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Feds slash sulfur limit in gasoline

The Obama administration imposed new limits on the amount of sulfur in gasoline on Monday, overruling the objections of refiners and oil companies who said the new ceiling would be too low and drop too fast.
Gasoline prices continue to fall and appear to be headed even lower as motorists prepare to hit the roads for Thanksgiving. ( Johnny Hanson / Houston Chronicle )

Oil industry seeks break on gasoline sulfur limits

Oil industry lobbyists are making a last-ditch appeal to the Obama administration to soften looming new limits for sulfur in gasoline, warning that without changes, the mandates could send fuel costs up and force some refineries offline.
(AP Photo/Reed Saxon, file)

Gasoline pollution mandates delayed

The Obama administration is at least briefly delaying a plan to require refiners to pare more sulfur from gasoline.
Barack Obama has nominated Massachusetts Institute of Technology physicist Ernest Moniz to head the Energy Department. (Denis Poroy/AP)

Obama names picks to head energy and environment agencies

President Barack Obama on Monday nominated Ernest Moniz to lead the Department of Energy and named Gina McCarthy as his pick to head the Environmental Protection Agency.
EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson speaks before the presidential oil spill commission. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Next EPA administrator pick faces tough confirmation battle

Lisa Jackson’s decision to step down as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency sets off a Washington guessing game over who President Barack Obama will pick to replace her. Here’s a look at potential replacements.
Industry and environmental interests are debating whether efforts to reduce smog would increase greenhouse gas emissions.  (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Senate Democrats push EPA to move quickly on sulfur in gasoline

More than a dozen Senate Democrats on Thursday urged the Obama administration to slash the amount of smog-forming sulfur emissions from gasoline over the objections of the oil industry and many congressional Republicans.