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EPA Fines Companies Because They Didnít Use A Fuel That Doesnít Exist
Human Events ^ | 01/11/2012 | John Hayward

Posted on 01/11/2012 1:38:50 PM PST by neverdem

Gosh, it’s tough to figure out why that recovery is stalled.

The Orwellian nightmare of running a business in the shadow of the Obama Administration is nicely captured in this story from the New York Times, which explains why motor fuel companies are about to be fined $6.8 million for failure to use a biofuel that does not exist:

In 2012, the oil companies expect to pay even higher penalties for failing to blend in the fuel, which is made from wood chips or the inedible parts of plants like corncobs. Refiners were required to blend 6.6 million gallons into gasoline and diesel in 2011 and face a quota of 8.65 million gallons this year.

“It belies logic,” Charles T. Drevna, the president of the National Petrochemicals and Refiners Association, said of the 2011 quota. And raising the quota for 2012 when there is no production makes even less sense, he said.

Penalizing the fuel suppliers demonstrates what happens when the federal government really, really wants something that technology is not ready to provide. In fact, while it may seem harsh that the Environmental Protection Agency is penalizing them for failing to do the impossible, the agency is being lenient by the standards of the law, the 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act.

Ah, so that’s what passes for “lenience” from the bureaucrats and czars these days.  Be thankful for our generosity, comrades!  We could have fined you much more heavily for failing to do something that was literally impossible.  Clutch every dollar we allow you to keep, and weep with joy at our munificence!

This is all part of an elaborate ritual fuel companies are required to perform, in accordance with the official state religion of “global warming.”  These biofuels are supposed to reduce “greenhouse gas” emissions by 50 percent.  Actually, I suppose the biofuels that don’t actually exist are reducing such emissions by 100 percent.  Such is the wisdom of the almighty State.

This kind of nonsense is a regular feature of Stalinist command economics.  Stalin himself was a bold pioneer in politically decreeing the impossible.  He ordered that corn should be grown in Siberia, even though corn cannot grow in Siberia.  The results were far worse than a $6.8 million tithe to the Church of Global Warming, so the fuel companies should consider themselves lucky.

How could anyone possibly defend this tyrannical lunacy?  Like this:

[Dennis V. McGinn] of the council on renewable energy defends the overall energy statute. Even if the standards for 2011 and 2012 are not met, he said, “I am absolutely convinced from a national security perspective and an economic perspective that the renewable fuel standard, writ large, is the right thing to do.” With oil insecurity and climate change related to greenhouse gas emissions as worrisome as ever, advocates say, there is strong reason to press forward.

Never mind that no one can prove any such “climate change” is occurring, let alone that it has any relationship to “greenhouse gas emissions.”  The commissars have spoken, and they are not to be questioned.  If it makes no sense to you… well, perhaps your sanity needs to be questioned, eh?

Remember, Big Government is much smarter than private industry, and far better equipped to handle the ever-changing challenges of a fast-moving, high tech world.  That’s why it raised the annual quotas for using a fuel that does not exist.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Crime/Corruption; Editorial; Front Page News; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: absolutedespotism; biofuel; corruption; crushepa; democrats; energy; envirofascism; epa; epaisajoke; epajackboots; ethanol; fraud; globalwarming; globalwarminghoax; govtabuse; longtrainofabuses; obama; thegreenlie; tyranny; usurpations

1 posted on 01/11/2012 1:38:56 PM PST by neverdem
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To: neverdem

Slow nationalization of companies through taxation, regulation and fines....
Corporatism


2 posted on 01/11/2012 1:45:10 PM PST by griswold3 (Character is Destiny)
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To: neverdem

I don’t see why the companies don’t fight this nonsense in the courts but I guess it’s just easier and cheaper to render unto Caesar and pass the costs along to the consumer. And there is rough justice in doing that since consumers are the people who voted for the Einsteins who instituted the requirement in the first place.


3 posted on 01/11/2012 1:53:46 PM PST by Menehune56 ("Let them hate so long as they fear" Oderint Dum Metuant), Lucius Accius, (170 BC - 86 BC))
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To: neverdem

Well, to be fair, it was the Bush administration that started this cellulosic ethanol nonsense.


4 posted on 01/11/2012 1:58:10 PM PST by colorado tanker
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5 posted on 01/11/2012 2:05:12 PM PST by neverdem (Xin loi minh oi)
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To: neverdem
I have often thought that if the general public had the slightest idea of the kind of power the federal government has taken and how it negatively impacts their lives, mostly via the economy - for now - the leftist Democrats would never be able to win an election, congressional or presidential, again. Alas, the media is completely in on the deal and will never allow the truth to be known.

