Gasoline, Get Your Cheap Gasoline Here!

StoryNowadays, you would heard people say how expensive the gasoline if even though it’s already that cheap. If you don’t recall about a couple of months ago our gasoline prices had went down. Now the energy agency predicts that the gas prices will drop even lower than it is now. It will be the lowest in the last six years. Now, everybody will know where this is heading. Cheaper gas prices equal greater gas usage. Iran stored at least 30 million barrels of oil and “If current negotiations result in oil-related sanctions against Iran being lifted”, then that we will have more oil here available in the U.S. For some people this is a great new, but for others who are nature lovers, not so much.

New technology is being develop as you know it. There are things like hybrid car, recyclable materials in machinery, and other green technologies. With the gas prices going down, who cares about those expensive items? Soon enough the efforts that we have tried all this time to reduce the unhealthy chemicals that are releasing into the air will become nothing. Imagine years of effort will be for nothing because of the decrease in gas prices.

The more people know that there is a lot of oil saved up the more they will use it. It will continue doing so until that moment again when there is not much oil left in the stock. Until then I hope found new sources to supply our power.

-“Gas prices to drop to lowest in six years this summer, agency predicts

*Phiseth O.

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The Air Is Dirty Ha? How About A Lower Ozone Standard?

cartoon-epa-co2EPA is required, under the Clean Air Act, to update air quality standards every five years based on the current scientific research. Doing so will protect the public health and the environment. Not far from now EPA is expected to pass lower ozone standards. As some people might have guess it the states are not happy about this. Lower ozone standards mean the states and companies will spend more money. By “cutting ozone emissions to 70 parts per billion would cost industry about $3.9 billion in 2025, while a stricter limit of 65 would push the cost up to $15 billion.” Doing so would most likely hurt the states’ economies stated by Mike Pence with 10 other Republicans governors in a letter to the EPA.

The state would usually do the “management and not really protection”, Liz Kaaztz Chary stated. It’s true and I do agree with him. States top priority is the management and protection will come later who know when. They won’t move a finger until people become outrageous and protest about it. That is how it how it works, the state won’t do anything until they got pressured by the public. Though the EPA is kind of unreasonable because their studies were based on the current standard in 2008. A Lot changes happened during the last seven years.

-“Ozone compliance depends on toughness of new standard

*Phiseth O.

New Fracking Rules From Federal Government

The federal government once again taking the American Indian lands and this time it is not for farmers, instead it is for fracking. Though, doing so would make some people go into their rage mode again, so they came up with this “new rules” that was announced to “support safe and responsible hydraulic fracturing on public and American Indian lands.” The U.S. Department of the Interior stated that it would help improve ways to protect ground water. By adding and updating the regulations from 30 plus years ago they believe that it will help protect the chemicals from getting into groundwater. Even though the federal government stated that they would have that new rules taking effect in June there is still no information about what those new rules are yet. Knowing this the Republicans is trying to do something about this “over-restrictive” regulation. As usual, they are trying to limit the federal government power to regulate the fracking.

“Four years of research and public involvement went into developing the rules”, Interior stated. This is a part of what my group proposed in our senior project on how to improve fracking. We proposed that a committee to be created to conduct research about fracking. They would research about the effects of fracking, ways to prevent, and more efficient ways to better the fracking method. I’m interested on what the effects that those “new rules” that the federal government will release later on in summer.

-“Interior Department Issues Rule to Ensure ‘Safe’ Fracking in Indian Country

*Phiseth O.

Is Fracking Risky or Not?

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Hydraulic fracturing, the current most advanced and efficient method of getting oil and natural gas out of the deep rock. The method is to use pressure to forcefully push tons of gallons of water, which is mixed with sand and other chemicals, through layers of deep rocks where the oil and natural gas are. Some people claim that it’s risky, while others think that it’s not, the truth is, no one is certain.

Recently congressional Democrats sent out their investigation to states that are natural gas or oil producers. They wanted to know if the states regulate the oil and gas waste well as many people are really concern about the potential risks of fracking. As it turned out, not many regulations are made to enforce fracking.

State like New York take caution and become the second in the U.S. to ban hydraulic fracturing. There are people who support the idea, and there are others that don’t. Many researches claim that there’s no evidence of fracturing led to contamination, while others claim that there’s always possibility.

