29 Mar '13, 3pm

New gasoline rules are good for your lungs and bad for Big Oil

New gasoline rules are good for your lungs and bad for Big Oil

Shutterstock / Tyler Olson Less sulfur in gasoline means less tailpipe pollution. Oh, tough break for the oil industry. The Obama administration today will propose new rules that will help curb smog by cracking down on sulfur in gasoline. “This is the first big environmental initiative in the Obama administration’s second term,” said Frank O’Donnell, president of Clean Air Watch. Automakers and everybody who breathes will benefit from the new EPA rules, which will require refineries to produce gasoline containing no more than 10 parts per million of sulfur. The EPA currently allows up to 30 ppm. Sulfur is a problem in gasoline because it reduces the performance of catalytic convertors. That, in turn, lowers efficiency and boosts tailpipe emissions that contribute to smog and soot. From The Washington Post : The proposed standards would add less than a penny a gallon to the...

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