist: Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown
Album: The Original Peacock recordings
Label: Rounder
Year: 1983
Duration: :20

Song: Honky Tonk
Artist: Bill Doggett
Album: 28 Big Ones
Label: King Records
Year: 1956
Duration: 1:37

Song: Semi Crazy
Artist: Junior Brown
Album: Semi Crazy
Label: Curb Records
Year: 1996
Duration: :54