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Bureaucratic Gas

Weekly Standard -- Quick: How many kinds of gasoline do we use in America? Most people would say three or six: regular unleaded, mid-grade, and premium, along with the ethanol blends of the same that have become nearly universal. The actual number is somewhere above 45, though hard to pin down exactly, according to the Government Accountability Office (GAO). It might even be closer to 70. Thirty-four states use specially blended gasoline, usually during the summer, which is one reason gasoline prices always rise during the “driving season.”

Is this a conspiracy of the evil oil companies to fatten their margins? Mostly no: It’s the product of EPA bureaucrats and the Clean Air Act, stubbornly maintained even though boutique fuels now deliver only marginal reductions in air pollution from cars, if any at all.


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Submitted Mar 25, 2012 By: bar1035
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Pumpz: so that the Family can have its share of the gas...
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Hot air.
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The GOP ---- patriotic enough to poison and kill all americans for profit..
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...then they scream when others are forced to clean up their mess.....
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GOP bureaucrats create superfund sites when they are in power...
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it is also more toxic than unshielded fuel rods...
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bureaucratic gas....ooooooooozes from every orifice in a GOP pol...
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Message Posted: Mar 26, 2012 7:23:47 PM

Why does Chicago need a different gasoline than St Louis?
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Pumpz
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Why does Chicago need a different gasoline than St Louis?
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Message Posted: Mar 26, 2012 3:27:19 AM

Bureaucratic Gas? A special kind of Gas produced only in D.C.?
Gasoline blended for different climates and government requirements.
Regular, Premium and Diesel is all that's required, No Ethanol needed.
Whatever the size or shape of the vehicle, Produce and ‘Drive’ vehicles with high MPG, are very reliable, have a ‘reasonable’ cost and a good ‘value’ for the money. Consider using other forms of less expensive transportation to lower your cost, if possible.
The price of fuel at the pump is too high!
12/22/2012!
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Still don't trust Obama's EPA. Never will.
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Always found gas to be more costly in the warmer weather.
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Can't wait for summer as gas is cheaper than winter blend here in Illinois.
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Ole ole ole.....
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It WAS news yesterday.
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Message Posted: Mar 25, 2012 11:59:27 PM

wasn't this supposed to be news yesterday?
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Message Posted: Mar 25, 2012 11:53:39 PM

Well, just let them make good gas!
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AGREE great heading!
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Message Posted: Mar 25, 2012 11:50:15 PM

most metro areas use a special EPA blend that usually costs $0.10 higher
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Stop the madness, Stop the blending!!!!
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Message Posted: Mar 25, 2012 11:46:44 PM

Sounds about right.
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great
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Good name for article.
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BS fumes.
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Gas companies and the gov't = yucky.
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ok
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that is right
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ok
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Politics and government stink.
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Too many.
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Bureaucrats on one side big oil on the other, we're done!
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time to start putting some of these bureaucrats out of jobs.
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Does bureaucratic come in any other state?
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From the title, this article should be about Congressmen, after eating beans.
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fun fun fun
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Ok
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Bizarre is what bureaucrats and apparatchiks do.

Unt jou vill like it!

BHO & Co. love using regulation to kill us in many different ways. Death of a thousand cuts.

Green is red. Bureaucrats use red tape to bind us all as their slaves.
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AMEN!
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The EPA needs some shaking up.
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Sometimes a conflict between the pocketbook and the lungs attempting to breathe
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Make one grade for all areas.
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Let's get this figures out.
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Oil companies are out to fatten their margins as any business will. So, there needs to be something to balance that.
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Should be a national standard so everyone can supply California.
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