EPA Jacks Up Mandate For “Advanced Biofuels,” Rising Fuel Prices Not Far Behind

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The EPA on Friday increased the mandate, under the Renewable Fuels Standard, for so-called “advanced biofuels” (defined as fuels not made from edible crops like corn).  This means that Americans will be forced to buy more of a fuel that is both expensive and unreliable in that suppliers have had a hard time producing enough of the stuff before this increase in the mandate.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Friday raised biofuels targets for 2013 despite an ongoing legal battle with the oil-and-gas industry on the issue.

Refiners will be required to blend 1.28 billion gallons of biodiesel — which EPA includes in its definition of “advanced” biofuels — into traditional transportation fuel in 2013, up from 1 billion gallons this year.

“This action, which meets goals designated by Congress, is another step that strengthens America’s energy security by reducing dependence on foreign oil,” EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson said Friday in a statement. …

But advanced biofuels have struggled to reach commercial-scale production. That has led the American Petroleum Institute (API) to sue EPA over the RFS mandate, claiming the agency pinned advanced biofuels targets on unrealistic market conditions.

“EPA’s mandate will unnecessarily raise the cost of making diesel fuel. This is bad public policy that could burden consumers and businesses already pressed with higher energy costs,” Bob Greco, API’s downstream group director, said Friday in a statement. “By picking energy winners and losers, EPA takes away consumer choice and further threatens public acceptance of biofuels.”

I don’t have a problem with biofuels.  It’d be great if they worked.  The problem is they don’t.  They don’t work as well as gasoline, they cost more than gasoline and their supplies aren’t reliable.

And you don’t have to take my word for it.  If these biofuels were great, if they gave consumers advantages in price and/or performance, then the federal government wouldn’t have to mandate their use.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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  • robert108

    Govt control of prices=central planning=communism/fascism.

    • $8194357

      No one cares anymore IMO Robert….

      • robert108

        Well, American conservatives care, Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan care, the Tea Party cares, and Sarah Palin cares. Don’t give up; now is not the time to cut and run.

        • http://realitybasedbob.sayanythingblog.com/ realitybasedbob

          robert108

          …IMO, Romney is another McCain. Do you want another McCain?

          10/14/2011 06:40 PM in reply to Neiman

          • Wayne

            Look squirrel!

          • mickey_moussaoui

            “LOOK>>>>>RICH PEOPLE”

          • http://realitybasedbob.sayanythingblog.com/ realitybasedbob

            “Is $100,000 middle income?” Stephanopoulos asked.

            “No, middle income is $200,000 to $250,000 and less,” Romney responded.

            http://www.tampabay.com/incoming/mitt-romney-defines-middle-income-as-200000-to-250000-and-less/1251708

          • robert108

            Are you trying to make a point with yet another deceptive, out of context cherry-pick?
            What’s important is that obama conflates $200,000/yr with being a “millionaire/billionaire” in his attempt to stoke the fires of class envy to buy votes.

          • $8194357

            Tax them to death, everyone of them…

          • $8194357

            10X

          • robert108

            The lying left wing propagandist desperately tries to change the subject. Mitt has evolved since then, liar, and to return America to prosperity, it is vital to elect Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan to be President and Vice President of the United States of America this November! Thanks for giving me another opportunity to vote for American prosperity.

          • sbark

            dunno…….Rommney sounding alot like Reagan during this latest muslim fiasco……………Obama pretty much mirroring Jimma’ Carter or worse……
            Always remember the Obama Quote………..essentially he said: If things get bad, I will be on the side of Islam.

          • http://realitybasedbob.sayanythingblog.com/ realitybasedbob

            Don’t be a stupid nutter. Look it up!

            Misleading e-mail: From Audacity of Hope: “I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction.”

            Actual quote from “The Audacity of Hope” [pg. 261]: Of
            course, not all my conversations in immigrant communities follow this easy pattern. In the wake of 9/11, my meetings with Arab and Pakistani Americans, for example, have a more urgent quality, for the stories of detentions and FBI questioning and hard stares from neighbors have shaken their sense of security and belonging. They have been reminded that the history of immigration in this country has a dark underbelly; they need specific assurances that their citizenship really means something, that America has learned the right lessons from the Japanese internments during World War II, and that I will stand with them should the political winds shift in an ugly direction.

