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Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Dubya's administration piles up more of those amazing 'coincidences.'

Tell me that these two AP stories about actions taken today by Dubya and his accomplices federal regulators aren't just crying out for the dots to be connected.

First, there's this one about how Dubya's responding to high gas prices:

President Bush on Tuesday ordered a temporary suspension of environmental rules for gasoline, making it easier for refiners to meet demand and possibly dampen prices at the pump....

Easing the environment rules will allow refiners greater flexibility in providing oil supplies since they will not have to use certain additives such as ethanol to meet clean air standards....

And then there's this one about how Dubya's administration is responding to California's strict new rules for greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles:

Federal officials said Wednesday that new national mileage standards would pre-empt state rules on greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles, a move that takes aim at California's first-in-the-nation limits on such pollution.

State air regulators voted unanimously in September 2004 to approve rules that would cut exhaust from California's cars and light trucks by 25 percent and from larger trucks and sport utility vehicles by 18 percent.

The Bush administration said Tuesday that such regulations were "expressly pre-empted" by the new federal standards....

The [National Highway Traffic Safety Administration] said the federal standards trumped state rules in introducing new mileage regulations requiring modest improvements in fuel efficiency for vans, pickup trucks and SUVs.

Do you notice what the administration's two actions today have in common? Yep, they both get rid of rules designed to cut air pollution.

And who benefits? Not the people who have to breathe the air or have to pay for the environmental and medical side effects of the added pollution, that's for sure. But automakers and oil companies stand to make a lot of bucks: Automakers as a result of not having to comply with California pollution rules that would eat into their profit margins — especially on SUVs, which have been the main source of US auto industry profits since the late 1990s. And oil companies will undoubtedly fail to pass on any savings that would result from having to start adding ethanol to gasoline this summer.

Suspicious types would probably look at those two AP stories and say that big business was raking it in while the rest of us get screwed. But here at Magpie, we know better than that.

Yes, we've found another amazing coincidence!

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