The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced a new set of emissions rules which they believe will positively impact the quality of air in the nation and lead to a reduction in the number of asthma cases among children.
Opponents of the plan say the new regulations will cause gasoline prices to increase as much as 9 cents per gallon in some areas and be a hardship on refineries at a time when they are still recovering from the Global Recession.
However, the Office of Management and Budget has been studying the proposed rule changes for more than a year and they say the benefits far outweigh the negatives. They also say the rules changes will only cause an increase in the price of gasoline of about a penny nationwide. And they say the improvements will have concrete benefits when it comes to the state of health in the nation, including reducing health care costs by approximately $23 billion and preventing more than 2,000 cases of premature death.
It also helps that the proposed changes in emissions rules are being fully and whole heartedly endorsed and supported by automobile manufacturers, state regulators and environmentalists who say it long past time that the United States address growing emissions problems.
The Wall Street Journal reports the EPA has estimated that once the new rules are in place they will “cut smog-forming volatile organic compounds and nitrogen oxides by 80 percent and reduce soot by 70 percent.” That’s a huge reduction, especially when you consider the United States spent more than a decade completely ignoring the emissions issue while it waged war half a world away on two fronts.