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Kinzinger Calls Out New Obama Administration Gasoline Regulations


Location: Washington, DC

Today, Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), a member of the Energy and Commerce Committee and Energy and Power Subcommittee, released the following statement regarding the Environmental Protection Agency's costly new regulations on gasoline.

"Under the cloak of Good Friday, the Obama Administration has announced new rules that will drive up the cost of gas. Instead of working to reduce stubbornly high energy costs, the Administration is making it harder for Illinois families to fill-up at the pump and for businesses to carry-out operations."

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) unveiled its Tier 3 rules, requiring ultra-low sulfur levels in gasoline as well as new tailpipe emissions standards for cars and light trucks. These rules follow a 2004 rule that reduced sulfur in gasoline by 90%. One industry study estimates the new rules will add 6 to 9 cents per gallon.

"American businesses and families will feel the impact of these rules, and they deserve to know what the costs will be; what jobs will be impacted and how prices at the pump will be affected. In 2011, the House passed a bipartisan amendment I authored with Congressman Gene Green (D-TX) requiring EPA to conduct a cost-benefit analysis of its Tier 3 rules. While we still don't know the full effects of these rules, one thing is certain: higher costs will work their way down to consumers at the pump."

"Instead of taking steps to make energy more affordable, like approving the Keystone Pipeline, the Obama Administration seems determined to make higher energy prices the new norm. I look forward to working with my colleagues on the Energy and Commerce Committee to conduct the necessary oversight of EPA and put forward real solutions to make energy more affordable."

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