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EPA to America: You will use more biofuels, and you will like it
Hotair ^ | 09/14/2012 | Erika Johnsen

Posted on 09/14/2012 6:30:36 PM PDT by SeekAndFind

Because we apparently don't have enough evidence of the adverse effects of forcing biofuels into the energy market by requiring traditional transportation fuel suppliers to purchase them, the Obama administration's Environmental Protection Agency has decreed --- oh no, not that they're going to scale back on the renewable fuel standard biofuels quota --- but rather that they're going to force us to purchase larger quantities of biofuels, whether we like it or not. The Hill reports:

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. …

“Over the past three years, we have doubled generation from renewable energy and today’s announcement by EPA will ensure that we are continuing to utilize biodiesel to help meet our energy needs, create jobs and strengthen the rural economy,” [Agriculture Secretary Tom] Vilsack said.

I feel like I am taking crazy pills. How many different examples of the unintended consequences of propping up the biofuels industry do we need before the federal government will admit that they’re wrong? Let’s see. Mandated biofuel quotas (the majority of the market for which is comprised of corn-based ethanol): 1) Produce questionable-to-negative environmental benefits, most notably because they encourage farmers to bring marginal land into production, which in turn stresses the water supply, increases pesticide use, and incentivizes people to chop down forests; 2) Cannot actually survive on their own in the marketplace because they’re more expensive and less efficient — hence why the federal government must mandate their usage — which drives up fuel prices and eats into Americans’ disposable income; and 3) Incentivize farmers to grow corn-for-fuel instead of corn-for-food, which can help drive up food prices, further cutting in on people’s disposable incomes. To name a few.

The suggestion that biofuels mandates are somehow helping to create jobs is downright idiotic. Sure, maybe there will be some more specifically rural jobs created, but across the board and in the long term, mandates like this artificially and unnecessarily make energy more expensive, which means Americans have less money to spend on other things. A.k.a., they make us poorer. And making Americans poorer does not create jobs, it destroys them.

The Obama EPA’s brazen contempt for basic economics is enough to make your head spin.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: biofuels; corn; environmentalism; epa

1 posted on 09/14/2012 6:30:40 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind
It's past time to rEPeAl the EPA.
2 posted on 09/14/2012 6:32:46 PM PDT by I Drive Too Fast
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To: SeekAndFind

Time for the EPA to be DOA.


3 posted on 09/14/2012 6:34:01 PM PDT by MNJohnnie (Giving more money to DC to fix the Debt is like giving free drugs to addicts think it will cure them)
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To: SeekAndFind
Even the supporters of Michigan's proposal 3 (To make Michigan's energy 25% renewable) say that it will take 2,300 to 3,790 nearly 500-feet high wind turbines would have to be added to meet the 25-percent mandate. Michigan currently has 292 wind turbines in operation.

Good thing they aren't pushing for 100% considering the fact that almost all of the state is considered poor or marginal for producing wind energy.

Most of Michigan is 'Poor' or 'Marginal' For Wing Energy
4 posted on 09/14/2012 6:46:44 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: SeekAndFind

Someday Americans will get rid of the EPA. I sure hope I’m around to see it.


5 posted on 09/14/2012 6:49:26 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (The United States of America apologizing to knuckledragging, cavedwelling Neandethals. Whodda thunk!)
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To: I Drive Too Fast

Made a trip this past week about 300 miles on 10% bio fuel avg 27.6 mpg going down, ran around 40 to 50 miles, filled
up on pure gas, avg 31.6 mpg coming back. Used more gas plus
alky than on st gas. Had realized same results on several
trips to NO,LA a few years ago in Ford CV.


6 posted on 09/14/2012 6:49:26 PM PDT by TweetEBird007
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To: SeekAndFind

I saw the EPA in action todat at work. I teach, but I also work part-time for a shipping company. We serve as brokers to book a certain cargo that goes overseas. The foreign ship owner today announced that they were being required to use significantly more low-sulphur fuels whenever they are in U.S. waters. This will cost them a bundle, which they will pass on the the manufacturer of the cargo, which they, in turn, will pass along to the consumer in the form of higher prices (and fewer jobs). It was all very clear.


7 posted on 09/14/2012 6:52:25 PM PDT by MrChips (MrChips)
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To: SeekAndFind

Who works for who here?


8 posted on 09/14/2012 7:09:12 PM PDT by Ben Mugged ("Life's tough..... It's even tougher if you're stupid." John Wayne)
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To: SeekAndFind

I say we find the vehicles of those working for the EPA and put sugar in their gas tanks.

Just because.


