BAAQMD prefers more racist energy costs – OpEd – Eurasia Review
Even though Californians are the most environmentally regulated population on the planet, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD is proposing a new 6-5 rule to further reduce particulate emissions from some of the world’s cleanest refineries. .
The emissions control measures planned by the agency would ultimately only serve to reduce supplies and further increase energy costs for everyone in the region: residents, businesses and government entities. BAAQMD’s actions would hit the poor and those on fixed incomes harder, creating a disparate impact in terms of equity, racially skewing more energy costs on those who can least afford it, while climate and weather would remain the same.
The Bay Area is home to 44% of California’s refining capacity. The BAAQMD 6-5 rule, if approved, is expected to force the shutdown or financially cripple the PBF Martinez and Chevron Richmond refineries in northern California, as well as the shutdown of many businesses in surrounding counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano and Sonoma which support these large refineries.
California refineries are the cleanest and most supervised in the world, as they operate in the most environmentally regulated place in the world – the state of California. Hopefully the BAAQMD is aware that oil and gas is not just an American industry with its 131 refineries operating in the United States as of January 2020 according to the Energy Information Administration (EIA), but an international industry with around 700 refineries. around the world that meet the demands of 8 billion people.
To date, other U.S. refineries have stopped producing conventional hydrocarbon-based fuels by shutting down or converting to renewable diesel manufacturing, bringing the total to 125 operating refineries in the United States.
The effect of the shutdown of supply to California refineries is that the state’s energy demand should be met by imports from foreign suppliers located halfway around the world with much less stringent controls in place. environmental, occupational safety and human rights issues than California, which would result in increased global emissions and increased energy costs for Californians. Whether it’s crude or imported, Californians pay an environmental penalty due to lax regulations in other countries.
Over the years, we’ve all seen the impact on fuel prices in California when one of the few remaining refinery manufacturers temporarily shuts down for maintenance, or what the industry calls a “turnaround.” Gas prices historically rise during these temporary disruptions. Today we are seeing prices rise directly due to the permanent shutdown of the Marathon Martinez refinery, which cited regulatory costs as a factor in their decision, with fuel prices now at record highs in the region. bay compared to Los Angeles,
Shutting down the PBF Martinez and Chevron Richmond refineries will cut off the reliable local supply of Northern California fuels to meet gasoline, diesel and jet fuel demands for the military, airports, ports, delivery fleets and other critical infrastructure.
If BAAQMD rule 6-5 is implemented and local refineries shut down, the state will have to rely on imports from China, the world’s biggest polluter, as well as other unreliable foreign countries for the supply of energy to meet the demands of our mobile lifestyles. . This will increase global emissions and further increase transportation costs for the state’s 40 million people.
If importing the fuels and petroleum derivatives that are the basis of more than 6,000 products in our daily lives and economy were more profitable, commercially viable and reasonably affordable than manufacturing them here, a viable system would already be in place.
Californians already pay the highest fuel cost in the country, with more than $ 1.10 a gallon supporting environmental programs. In terms of fairness, the rich and middle classes have more tolerance for expensive energy, while low-income people struggle to pay their bills.
Exorbitant energy costs are making California’s economic recovery from the pandemic even more difficult for the 18 million (45% of 40 million Californians) who make up the state’s Hispanic and African American populations. Enforcing a blatant 6-5 rule by the BAAQMD would make energy supplies more expensive for our less fortunate neighbors and worsen poverty in the state with the highest homeless population in the country.
The median income of Latino households in 2016 was $ 56,200, $ 55,200 for African-American households, and $ 96,400 for white households. According to several studies, as many as 40% of all Californians cannot afford their basic monthly expenses on a regular basis.
In 2019, 57% of black families and 50% of Latin American families with children were poor in terms of net worth, lacking sufficient financial resources to support their families for three months at a poverty level, as shown new research from Duke University.
Fuel costs are a regressive expense for low- and middle-income consumers, meaning it takes up a much larger share of a lower-middle-class family’s budget than an upper-middle-class family. . Racially prejudging more expensive fuels to the poorest, which will worsen poverty, remains a bigger challenge than minor environmental problems.
Famous comedian Mark Twain said, “Everyone talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it.” Everyone in California is talking about the high cost of living, high electricity and fuel costs, and over-regulation, but no one is doing anything about it. Well, it’s time to stop the BAAQMD nonsense!
Consider this: The actions of the BAAQMD would impose unprecedented costs on the California economy, as well as on the national security, competitiveness and quality of life of Americans. California’s dependence on foreign suppliers has reduced crude oil imported from foreign countries from 5 percent in 1992 to 58 percent today.
Imported crude oil costs California over $ 60 million a day, yes, every day, being paid to oil-rich foreign countries, robbing Californians of jobs, careers and business opportunities. These countries have lower environmental standards than California and can deliver products to wholesalers in any state or country that is willing to pay the highest price.
Chevron Richmond, PBF Martinez and Valero Benicia are local refineries manufacturing jet fuel to supply military bases, major airports in San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose and Sacramento. All would be affected by Rule 6-5. A reduction in supply from one or all of these refineries will contribute to national security concerns as we would be increasingly dependent on unreliable foreign manufacturers, especially China, to meet the needs of military and commercial transport in the world. northern California.
The future looks very bleak for 40 million Californians as the economy begins to return to near-normal fuel demand for the world’s 5th largest economy. The near-normal daily energy demand of California’s 145 airports (including 33 military, 10 majors, and over 100 general aviation) was 13 million gallons of aviation fuel, or one-fifth of aviation fuel and fuel consumption. country’s aviation.
Today, the Bay Area refineries are among the cleanest and most environmentally friendly in the world and among the most responsible employers. BAAQMD Rule 6-5, if implemented, will transfer control of the West Coast aviation fuel demand for the military, San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose and Sacramento International Airports, as well as cruise ships, Coast Guard, and merchant ships serving West Coast ports.
BAAQMD’s proposed version of Rule 6-5 will barely reduce particulate emissions reductions while further increasing the country’s highest energy prices, showing a racial bias by affecting Afro-residents the most. low-income Americans and Hispanics.
The implementation of the 6-5 rule would reduce the supply of products that Californians rely on to support their standard of living, increase the global emissions that are carried to California by the daily breeze, and put U.S. national security in jeopardy. peril without changing, let alone improving, weather conditions. or air quality, which already meets federal standards. When will this madness end?