Friday, June 23, 2006

Bush Says "Boutique Fuels" Cause Higher Gas Prices, But EPA Study Disagrees

Back in April, President Bush said that the wide variety of so-called boutique fuels "tends to cause the price to go up."

Not so, according to a soon-to-be-released study from the Environmental Protection Agency.

The study -- based on input from the states and the Energy and Agriculture departments and written by the EPA -- "did not reveal any studies or empirical data confirming that boutique fuels presently contribute to higher fuel prices or present unusual distribution problems."

Boutique gasoline blends help states meet clean air rules. The state-required fuels "have served an important role" in helping states meet federal air quality standards, the report said.

In April, Bush said the U.S. needs to "confront the larger problem of too many localized fuel blends" which has led to "an uncoordinated, overly complex set of fuel rules (that) tends to cause the price to go up."

You have to wonder why the president made this point, part of a "fact sheet" still available at whitehouse.gov.

Could it be that the energy industry feels burdened by rules regarding "localized fuel blends"?

Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX), the chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, two weeks ago sought a plan to reduce the number of boutique fuels, which he said was necessary in "staving off even greater price spikes and supply disruptions."

Barton, it should be noted, is a top recipient of campaign donations from the energy industries -- a traditional ally of Republicans. In 2004, Barton was second only to disgraced former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-TX) in contributions from the oil industry, and since joining the House in 1989, he's received $1.9 million in campaign contributions from oil, gas and electric companies.

With the EPA's conclusions now available, will Barton nix his gameplan for boutique fuels? Will the President have his thoughts on boutique fuels removed from the White House "fact sheet"? Or will this issue continue to be promoted by Republicans as part of what Barton calls a "step ... to create a greater energy security for this country"?

2 Comments:

Anonymous madrchsod said...

bush got a call from the saudi`s the other day and he reassured them that he would guarantee the saudi`s investment in drilling more oil..otherwise no government investment in alternate energy or intervention in oil companies buying green fuel companies. the fix is in

11:15 AM  
Anonymous TOJ said...

There's only one thing to do: disband the EPA

11:15 AM  

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