“Some scientists say there hasn’t been enough research” and I do agree with them. Hydraulic fracturing is new and not a lot of regulations are made to protect the public yet. There maybe no sign of risks right now, but there is the possibility. Nothing is perfect or certain.

-“Congressional Democrats seek to step up fracking oversight

*Phiseth O.

Water Act of 1972 Proposal Against Beer Business

Water Act of 1972 is a basic regulation to help keep our everyday usage of water clean and safe to drink or cook food. As new proposals are being pass many business owners are raging because of how it will affect their businesses. Because of the proposal, there will more restrictions for farmers to look out for. With that in mind, “one example cited by opponents is potential restrictions on fertilizer and pesticide use.” With more restrictions on farming there will be an effect on the pricing of the crops like grains and hops for instance. With the prices of those crops going up the brewing company will continue the effect and raise their beer prices. It’s a chain effect that will affect the whole country.

It’s good that the Water Act will be stricter because with that it will push people to find other alternative safe resources to grow crops. Also, to develop more technology to fix the problems and advance into a more efficient way of farming instead of staying still in the same process that has negative side effects. Some people are afraid of changes because they are new to and have no experience of it. I afraid of trying new things because I don’t what affect it may have on me. New things can turn into one way or the other, but if people are not willing to try it then they will not advance and that apply to our country as well.

Obama proposal has sparked a water fight in the beer business

*Phiseth O.

Are the Agencies Really Representing the Public Interest?

 -Bill’s full interview with Wood

As our country continues to progress into a more efficient industrials, our environment continues to regress. The government has been passing many regulations to stop and to improve the regression of the environment, but so far it is not going anywhere. “Agencies in charge of implementing environmental laws…are meant to represent the public interest — not corporations and moneyed interests.” (Wood). When in the process of making an environmental regulation it may get affected by many factors and one of them is the corporation. For agencies in the government to work properly they needed money and where might some of the money be coming from? Corporation sponsor; there will always be conditions along with those money. Many of those conditions are going toward the corporation’s interest. Don’t get me wrong, the public interest also included too, but the corporation’s interest will alter the regulation.

One can view that this country is in control in the hand of the rich indirectly. Money can buy anything and the government is included. Our world itself is running on money. As our country becoming more developed our system of government also becoming more corrupted.

-“Environmental Agencies Are Failing Us

*Phiseth O.

EPA First Coal Ash Regulation

In this Feb. 5, 2014 photo, coal ash swirls on the surface of the Dan River as state and federal environmental officials continued their investigations of a spill of coal ash into the river in Danville, Va.

In this Feb. 5, 2014 photo, coal ash swirls on the surface of the Dan River as state and federal environmental officials continued their investigations of a spill of coal ash into the river in Danville, Va.

If people think EPA have regulations for coal ash you’ll wrong. In fact there is none! For the first time, EPA released a regulation to deal with coal ash. Before the regulation the way to deal with the coal ash was left for the state to deal with. So now EPA finally take a stand to reinforce the way to deal with coal ash by labeling the coal ash as a “solid waste” and that’s like your ordinary household trash. With that regulation the EPA will require the storages site to have regular inspections. “Ponds that are currently polluting groundwater will have to close. New ponds will need to be built away from wetlands.” All other options, like the enforcement of these rules, are left for the states.

Some people may feel great about this, but not so much for the environmentalist. They think that the EPA could’ve go even further with the regulation. They think that the coal ash should’ve been classified as “hazardous waste”, why? It’s because “coal ash often contains a variety of toxic elements like selenium, mercury, and lead (although the exact amounts vary).” If organisms, including human, were to take in those chemicals their health will be at risks. Though the con side is that by labeling the coal ash as “hazardous waste” it will “cost companies $1.4 billion per year, or $20 billion in all.” Based on 2012 statistic, “the nation’s coal plants generated some 110 million tons of it. About 40 percent of that ash gets recycled to help make concrete, pavement, and other materials.” With that in mind, if EPA were to classified coal ash as “hazardous waste”, then the recycling companies may not want to buy them.

It may not be a strong start for EPA regulation on coal ash, but it’s the first step. Things may improve because now there’s a regulation that will keep an eye on the storages sites. Though, if things don’t turn out right the EPA can always reinforce it later on.

-“The EPA is regulating coal ash waste. And environmentalists aren’t happy.

-“EPA sets first national standard for coal waste

*Phiseth O.