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Stuart G

(38,647 posts)
Tue Mar 4, 2014, 09:15 AM Mar 2014

New U.S. Fuel Standards Aim to Cut Asthma and Heart Attacks

Source: CNBC, 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 rules unveiled by the Environmental Protection Agency will cut sulfur levels in gasoline by more than 60 percent and will be phased in between 2017 and 2025.

Health advocates praised the move, while a petroleum refiners' group called the compliance schedule unrealistic and warned that these regulations and others would eventually raise gasoline prices throughout the country.

"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.

Read more: http://www.cnbc.com/id/101463345

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New U.S. Fuel Standards Aim to Cut Asthma and Heart Attacks (Original Post) Stuart G Mar 2014 OP
What? Regulate emissions spewed into our air by devices? onehandle Mar 2014 #1
Great. They_Live Mar 2014 #2
NRDC: New Gasoline & Auto Pollution Standards Will Clean Our Air, Protect Our Health and Save Money proverbialwisdom Mar 2014 #3
Sierra Club Executive Director: MOVING CARS IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION proverbialwisdom Mar 2014 #4
Can you imagine what the Republicans would do about this ??? Stuart G Mar 2014 #5
Thanks for these. I know a lot of people with respiratory and heart issues. n/t freshwest Mar 2014 #10
More than lungs and hearts are at risk for children. proverbialwisdom Mar 2014 #6
Terrific work. proverbialwisdom Mar 2014 #7
Great graphic. n/t freshwest Mar 2014 #11
API is of course against it durablend Mar 2014 #8
New standard to limit carbon pollution from new power plants has been proposed by the EPA. proverbialwisdom Mar 2014 #12
Silly name disguises serious group and endeavor. proverbialwisdom Mar 2014 #13


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1. What? Regulate emissions spewed into our air by devices?
Tue Mar 4, 2014, 09:29 AM
Mar 2014


We should 'take back our freedumb,' like the ad says.


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3. NRDC: New Gasoline & Auto Pollution Standards Will Clean Our Air, Protect Our Health and Save Money
Tue Mar 4, 2014, 11:01 AM
Mar 2014

New Gasoline and Auto Pollution Standards Will Clean Our Air, Protect Our Health and Save Money
NRDC: “EPA resisted extensive pressure from Big Oil companies to issue standards that will save thousands of lives.”

WASHINGTON (March 3, 2014) – The Environmental Protection Agency's new standards for gasoline and vehicle emissions announced today will dramatically reduce harmful air pollution such as smog-forming chemicals and dangerous soot.

Luke Tonachel, senior vehicles analyst at the Natural Resources Defense Council, made the following comment:

“These standards will clean our air, protect our health and save money.

“EPA resisted extensive pressure from Big Oil companies to issue standards that will save thousands of lives.”

The so-called Tier 3 standards require gasoline sulfur levels to be reduced by two thirds from 30 ppm to 10 ppm. The lower-sulfur gasoline will cut pollution from existing vehicles and enable new vehicles to meet tighter tailpipe standards. The fleet of vehicles meeting Tier 3 standards will cut emissions of the principal components of lung-damaging ground-level ozone, or smog—including nitrogen oxides and volatile organic compounds—by 80 percent compared to today’s vehicles. Under Tier 3, per-car emissions of particulate matter, or soot, will drop by 70 percent. Exposure to soot harms proper heart and lung function and is linked to premature death.

The impact of the proposed standards on gasoline prices is projected to be less than a penny per gallon, according to the EPA. In return, Americans will save up to $19 billion per year in health-related costs by 2030 because cleaner air from the standards will prevent thousands of asthma attacks and other breathing difficulties annually and prevent up to roughly 2,000 premature deaths each year.

Automakers and labor, consumers and public health advocates all support the Tier 3 standards. NRDC, with many of its allies, urged that the improved standards be finished by the end of 2013. While the finalization of the standards was delayed a couple of months, it retains the 2017 implementation timelines for cars and gasoline and therefore preserves the environmental and health benefits of the proposed standards.

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is an international nonprofit environmental organization with more than 1.4 million members and online activists. Since 1970, our lawyers, scientists, and other environmental specialists have worked to protect the world's natural resources, public health, and the environment. NRDC has offices in New York City, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Bozeman, MT, and Beijing. Visit us at www.nrdc.org and follow us on Twitter @NRDC.


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4. Sierra Club Executive Director: MOVING CARS IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION
Tue Mar 4, 2014, 11:23 AM
Mar 2014


MARCH 03, 2014

Everybody knows that standing in front of a moving car is dangerous, but what about standing behind one? Currently, four out of ten Americans live in a place where the air is sometimes dangerous to breathe, thanks in part to smog from cars and trucks. Today, the Obama administration finalized cleaner tailpipe standards that will help us all breathe easier.

Beginning in 2017, these cleaner tailpipe standards will require that refiners produce cleaner-burning, lower-sulfur gasoline, and that automakers use advanced pollution control technology on new cars. Although the impact of cleaner new cars will be felt over time, the cleaner gasoline will be used by all cars, old and new, and reduce pollution almost immediately. In the first year alone, smog-forming NOx emissions will be reduced by 260,000 tons. That's like taking 33 million cars off the road -- nearly two out of every ten cars in the U.S.

