REGULATION: Steaming over Smog Controls

Steaming over Smog Controls

"A lousy idea," sniped the Motor Vehicle Manufacturers Association. "Unwise and unwarranted," said the American Petroleum Institute. What caused Detroit and the oil industry to blow off steam last week were two Government proposals that could help cut down smog. The rules, put forth by the Environmental Protection Agency, would impose new controls on gasoline content and require improved pollution-control equipment on autos. Acknowledging that the proposals are "controversial," EPA Administrator Lee Thomas said oil companies and automakers "are going to have to spend additional money."

So would consumers, of course. The new regulations would increase the amount of crude oil...