Monday, February 06, 2012

Newt Gingrich repeats Big Oil's big lie about EPA and gas prices

In case you missed yesterday’s Meet the Press, I am sorry to report that presidential contender Newt Gingrich repeated big oil’s big lie about EPA and gas prices.

As part of a spiel attacking the Obama administration, Gingrich asserted that Obama “has an Environmental Protection Agency proposal that would raise the price of gasoline by 25 cents a gallon.” [See at about 9:37 into the interview at this link: ]

This is repeating some nonsense, already repeated by some congressional oil industry supporters led by Senator James Inhofe (R-OK) that were instigated by the oil industry and based on a bogus premise: that EPA is seeking to change the so-called Reid Vapor Pressure of gasoline. (That is not, by the way, a reference to Senator Harry Reid’s (D-NV) blood pressure.)

At the President’s directive, EPA has been working on a plan to require cleaner new passenger vehicles and cleaner, low-sulfur gasoline – a move that could cost LESS THAN A PENNY a gallon. See at

Our friend, Rich Kassel of NRDC, explained the oil industry’s bogus assertion in this excellent blog post

Reducing the sulfur content of gasoline would make every catalytic converter on the road today more effective. Every car in America would emit fewer smog-producing emissions. In fact, reducing sulfur is the single quickest and most effective step that EPA could take to reduce smog levels from coast to coast.

But here’s the question: are attacks like Gingrich’s – however factually off base -- causing the White House to get cold feet on this issue?

EPA’s proposal is long overdue.

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