Oh, good: The EPA finally, retroactively lowers a 2013 biofuels requirement to reflect the fact that the required biofuels did not actually exist

posted at 8:41 pm on April 22, 2014 by Erika Johnsen

It’s an improvement, I suppose, over that one time last year when they actually tried to penalize refiners for not complying with the previous year’s standard which also vastly overestimated the amount of the required cellulosic biofuels that would exist in the real world rather than inside their self-righteous faux-green fantasies, but… that is hardly cause for celebration. Via The Hill:

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Tuesday retroactively lowered the volume of cellulosic biofuel that refiners must blend into traditional fuels, aligning the 2013 mandated volume to the actual amount of fuels produced.

EPA’s original mandate for 2013 was based on a projection that producers would make 6 million ethanol-equivalent gallons of cellulosic biofuel, but just over 800,000 gallons of the fuels were actually produced that year, the agency said. Tuesday’s action sets the cellulosic biofuel blend level at 0.0005 percent, reflecting the amount of fuel produced. …

The year is over, but EPA’s revision means that refiners will not have to use credits or pay penalties for not reaching the target.“Since the cellulosic biofuel standard was based on EPA’s projection of cellulosic biofuel production in 2013, EPA deemed this new information to be of central relevance to the rule, warranting reconsideration,” EPA said in its rule, noting that now that the year is over, its “projection” can be based on actual production.

Let me reiterate that. The EPA devised the standard with which refiners must lawfully comply based on the consistently inaccurate projections with which they plowed ahead for benefit of the two cellulosic biofuels producers in the country (one of which ended up drastically underperforming), and the agency only belatedly “deemed” the fact that those biofuels were not commercially available to be of “central relevance the the rule.” …Ya’ think?!

Sadly, I realize that this hardly even qualifies as “news,” really, since this is just kind of the business-as-usual way the federal government often goes about enforcing things and even more particularly the way the EPA goes about enforcing the Renewable Fuel Standard — but why is this hardly even noteworthy business-as-usual? I often refer to the RFS and all of the ghastly inefficiencies and regulatory vagaries it inspires as the “saga of stupid,” and I do not throw around the word “stupid” lightly. This, my friends… this is stupid. The unabashed cronyism and politicization of it all is enough to make your head spin.

Now, if only they would stop cowering from the sound and the fury of the Big Ethanol lobby and finally release the 2014 RFS standards sometime before the next presidential election…


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“See? We care! Now, let’s see to that federal mileage tax…”

Rix on April 22, 2014 at 8:44 PM

I find it oddly appropriate that the EPA logo is a Dandelion, commonly regarded as a weed.

FontanaConservative on April 22, 2014 at 8:48 PM

If the Federal EPA were to all together cease to exist, it would solve a LOT of problems.
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Now, let’s see to that federal mileage tax…”

Rix on April 22, 2014 at 8:44 PM

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Oh … you had to bring that up.

listens2glenn on April 22, 2014 at 8:49 PM

I often refer to the RFS …

RetartedF*ckingShit?

KOOLAID2 on April 22, 2014 at 8:51 PM

So the EPA found out that Unobtainium is hard to get….?

Electrongod on April 22, 2014 at 8:52 PM

Biofuels don’t exist. But if they did, there would 8 million gallons produced annually.

BobMbx on April 22, 2014 at 8:52 PM

EPA: Effing Politicized A..wipes.

vnvet on April 22, 2014 at 8:56 PM

So the EPA found out that Unobtainium is hard to get….?

Upsidasium production reaches an all time high…airplane and politician fuel
III

Sgt Stryker on April 22, 2014 at 9:01 PM

They also aren’t going to enforce the mandate that a certain percentage of 87 octane be blended with Unicorn farts.
This year.

lowandslow on April 22, 2014 at 9:12 PM

Erika, bless your heart:

You clearly have a background, passion, and/or career in energy issues. And there isn’t anything wrong with that. But all your posts really require folks with equal passion or industry knowledge to make meaningful comments.

Happy Nomad on April 22, 2014 at 9:13 PM

This is about like the execs at a company submitting their Bonus-determining goals for a year, three weeks after the year ends, once they can decide what was accomplished. Every single one of them met their goals 100%, yay!

Freelancer on April 22, 2014 at 9:50 PM

This, my friends… this is stupid. The unabashed cronyism and politicization of it all is enough to make your head spin.

Yeah, just another normal day in the BO administration.

climbnjump on April 22, 2014 at 10:28 PM

I so like hate living in the real world equivalent of Orwell’s 1984.

Dan_NV on April 22, 2014 at 10:35 PM

Close them down. They urinate away taxpayer money for no gain. Everything useful they can do overlaps with OSHA, who does a better job anyway.

Asurea on April 22, 2014 at 11:18 PM

Dear EPA, ain’t REALITY a bitch?!

GarandFan on April 22, 2014 at 11:44 PM

EPA said in its rule, noting that now that the year is over, its “projection” can be based on actual production.

Now if we could just get the global warmists to use actual temperature data instead of the output of their incorrect models…

airupthere on April 23, 2014 at 8:29 AM

“The grain harvests were particularly bountiful this year, and all production goals were met or exceeded. Reports of shortfalls or starvation are the work of saboteurs and counter-revolutionariese. Long live the People’s Republic.” — EPA Report to the Ministry of Agriculture, Central Committee, 2014

JeremiahJohnson on April 23, 2014 at 9:06 AM