The EPA once again raises its biofuels standards — for biofuels that still do not exist

posted at 7:41 pm on January 31, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

The Environmental Protection Agency’s brazen contempt for free-market economics evidently knows no bounds.

Less than a week ago, the Environmental Protection Agency received a slap on the wrist from a federal appeals court that ruled that the EPA may not force oil companies to pay for an credits for failing to comply with a rule mandating that they incorporate a certain amount of cellulosic biofuels into their product. The EPA estimated that the industry would produce and make available for purchase 8.7 million gallons of cellulosic biofuels in 2012, but the industry only actually produced less than 21,000 gallons — and the court thankfully decided that the EPA could not inflict regulatory punishments based on their wildly enthusiastic and fanciful projections.

You know, government projections? Like how the Obama administration also projected that we’d have positive fourth-quarter economic growth and that ObamaCare would reduce health care costs? How’d that work out for us?

EPA don’t care, because this time — no really, guys, this time — they know what they’re doing.

EPA raised how much cellulosic biofuel — those made from non-edible feedstock — it expected refiners to blend this year as part of the renewable fuel standard.

EPA set the mark at 14 million gallons of cellulosic biofuel, up from about 8.65 million gallons last year. …

“U.S. EPA worked hard to ensure that the cellulosic biofuels volume standard for 2013 would be tied directly to the commercial production of cellulosic biofuels expected to come online this year,” Brooke Coleman, executive director with the Advanced Ethanol Council, said in a Thursday statement. …

“The court recognized the absurdity of fining companies for failing to use a nonexistent biofuel. But EPA wants to nearly double the mandate for the fuel in 2013. This stealth tax on gasoline might be the most egregious example of bad public policy, and consumers could be left to pay the price. EPA needs a serious reality check,” API Downstream Group Director Bob Greco said in a Thursday statement.

In any rational sphere of time and space, the EPA would have lost its authority to mandate private businesses to comply with their fanciful notions of biofuels compliance, especially seeing as how even real greenies say that many biofuels have a net negative effect on the environment. What excuse do they have for making these egregious and expensive policies other than helping out their buddies, Big Ethanol?

The EPA is out of control, and they don’t particularly care who knows it.

In other news, it’s Thursday.


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KGB…EPA

KOOLAID2 on January 31, 2013 at 7:44 PM

The EPA once again raises its biofuels standards — for biofuels that still do not exist
posted at 7:41 pm on January 31, 2013 by Erika Johnsen
The Environmental Protection Agency’s brazen contempt for free-market economics evidently knows no bounds.

Less than a week ago, the Environmental Protection Agency received a slap on the wrist from a federal appeals court that ruled that the EPA may not force oil companies to pay for an credits for failing to comply with a rule mandating that they incorporate a certain amount of cellulosic biofuels into their product. The EPA estimated that the industry would produce and make available for purchase 8.7 million gallons of cellulosic biofuels in 2012, but the industry only actually produced less than 21,000 gallons — and the court thankfully decided that the EPA could not inflict regulatory punishments based on their wildly enthusiastic and fanciful projections.

You know, government projections? Like how the Obama administration also projected that we’d have positive fourth-quarter economic growth and that ObamaCare would reduce health care costs? How’d that work out for us?

EPA don’t care, because this time — no really, guys, this time — they know what they’re doing.

EPA raised how much cellulosic biofuel — those made from non-edible feedstock — it expected refiners to blend this year as part of the renewable fuel standard.

EPA set the mark at 14 million gallons of cellulosic biofuel, up from about 8.65 million gallons last year. …

“U.S. EPA worked hard to ensure that the cellulosic biofuels volume standard for 2013 would be tied directly to the commercial production of cellulosic biofuels expected to come online this year,” Brooke Coleman, executive director with the Advanced Ethanol Council, said in a Thursday statement. …

“The court recognized the absurdity of fining companies for failing to use a nonexistent biofuel. But EPA wants to nearly double the mandate for the fuel in 2013. This stealth tax on gasoline might be the most egregious example of bad public policy, and consumers could be left to pay the price. EPA needs a serious reality check,” API Downstream Group Director Bob Greco said in a Thursday statement.
In any rational sphere of time and space, the EPA would have lost its authority to mandate private businesses to comply with their fanciful notions of biofuels compliance, especially seeing as how even real greenies say that many biofuels have a net negative effect on the environment. What excuse do they have for making these egregious and expensive policies other than helping out their buddies, Big Ethanol?

The EPA is out of control, and they don’t particularly care who knows it.

…is this the Putin thread?
the Politburo lives in America now!

KOOLAID2 on January 31, 2013 at 7:46 PM

EPA..
Go Back To The Future.

