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EPA Requires Refiners Add Non-Existent Fuel

From Fox News:

EPA blasted for requiring oil refiners to add type of fuel that’s merely hypothetical

By Jim Angle
June 21, 2012

Federal regulations can be maddening, but none more so than a current one that demands oil refiners use millions of gallons of a substance, cellulosic ethanol, that does not exist.

"As ludicrous as that sounds, it’s fact," says Charles Drevna, who represents refiners. "If it weren’t so frustrating and infuriating, it would be comical."

And Tom Pyle of the Institute of Energy Research says, "the cellulosic biofuel program is the embodiment of government gone wild."

For the record, cellulosic ethanol is a biofuel produced from wood, grasses, or the non-edible parts of plants.

Lest we forget, President Bush was mocked back in February 2006 for saying that in order to achieve energy freedom we would have to put more reliance on "nukes, grass and rocks."

Refiners are at their wit’s end because the government set out requirements to blend cellulosic ethanol back in 2005, assuming that someone would make it. Seven years later, no one has.

"None, not one drop of cellulosic ethanol has been produced commercially. It’s a phantom fuel," says Pyle. "It doesn’t exist in the market place."

And Charles Drevna adds, "forcing us to use a product that doesn’t exist, they might as well tell us to use unicorns."

And yet, they still have to pay what amounts to fines:

"Why would they ask them to blend any at all if it doesn’t exist?" Pyle said. "Because they know that they can squeeze some extra dollars out of them."

The EPA does have discretion to lower the annual requirement…

But they won’t. Why give up a nail you can use to crucify the oil industry?

The EPA, which would not speak on camera, is still hoping production of cellulosic ethanol will emerge.

A study by the Congressional Research Service, however, says the government "projects that cellulosic bio fuels are not expected to be commercially available on a large scale until at least 2015."

And given the way the CRS works, that is probably wildly optimistic.

So the refiners are now suing the EPA, in part because the mandate gets larger and larger– 500 million gallons this year, 3 billion in 2015 and 16 billion in 2022.

And still, not a gallon of cellulosic ethanol in sight.

Even Orwell wouldn’t have thought of going this far.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, June 22nd, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

12 Responses to “EPA Requires Refiners Add Non-Existent Fuel”

  1. Petronius says:

    Compare the BP Gulf oil spill to the Democrat’s EPA red ink spill . . . not even close.

  2. GetBackJack says:

    There was only one catch and that was Catch-22, which specified that a concern for one’s own safety in the face of dangers that were real and immediate was the process of a rational mind. Orr was crazy and could be grounded. All he had to do was ask; and as soon as he did, he would no longer be crazy and would have to fly more missions. Orr would be crazy to fly more missions and sane if he didn’t, but if he was sane he had to fly them. If he flew them he was crazy and didn’t have to; but if he didn’t want to he was sane and had to. Yossarian was moved very deeply by the absolute simplicity of this clause of Catch-22 and let out a respectful whistle.

    “That’s some catch, that catch-22,” he observed.

    “It’s the best there is,” Doc Daneeka agreed.

    Doc Daneeka explains why he cannot ground Yossarian or Orr due to insanity, Chapter 5: Chief White Halfoat.

  3. canary says:

    I’ve pointed out for years on this board there are ghosts working in the EPA and their workers do nothing but sit and push a pencil.

  4. canary says:

    Not so. shh. top secret. Don’t tell anyone

    I will not reveal the plant I use, where it’s grown, stored, because the darn government would grab my land saying they had a right in order to protect the environment so I’m mum for now, until get it patented in another country.

  5. Astravogel says:

    So, we’ll be making bricks without either straw OR mud?
    What are these people snortin? Glad ol’ Pharoah didn’t
    have the EPA around back then.

  6. wirenut says:

    Astravogel, Good one! Flip-side is, Where does George Jettson come down on this?

  7. canary says:

    Astravogel is not joking. I think we will have no homes because the bugs will eat them. Won’t even be able to sleep on sand, because sand mites will eat us. They will do everything to destroy man to lower population.

  8. Chinnubie says:

    And we can’t understand why gas prices won’t come down to 2007 levels? Will we be able to eventually purge the USA of these Marxist liberals? In other words, will the hippies die out so we can get the country moving in the right direction again?

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      Curiously, gas prices are descending. I paid $2.97/gal yesterday in South Carolina. Not ideal by a long shot but I’m curious as to why. It can’t be the releasing of our strategic reserves, the drilling moratorium is still in effect, the Candians are proceeding with re-routing their pipeline away from the US…….so…I’m thinking some underhanded deal was cut with the Saudis.

      One where O-blah-blah said, “Keep the oil cheap ’til I get re-elected and I can be more ‘flexible’ afterwards” meaning that the Saudis can charge $300/bbl after November 2012. Gonna be ugly for the national socialists if Romney gets elected. In so many ways.

      However, take captain McJugears out of the equation and you may have simple market economics at work. People have curtailed their vacations this year due to gas prices so they are buying less, not more of the liquid. People are also driving less overall thus increasing supply while demand is down. That means the Saudis have to do what any capitalist will do, which is lower prices.

      I doubt that there’s much going on that’s political since the MSM is curiously silent as to singing wonderboy’s praises at magically lowering gas prices. ‘Course, they were all up in Bush’s bindniss when gas prices were going up during his tenure…then they said, “The president can’t do anything about gas prices” when they peaked out a few months ago…so…they have really painted themselves into a corner with the whole subject. By lying and always defending and praising the guy who sits in the president’s chair, they have thus trapped themselves and are probably hogtied on how to recover.

      Should be simple for them. Just blame Bush, right? Can’t be Obama’s fault…there’s no way. But prices are now falling…that has to be the doing of our muslim-in-chief; There can be no other explanation. But what if they go up again? What then? Blame Bush.

      Oh…they are really locked. Kind of funny, actually.

    • beautyofreason says:

      That’s my thought too Rusty. Gas prices are going down before the election, after rising for several years. I don’t believe it’s a coincidence. People notice gas prices before they notice the tweaked CPI or unemployment numbers. Obama is definitely reaching out to his minority blocs to get re-elected. First legalizing 800,000 illegals by executive order to get the Hispanic vote, then approving gay marriage to get the gay vote. I wonder what passive concessions he’ll make to the majority of liberals to get their votes?

  9. AcornsRNutz says:

    Another one in on that conspiracy theory here, Rusty. There is no capitalist free market answer to the gas prices coming down, and the timing goes right along with the first gay, African/Hispanic American president’s current re-election strategy.

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