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    EPA Proposes Cleaner Gasoline

    LONG BEACH, CA - OCTOBER 1:  The AES Corporation 495-megawatt Alamitos natural gas-fired power station stands on October 1, 2009 in Long Beach, California. The Obama administration has announced that rather than wait for Congress to act, it has authorized the Environmental Protection Agency to move forward on enacting new regulations on greenhouse gas emissions emitted from hundreds of power plants and large industrial facilities. The move could both force lawmakers to try to reach an agreement on regulating greenhouse gases and bolster US credibility as negotiators prepare for United Nations talks in Copenhagen to produce an international agreement to combat manmade climate change in December. The proposed regulations would take effect as early as 2011.  (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

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    Despite tough opposition from the oil industry and some conservative Democrats, the Environmental Protection Agency moved ahead with a proposal Friday requiring cleaner gasoline and cars. The rules will cut the amount of sulfur in gasoline by two thirds and impose fleetwide pollution limits on new cars by 2017. The proposals, which have been stalled by political opposition since December 2011, have the support of auto companies, environmental groups, state regulators, and equipment manufacturers. Unsurprisingly, oil-industry officials and some members of Congress maintain that the rules would only raise gasoline prices and could result in greater carbon-dioxide emissions because of increased refining. 

    Read it at The Washington Post