Obama’s EPA is considering a proposal limiting the sulfur content in gasoline that some say would increase the price of gasoline 12 to 25 cents. The proposal would require the sulfur content in gasoline to drop from 30 parts per million to 10 parts per million — according to six senators that have sent a letter to EPA Administrator, Lisa Jackson.
Up Front Expenses and Operating Costs
Sourced from FOX News, "it would be ‘expensive’ for companies to meet the sulfur targets and cited a study that found it could add up to $17 billion in industry-wide, up-front expenses, in addition to another $13 billion in annual operating costs.
The estimated increase at the pump is 12 to 25 cents a gallon and represents a 3.6% to 7.5% hidden tax if added to the price of gasoline ($3.35 according to GasBuddy.com’s national average for a price of gasoline).
President Asked EPA To Do This
The mission of the EPA was requested by the president himself.
The May 21, 2010 Presidential Memorandum requested that EPA "review for adequacy" the current non-greenhouse gas emissions regulations for new motor vehicles and fuels, including tailpipe emissions standards for oxides of nitrogen (NOx) and air toxics, and sulfur standards for gasoline. The memo further requested that EPA promulgate regulations "as part of a comprehensive approach toward regulating motor vehicles" if EPA determines new regulations are required.
EPA Unaccountable to Voters
This is the problem with the overbloated government system we have. The EPA feels that its job is to make regulations in favor of the environment but without regard for the economy. They are able to do so without the approval of congress and are not accountable to the voters.
If the people were aware that there could be a hidden 25 cent per gallon tax on gasoline, they would be outraged.
Environmental Benefit is in Doubt
And to add insult to injury, JunkScience.com quotes the Clean Energy Report as saying the tightened limits of sulfur in gasoline would be so strict that a higher energy input would be required during the refining process. And that any environmental benefit we have from having lower sulfur levels in our gasoline would be neutralized by the higher energy input in the first place.
All of this cost will be, unnecessarily, passed onto the consumer.