EPA reveals yet another round of fuel standards they casually estimate will raise gas prices by only one cent per gallon

posted at 6:41 pm on March 3, 2014 by Erika Johnsen

How nice. Via Reuters:

The Obama administration on Monday announced new fuel and automobile rules to cut soot, smog and toxic emissions, which it says will reduce asthma and heart attacks in the United States.

The so-called Tier 3 rules unveiled by the Environmental Protection Agency have been under development since President Barack Obama issued a memorandum instructing the agency to develop them in 2010.

The rules, the third tier in a series of standards, will cut gasoline sulfur levels by more than 60 percent and should also reduce tailpipe and evaporative emissions from cars, light and medium-duty trucks and some heavy-duty vehicles. …

Once fully in place, the standards will help avoid up to 2,000 premature deaths per year and 50,000 cases of respiratory ailments in children while adding only an average of 1 cent per gallon to the cost of gasoline, the agency estimated.

“By reducing these pollutants and making our air healthier, we will bring relief to those suffering from asthma, other lung diseases and cardiovascular disease, and to the nation as a whole,” said Dr. Albert Rizzo, former chairman of the American Lung Association.

Well, it certainly is difficult to argue with that kind of math — and don’t they know it. The EPA , however, is notoriously nebulous with how they conduct their cost-benefit analyses, consistently putting a particular emphasis on only one side of the equation. When you track these changes all the way down the economic food chain, “only” one cent per gallon added on to the price of gasoline certainly isn’t nothing, and the adamantly opposed oil industry estimates that the added costs will actually come out a lot higher than that. Sure, they’ve got their interests to protect, but let’s not deceive ourselves into thinking the EPA is doing this out of the politically indifferent auspices of their pure hearts, either — and seeing how “government estimates” usually go, I’m inclined to lean toward the pricier estimate, via the WFB:

The EPA estimates the price of gasoline will rise by two-thirds of a cent per gallon as a result. The sticker price of a car will also increase by $75. …

However, the oil industry opposed the new rule, saying it will raise costs for producers and consumers while not significantly improving air quality. Ninety percent of sulfur is already removed from gasoline under current regulations.

“This rule’s biggest impact is to increase the cost of delivering energy to Americans, making it a threat to consumers, jobs, and the economy,” the American Petroleum Institute’s Downstream and Industry Operations Group Director Bob Greco said in a statement. “But it will provide negligible, if any, environmental benefits. In fact, air quality would continue to improve with the existing standard and without additional costs.”

The EPA’s cost-estimate is also disputed by industry analysts. Charles Drevna, president of the American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers lobbying group, told the New York Times that the price of gasoline could rise by 9 cents per gallon under the new rule.

“I don’t know what model [the EPA] uses,” Drevna said. “The math doesn’t add up.”

Progressives always justify their expensive regulations on the oil sector by painting a lovely populist picture of the added costs coming out of executives’ ill-begotten mega-profits or something, but make no mistake: This is going to translate into a hike in the price of gasoline, and a pretty big one, at that. The very least the EPA could do is get rid of the Renewable Fuel Standard while they’re at it, but that would take a level of political courage the Obama administration most certainly does not posses.


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EPA reveals yet another round of fuel standards they casually estimate will raise gas prices by only one cent per gallon

…poor gas on them…throw a match!

KOOLAID2 on March 3, 2014 at 6:51 PM

Abolish the EPA.

locomotivebreath1901 on March 3, 2014 at 6:51 PM

“I don’t know what model [the EPA] uses,” Drevna said. “The math doesn’t add up.”

…Math is hard!

KOOLAID2 on March 3, 2014 at 6:51 PM

Apparently only children are affected.

Well ok teachers and cops too but the EPA forgot to include them in the announcement.

Bishop on March 3, 2014 at 6:52 PM

Where does Obama keep finding these man-women?

ConstantineXI on March 3, 2014 at 6:52 PM

This administration has a stellar track record when it comes to estimates…….until reality shows up.

antipc on March 3, 2014 at 6:54 PM

Seriously, between this broad and that freak running the D.O.E. Where do they dig up these loons???

