The EPA is doubling the mandate for fuel that doesn’t exist

EPA raised how much cellulosic biofuel — those made from non-edible feedstock — it expected refiners to blend this year as part of the renewable fuel standard.

EPA set the mark at 14 million gallons of cellulosic biofuel, up from about 8.65 million gallons last year. …

“U.S. EPA worked hard to ensure that the cellulosic biofuels volume standard for 2013 would be tied directly to the commercial production of cellulosic biofuels expected to come online this year,” Brooke Coleman, executive director with the Advanced Ethanol Council, said in a Thursday statement. …

“The court recognized the absurdity of fining companies for failing to use a nonexistent biofuel. But EPA wants to nearly double the mandate for the fuel in 2013. This stealth tax on gasoline might be the most egregious example of bad public policy, and consumers could be left to pay the price. EPA needs a serious reality check,” API Downstream Group Director Bob Greco said in a Thursday statement.

Rob Port is the editor of 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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  • John_Wayne_American

    Why is an agency like the EPA wanting anything? isn’t their job to investigate and charge federal environmental laws? Once a violation is found and chaged, it’s up to the DOJ prosecute?

    When did the EPA get these activist powers?
    The President could “want the new standards” the House or Senate could “want these new standards” but they also stand the risk of loosing elections.

    The EPA shouldn’t be in the “Activist role”

    • John_Wayne_American

      After posting, wouldn’t this particular debate fall under the Dept of Energy rather than EPA??? methinks we doth have too much Government.

  • slackwarerobert

    I don’t see the problem, when you get them on the stand you hand them a glass of gas and ask them to drink it if they think it is edible.