Energy and environment-1: The diesel sulfur mistake

In defense of US Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Christie Whitman, it is more difficult to correct bad regulations than it is to get them right at the outset. But that makes no less regrettable her decision to proceed with a huge mistake on sulfur in diesel fuel.The new administration of George W. Bush needs to establish its environmental credentials, of course. And upholding a 15 ppm cap on the sulfur content of highway diesel looks like proper antipollution resolve. It's good politics.But it's dreadful policy. The decision to cut sulfur content to 15 ppm instead of the 50 ppm level proposed by the refining industry will reduce supplies of diesel and drive up the fu...

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