GAO to EPA: You’re going to have to release these Renewable Fuel Standard regulations sometime, you know

posted at 8:51 pm on April 14, 2014 by Erika Johnsen

Big Ethanol was appalled when the Environmental Protection Agency announced late last year that they might actually acknowledge reality by reducing the required volume of certain biofuels that refiners have to blend into the nation’s fuel supply under the Renewable Fuel Standard. Our economic slowdown combined with technological innovation and increased fuel efficiency have resulted in declining gasoline consumption in the past few years, and the annually increased volume of biofuels refiners are automatically supposed to be incorporating was running the fuel supply up against phenomenon known as the “blend wall,” the point at which the mixed fuel is no longer safe for use in most cars and trucks on the road. This phenomenon has never troubled Big Ethanol, an industry rather partial to the artificially jacked-up demand for their product the federal government mandates into existence, and the industry’s powerful lobby went into an almighty uproar over the proposed change that they’re still battling out.

Whatever decision the EPA goes with, they kinda’ need to get around to making it, since the not-yet-released 2014 standard will be applied retroactively — and as the Government Accountability Office notes in a new report, that is currently inflicting quite a bit of uncertainty on our energy sector. Via The Hill:

The Government Accountability Office report released on Monday looked at three major changes that have affected the domestic petroleum, or gasoline, refining industry, a key one being the EPA’s renewable fuel mandate. …

Since 2009 the EPA has missed its deadline to issue regulations for the renewable fuel mandate, the report states. This year has been no exception. However, the EPA did retreat on the amount of ethanol it is requiring refiners to mix into the fuel supply for the first time since the standards were established in 2007. …

“A late [Renewable Fuel Standard] contributes to industry uncertainty, which can increase costs because industry cannot plan and budget effectively, according to some stakeholders,” the watchdog said. …

The GAO notes that future consumption of petroleum products may increase through 2020 but will not return to past levels. If EPA continues to issue the fuel standards late costs may be incurred by refiners or passed onto consumer through higher gasoline prices.

Oh, look: The EPA inflicting uncertainty and extra costs onto pretty much everything it touches. Something new and different for them.


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Ex post facto laws are unconstitutional (Article 1, Section 9, Clause 3).

Abelard on April 14, 2014 at 9:01 PM

It’s past time to end both ethanol mandates and the EPA. Leave it to the states .

Whitey Ford on April 14, 2014 at 9:02 PM

EPA making the IRS look like a responsibly run entity. They are the most zealot run bunch in government.
Environmental politics is their mantra. Whatever they say is good for you is, get over it…

major dad on April 14, 2014 at 9:02 PM

Ex post facto laws are unconstitutional (Article 1, Section 9, Clause 3).

Abelard on April 14, 2014 at 9:01 PM

What Constitution?

oscarwilde on April 14, 2014 at 9:05 PM

I’m paying about a dollar more per gallon to get non-blended gas than I was last year because now I have to buy premium. Before Cenex had regular non-blended. Thanks, EPA!

claudius on April 14, 2014 at 9:17 PM

It’s past time to end both ethanol mandates and the EPA.

Whitey Ford on April 14, 2014 at 9:02 PM

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. . . . . and the IRS, and the BATF, and the BLM (they’ve been in the news lately, for some reason), and the BHS, and the TSA, . . . . .

listens2glenn on April 14, 2014 at 9:17 PM

It’s all of a piece. I suppose they think if they keep hitting us with all this corruption we’ll get used to it and stop paying attention.

crankyoldlady on April 14, 2014 at 9:22 PM

It’s past time to end both ethanol mandates and the EPA.

Whitey Ford on April 14, 2014 at 9:02 PM

If you think it’s tough gettin’ ridda that thing, wait until you try and get rid of obamacare.

Lanceman on April 14, 2014 at 9:23 PM

I’m paying about a dollar more per gallon to get non-blended gas than I was last year because now I have to buy premium. Before Cenex had regular non-blended. Thanks, EPA!

claudius on April 14, 2014 at 9:17 PM

at least you can get it, I cannot here in maine.

dmacleo on April 14, 2014 at 9:34 PM

It’s high time to return the 25-33-1/3% (give or take a percentage point or two) of corn used for fuel BACK to our food supply!

Newtie and the Beauty on April 14, 2014 at 9:38 PM

Keep in mind that this is an agency which demanded additive compounds in petroleum which chemists have repeatedly told them cannot exist, due to what they want compounded.

Do you seriously believe that they’re going to let a picayune thing like the blend wall stop them from remaking reality to suit themselves?

As RAH said, I tell you three times; you are dealing with a fanatical, mystical cult, not a group that respects science or even ordinary common sense.

Fanatics do not reason. They emote, hate, and overpower.

As long as everyone else pays the price of their delusions, don’t expect them to become lucid.

clear ether

eon

eon on April 14, 2014 at 9:40 PM

Since 2009 the EPA has missed its deadline to issue regulations for the renewable fuel mandate,

ummm…BUSH!!?????

BigWyo on April 14, 2014 at 9:43 PM

We need to get out of the subsidy business. Ethanol is just corporate welfare – IF ethanol were good for the environment (it’s not), fuel mileage (it’s not), and didn’t harm engines and decrease vehicle life (it does), then we could import all we want cheaper (without imposing a tariff on it) so we wouldn’t have to drive up food prices worldwide by subsidizing corn ethanol (the worst form in terms of environmental impacts).

While we are at it, a thorough housecleaning at EPA, DOJ, IRS, & BLM is also necessary. The next President should fire everyone and rescind all the regulations issued under the Obama regime.

Adjoran on April 14, 2014 at 11:11 PM

Ex post facto laws are unconstitutional Article 1, Section 9

There are no laws in Obama’s America. Only rulings from Big Brother.

VOTE LIKE THE FUTURE OF YOUR COUNTRY DEPENDS ON IT!
IT DOES!

pilsener on April 15, 2014 at 12:49 AM

If what happened at Bunkerville (kinda sounds like Bunker Hill) doesn’t wake up a whole lot of people to the fine mess we’ve gotten ourselves into, then we might as well turn out the lights. It’s not that someone stood up to tyranny and what’s wrong with all these alphabets, it’s that someone had to.

Kissmygrits on April 15, 2014 at 9:25 AM