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Jun 22 2012

EPA Fines Refineries for Not Using Substance That Does Not Exist

One of the countless requirements the Environmental Protection Agency hobbles the economy by inflicting is the use of cellulosic ethanol by the millions of gallons when refining oil. This flaky green rule, no doubt imposed to ease the imaginary plight of man-eating polar bears, is particularly onerous because cellulosic ethanol is a theoretical substance 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.”

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.”

But the fines they have to pay for not using the imaginary substance are real enough.

[R]efiners 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.

Why not make it a zillion trillion gallons? That would put the requirement on a scale with the debt Obama is running up to finance his bureaucracy.

We are living under a lunatic dictatorship.

Antihuman ecofascists are on the march.

On tips from Varla and Spider.

15 Responses to “EPA Fines Refineries for Not Using Substance That Does Not Exist”

  1. A. Levy says:

    Is it possible? A left-wing, corrupt, NYC Demoncrat who now, only after announcing his retirement, is finally being honest?

  2. OldmanRick says:

    Has any govt agency ever organized, planned, directed, and controlled any federal program?………….Crickets chirping.

  3. KHarn says:

    +…assuming that someone would make it.+

    We hear that a lot form REGRESSIVES who demand that OTHER PEOPLE come up with solutions. “Cut oil production and we’ll get efficent electric cars”. “Cut meat production and we’ll get vegetable substitutes that taste like beef”. “Increase government spending and we’ll have prosperity”.

  4. KHarn says:

    I should add that Americans are inovative and clever people, but even WE can’t make COMMUNISM work!

  5. Sgt Stadenko says:

    When does the EPA start fining car makers for not using unobtainium in their vehicles?

    Ya think I’m kidding???

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  7. Sgt Stadenko says:

    The very first thing a President Romney needs to do is kill the federal EPA. Kill it dead.

    It was created by executive order, it can be cancelled the same way.

  8. whotothewhat says:

    Does the head of the EPA wear a wizards hat?

  9. Clingtomyguns says:

    Since we’ll soon be ordered by EPA fiat to use dilithium crystals to power autos next, I suppose we should ask Gene Rodenberry’s descendants where we might get some. Queen Nancy and Bathhouse Barry would say that these insane types of regulations create jobs and cause people to invent rather than face fines. That is what fundamental change looks like.

  10. True Blue says:

    The refiners should demand that the EPA attorneys and Obama himself appear in open court wearing suits made entirely of cellulosic ethanol -then we will all be able to see the Emperor’s new outfit together.

  11. Forrest Mosby says:

    @Sgt Stadanko
    Kill EPA? We’ve heard it before. St. Ronald of Reagan promised to kill HHS, Education, and Energy. He didn’t.
    He was busy granting “one time only (wink)” amnesty to illegal immigrants.

    Obama is a Communist, not a Fascist.
    You people annoy me when you act like being a Fascist is a bad thing.

    Who else is going to save you from the Jewish Bolsheviks?

  12. Fred says:

    Forest Mosby,”Obama is a Communist, not a Fascist.
    You people annoy me when you act like being a Fascist is a bad thing.”

    Especially, when Fascism is considered a right-wing ideology.

  13. A_Nonny_Mouse says:

    Carl at “No Oil for Pacifists” has mentioned the cellulosic biofuel madness –I mean mandates– a couple of times:

    — and many more links within those articles.

    = = = = =

    Honestly, it’s getting way past time for that “tree of liberty” and “tyrants” thing….

  14. Jim Morris says:

    Now do a serch on federal grant for reserch and Obama relection funding side by side , then try and look shocked…

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