BigWyo on March 3, 2014 at 6:54 PM

Once fully in place, the standards will help avoid up to 2,000 premature deaths per year and 50,000 cases of respiratory ailments in children while adding only an average of 1 cent per gallon to the cost of gasoline, the agency estimated.

They just make it up as they go.

Murphy9 on March 3, 2014 at 6:55 PM

Can these be reversed under another President? How does this get approved without an act of congress?

Oil Can on March 3, 2014 at 6:56 PM

Because we all know how well the government does at estimates.

tdpwells on March 3, 2014 at 6:59 PM

How does this get approved without an act of congress?

Oil Can on March 3, 2014 at 6:56 PM

Have you forgotten? He has a pen, and a phone. No act of congress required.

tdpwells on March 3, 2014 at 7:00 PM

who’s the old dude in the picture?

affenhauer on March 3, 2014 at 7:04 PM

If they say ONE cent, then it’ll be 15 cents.

TX-96 on March 3, 2014 at 7:04 PM

Seriously, between this broad and that freak running the D.O.E. Where do they dig up these loons???
BigWyo on March 3, 2014 at 6:54 PM

It’s Pat!

bluegill on March 3, 2014 at 7:08 PM

Amazing how many people I knew in the petroleum business who made it to 90yrs and counting. You would think they would all be dead loading and delivering truckloads of the stuff. Nearly all of that time selling leaded gas and high sulfur diesel.

“Saving lives” is as much the standard line as “unexpectedly” is for the unemployment reports.

CW20 on March 3, 2014 at 7:11 PM

Oh, goody. Another EPA/Obamarama round of unintended consequences. Or, are they? El Uno also famously said that,”Energy prices will necessarily sky rocket.” He was referring to his planned destruction of the coal industry, but, Mission accomplished. So, now he has his all-seeing eye on the rest of the energy industry. Let’s see: Evisceration of the military, check. Homosexual marriage and the war on religion, check. Destruction of the private healthcare industry, ongoing. Creation of an ever-increasing welfare class, check. Politicizing the Bureaucracy, check. Ignore immigration laws, check. Use the Justice Dept. and IRS to destroy political enemies, check. Create an administration and agenda built on Alinsky inspired lies, check. Slowly strangle the economy with taxes and mind-boggling regulation, check….can’t go on. My head just exploded…

vnvet on March 3, 2014 at 7:15 PM

Once fully in place, the standards will help avoid up to 2,000 premature deaths per year and 50,000 cases of respiratory ailments in children while adding only an average of 1 cent per gallon to the cost of gasoline, the agency estimated.

Hi! I’m from the EPA! Watch me pull a number out of my ass!

GarandFan on March 3, 2014 at 7:16 PM

Only a penny? Did the same person do the math on this that did the $2500 annual savings on Healthcare for a family of four?

Cindy Munford on March 3, 2014 at 7:18 PM

We will Tax and Tax and Spend and Spend – Motto of the Gimmedats

Missilengr on March 3, 2014 at 7:22 PM

I think they (EPA) don’t give a shiite after all “I won.”
Remember that when another 15% of your earnings go into your annual fuel expenses. Stupid American Voters. You get the leaderships you DESERVE.

Missilengr on March 3, 2014 at 7:29 PM

No wonder the left got rid of readin ritin and rithmitic.

birdwatcher on March 3, 2014 at 7:29 PM

Once cent per gallon huh?

I think they probably mean one DOLLAR a gallon.

I think that sign in the country club, hanging off that one hanging zombie, that read “rich bitch” is prophetic.

Diluculo on March 3, 2014 at 7:37 PM

Only 1 cent per gallon sounds reasonable but the USA used 64.3 billion gallons of gasoline in 2008. At $0.01 per gallon that approaches being real money.

Nomas on March 3, 2014 at 7:37 PM

the standards will help avoid up to 2,000 premature deaths per year and 50,000 cases of respiratory ailments in children

Will “help” avoid, and “up to” those numbers. And when measured? Oh, at some nebulous point in the future, defined as when some set of standards is “fully in place.” Similar to the “saved or created” crap. Useless figures couched in convenient qualifiers, to present a veneer of justification that no reporter dare question.

