EPAthetic: Tier 3 gas standards to raise prices and GHG emissions

EPA’s planned “Tier 3” rulemaking to reduce sulfur levels in and volatility of gasoline will not only raise the price of gasoline, but will also increase greenhouse gas emissions.

According to the Clean Energy Report,

If EPA decides to tighten the sulfur limit in gasoline, one industry source says, refiners would have to make a substantial investment to reach a stricter level, which would likely increase the price of gasoline.

Requirements to further reduce sulfur would also require a higher energy input for the refining process, the source says, which in turn would likely increase GHG emissions from the plants — which could clash with EPA’s planned new source performance standard (NSPS) to set first-time GHG emissions limits for the refining industry.

Needless to say, these standards will provide NO benefits to the environment or public health.

EPA’s is expected to propose the Tier 3 standards in January 2012.

4 thoughts on “EPAthetic: Tier 3 gas standards to raise prices and GHG emissions”

  1. Too bad this isn’t an April Fool’s joke. Or is it?

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  2. This agency is pathetic. They should be abolished. They have no idea what they are doing. They make up stuff to validate their need.
    What a joke.

  3. The EPA’s goal is to have standards so strict that our activities are undetectable. Not only is this ridiculous but it is unreasonable, groundless in most cases, and completely unaffordable. Of course, the EPA could not care less what this does to the economy or the people. They are secure that they have the power and the funding, and that their jobs are secure.

    Are their jobs secure? Not really. They exist at the will of Congress and can be disbanded or culled at any time. It is time to hit Restart on the EPA and boot up only the reasonable regulations and cashier the rest.

    It is indeed typical of a bureaucracy to feel that it needs to show that it is doing its job. In this case, the EPA is constantly revising standards, always to more strict requirements, irregardless of the impact. They are arrogant in their attitude that they would not be doing it, if it was not more important than God.

    The biggest problem with the EPA is that they have a culture based on politics not science. They banned DDT based on creating political power for the environmental movement. They banned CFCs based on an advertising campaign and lobbying (no valid science involved here – the chemistry claimed has been proven false, but Dupont made a lot of money). The Finding on CO2 is based on Obama’s wish for cap and trade and the global warming agenda.

    It is time to neuter the EPA.

  4. Sulphur increases the albedo of clouds by causing more sunlight to be reflected.
    So, they’re concerned about AGW and they’re going to increase the amount of sunlight reaching the ground AND increase GHGs?

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