Cutting pollution is worth the price.

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Cutting pollution is worth the price.

Postby Wilberforce » Sun Apr 07, 2013 8:05 pm

Cutting pollution is worth the price.
The Virginian-Pilot
© April 5, 2013

Cost estimates for new efforts to clean up vehicle emissions spark disagreement.

The White House puts the cost at a cent or two per gallon of gas.

The oil industry claims it will bankrupt us all. Actually, the industry has predicted gas prices will rise by nine cents a gallon to reduce the toxic emissions that lead to so much smog, which leads to respiratory problems for people required to breathe.

The truth exists between the two estimates. It's worth paying a few cents more per gallon to ensure that the skies are clearer.

Our nasty air - and it's considerable in Hampton Roads in the summertime - chokes with poison spewed from our own tailpipes, but also from the millions of tailpipes and smokestacks upwind.

Burning gasoline and diesel produces nitrogen oxide, sulfur dioxide and carbon monoxide, along with volatile organic compounds and fine particles. The resulting airborne stew makes the air around here unhealthy too frequently.

Noxious emissions from vehicle tailpipes can be reduced by changing gasoline and the cars that use it. Last week, the Environmental Protection Agency said new regulations will require refiners to cut sulfur by two-thirds, which will make catalytic converters work better.

The agency expects auto makers will deploy complementary new technology. Such equipment is already used in automobiles in California, where these new standards are in place, and in Europe and Japan. Carmakers want a uniform standard.

The oil industry's cost estimate applied to an earlier proposal. The current, watered-down EPA plan should mitigate those costs as it allows the new technology to be deployed over years.

Nevertheless, the industry and its fans in Congress have emitted the usual attacks, ignoring the demonstrated health consequences of tailpipe pollution and claiming the skies will darken and blood will run in the streets with the application of even one more regulation to the oil and gas industry. The American Petroleum Institute described the plan as part of a "tsunami of federal regulations."

The EPA says that by 2017, the cost of the new regulations will be offset by the health savings from fewer heart attacks, respiratory ailments and childhood asthma. Those benefits will continue to rise, even as costs fall. By 2030, the EPA said, health savings could be twice the costs, or even more.

The new rules would prevent 2,400 premature deaths each year, the agency says, and 23,000 cases of childhood respiratory ailments. Since the new regulations would also help ease pollution pressure on the Chesapeake Bay watershed, we can all consider cleaner water a bonus.

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