Government Shutdown to Delay EPA $1 Gallon Gas Price Hike

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


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As the death toll for Government Shutdown Apocalypse 2013 continues to grow, it appears that the EPA’s plans to make it even more expensive for Americans to drive a car were “shut down” by the government shutdown.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will take one of the biggest hits of any federal agency if the government shuts down this week, operating with under 7 percent of its employees, according to guidance issued by the agency.

Just think of how much less the EPA will be able to do with only 7 percent of its employees. That EPA SWAT Team may have to sit out the week. Someone else will have to send $700,000 to Thailand’s pig farmers. And someone else will have to hike fuel prices.

Among those furloughed would be most workers at the Office of Air and Radiation, which is in charge of writing and implementing most of the EPA’s major air pollution rules. The clock would also stop, for now, on the EPA’s eagerly-awaited proposal on renewable fuel volume standards for 2014.

Who exactly is eagerly awaiting this proposal? Drivers who can’t wait to pay a buck more for gas.

Gas prices will increase about $1 per gallon by 2015 and take a $550 billion bite out of Americans’ take-home pay when the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) increases the ethanol mandate past the 10 percent “blend wall.”

Sadly the evil government shutdown may delay the environmentalist push for Electric Poverty in America

“People are not going to be able to be working on these rules at home,” said Dina Kruger, an environmental regulation consultant and former climate change director at the EPA, who worked at the agency when the government shut down in 1996.

Sure.

EPA employees won’t write arbitrary rules that steal money out of the pockets of hardworking Americans unless the Americans pay them first.

“Permitting does not qualify (as essential), so people should expect delays in permit processing and other licensing and approval processes,” said Scott Fulton, former EPA general counsel until January this year and an attorney at Beveridge and Diamond.

“This is a decidedly bad thing for the country. Everybody pays, including the regulated community.”

Gulag employees furloughed. Gulag prisoners waiting for meals hit hardest. There is a solution though. Free the prisoners.

  • glpage

    Maybe the House should try to defund the EPA along with Obamacare.

    • DogmaelJones1

      Also, defund the SEC, the Federal Election Committee, the IRS, the DHS….oh, you know, the whole federal alphabet soup.

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  • Jed

    Where is ReyR.

    He must want to post something to “school” us

  • TheOrdinaryMan

    The last time gas was below $3 a gallon was Fall, 2010. At the end of August 2010, gas was $2.49. 2-3 months later, it went up, over $3, and hasn’t dropped back down since–at least not on the east or west coast. Everyone should move to Tennessee–that would drive up prices there, but lower them in the rest of the country. A better idea? Move to Canada. At least they’re allowed to use their own oil.

  • VHG1

    Need to eliminate this Nixon created boondoggle! Another one of those “let’s be nice to the Marxists policies” that backfired big time

  • flyvie

    I hope the House has the balls to stand strong and keep the Gov shut down so people can shed the light on how corrupt this Gov is. The only reports of complaints of the shut down are Gov employees, whose salary we pay and foreign tourists. Could be a teaching moment about to foreigners on the beauty of the Constitution.

  • Fritz

    I don’t think they can go past a 10% mixture of ethanol in many modern cars, unless they are flex-fuel capable the engine management systems simply won’t allow it. In addition to this ethanol production, from crops, wastes more energy and create more pollution then just burning more oil. But why let the laws of physics get in the way of a warm and fuzzy ideology. The EPA is one agency that is chalk full of low hanging fruit, at least half of it’s budget goes to funding environmental extremist groups so they can turn around and sue the U.S Federal government, I would bet that you could probably lob off another third just in bloated staff.

  • ThisNameInUse

    LOL. This is a parody site, right? Well done – giving the Onion a run for its money with the over-the-top exaggerations.