Americans to Pay Sky-High Gas Prices this Holiday Weekend

Americans to Pay Sky-High Gas Prices this Holiday Weekend

Unnecessary EPA Regulations Add to the Price at the Pumps
June 30, 2000

Washington, DC, June 30, 2000 –  With gas prices averaging $1.69 per gallon nationwide, and several Midwestern cities topping $2.00, filling up for a July 4th weekend trip will cost considerably more than in previous years.   Many factors have added to the price, including a near doubling in the price of oil, due in part to OPEC production quotas.  But EPA regulations have also made a substantial contribution to the price at the pumps.

According to a Congressional Research Service report released last Wednesday, EPA’s reformulated gasoline (RFG) program is responsible for adding as much as 25-34 cents to the per gallon price of gas in Chicago and Milwaukee, the hardest hit metropolitan areas.  “EPA’s overall effect on gas prices is even more substantial than that, and affects the entire nation,” adds Ben Lieberman, policy analyst with the Competitive Enterprise Institute.

Notwithstanding the costs, the RFG program and other fuel regulations have frequently failed to deliver the promised environmental benefits.  A 1999 National Academy of Sciences report concluded that RFG does not provide significant air quality benefits.  

“It is time to reject fuel regulations that do more consumer harm than environmental good,” says Lieberman.

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