EPA proposes to take California's strict emissions laws nationwide
Agency says that emission standards scheduled to start in 2017 would provide billions of dollars in health benefits, although fuel and cars would become more expensive.
The Environmental Protection Agency has announced a new proposal that would sharply cut gasoline and tailpipe emissions, a move that would essentially mandate California's stricter air-quality laws in all 50 states.
But while the ruling would promote cleaner air, it would also cause the prices of gas and new cars to increase.
The EPA estimates that under the proposed rule, which calls for the reduction of sulfur in gasoline and stricter car-emission standards scheduled to start in 2017, gas prices would rise by less than a penny per gallon and tack $130 onto the cost of a new vehicle by 2025. The payoff for these changes, according to the EPA, is billions of dollars in reduced health costs by 2030.
But the oil industry, Republicans and even some Democrats are urging the EPA to delay the rule because of these higher costs, which would be passed on to consumers.
An American Petroleum Institute study estimated that lowering the sulfur in gasoline would add 6 to 9 cents per gallon to manufacturing costs for oil refineries. “I haven’t seen an EPA rule on fuels that has come out since 1995 that hasn’t said it would cost only a penny or two more,” Charles Drevna, president of the American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers, told The Associated Press. Drevna added that the energy required for the additional refining under the new rule could actually increase carbon pollution by 1 to 2 percent.
By expanding a standard already in place in California and 13 other states, the new EPA rule would reduce sulfur in gasoline by more than 60 percent and nitrogen oxides by 80 percent. The regulation would also allow automakers to sell the same versions of a vehicle in all 50 states and make it easier for states to comply with federal standards for smog and soot.
Environmentalists say the proposal is potentially the most important of President Barack Obama’s second term. It also comes on the heels of the administration's new CAFE rules, which will require automakers to meet a fleet average of 54.5 mpg by 2025 for passenger cars.
Bill Becker, executive director of the National Association of Clean Air Agencies, estimated that the amount of pollution reduced by the rule would be equal to taking 33 million cars off the road. “We know of no other air-pollution control strategy that can achieve such substantial, cost-effective and immediate emission reductions,” he said.
EVERYTHING the EPA says or proposes is only supposed to be that, a recommendation or proposal.
Some how the EPA got power enough to force the government to do their bidding.......
There is almost 0 sulfur in gas now....1 cent raise in price to the companies would equal 50 cents to the consumer.....stupid.
As it is, if you live in Kentucky for example you can buy a car and then immediately remove all of the emissions control components and put in whatever alternate system you can dream up. It's technically a violation of federal law, but since Kentucky has no vehicle inspection they don't exactly enforce it.
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