It really is a simple concept. We have DECREASED our own Security. We have caused the loss of Tens of Thousands of Jobs. We continue to cause the US Tens of Thousands of Jobs. We continue to spend money we do not have on NO Solutions and Furthering the problem. As we keep talking about, the Answer IS also the Problem. The ANSWER is Government.
Simply put. Government is the Answer to all of these things. All they have to do is get out of the way. It really is that simple. Allow the Energy Companies to do what they do. Hundreds of THOUSANDS of Jobs WILL be created. National Security WILL be increased. We would not only reduce the out of control spending, but we would add Hundreds of Billions, if not Trillions of NEW Revenue.
Problem is, Government IS the Problem. They are standing in the way. Now, as we have also talked about, the EPA, by direction of Obama Himself, will be imposing stricter and more oppressive Regulations making it harder and more costly for Energy Companies to operate. Some are starting to realize this. According to Fox News - Senators warn new EPA rules would raise gas prices By Judson Berger Published January 13, 2012 | FoxNews.com
Senators from both sides of the aisle are warning that looming EPA regulations on gasoline could impose billions of dollars in additional costs on the industry and end up adding up to 25 cents to every gallon of gas.Between 12 to 25 Cents for EVERY Gallon you put in the tank. Now there is something for many to look forward to in this already hurting Economy.
The senators, in a letter this week to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, urged the agency to back off the yet-to-be-released regulations. Though the EPA has not yet issued any proposal, they claimed the agency is planning to call for a new requirement to reduce the sulfur content in gasoline.
Citing the nearly $3.40-a-gallon average price of gas and the state of the economy, the senators said "now is not the time for new regulations that will raise the price of fuel even further."
They said 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.
This could in turn add between 12 and 25 cents to an average gallon of gasoline "depending on the stringency of the proposed rule," they wrote.
"If the EPA does not proceed carefully with its regulations, the nationwide price of fuel could increase to the further detriment of consumers and businesses," the senators warned.OK. The "clean air goals" are completely made up BS. They mean NOTHING. It's like your "Carbon Footprint" Some dweeb sitting in some office somewhere says you have a Company this size, so you can only Emmit X amount of Carbon, or you can pay us, say $100 Grand then you can do whatever you want. They mean NOTHING.
The lawmakers on the letter were: Sens. James Inhofe, R-Okla.; Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska; John Barrasso, R-Wyo.; Mary Landrieu, D-La.; David Vitter, R-La.; and Mark Begich, D-Alaska.
The EPA did not comment on the senators' complaints.
Asked Friday for a response to the concerns, the EPA said: "EPA is still in the process of developing the proposal."
An EPA official said publicly in November that the agency was developing the so-called "Tier 3" standards proposal during a House subcommittee hearing.
Margo Oge, director of the EPA's Office of Transportation and Air Quality, told lawmakers that the proposal would help the country meet its "clean air goals."
"Motor vehicles and their fuel are an important source of compounds that form air pollution," she said.
Oge said reducing sulfur in gasoline would make emission control technology more effective, and "the end result would be cleaner air."So basically, like we have been discussing here for some time now, Obama can not get his Cap and Tax Passed. Even with those on his own side. So he gives the EPA the Authority to do it for him. This is bad for American Security. Bad for our Economy. Bad for jobs. It is just bad all the way around. It is refreshing to see that some are starting to see it for what it is. It is good to see that they are willing to attempt to stop the insanity. This is why we need MORE people like these in positions of Power in Washington. Only be sheer numbers can we get back on track. The RIGHT Track that is.
If the EPA formally issues the proposal, it would probably take more than a year for the agency to review public comments and finalize any plan.
A Senate Republican aide said the authority to tighten the sulfur standards comes from the Clean Air Act but noted that EPA has the discretion to either impose the standards or not.
The current sulfur standard is 30 parts per million in gasoline -- that's down from a prior standard of 300 parts per million. The new proposal could bring the standard down to 10 parts per million, according to the senators who wrote to Jackson
The aide said there was a "bigger benefit" when the standard dropped from 300 to 30 parts per million. But squeezing that down to 10 parts per million, the aide said, might not offer as much bang for the buck.
"They're extraordinarily expensive relative to the last round of sulfur reductions," the aide told FoxNews.com.
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