Electrongod on January 31, 2013 at 7:46 PM

EPA set the mark at 14 million gallons of cellulosic biofuel, up from about 8.65 million gallons last year. …

Wimps! Why not set it at 50 MILLION? Do I hear 75?

GarandFan on January 31, 2013 at 7:47 PM

Happy Thursday Erika!

The Environmental Protection Agency’s brazen contempt for free-market economics evidently knows no bounds.

Didn’t really need to read much after this. Guess I’m just a glutton for punishment.

Bmore on January 31, 2013 at 7:49 PM

It’s absurd that the EPA is mandating such purchases at all.

theperfecteconomist on January 31, 2013 at 7:51 PM

Wimps! Why not set it at 50 MILLION? Do I hear 75?

GarandFan on January 31, 2013 at 7:47 PM

How about 1 Trillion? At a buck a gallon, I know just the coin that can buy it all…

Kraken on January 31, 2013 at 7:54 PM

And the EPA is doing this all to head off global warming climate change. Real Science did a piece on experts scare mongers predicting a 4 degree C rise in temperature for Toronto. My comment:
“Experts” and “scientists” are at it again. Yeah, just like the sea isn’t going to rise 4 meters, Toronto’s not going to be 4°c hotter. No way no how. It’s essentially going to be the same temperature, or colder. People aren’t going to notice any difference, just like we don’t notice any difference at all in the sea level decades after a host of apocalyptic predictions on sea level.
How have some of the past predictions of these “expert scientists” fared?
“[in twenty years {2008} ] the West Side Highway [and thus most of Manhattan] will be under water… And there will be tape across the windows across the street because of [constant] high winds And the same birds won’t be there. The trees in the median strip will change. There will be more police cars. Well, you know what happens to crime when the heat goes up.” -James Hansen (1988), NASA [What absolute unmitigated bs, and he knew it. Now, even several years beyond 2008, and we see that the sea hasn't risen any discernible amount. None. The birds... are the same. The trees... ditto. Crime... has gone down! And the temperature.. .. has gone down or stayed the same.]
“In ten years all important animal life in the sea will be extinct. Large areas of coastline will have to be evacuated because of the stench of dead fish.” -Paul Ehrlich, Earth Day 1970
“This cooling has already killed hundreds of thousands of people. If.. no strong [de-industrialization] action is taken, it will cause world famine, world chaos and world war, and this could all come about before the year 2000.” -Lowell Ponte in “The Cooling,” 1976
“I believe it is appropriate to have an ‘over-representation’ of the facts.” -algor
“We have to offer up [fabricated] scary scenarios… each of us has to decide the right balance between being effective [lying] and being honest [ineffective].” -Stephen Schneider, lead ipcc author, 1989

anotherJoe on January 31, 2013 at 7:54 PM

…and also because… SHUT UP!

Can’t forget that….

ElRonaldo on January 31, 2013 at 7:57 PM

It’s absurd that the EPA is mandating such purchases at all.

theperfecteconomist on January 31, 2013 at 7:51 PM

It’s absurd that the EPA exists at all.

Rio Linda Refugee on January 31, 2013 at 8:00 PM

. . . I think I miss pitchforks.

Axe on January 31, 2013 at 8:03 PM

The entire federal government, multiple state governments, and multiple state employee unions are

out of control, and they don’t particularly care who knows it.

GaltBlvnAtty on January 31, 2013 at 8:19 PM

Disabling, disarming, destroying the U.S., for ONE reason.

listens2glenn on January 31, 2013 at 8:20 PM

. . . I think I miss pitchforks.

Axe on January 31, 2013 at 8:03 PM

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Amish still got ‘em, and they’re as PISSED as any of the rest of us about all of this.

listens2glenn on January 31, 2013 at 8:23 PM

So, given the court decision, what makes the refiners have to pay the extortion? Why not just ignore the EPA? The refiners have a court decision, so any demands by the EPA are illegal.

AZfederalist on January 31, 2013 at 8:23 PM

It’s absurd that the EPA is mandating such purchases at all.

theperfecteconomist on January 31, 2013 at 7:51 PM

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It’s absurd that the EPA exists at all.

Rio Linda Refugee on January 31, 2013 at 8:00 PM

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. . . . . also, the IRS, BATF, Bureau of Homeland Security, hell, even the FBI . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

listens2glenn on January 31, 2013 at 8:26 PM

The refiners have a court decision, so any demands by the EPA are illegal.

