Skip to comments.Government Shutdown to Delay EPA $1 Gallon Gas Price Hike
Posted on 10/01/2013 10:14:36 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
As the death toll for Government Shutdown Apocalypse 2013 continues to grow, it appears that the EPA’s plans to make it even more expensive for Americans to drive a car were “shut down” by the government shutdown.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will take one of the biggest hits of any federal agency if the government shuts down this week, operating with under 7 percent of its employees, according to guidance issued by the agency.
Just think of how much less the EPA will be able to do with only 7 percent of its employees. That EPA SWAT Team may have to sit out the week. Someone else will have to send $700,000 to Thailand’s pig farmers. And someone else will have to hike fuel prices.
Among those furloughed would be most workers at the Office of Air and Radiation, which is in charge of writing and implementing most of the EPA’s major air pollution rules. The clock would also stop, for now, on the EPA’s eagerly-awaited proposal on renewable fuel volume standards for 2014.
Who exactly is eagerly awaiting this proposal? Drivers who can’t wait to pay a buck more for gas.
Gas prices will increase about $1 per gallon by 2015 and take a $550 billion bite out of Americans take-home pay when the Environmental Protection Agencys (EPA) Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) increases the ethanol mandate past the 10 percent blend wall.”
Sadly the evil government shutdown may delay the environmentalist push for Electric Poverty in America
“People are not going to be able to be working on these rules at home,” said Dina Kruger, an environmental regulation consultant and former climate change director at the EPA, who worked at the agency when the government shut down in 1996.
EPA employees won’t write arbitrary rules that steal money out of the pockets of hardworking Americans unless the Americans pay them first.
“Permitting does not qualify (as essential), so people should expect delays in permit processing and other licensing and approval processes,” said Scott Fulton, former EPA general counsel until January this year and an attorney at Beveridge and Diamond.
“This is a decidedly bad thing for the country. Everybody pays, including the regulated community.”
Gulag employees furloughed. Gulag prisoners waiting for meals hit hardest. There is a solution though. Free the prisoners.
It’s about time that Diesel becomes cheaper than gas again.
Shut down the entire EPA, and do us all a favor.
Better increase licensing taxes on non-”fossil fuel” cars then since they aren’t “paying their fare share” of road costs.
Hope they are all furloughed.
F the EPA.
the longer they’re not “working”, the better off we’ll be.
An interesting alternative for achieving Liberty: just shut it down and keep it shut down. Beats secession.
I think that’s the real reason why dear leader, dingy hairy, the LSM and the rest of the kakistocrats have been having such a meltdown over the shutdownapocalypse: not because of what it would do, but because of their that people would decide that they liked it more this way.
all this because of the global warming hoax and the fact that the government, the EPA and obama are tyrannical , unaccountable idiots
What a shame. And I was so looking forward to the pain and suffering of ordinary Americansas the economy slows. Next they’ll be failing to collect delinquent taxes, and then what will we all do?/sarc
REMEMBER....THIS IS OBAMA’S EPA..
we need a president who will trash this EPA and drill here and drill now...
That’s an agency which should be permanently cut back to 7% of its current employees, and about 5% of its current budget.
I didn’t even know this was coming. If there are not pitchforks and tar in the streets if this happens, I give up.
Most of your gas prices per gallon are taxes for the government.
This is a real good news story about unintended consequences. Perhaps what we should be doing is sending a whole lot of THANK YOU’s to the House and Senate for the shut down?
Now that's Change we can Believe in!
When our company was looking to expand and buy the land behind us (an old gas station that vacated for 6-7 years), we were told that we would have to pay for all the soil to be cleaned, the tanks to be removed, and there was no money left in the superfund. The cost would have been about 2.5 million dollars. We explained that we would use the tanks for our fleet of trucks, remove the abandoned gas station building, beautify the area, and invest a few hundred thousand dollars in making sure the tanks were not leaking. (by the way, the land was selling for about 20k, where similar acreage (2 acres in our area was going for about 180k).
No dice. The EPA set their price.
This gas station still sits empty, while others have sprung up around it. Cheaper to build a new one, than pay to clean up an old on.
It’s a sad state we live in.
Dina Kruger has over 25 years of experience in energy, environmental, and climate change policy. She is the President of Kruger Environmental Strategies LLC, a firm that helps organizations manage complex and rapidly changing regulatory requirements. Dina works with clients to develop effective advocacy strategies for EPA and other Federal agencies. She also assists with regulatory compliance, technical and policy support for energy projects and new technologies, carbon accounting, climate mitigation, and carbon offset programs. Her clients include Fortune 500 companies, law firms, non-governmental organizations, and foundations. Dina maintains strong relationships across the political spectrum and with both domestic and foreign government officials.
