Environmental Protection Agency regulation of greenhouse gas
emissions by U.S. petroleum refineries could drive many
refineries out of business, depriving hundreds of thousands of
American workers of their jobs and weakening Americas
economic and national security, according to NPRA, the National
Petrochemical & Refiners
The unilateral regulation of GHGs (greenhouse gases)
by the United States ... will place domestic fuel manufacturers
at an almost insurmountable competitive disadvantage to the
foreign companies and countries that want to ship foreign
gasoline, foreign diesel fuel and foreign jet fuel to the
United States, NPRA President Charles T. Drevna wrote in
a letter delivered today to EPA Assistant Administrator for Air
and Radiation Gina McCarthy.
The letter was submitted to accompany oral testimony by NPRA
at an EPA listening session on EPAs proposal
to issue a New Source Performance Standard for greenhouse gas
emissions from Americas domestic refineries.
Drevna pointed out in his letter that millions of American
workers who once supported their families by manufacturing
autos, steel, textiles, shoes and other products lost their
jobs over the past four decades as more and more U.S.
manufacturing plants closed and imports of foreign products
into the United States soared.
Our nations petroleum refineries remain one of
the last internationally competitive segments of the American
manufacturing base, Drevna wrote, pointing out that 95
percent of the gasoline, diesel fuel, home heating oil, jet
fuel and lubricants used every day by Americans is manufactured
in the United States.
There is no guarantee that the United States
domestic refining manufacturing base will
continue to be in existence two or three decades from
now, Drevna added. Our members gasoline,
diesel fuel and jet fuel manufacturing plants could well go the
way of many domestic auto plants, virtually all of our domestic
textile mills, and many domestic steel plants over the next two
or three decades.
NPRA is convinced that many legislators on Capitol
Hill and a large majority of the American people want this
country to grow its domestic manufacturing base, not shrink
it, Drevna concluded. They want to create and
preserve American jobs, not export them to other countries. And
they want affordable, reliable, domestically produced
transportation fuels, not energy pipe dreams and a supply of
transportation fuels subject to the political whims of foreign
companies and governments that may or may not share