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Saturday, May 7, 2011

Prices Going Up?: EPA to Change Engine and Refinery Emissions Standards

Just when you thought the Price of anything to do with Energy use couldn't get higher, the Obama Administration steps in to make sure it does.

While you were watching the Hoopla over the death of Osama Bin Laden, the EPA issued a small advertisement announcing that they are going to write new Engine and Refinery Emissions Standards all in the name of Global Warming (Green House Gas Emissions). Here is apart of the ad from the EPA:

"The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is inviting small businesses, governments, and not-for-profit organizations to participate as small entity representatives (SERs) for two Small Business Advocacy Review (SBAR) Panels to establish standards for vehicle emissions and update emission standards for refineries. Reducing pollution from vehicles and refineries is important to EPA’s mission to protecting the health of all Americans.

The first panel for Control of Air Pollution from Motor Vehicles: Tier 3 Motor Vehicle Emission and Fuel Standards will focus on developing a rule that proposes new standards for vehicles and gasoline, and will consider changes to fuel certification for all categories of gasoline-powered highway vehicles and nonroad engines and equipment."

The second panel for the Petroleum Refinery Sector Risk and Technology Review and New Source Performance Standards will focus on developing updated emissions standards for petroleum refineries for multiple pollutants, including greenhouse gases (GHGs)."

Now who exactly will these new 'Regulations' effect?

Just about everyone :

"The proposed rule will affect entities in the following industry sectors:

Fuel Producers and Distributors
Gasoline refiners and importers
Ethanol and gasoline additive manufacturers
Transmix processors
Terminals and fuel distributors
Vehicle Manufacturers
Light-duty vehicle manufacturers, independent commercial importers, and alternative fuel converters
Manufacturers and converters of vehicles between 8,500 and 14,000 pounds gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR)
Additional Sectors Potentially Impacted by a Change to Certification Fuel
Manufacturers of on-highway heavy-duty engines and vehicles
Manufacturers of on-highway motorcycles
Manufacturers of small spark-ignition (SI) engines (SI engines at or below 19 kilowatts)
Manufacturers of large SI engines (SI engines above 19 kilowatts)
Manufacturers of marine SI engines (including outboard, personal watercraft, sterndrive, and inboard)
Manufacturers of recreational engines and equipment (including off-highway motorcycles, snowmobiles, and ATVs)
Manufacturers of fuel tanks and fuel lines for nonroad engines and equipment."

Imagine the effect that the Obama Administration is going to have on energy prices when they force almost the entire Auto Manufacturing Industry, Oil Refining Industry and Engine Manufacturing Industry into changing their Emission Standards?

You Got it.. Prices of Everything that has Anything to do with the above Industries will Rise. Think $4.00 a Gallon Gas and $30,000 for a New Car is Bad??? Just wait it WILL Get Worse.

Who told the EPA to do such a stupid, drastic thing in the middle of an economic crisis? The President of Course:

"Tier 3 Motor Vehicle Emission and Fuel Standards” (Tier 3) is a comprehensive, systems-based approach to address the impact of motor vehicles on air quality and health. The Tier 3 rule will establish new standards for vehicles and gasoline. 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."

Oddly enough the EPA may even look into how 'Octane' Smells, I kid you not:

"EPA expects to conduct a Small Business Advocacy Review (SBAR) Panel for the development of the Tier 3 proposed rulemaking that is expected to propose or consider provisions to:

Lower the sulfur content of gasoline, address gasoline volatility (RVP), and streamline certain existing gasoline regulations (e.g., reporting requirements); we may also investigate the implications of aromatics and octane, as well as additional regulatory streamlining."

So isn't it nice that the Obama Administration is going to do his best to lower...I mean RAISE energy prices just when the American People are struggling financially already?

Obama either doesn't care about what you can and can't afford...

Or he is doing his best to force you to change your behavior through your wallet...

Or Both.


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