Darned If They Do, Darned If They Don’t Edition

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May 19, 2016


Darned If They Do, Darned If They Don’t Edition


Darned if They Do, Darned if They Don't Edition- EPA

The EPA has made its recommendations on biofuel blending of the nation’s gasoline and diesel supply. Naturally they recommend more: http://www.wsj.com/articles/epa-proposes-requiring-700-million-gallons-more-of-ethanol-in-gasoline-in-2017-1463597661  700 million gallons more in the total gasoline and diesel supply in the U.S. than last year.

EPA’s recommendation would bring the total biodiesel mixed fuel amount to 18.8 billion gallons. That sounds like a lot. It is a lot. But it’s not as much as the 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act hoped for (the nine-year-old law called for 24 billion gallons by now). It’s a little funny that the EPA, tasked with mandating oil companies dilute mix their product with biofuels, is giving the industry a pass and is using a waiver built into the aging law to allow for lower limits than expected.

So why is the EPA being so gracious? Well, according to the article is the lag in technology or more accurately, “slower-than-expected development of certain kinds of noncorn biofuels.”

Naturally, the petrochemical industry is upset because the market won’t support the increase in biofuels. The article quotes Chet Thompson, president of American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers who says, “the proposed volumes still go beyond marketplace realities,” and “EPA’s proposal threatens to force consumers to use more biofuel than vehicles, engines and fueling infrastructure can handle.”

So by recommending the increase the EPA drew fire from the oil side of things. However, the biofuels side isn’t too happy with EPA’s recommendation either. According to them the recommended amount of fuel mixed with biodiesel isn’t aggressive enough and falls below the mandated by law amount—which, to be fair, isn’t an untrue statement.

The EPA is caught in a catch 22. Enforce an unpopular, illogical, and unpopular law regarding biofuels, which honestly isn’t all that eco-friendly, or ignore a law that only the biofuel industry really appreciates.

My recommendation?  How about we abolish the 2007 law and move forward with other things.

But what do you think?

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My Final Thought:

This crook loves the BMW i3 http://jalopnik.com/watch-this-bmw-i3-get-a-glowing-review-from-a-car-thief-1777244114

Recently, a California lawsuit alleged that the i3 can lose power when switched to range extender mode.  Guess this car thief wasn’t going very far.

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–Lauren Fix

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