Yes, they’ve done it again. As the US EPA gets closer to proposing new rules aimed at reducing oil use, the oil industry is ramping up its lobbying efforts at the White House. The most recent oil industry meeting took place on Nov. 8 (see below). It appears the oil industry is particularly upset at the notion that companies might have to pay penalties for failure to meet a new low-carbon fuel standard. The nerve of those environmental radicals in the Bush administration!
Environmental groups, of course, are ready to battle on these issues also. We sent a letter late yesterday to EPA Administrator Steve Johnson.
We want EPA to grant California’s waiver to enforce its greenhouse gas standards for motor vehicles. We also want EPA to make sure that new carbon standards achieve real emission reductions. And we think it is high time that EPA factored in carbon emissions when considering permits for new coal-burning electric power plants.
Meeting Record Regarding: "20-in-10"
Date: 11/ 8/2007
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