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Bureaucratic Gas

Weekly Standard -- Quick: How many kinds of gasoline do we use in America? Most people would say three or six: regular unleaded, mid-grade, and premium, along with the ethanol blends of the same that have become nearly universal. The actual number is somewhere above 45, though hard to pin down exactly, according to the Government Accountability Office (GAO). It might even be closer to 70. Thirty-four states use specially blended gasoline, usually during the summer, which is one reason gasoline prices always rise during the “driving season.”

Is this a conspiracy of the evil oil companies to fatten their margins? Mostly no: It’s the product of EPA bureaucrats and the Clean Air Act, stubbornly maintained even though boutique fuels now deliver only marginal reductions in air pollution from cars, if any at all.


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Submitted Mar 25, 2012 By: bar1035
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CAD69
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Who's in charge? Oh yeah Obummer! NObama 2012!
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Time to clean house in Washington. We need a few folks with some common sense.
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these two words dont go well together
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Let's put the adults back in charge so we can start to get a handle on this crap while we still have time. See you at the polls in Nov.
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Message Posted: Mar 25, 2012 7:36:39 PM

OK
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Message Posted: Mar 25, 2012 7:35:20 PM

I'm not sure how much stock I put in this article! They may have some things right but I believe this is more opinion than anything else.
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Message Posted: Mar 25, 2012 7:28:41 PM

Someone needs to put a lease on the EPA
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Message Posted: Mar 25, 2012 7:27:00 PM

you r right gasgo123
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Message Posted: Mar 25, 2012 7:26:01 PM

ok
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Message Posted: Mar 25, 2012 7:25:54 PM

EPA doen't care about the consumer, they just like spending of the taxpayers money to keep their high paying jobs.
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Message Posted: Mar 25, 2012 7:25:34 PM

Who is letting these scum-sucking regressive FoxNews "news services" in GasBuddy? The EPA has virtually NOTHING to do with gas blends. Calif has its own, wrongheaded, blend rules. So do all the other states. This idiotic Weekly Standard thinks gasoline prices always rise during the driving season". That's the thinking of the 60s. Prices rise when the speculators want them to.
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Need to improve MPG.
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Message Posted: Mar 25, 2012 7:20:37 PM

ok
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Message Posted: Mar 25, 2012 7:17:21 PM

The EPA needs to be Baracked down 90% to match the rest of his depressionary levels.

Anyone else 2012!
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Message Posted: Mar 25, 2012 7:16:16 PM

"It’s the product of EPA bureaucrats and the Clean Air Act, stubbornly maintained even though boutique fuels now deliver only marginal reductions in air pollution from cars, if any at all."

this sentence says it all. Good story.
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Message Posted: Mar 25, 2012 7:15:53 PM

032946 - Yes, I remember very well that in 2008, our gas prices didn't approach $4.00 until oil was 147. I also remember that gas prices did not rise in the spring and summer until about 2005, when the speculation began to get out of hand.
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Message Posted: Mar 25, 2012 7:12:34 PM

too many we need this to be reduced
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Message Posted: Mar 25, 2012 7:12:03 PM

the title says it all...
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Well, who needs clean air anyway?
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Message Posted: Mar 25, 2012 7:10:02 PM

Streamline this process.
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Message Posted: Mar 25, 2012 7:09:01 PM

ok
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Message Posted: Mar 25, 2012 7:04:59 PM

swrestler asks:

"Why Can't We Have One Gasoline For Everybody...."

Well, we can, if you are willing to have the most expensive one.
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Message Posted: Mar 25, 2012 7:04:35 PM

Some of the worst additions to the mix are any of the blends with ethanol.
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Stop the unnecessary regulation.
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Message Posted: Mar 25, 2012 7:03:10 PM

Clearly govt is causing this problem - over-regulation!
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Message Posted: Mar 25, 2012 7:03:10 PM

Why Can't We Have One Gasoline For Everybody....
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Message Posted: Mar 25, 2012 7:02:06 PM

Too many.
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Message Posted: Mar 25, 2012 6:59:56 PM

It would be so nice to have one blend of fuel for the entire US. Imagine the cost savings from not having to change blends throughout the year. The refineries would not have to deplete the fuel supply which always raises the price; to the individual gas station not having to carry multiple types of filters for their pumps for whatever blend season their in. The EPA needs to have their chain shortened and a muzzle put on.
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Message Posted: Mar 25, 2012 6:59:47 PM

too bad we cant bottle that gas and sell it
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Message Posted: Mar 25, 2012 6:56:11 PM

Ok
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Message Posted: Mar 25, 2012 6:54:13 PM

More Media "BS" It is called "GREED" The oil copanies are gouging us to death with the help of the media, wall street speculators, analysts, the so called "EXPERTS" and with the help of a paid off congress. Am I the only one that remembers that a barrel of oil is around $108 a barrel and that we weren't paying this much at the pump until a barrel of oil was $147 under the Bush administration?

It also couldn't be that the oil companies are exporting more distilled diesel and gasoline that consumers here are using or that consumers have cut back on consumption since 2007? Clean out the cob webs and clean your glasses!
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Message Posted: Mar 25, 2012 6:54:04 PM

I like the title, too.
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crazy gasoline grades, should be standardized.
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Message Posted: Mar 25, 2012 6:52:18 PM

Can't we just have one. How many people use premium with the price it is now?
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Message Posted: Mar 25, 2012 6:51:12 PM

hmmm.
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Okay, ugg.
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Love the title of the article.
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ok greed
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It's all politics
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Message Posted: Mar 25, 2012 6:44:19 PM

The Bureaucratic EPA and Clean Air Act have over lived their usefulness!

Lets FLUSH them along with the Obama Administration in November!!
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ok
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The EPA must be reigned in if the economy is ever going to be restored.
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Message Posted: Mar 25, 2012 6:39:26 PM

too many different types of gas ..... and too many bureaucrats!
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Direct all comments to the EPA, Washington, D.C.
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zzz
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Who thinks up this right wing crap?
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What ever survives in the market will last.
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Fascinating.
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You can thank our wonderful EPA....
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I thought that I smelled a bunch of gas in Washington D.C.
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wow
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"It’s the product of EPA bureaucrats and the Clean Air Act"...

Yep.
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