Leading the team that developed EPAs historic 2009 Endangerment Finding, which determined that climate change threatens the health and welfare of US citizens. This Finding set the stage for Clean Air Act regulation and was recently found to be unambiguously correct by the US Circuit Court of Appeals in DC .
Education University of California, Berkeley
University of Washington
Regulations like these are for purposes such as coddling Iowa because of the caucus date. The UAW likes them too, because it forces people to buy new equipment. But they also kill rural Americans economically. For example, I have a 1969 Dodge Power Wagon I drive no more than 500 miles per year, 90% of it on dirt. I use it for thinning forests, repairing historic erosion problems, dock-loading materials and the like. It has a PTO driven dump flatbed, with stakes, multiple sets of boards, a 20' rack, and a crane. It would cost me over $50,000 to update that truck to handle the new gas.
It was high fuel prices that triggered the mortgage meltdown.
Let’s hope the EPA is permanently shut down!
You will need the EPA's Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel (ULSD) requirements to be removed before that happens.
Keep it shut down.
This EPA requirement is about sulfur, not CO2.
“I bought gas without ethanol at $10 per gallon”
I’ve had pretty good luck with using either the blue Sta-bil (not the red for ethanol) or Star Tron additives with E10. Both are good stabilizers that counteract the effects of the ethanol, and a $10 bottle treats 50 or so gallons.
I didnt even know this was coming.
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You need to spend more time on Free Republic.
Gasoline pollution mandates delayed
September 27, 2013
API to EPA: Tier 3 so controversial it requires rulemaking process
EPAs Tier 3 Will Increase Gasoline Prices and Reduce Fuel Economy
April 5, 2013
New EPA Rules to Add 9 Cents a Gallon to Gas
29 Mar 2013
EPA to unveil plan to clean up tailpipe pollution that critics say would raise gas prices
EPA taking aim at auto emissions, sulfur in gas (Gas will cost more)
EPA Fuel Rule Will Raise Prices At The Pump
Obama administration moves ahead with sweeping rules requiring cleaner gasoline
march 28, 2013
Refining lobbyists highlight concerns ahead of new sulfur limits
March 14, 2013
Well, there are better ways for that to happen than artificially raising the price of gasoline by blending it with crap.
This article is about sulfur, not ethanol.
Sorry, My apologies, I messed up.
I am the one who confused the gasoline topics, not any of you.
The EPA screws with us in so many ways I got them mixed up my self.
From the article:
You stand corrected.
Absolutely. I was reading from two different threads and I am the one that made the mistake.
Thanks. I'll try that with my truck, but not with my saws, as the guy who services them instructed otherwise, as did the manufacturer's rep for some of my other power equipment. I only use 5-10 gallons per year for the smaller engines and they run so much better that it is totally worth it just in productivity.
Methinks our conversation was out of faze. :-)
Uh, they're going to destroy a lot of engines doing that. A lot.
Does anybody think jacking up the price of gas by a buck *is not* an “essential service?”
this is not about some detail about what the EPA say thy are doing this is about government doing things it's not supposed to be doing. you want to get us involved in the minute details of what they say . the whole EPA should be abolished. you seem to think that there is some legitimacy to the EPA , so much so for us to be discussing details of what they say their policies are. The EPA is not really worth discussing nor looking into all we should know is that it should be abolished.
you seem to trust government ,and the EPA ,what they say , etc.
gov is unaccountable . no one knows what this EPA is doing, well you seem to think you know , you must be so cool and so smart . actually not.
the fact that 99.99% of Americans have no idea what the EPA, nor most of these government agencies are doing proves that the federal government is unaccountable and must be abolished except for the military and border control. the government is supposed to be accountable to the people .how are they accountable if people don't know what they are doing? how many knew about this even on this political site.not many , much less for the low info average joes
Just shows that no one knows what the EPA nor these government agencies are doing. so the government agencies are completely unnacountable to the American peopple. gov in America is supposed to be accountable to the American people., the fact that most Americans have no idea what these government agencies are doing shows that government and its agencies are unnaccountable and must bu abolished ,except for the military and border control.
a private business is accountable to it’s customers, to the bottom line . the EPA, IRS etc are not accountable to anyone
and so must be abolished. what has happened to the IRS after the IRS
Really? Ya think? I am guessing my husband would beg to differ.
Seriously though--there is SO much of this crap--I can't keep up.
It's every day. Something new and worse.
Oh, but there are people paying attention, and they know how to get the EPA to do their bidding, because it means everything to their personal bottom line.
I really like the piecemeal funding proposals put forth by the GOP. Keep the spending flat, cut out the egregious stuff we don’t like, and then repeat.
That’s an agency that should be abolished root and branch. End of story.
Your idea has merit.
They are planning to get the sulfur level near that of the now ultra low sulfur Diesel that’s been mandated for a few years now.