            -Obama did not say he would side with “the Muslims,” which could easily be read as meaning he would side with the world’s Muslim population even if it meant working outside the best interests of the United States. He said he would side with “them,” referring back to his mention of immigrant communities and specifically to “Arab and Pakistani Americans.” Furthermore, he was speaking of an “ugly direction” like the mass internment of Japanese Americans.

            http://www.factcheck.org/2008/06/obamas-dreams-of-my-father/

          • $8194357

            Yes Barry wants to fill those internment camps, huh rbb.
            His buddie Ayers wrote a book about just that…
            “Prairie Fires” or somethin like that…

            All about “capitalisms demise and communisms rise”
            here in the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave,
            with Russia and Cubas help…

            The death of millions of die hard capitalist Americans…

            Thats how it worked around the world for
            Stalin, Mao, Che, Chavez, Pol Pot,..ect…ect..ect

            You know those murderers of hundreds of millions for their
            “ideology” the Democrats worship like little gods…

            A regular 60’s …70’s leftist “wet dream”…

          • robert108

            Typical left wing lie about the Japanese internment, which was necessary after the murderous sneak attack on Pearl Harbor, and the pursuit of muslim terrorism around the world. Liberals live to tell such lies.

          • http://realitybasedbob.sayanythingblog.com/ realitybasedbob

            sba, now that you know the truth, do you feel dumb?

          • $8194357

            Political winds change i will stand with the Muslims…
            barry boy dhimmi did say that huh…

        • $8194357

          No cutting and running here Robert..
          I will live or die with my faith and beliefes..
          Wether I live or die..
          I live or die to Christ…
          Paul the Apostles words ring true today as well…

          • robert108

            Right, but why stop fighting evil?

          • $8194357

            I won’t…
            I will fight evil with The Sword of the Spirit of Truth..
            But I also know my Kingdom is not of this earth…

            Ephesians 6:13-15
            New International Version (NIV)

            13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.

            14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place,

            15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.

            God Bless Robert and keep up the good fight
            and run the good race…

  • 11B40

    Greetings:

    I don’t think that the woman in the picture is worried about missing any meals because of the diversion of food crops to fuel crops.

    • BBantam

      Actually , very funny but accurate comment. It’ll likely not go over too well. I think it speaks loudly. Merci beaucoup

  • $8194357

    Barry and his commie czars been saying we need fuel prices between 6 and 10 dollars a gallon since they “took control”…

  • mikemc1970

    They might as well be mandating fairy dust for our gas tanks.

    • joeb

      Oh, come on. This stuff runs great in the new engines made of unobtainium.

      How typical to mandate the unreachable and then fine those who do not perform miracles.

      These twits need to get a real job. One where they get to inquire if the customer ‘would like fries with that.’l

  • sbark

    quote….. if they gave consumers advantages in price …………read much?
    use of domestically-produced ethanol reduced wholesale gasoline prices by an average of $1.09 per gallon in 2011, according to updated research conducted by economics professors at the University of Wisconsin and Iowa State University. The 2011 results, which are up from an average impact of $0.89 per gallon in 2010, were released today by the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development

    So …………The American farmer has reduced the American Consumer disposable income spent on food from 18% to 9.5%…………………and reduces gas prices by over 1.00 per gal.

    but hey………lets do what the dem’cats do and bash em, demonize em’, slander them

    • joeb

      How much of those reductions is offset by subsidies which come out of the taxpayer’s pocket (or will, when we (actually, our great-grandchildren) get the debt paid back down to that level)?

      • sbark

        Got a calculator?
        OK…of the farm bill, subsidies to Ag is approx 12 billion (direct and crop ins)…………..now contrast that with the 2 benefits to society from those subisidies.
        A) say 200 million families X 45K ave disposable income X 9 percent reduction in food ………….do the math…does your calc. go that high?
        B) 1.00 reduction in gas prices……Again 200 million familes X pick your number…say 10 gals gas per day X 1.00 reduction……….do the math.
        The American consumer ends up with bucko bucks in their pocket to by I phones, PS2’s, laptops, flatscreens, Volts :), …….all becuase of the efficiency of the American Farmer.
        The American Farmer puzzels the crap out of the Dem’cats——its the one of few sectors (oil, gas etc) that receive subsides—but still produce at a high level without succuming to govt dependency
        ………from your angle then……..the direct cash benefits the Consumers get from Ag subsidies should then be paid back to the Fed Treas so your grandchildren dont get burdened by the Boomer Generations gross excesses and lack of dicipline……..hows that for a throwback?

  • Harold

    If fuel prices keep rising some are going to start having a problem affording basic foods. Does Obama care, I doubt it.

  • The Fighting Czech

    These mandates that do nothing but inflate the cost of Fuel, and electricity are nothing then a Progressive Tax in reverse…. the more money you have the less it will affect you. the less money you make, the poorer it will make you. This is so blatantly obvious, I dont understand how the “party for the working man” not only agrees with it, but actually are its main Cheerleaders.

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    I Googled ‘bull dog’ and up pops this web page.

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