Government Out of Control? EPA Blasted for Requiring Oil Refiners to Add Type of Fuel that’s Merely Hypothetical

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Is THIS a blind/back door taxation resulting in “fines” for oil refiners by the government?  Either use “Unicorn fuel” or be fined……

Read and realize the EPA’s use of regulations to strangle the Energy Sector…..

The EPA has already succeeded in regulating the Coal Industry to the point that Coal Producers have had to lay off hundreds of coal workers. Arch Coal just laid off 750 workers.

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From Fox News:

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

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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.”

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. And one supporter explains, that’s what the agency is saying.

“We are going to reduce your blending obligation by 98 percent because we feel that that’s the right thing to do,” says Brooke Coleman, the executive director of the Advanced Ethanol Council of the Renewable Fuels Association. “We are going to maintain your blending obligation on the gallons that we think are going to emerge.”

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.”

Drevna of the refiners association says they had no other choice left since EPA insisted they still had to blend some of the nonexistent cellulosic ethanol.

“We’ve had to go to the courts and litigate this thing is because they just turned a blind eye to us,” Drevna said.

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.

SOURCE

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Top EPA Official Inadvertently Tells the Truth About the White House’s Environmental Agenda Against Coal

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EPA stunner: Pulls Permit for Major, Already-in-Use Coal Mine in WVA

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Coal Miners Say EPA Rules Are Killing Their Jobs

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Trying to Nationalize Oil

Trying to Nationalize Health Care

Trying to Nationalize Banks

Trying to Nationalize the Auto Industry

Trying to Nationalize the Housing/Mortgage Industry

Working to Nationalize the Farm Industry

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Obama’s EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson: Americans No Smarter than Fifth Graders

To Lisa Jackson:  Keep thinking Coal Miners, their families and their communities are dumb……come November you may NOT like their response.

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# I AM JUST A BLOGGER DOING THE JOB THE LAME-STREAM PROTECTIONIST LIBERAL MEDIA IS HIDING/REFUSING TO REPORT TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.

The Elections of November  2012 will NOT BE Democrat vs. Republican.

It WILL BE Progressives/Marxists/Socialists and tyranny vs. Liberty and Freedom to choose.

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