Cleaner tailpipe standards mean cleaner air, and cleaner air has real health benefits. Smog pollution, or ground-level ozone, can cause asthma attacks, respiratory disease, and even premature death. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that by 2030 these cleaner tailpipe standards will prevent roughly 2,000 premature deaths a year, along with reducing hospital admissions and asthma attacks.

That's good news for everyone, but it's especially important for families who live near a major road. According to the American Lung Association, living or working near a major roadway results in a greater risk of health problems, especially for children and teenagers.

Disappointingly, the oil industry did everything it could to derail or delay these health-protecting standards. They failed in part because the standards will dramatically clean our air for less than a penny a gallon, all while creating jobs. A study by Navigant Economics found that these standards would create almost 5,400 permanent jobs in the operation and maintenance of new refinery equipment, as well as more than 24,000 new jobs during the three years it takes to install that equipment.

The economic and employment benefits of the standards explain the strong support for them from automakers, auto parts manufacturers, and the United Auto Workers.

These cleaner tailpipe standards mark the third time that President Obama has acted to make our cars and trucks cleaner and more efficient. In 2012, finalizing historic vehicle standards of 54.5 miles per gallon was the biggest single step any country had ever taken to reduce climate-disrupting pollution. Then, just two weeks ago, the president directed his administration to move forward with the next round of fuel-economy standards for tractor-trailers and delivery trucks.

Eventually, cars and trucks that run on gas will be found in museums instead of garages, and the smog and health problems they caused will only be bad memories. Until that day, though, we can be thankful for these standards, which will eliminate so much pollution for so little cost.

Stuart G

(38,647 posts)
5. Can you imagine what the Republicans would do about this ???
Tue Mar 4, 2014, 12:55 PM
Mar 2014

I can, they would be loosening air quality standards, not tightening them. Obama is trying on this. The pukes would have represented the "oil industry" and would have done the opposite..that is who the Republicans are.


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8. API is of course against it
Tue Mar 4, 2014, 03:00 PM
Mar 2014

Then again they still haven't gotten over lead being removed from gasoline...


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Tue Mar 4, 2014, 10:29 PM
Mar 2014



Today EPA finalized a landmark public health standard to reduce sulfur in gasoline. This standard, called the Tier 3 rules, will dramatically reduce air pollution from car emissions at a cost to the consumer of less than a penny per gallon. As the oil and gas industries are among the wealthiest in the world–and receive huge tax subsidies by the US government — this will not make a dent in their bottom lines. Meanwhile, it will prevent thousands of premature deaths, asthma attacks, and respiratory illnesses each year.

Just about two years ago I was living in Pennsport, a traditionally blue-colored neighborhood nestled in South Philadelphia along the Delaware River. It was one of those beautiful mid-March spring days – you know the one, where you throw open the windows to let in the fresh air after a long winter and head out to the park to soak in all the warmth and sun you can manage. That afternoon I came home to put my two happy and exhausted kids down for a nap. Fiona, just 11 months, began wheezing and her lips turned blue. It was her first asthma attack. My heart aches remembering the terror on her face as we strapped the nebulizer mask to her face and her tiny hands fought to pull it off.

What triggered her first attack? What is unique to Pennsport, outside of the hardworking families and famous Mummers, is a raised portion of Interstate 95, a six-lane stretch of highway that separates that neighborhood from the waterfront as heavy traffic flows along the northeast corridor. When I opened our windows to the spring air, I let in the tailpipe emissions from the heavily trafficked I-95, just 2 blocks from my home. Yes, asthma runs in my husband’s family, but I knew then that our proximity to I-95 was bad for my children’s health, and the health of the families in my neighborhood.

My story isn’t unusual. In fact, 50 million Americans live and breathe near major roadways. Fiona isn’t unusual either, because every year millions of children have to breathe the pollution from trucks and cars that travel across America’s highways. For some children, like Fiona, that air pollution can trigger serious health effects.

That is why I applaud the finalization of these auto emissions standards. What do these standards mean for moms? They will prevent tens of thousands of respiratory illness in children so mothers across the US can now spend less time worrying about the quality of the air in their neighborhoods and more time with their families. Mothers of children with asthma can now rest assured that good policies are in place that will slash ozone precursors by 80%, and regulate harmful particulate matter. Mothers can also rest assured that these standards will provide immediate benefits to our children. Mothers, like myself, are full of gratitude that our voices were heard and our children’s health put first.




Moms Clean Air Force is proud to have its members testify before various governmental bodied in support of the work we do – cleaning up the air for our children. Here is a PDF transcript of member Molly Rauch testifying at a public hearing in Philadelphia in support of the EPA’s Tier 3 Motor Vehicle and Emission and Fuel Standards.


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12. New standard to limit carbon pollution from new power plants has been proposed by the EPA.
Mon Mar 10, 2014, 03:42 PM
Mar 2014
climaterealityproject.org tweet
40% of carbon pollution emitted in the U.S. comes from power plants. This pollution drives #climate change & threatens our future.

A groundbreaking new standard to limit carbon pollution from new power plants help(s) ensure a safer, cleaner, and healthier future (and) has been proposed by the EPA.


More at link.

EPA tweet

Kids & @CleanAirMoms stopped by today to deliver comments on the new power plant rule.
We must #ActOnClimate for them

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