04 Jan '12, 9pm

“Job-Killing Regulations” at EPA Made US a Net Fuel Exporter

I would disagree with most of the conclusions drawn by the author. Her use of the generic term “fuels” is also a bit disingenuous. It can mean lots of things. First, the US is a net importer of gasoline, diesel and jet fuel. The US is a net exporter of natural gas and coal. Additionally, much of the natural gas produced in the US goes to plastics, hydrogen, and ammonia production. Much of which is also exported. Second, while it’s true EPA regulations have forced refineries to reduce their emissions, and become more efficient with production rates from existing facilities, these regulations have not reduced costs. Instead, draconian EPA regulations have made the cost of building new refinery capacity prohibitive. So the only option left for refiners is to increase output from existing facilities. The issue of US refiners delay in switching to ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel h...

Full article: http://cleantechnica.com/2012/01/04/job-killing-regulatio...

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