Test Drive for the End of Oil: Goodbye Environmental Standards


As the fuel supply crisis in Ontario continues, truckers are facing a shortage of diesel fuel. The Ontario Minister of Energy has asked the Federal Minister of the Environment to allow the use of "off-road" high sulphur content fuel that was banned in Canada last year. Member of Parliament Dan McTeague calls it a temporary measure "in order to respond to a unique crisis". We recall that they said that about income taxes in World War 1. Polluting high sulphur diesel is also easier and cheaper to produce: "The Nanticoke refinery, even at low capacity, can produce this grade of diesel fuel much quicker than regular truck diesel."

You get more fuel from a barrel of oil if you do not worry about pollutants, so watch for more moves to reduce environmental standards as the stuff starts running out. ::Ontario Truckers Association

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