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EPA restricts sulfur in gasoline to help cut auto emissions
LA Times ^ | 3/3/2014 | Neela Banerjee

Posted on 03/04/2014 10:45:26 AM PST by nascarnation

The Environmental Protection Agency issued final rules Monday to slash the amount of sulfur in gasoline, which would help cut smog-causing pollution from autos and bring the rest of the country's fuel supply in line with California's standards.

The new rule for "Tier 3" gasoline calls for reducing the amount of sulfur in fuel by two-thirds, to 10 parts per million from 30 parts per million. Similar low-sulfur gasoline is already in use in California, Europe, Japan and South Korea.

The new gasoline would be available at the pump by January 2017.

Cutting sulfur improves the efficiency of catalytic converters in automobiles, which helps remove other pollutants that dirty the air and damage public health. The EPA said once the new rule was fully in place, it could "help avoid up to 2,000 premature deaths per year and 50,000 cases of respiratory ailments in children."

"These standards are a win for public health, a win for our environment and a win for our pocketbooks," said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy.

http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-epa-gasoline-20140304,0,572496.story#ixzz2v1MhBhvY

(Excerpt) Read more at latimes.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Health/Medicine; Science
KEYWORDS: automobiles; emissions; energy; epa; epaoutofcontrol; gasoline; sulfur; ulsg
Remember when diesel fuel jumped way above gasoline in price when the govt mandated low sulfur back in 2007?

Well here's a chance for gasoline to "catch back up"

1 posted on 03/04/2014 10:45:26 AM PST by nascarnation
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To: nascarnation
would help cut smog-causing pollution from autos and bring the rest of the country's fuel supply in line with California's standards.

will cause a significant increase in the price of fuel thus furthering 0bama's goal of $7 - $8/gal gasoline.

2 posted on 03/04/2014 10:48:09 AM PST by from occupied ga (Your government is your most dangerous enemy)
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To: from occupied ga

Doing it “for the children”....


3 posted on 03/04/2014 10:49:18 AM PST by nascarnation (I'm hiring Jack Palladino to investigate Baraq's golf scores.)
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To: nascarnation

The Good News: Diesel is once again going to be cheaper than Gasoline!

The Bad News: It ain’t because Diesel is getting cheaper!


4 posted on 03/04/2014 10:49:59 AM PST by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: from occupied ga
will cause a significant increase in the price of fuel thus furthering 0bama's goal of $7 - $8/gal gasoline.

Good thing ObamaCare is saving everyone $2500 on their policies.../sarc

5 posted on 03/04/2014 10:52:28 AM PST by Paine in the Neck (Socialism consumes EVERYTHING)
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To: Paine in the Neck

The EPA needs to be done away with.


6 posted on 03/04/2014 10:53:51 AM PST by jospehm20
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To: Paine in the Neck

2000 early deaths are avoided? That isn’t much. That many will worry themselves to death figuring how to pay for gas and get to work.


7 posted on 03/04/2014 10:55:15 AM PST by healy61
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To: nascarnation

And the entire sulfur cut - multiplied by 10 million - will be equal to around 1 nano-volcano eruption.

Folks, I know I’m a broken record...but we’re not talking top of the class (in any respect) when we’re talking the EPA, congress and the dork-O-dent.

Why the h*ll do we obey them?

And don’t even think of mentioning the constitution.

They don’t follow it, and neither should we.

Tell them (and make them)shove their silly little rules up their smelly septic Obamaholes.


8 posted on 03/04/2014 10:55:43 AM PST by Da Coyote
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To: healy61

Illegals probably kill more than that driving over here.


9 posted on 03/04/2014 10:58:00 AM PST by Resolute Conservative
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To: nascarnation
This is not new: they've been doing that in Europe for nearly a decade.

European petrol (as gasoline is known there) have sulfur impurities of around 5 parts per million, very necessary to use the advanced de-NOx catalytic converters seen on many German-market Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Opel and Volkswagen vehicles.

10 posted on 03/04/2014 11:01:49 AM PST by RayChuang88 (FairTax: America's economic cure)
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To: nascarnation
EPA restricts sulfur in gasoline to help cut auto emissions

that's gonna leave a mark....

11 posted on 03/04/2014 11:06:37 AM PST by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: nascarnation

On what scientific basis was this decision made by the EPA or was it just pulled out of their a$$?

Why not publish the necessity for these changes and let them be verified by an independent investigating team.

Include in the report if these spec changes are economically justifiable or will these further destroy the incentive for upgrading and/or expanding our domestic refineries.


12 posted on 03/04/2014 11:10:40 AM PST by 353FMG
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To: nascarnation

As defined in the United States Constitution, what branch of government is the EPA to be writing law?


13 posted on 03/04/2014 11:12:34 AM PST by Proud2BeRight
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To: jospehm20; 353FMG; Proud2BeRight
Can you imagine a majority of congress voting to impede our lives, industry, and wealth as the EPA continually does?

Since congress has happily given up its legislative powers in Article I Section 1 to El Presidente, I've just about talked myself out of voting in congressional elections.

Voting increasingly serves more to condone tyranny than to send reps to make laws on our behalf.

14 posted on 03/04/2014 11:15:53 AM PST by Jacquerie (Article V.)
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To: jospehm20

I said the same thing and some freeper jumper all over me saying I like pollution and hate children or something.


15 posted on 03/04/2014 12:06:20 PM PST by miliantnutcase
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To: from occupied ga

I just paid $3.96 a gallon to fill my car up. It is on the rise again. Last time I filled up was $3.56.


16 posted on 03/04/2014 12:47:04 PM PST by sheana
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To: nascarnation
"Remember when diesel fuel jumped way above gasoline in price when the govt mandated low sulfur back in 2007?

Well here's a chance for gasoline to 'catch back up'
"

Yep. And beware of gas prices in areas of tourism. They suddenly went way up over the past week or so and will spike much higher. It might be a real good idea to be sure and fill up in the cities on the plains before going over the mountains.


17 posted on 03/04/2014 1:10:41 PM PST by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of corruption smelled around the planet.)
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To: miliantnutcase

T hink getting rid of a redundant and dictatorial agency is a good thing. States all have their own version anyways.


18 posted on 03/04/2014 1:36:32 PM PST by jospehm20
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To: nascarnation

What’s the projected cost impact of this? When I first read about it, I saw numbers like 60 cents per gallon. Recent articles indicate it would be pennies.


19 posted on 03/04/2014 1:45:10 PM PST by Jack of all Trades (Hold your face to the light, even though for the moment you do not see.)
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To: Jack of all Trades

It’s difficult to say. I believe it all comes down to how quickly the refiners amortize the cost of the capital equipment needed to produce the low sulfur product.

60 cents / gal sounds way too high. The govt estimate of pennies / gal sounds low. I found some sources that estimated the diesel cost increase at 10 cents / gal but I don’t know how directly that would carry over to the gasoline process.


20 posted on 03/04/2014 1:57:53 PM PST by nascarnation (I'm hiring Jack Palladino to investigate Baraq's golf scores.)
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To: 353FMG
“Somehow, “we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe.” -Steven Chu, US energy secretary January 21, 2009 – April 22, 2013
21 posted on 03/04/2014 2:03:27 PM PST by TurboZamboni (Marx smelled bad and lived with his parents .)
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