Raleigh, NC—As oil continues to pour into the Gulf of Mexico and just days before a major U.S. Senate vote on legislation that would block new rules requiring cars and light trucks to use less oil, a new analysis finds that the Senate measure would increase North Carolina’s dependence on oil by more than 14 million gallons in 2016. The binding resolution, introduced by Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski, also would cost North Carolinians $37 million at the gas pump in 2016. The impacts would be even greater over time.
This bill is yet another Washington bailout, but this time for Big Oil and other polluters. With the oil disaster in the Gulf wreaking havoc on people’s livelihoods and the environment, we need to end America’s dependence on oil, not make the problem worse,” said Environment North Carolina Policy Advocate Margaret Hartzell.
The Senate will vote Thursday, June 10, on Senator Murkowski’s Congressional Review Act resolution (S.J.R. 26), which would block key policies to reduce America’s dependence on oil and other fossil fuels, including the historic clean cars standards finalized earlier this year. “
The release goes on:
Environment North Carolina’s analysis examines the state-by-state impacts of blocking EPA’s Model Year 2012-2016 clean cars standard. Since the analysis is limited to the impacts of blocking this one standard, the results underestimate the effect of the resolution on oil use and consumer costs. In North Carolina, the resolution would:
Increase North Carolina’s dependence on oil by more than 14 million gallons in 2016.
Cost North Carolinian’s $37 million at the gas pump in 2016, assuming gas costs the same as it does today.
‘This bailout would increase North Carolina’s oil dependence and give Big Oil millions that belong in North Carolinian’s pocketbooks,’ said Hartzell.”
For more info, contact Hartzell at:
Environment North Carolina
(919) 833-0015 x102 (o)
(919) 395-4782 (c)