9 posted on 09/14/2012 7:14:46 PM PDT by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal The 16th Amendment!)
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To: SeekAndFind

As a result of the Obamacare decision, the government can force us now to buy a product or service.

Thank you Justice John Roberts.


10 posted on 09/14/2012 7:39:52 PM PDT by TheRobb7 (Mitt Romney Chooses Paul Ryan as VP: DEMOCRATS HARDEST HIT)
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To: SeekAndFind

If they can force everybody to buy insurance then they can force fuel companies to buy biofuels and we will have to use them no matter how much damage it does to our equipment.


11 posted on 09/14/2012 7:43:14 PM PDT by fella ("As it was before Noah, so shall it be again")
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To: SeekAndFind

Screw the EPA and its affirmative action queen.


12 posted on 09/14/2012 7:51:20 PM PDT by beethovenfan (If Islam is the solution, the "problem" must be freedom.)
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To: TheRobb7

RE: As a result of the Obamacare decision, the government can force us now to buy a product or service.

Thank you Justice John Roberts.

__________________

One escape hatch — Only under the threat of a TAX.


13 posted on 09/14/2012 8:01:35 PM PDT by SeekAndFind (bOTRT)
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To: SeekAndFind

True....thank you :)


14 posted on 09/14/2012 8:04:09 PM PDT by TheRobb7 (Mitt Romney Chooses Paul Ryan as VP: DEMOCRATS HARDEST HIT)
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To: SeekAndFind

The E-P-A can kiss my A-S-S.


15 posted on 09/14/2012 8:04:09 PM PDT by Shadowstrike (Be polite, Be professional, but have a plan to kill everyone you meet.)
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To: Shadowstrike

Stop burning food now.


16 posted on 09/14/2012 8:10:48 PM PDT by shineon
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To: SeekAndFind
Thanks again for the legacy President Nixon's "rationality". Nixon's pragmatic nature sure knew how to create a mess, just like the rest of the living pragmatics we are cursed with now.
17 posted on 09/14/2012 8:16:54 PM PDT by rollo tomasi (Working hard to pay for deadbeats and corrupt politicians.)
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To: All

Dump the EPA!


18 posted on 09/14/2012 8:18:10 PM PDT by sheikdetailfeather (Yuri Bezmenov (KGB Defector) - "Kick The Communists Out of Your Govt. & Don't Accept Their Goodies.")
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To: SeekAndFind; All

Question: If Romney wins could he change the EPA and their rulings?


19 posted on 09/14/2012 8:26:18 PM PDT by JPII Be Not Afraid
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To: SeekAndFind

These Soviet style production and consumption quotas and mandates are remarkable. Where would the Soviet Union be without them?


20 posted on 09/14/2012 8:27:05 PM PDT by clearcarbon
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To: unixfox

“I say we find the vehicles of those working for the EPA and put sugar in their gas tanks.”

Naah...they will have more than their share of problems shortly after January, I pray. That will be a temporary blip in the unemployment rate that I will cheer. Besides, they can do their civic duty and take a bus to their new employment at Mc Donalds.


21 posted on 09/14/2012 9:08:04 PM PDT by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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To: JPII Be Not Afraid

“Question: If Romney wins could he change the EPA and their rulings?”

He had damn well better. Or, the next President certainly will.


22 posted on 09/14/2012 9:09:07 PM PDT by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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To: FlingWingFlyer

I don’t know. Once government agencies are in place, they never go away, which is why we must get rid of Obamacare quickly.

Speaking of the EPA, if you buy a new dishwasher, you are in for a real shock. They take forever to run, are noisy, and leave the dishes wet even when you use the dry cycle. Since you have to wait so long for a load to finish, you end up washing more dishes by hand. How does that save anything? The EPA is returning us to the Stone Age.


23 posted on 09/14/2012 9:24:40 PM PDT by Pining_4_TX ( The state is the great fiction by which everybody seeks to live at the expense of everybody else. ~)
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To: SeekAndFind

I’ve got a biofuel for them. Yeah, ...wait. Here it comes. ...Let the head of the EPA fill up on that.


24 posted on 09/14/2012 9:33:07 PM PDT by pallis
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To: SeekAndFind

Funny. The left hand of the EPA demands I use more biofuels. The right hand of the EPA makes it almost impossible for someone to sell me biodiesel, which I would use if I could just buy it.


25 posted on 09/14/2012 10:28:03 PM PDT by 5thGenTexan
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To: SeekAndFind

Time to start producing a bunch of Islam-mocking media and attributing it to the EPA...they won’t listen to us, maybe a few incensed muzzies will get their attention.


26 posted on 09/15/2012 4:01:46 AM PDT by trebb ("If a man will not work, he should not eat" From 2 Thes 3)
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