Thank God for the 'alternative media', FR included, that at least gives a small portion of the population the unvarnished and unlovely truth. However, some days,the blissful ignorance most Americans live in seems almost preferable. Fortunately, such feelings quickly pass. Replaced by a combination of dread and anger at what the left (with far too much cooperation from the 'right') has done to our freedom in so many ways.

6 posted on 01/11/2012 2:07:31 PM PST by Jim Scott
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To: neverdem

At least Obama and his tribe are consistent... they all suck.


7 posted on 01/11/2012 2:22:05 PM PST by Gator113 (~Just livin' life, my way~..... GO NEWT GO.....!)
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To: neverdem
...oil companies expect to pay even higher penalties for failing to blend in the fuel, which is made from wood chips or the inedible parts of plants like corncobs.

Wait a minute-- are you saying the oil companies can't afford wood chips and corncobs?

What with all the raping of the environment they do, they ought to have plenty of inedible and edible plants and wood chips. All they need to do is build a few stills.

Hell I may do it myself. Getting the permits should be no problem...

is a sarc tag mandatory?

8 posted on 01/11/2012 2:26:25 PM PST by tsomer
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To: colorado tanker; Jim Scott
Well, to be fair, it was the Bush administration that started this cellulosic ethanol nonsense.

More and more, junior Bush reminds me of Nixon. From his signing this biofuel foolery with penalties and subsidies to his compassionate conservatism with Medicare Part D and No Child Left Behind he was still vilified by an opposition that wanted our defeat in war.

9 posted on 01/11/2012 2:35:19 PM PST by neverdem (Xin loi minh oi)
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To: neverdem; Dr. Bogus Pachysandra; grey_whiskers; ApplegateRanch; Whenifhow; WL-law; ...
Mindlessly out of control. It's time to put this abomination out of business while private sector businesses still exist.

Thanx for the ping neverdem !

 


Beam me to Planet Gore !

10 posted on 01/11/2012 2:37:24 PM PST by steelyourfaith (If it's "green" ... it's crap !!!)
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To: Gator113

As of this moment I will start eating my corncobs.


11 posted on 01/11/2012 2:42:02 PM PST by donhunt (Certified and proud "Son of a Bitch".)
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To: neverdem

Bend over and spread ‘em!


12 posted on 01/11/2012 2:53:14 PM PST by SuperLuminal (Where is another agitator for republicanism like Sam Adams when we need him?)
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To: griswold3

Fascism - a system of governmental control where the government controls businesses through massive regulations, laws, and fines.


13 posted on 01/11/2012 2:57:57 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (Never believe anything in politics until it has been officially denied.)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

Fascism should more appropriately be called Corporatism because it is a merger of state and corporate power. -Benito Mussolini


14 posted on 01/11/2012 3:00:11 PM PST by griswold3 (Character is Destiny)
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To: neverdem

I used to think what the Dems did to Nixon had a lot to do with their vendetta stemming from Helen Gahagan Douglas and Alger Hiss. But looking at the way Dems were seized by Bush Derangement Syndrome, it’s obvious they will do the same thing to any Republican president, no matter how “compassionate” they try to be or how many times they support legislation liked by the Dems. Nixon founded the EPA ferchrisake and they still went after him.


15 posted on 01/11/2012 3:01:47 PM PST by colorado tanker
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To: griswold3

But it is so much more fun to call the Rats who support it fascists.


16 posted on 01/11/2012 3:09:27 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (Never believe anything in politics until it has been officially denied.)
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To: colorado tanker
Nixon founded the EPA ferchrisake and they still went after him.

He should have been the left's wet dream. He started price controls, OSHA, affirmative action, Detente and the SALT treaty with the Sovit Union, the opening to China with letting the Chicoms on the SEcurity Council and selling out the Republic of China on Taiwan. I probably forgot something. The radical left started getting control of the rats with their hatred of Nixon.

17 posted on 01/11/2012 3:44:16 PM PST by neverdem (Xin loi minh oi)
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To: neverdem

Oh, I think taking the U.S. off the gold standard and starting the era of floating currencies should go on the Nixon list. He sure made George Soros a rich man.


18 posted on 01/11/2012 3:51:57 PM PST by colorado tanker
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To: neverdem

bump


19 posted on 01/11/2012 4:05:54 PM PST by goodwithagun (My gun has killed fewer people than Ted Kennedy's car.)
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To: neverdem

On the flip side, there is a candidate who has been saying the same thing for 25+ years:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1944714/posts

For what its worth.


20 posted on 01/11/2012 4:34:30 PM PST by traviskicks (http://www.neoperspectives.com/Ron_Paul_2008.htm)
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To: traviskicks; neverdem

sorry, i was trying to post that on another thread, my bad


21 posted on 01/11/2012 4:35:48 PM PST by traviskicks (http://www.neoperspectives.com/Ron_Paul_2008.htm)
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To: bamahead

libertarian ping


22 posted on 01/11/2012 4:38:05 PM PST by traviskicks (http://www.neoperspectives.com/Ron_Paul_2008.htm)
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To: SuperLuminal
STOP12

Countdown until Zer0 leaves Office: 375 days as of January 11, 2012.

