Sunday, July 22, 2007

BP is such a lovely neighbor

Why should Indiana be able to okay increasing pollution from BP's Whiting oil refinery that is likely to affect Illinois and Michigan much more than Indiana? The planned BP expansion may help ease ease the supply crunch for the special gas blend required here to lower air pollution, possibly lowering gas prices down the line. However, that does not justify the fact that BP did not give any advance notification to city of Chicago officials, who read about it in last Sunday's Tribune.

I'm glad to hear that our elected representatives are taking action to get Indiana to reconsider this environmentally costly decision. I have to wonder why the EPA ever approved this. Oh wait, this is the EPA under Shrub....


The North Coast said...

Only the oil companies and their political shills would suggest that being allowed to bypass environmental regulations will "possibly lower gasoline prices in the future".

Given the drawdown in world oil production, and the further reduction of exports by the exporting countries, there is NO WAY gasoline is going to drop in price in the futures, and the oil companies and their shills are being mendacious in the extreme suggesting this.

We have let the oil companies and auto manufacturers terrorize us with the threat of economic death if they should be held to even the most minimal environmental and fuel economy mandate.

Well, because we did NOT require the American auto makers to produce more efficient cars, the Japanese beat them to the punch. But I won't say the Japs killed our auto industry. It committed suicide, and the oil companies are doing the same.

Our lake is our most precious local resource, and anything that harms it harms us not only in the matter of our health, but economically as well, as we will be forced to spend more money to assure a safe local water supply. Their gain is our loss.

Fargo said...

Actually I was referring to the classic supply and demand scenario regarding future gas prices (especially the special blend required in Chicago), although the volatility of the world oil market makes it less likely. The most likely scenario is more profits for the environmentally unconscious greedheads at BP. It makes me want to ride my bike a lot more and drive a whole lot less.

So much depends on the survival of Lake Michigan as a healthy lake. The last thing I want to see is more crap dumped in the lake. It took so long for the lake to get cleaned up after the steel mill closures. How could we willingly let our lake be raped that way all over again?