AZfederalist on January 31, 2013 at 8:23 PM

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Sounds good. But I want to go further, and declare the EPA illegal.

listens2glenn on January 31, 2013 at 8:29 PM

The EPA wants some of the energy used to power vehicles to come from cellulose. Well guess what distilling ethanol requires a lot of energy, roughly half what burning the ethanol eventually yields. Since you can’t make cellulosic ethanol just burn the cellulose to provide the heat to distill the ethanol. Now some of the energy used to power vehicles comes from cellulose, its just a step removed from the tank, problem solved.

Of course this idea ignores the fact that biofuels do little or nothing to improve the environment which is allegedly the purpose of the EPA.

agmartin on January 31, 2013 at 8:47 PM

Tricky Dick richly deserved his ugly treatment by historians on both sides. I could easily forgive him for the Watergate coverup if the standard for such things — as it seems to be these days — is to forgive flagrant violations of federal law and international sovereignty, as has clearly been done in the media with Fast and Furious. (Heck, that little Watergate burglary was probably a misdemeanor in D.C. at the time.) But I was glad to see him go in shame for exactly one reason that I can spell with just three letters: EPA. If there is justice, Hell won’t even have him.

Humphrey on January 31, 2013 at 8:47 PM

But I was glad to see him go in shame for exactly one reason that I can spell with just three letters: EPA.

Humphrey on January 31, 2013 at 8:47 PM

I will add four more: OSHA

Oh, and 55

And year around daylight savings time

And wage and price controls

AZfederalist on January 31, 2013 at 8:54 PM

Why not just fine them for not using their perpetual motion machines.

I’d think this would be like the easiest scam in the world to expose…. if we actually had some Republicans in congress to do it.

Hello.. Boehner? Are you there? Here’s an easy one for you! Hello! Wake up! We’re home now!

JellyToast on January 31, 2013 at 10:17 PM

Starting in 2014, cars will be required to run on dilithium crystals.

BDavis on February 1, 2013 at 1:46 AM

Starting in 2014, cars will be required to run on dilithium crystals.

BDavis on February 1, 2013 at 1:46 AM

Meanwhile, the more I read about lithium batteries, the more I wonder how they’ve been given approval for use in automobiles and planes.

itsspideyman on February 1, 2013 at 4:10 AM

EPA, a government agency drunk with power trying desperately to justify their paychecks and stay employed very similar to our Congress.

mixplix on February 1, 2013 at 5:13 AM

Just another form of Cloward Piven-the goal is to break the system that shames the Communist world and their American allies in Washington .

Don L on February 1, 2013 at 6:46 AM

The out of control renagade EPA is at it again.

SWalker on January 31, 2013 at 8:50 PM

Renegade? methinks it isn’t at all. In fact, it’s just the opposite, merely following orders, Ja?

Don L on February 1, 2013 at 6:48 AM

That it took a court order to force the EPA to back down from mandating the use of an essentially non-existant product, tells you all you need to know about the EPA.

That the EPA has now doubled down on this act of stupidity tells you way more than you need to know.

Amazingly, this will end up in court again.

Jabberwock on February 1, 2013 at 8:11 AM

Follow the money through Illinois to ADM.

MarkT on February 1, 2013 at 8:48 AM

These fuels are helping put the owner-operator truck driver out of business.
These fuels, and diesel fuels have been suffering for a while now bcs they got rid of the sulfur that was NECESSARY to keep the water out of it. So now it grows algae & costs us a lot of money in fuels filter costs, etc.

Modern engines cannot handle all of this nonsense.
I’m watching engines that were lasting for a million miles now lasting for not even 1/4 of that before they need expensive overhauls or repairs.

If you’re a huge trucking company, you buy brand new stuff all the time & your rates go sky high, which is one reason why all goods are sky high & rising.

The little guy does not have the wherewithall or the cash flow to deal with this.

Badger40 on February 1, 2013 at 8:48 AM

“U.S. EPA worked hard…”

by multiplying 8.65 x 1.61849710982659 by hand. “Let’s raise the amount by 60% for 2013!”

sadatoni on February 1, 2013 at 8:57 AM

BREAKING:

EPA to mandate US airlines to utilize matter transporters for no less than 8% of passengers by 2015.

BobMbx on February 1, 2013 at 9:38 AM

In any rational sphere of time and space, the EPA would have lost its authority to mandate private businesses to comply with their fanciful notions

FIFY, Erika.

That it took a court order to force the EPA to back down from mandating the use of an essentially non-existant product, tells you all you need to know about the EPA.

That the EPA has now doubled down on this act of stupidity tells you way more than you need to know they really don’t care.

Jabberwock on February 1, 2013 at 8:11 AM

Fixed that one, too.

GWB on February 1, 2013 at 9:48 AM