23 posted on 01/11/2012 4:44:31 PM PST by BobP (The piss-stream media - Never to be watched again in my house)
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To: neverdem
And raising the quota for 2012 when there is no production makes even less sense, he said.

Unless you are the agency raking in the fines...(Where is that money going, anyway, the next Solyndra?)--and I wonder how juicy the kickbacks are!

24 posted on 01/11/2012 4:55:02 PM PST by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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To: neverdem

More and more, junior Bush reminds me of Nixon. From his signing this biofuel foolery with penalties and subsidies to his compassionate conservatism with Medicare Part D and No Child Left Behind he was still vilified by an opposition that wanted our defeat in war.


Correct me if I’m wrong, but didn’t GW Bush sign CFR after saying he thought it might be unconstitutional but let the courts sort it out? I may remember that wrong...


25 posted on 01/11/2012 6:36:36 PM PST by Peet (Cogito ergo dubito.)
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To: Peet
Correct me if I’m wrong, but didn’t GW Bush sign CFR after saying he thought it might be unconstitutional but let the courts sort it out? I may remember that wrong...

That's about what I recall.

26 posted on 01/11/2012 7:29:38 PM PST by neverdem (Xin loi minh oi)
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Libertarian ping! Click here to get added or here to be removed or post a message here!

27 posted on 01/11/2012 8:07:03 PM PST by bamahead (Few men desire liberty; most men wish only for a just master. -- Sallust)
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Thanks neverdem.
...the fuel, which is made from wood chips or the inedible parts of plants like corncobs. Refiners were required to blend 6.6 million gallons into gasoline and diesel in 2011 and face a quota of 8.65 million gallons this year.

28 posted on 01/11/2012 9:52:37 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Merry Christmas, Happy New Year! May 2013 be even Happier!)
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To: neverdem
In fact, while it may seem harsh that the Environmental Protection Agency is penalizing them for failing to do the impossible, the agency is being lenient by the standards of the law, the 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act.

You are looking at the future of agency funding. They are being "lenient" because this amount probably covers operations for the sector.

What annoys me about biofuels is that most of the supposedly "useless" sources upon which they rely are in fact quite useful in producing compost for topsoil.

29 posted on 01/11/2012 9:56:10 PM PST by Carry_Okie (The RNC would prefer Obama to a conservative nominee.)
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To: griswold3

Communisim, back in the day it was called commie.


30 posted on 01/12/2012 12:19:17 AM PST by exnavy (May the Lord bless and keep our troops.)
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To: neverdem

In other news, the monthly chocolate ration has been increased to 20 grams.


31 posted on 01/12/2012 4:33:39 AM PST by Hoodat (Because they do not change, Therefore they do not fear God. -Psalm 55:19-)
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To: neverdem

Emily Dickinson

Much Madness is divinest Sense —
To a discerning Eye —
Much Sense — the starkest Madness —
’Tis the Majority
In this, as All, prevail —
Assent — and you are sane —
Demur — you’re straightway dangerous —
And handled with a Chain —


32 posted on 01/12/2012 7:06:26 AM PST by struggle (http://killthegovernment.wordpress.com/)
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To: neverdem

Things still stink that Bush #1 did as well. Even Reagan succumbed to a Brady in a wheel chair and took away machine guns out of the hands of nearly all Americans for good.


33 posted on 01/12/2012 9:32:55 AM PST by Dogbert41
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To: neverdem

http://dailycaller.com/2012/01/06/modern-dancers-bed-bug-battlers-earth-worshipers-get-epa-environmental-justice-grants/

here’s more EPA nonsense and the wasting of millions of taxpayer dollars.


34 posted on 01/12/2012 9:43:03 AM PST by simicyber (obama, groundhog day, speech, class warfare)
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To: simicyber

Thanks for the link.


35 posted on 01/12/2012 7:53:25 PM PST by neverdem (Xin loi minh oi)
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To: tsomer

I was thinking along similar lines. I think the government doesnt go far enough. Since they’re hell-bent on punishing somebody for failing to use a non-existent fuel, why not force it into existence by punishing you, me, and every other living soul who failed to produce this miracle cure?


36 posted on 01/13/2012 9:15:05 AM PST by Tabi Katz
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To: neverdem

What shocks me more than anything is that the Slimes would even touch a story like this. True, it was Bush and not their savior who signed the law, but that leftist rag has never met the regulation it didn’t like -until now. Has anyone checked the temperature in Hell lately?


37 posted on 01/13/2012 9:21:18 AM PST by Tabi Katz
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