SATX From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 2840 posts, RR: 6 Posted (9 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 953 times:
In an effort to ensure that there is enough gasoline available for all Americans to squander as they please, our current business-friendly EPA has seen fit to waive certain anti-pollution standards in order to allow for less-clean gasoline to be legally sold when and where it had previously been restricted. Although called a 'temporary' change, I'm guessing this might be a continuous, or at least a recurring, event for the foreseeable future. I'd rather pay $7 per gallon than roll-back yet another anti-pollution restriction.
"The EPA late on Tuesday said it would temporarily permit refineries in Florida, Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee to supply gasoline meeting a Reid Vapor Pressure standard of 9.0 and diesel with sulfur content higher than 500 parts per million. On Wednesday, the waiver was extended to the remaining 46 U.S. states, Johnson said. The policy change will allow more imports of high-sulfur diesel into the U.S. market. Refiners will also be able immediately to sell gasoline intended for use in the autumn and winter, when pollution caused by hotter weather is normally not a problem."
Logan22L From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (9 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 943 times:
While Johnson is saying that the measure is necessary to ensure that fuel is available across the nation, it does smack a bit of politics. It's not clear whether this is truly a supply issue or a price issue. Either way, this should temper price increases, and that will make the current Administration look good.
Pope From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (9 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 940 times:
Quoting SATX (Thread starter): I'd rather pay $7 per gallon than roll-back yet another anti-pollution restriction.
Well I'm glad you'd rather pay $7/gallon but the world doesn't revolve around you. There are tremendous macroeconomic consequences that don't just affect the United States if this event leads to a recession that affect most if not all of the world.
The waiver is for a finite period (until September 15) and will help ensure that supply can keep up with demand.
The dirty little secret is that left wing nuts such as you don't really care about the facts - you just hate oil and you hate capitalism. If instead of decreasing the number of refineries in the US so that the average age keeps rising, environmental wacos allowed new refineries to be built as long as they met tough new environmental standard, the entire situation would be better.
We'd have more capacity and the refineries would be cleaner. Instead companies are forced to keep old (dirty) refineries operating longer in order to keep up with demand. The reality of the situation is that the US is dependent on oil. We can either ignore that fact and deal with the consequences as they arise or we can work towards refining fuel more efficiently and more evironmentally responsibly.
I love liberals - they're all about choice as long as your "choice" agrees with them. If it doesn't well then, your choice doesn't matter.
EA CO AS From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 14246 posts, RR: 60
Reply 4, posted (9 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 925 times:
Quoting SATX (Thread starter): In an effort to ensure that there is enough gasoline available for all Americans to squander as they please, our current business-friendly EPA has seen fit to waive certain anti-pollution standards in order to allow for less-clean gasoline to be legally sold when and where it had previously been restricted.
Change the above to read "in an effort to ensure that the U.S. economy doesn't falter under the pressure of dramatic spikes in gasoline prices..." and you'd be spot-on.
Quoting DC10GUY (Reply 3): Surely you guys don't think the dirtier gas will be any cheaper do you ...
No, but making different blends would mean the difference between paying just $4.00 per gallon instead of $6.50 per gallon, lessening the impact on the economy as a whole.
And don't call me Shirley.
(sorry, had to be done)
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