Lolo on March 3, 2014 at 7:41 PM

You can explain the crazy math?
I just need to see the spin here…
Yet…the math…explain?
 
verbaluce on March 3, 2014 at 6:24 PM

rogerb on March 3, 2014 at 7:46 PM

Wow. If you like your $3.80 gas, you can keep your $3.80 gas. WE HAVE THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION’S WORD ON IT!!!!

Cicero43 on March 3, 2014 at 7:58 PM

Just a little around the Sideburns please….

ToddPA on March 3, 2014 at 8:07 PM

Sulphur has already been removed from gasoline and diesel, has it not?
Under previous rules for ‘reformulation’ of gasoline to reduce sulfur dioxide levels and reduce ‘smog’ some twenty or thirty years ago.

Obama acolytes are delusional, dishonest, and corrupt.

Joseph OHenry on March 3, 2014 at 8:11 PM

the standards will help avoid up to 2,000 premature deaths per year and 50,000 cases of respiratory ailments in children

Unfortunately, the standards will also create 20,000 premature deaths by suicide among those who are impoverished and/or thrown out of work by these unnecessary regulations.

landlines on March 3, 2014 at 8:14 PM

On May 1, 2010, McCarthy gave the keynote at the Green Education Celebration at UMass Boston and said she didn’t go to Washington to “sit around and wait for congressional action” and that she never has and never planned to in the future to tackle climate change.

“I love listening to Sen. Kerry. I love listening to Congressman Markey, because they talk funny and they talk real. They tell it like it is and they make things happen. I am so proud that we have them in office so they can push us to face reality that one needs to face and to move forward with legislation that is absolutely essential.

But I will tell you that I didn’t go to Washington to sit around and wait for congressional action. Never done that before, and don’t plan to in the future. EPA’s administrator Lisa Jackson didn’t sit around so that she could look at the law and decide it was inconvenient to follow it. Or listen to the science and say, ‘You know, that might get me into trouble, so I ain’t going where the science tells me.’ What she actually said when she got there is that I’m going to listen to the law and I’m going where science is driving us, and that is why the EPA put forward just last December what we call the endangerment finding,” McCarthy said.

Murphy9 on March 3, 2014 at 8:26 PM

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy addresses the 2014 Good Jobs, Green Jobs Conference about the importance of Repairing America in order to prepare our infrastructure for climate change and ensure the safety of our workers and communities.

She is a radical activist that wants to use her post as an unelected government official to dictate every aspect of your life.

Murphy9 on March 3, 2014 at 8:29 PM

You can explain the crazy math?
I just need to see the spin here…
Yet…the math…explain?

verbaluce on March 3, 2014 at 6:24 PM

rogerb on March 3, 2014 at 7:46 PM

A flicker of common sense from Lucy?

slickwillie2001 on March 3, 2014 at 8:30 PM

The EPA needs to be scaled back about 80%, which is the percapentage of what they do that amounts to leftist meddling on ideological grounds alone.

Whitey Ford on March 3, 2014 at 8:40 PM

So who is that guy in the photo?

DDG951 on March 3, 2014 at 8:41 PM

ain’t it grand that we don’t need congress to pass stupid laws

roflmmfao

donabernathy on March 3, 2014 at 8:42 PM

The air where i am, here in Tampa, seems pretty clean. During the day we have beautiful blue skies and at night i can see every star. The only thing that seems to kick up my little one’s mild asthma is pollen. I call BS on this entire “report.”

ConArtist in Tampa on March 3, 2014 at 8:54 PM

A flicker of common sense from Lucy?
 
slickwillie2001 on March 3, 2014 at 8:30 PM

 
Ha. You know better. Click the link. Bishop embarrassed him for claiming slightly less war + many, many more troop deaths = good.

rogerb on March 3, 2014 at 9:05 PM

Hocus locus math and figures don’t lie but piers can figure.

mixplix on March 4, 2014 at 9:09 AM

the spell check didn’t like liars

mixplix on March 4, 2014 at 9:10 AM

Will the new standard
Reduce MPG, perhaps?
Additional cost.

Haiku Guy on March 4, 2014 at 11:08 AM