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November 25, 2013

I must be hanging out with the wrong people.

Phrases such as "cellulosic biofuel volume" and "statutory targets" seldom surface in daily conversations.

Those phrases should strike rage in the hearts of liberty-loving Americans who want big government to stop micromanaging their lives and the industries around them.

The greensterology cult embedded in the Environmental Protection Agency attempted to force "Soviet-style" biofuel quotas upon 'we the people' indirectly by imposing them on the energy sector. Such fascist economic polices floundered at sonar speeds only slightly slower than the ObamaCare implosion as the EPA realized the 20,000 gallons of cellulosic biofuels produced last year fell a tad short of the 1 billion gallons the big-government bureaucracy had mandated and the 16 billion gallons mandated by the year 2022.

Again, keep in mind when the EPA mandates them they indirectly mandate us.

The fact that the experts at the EPA were unable to forecast the dismal failure of their policies sends a simple message: They're as dumb as the dotes who imposed ObamaCare. That's not intended to be a personal affront to any one specific dote, but rather to place a check mark in the minds of readers that incompetency tends to be inherent to the human family, a flaw that most efficiently dealt with when markets are free to vett out the dotes with government playing the role of referee; not player and not coach. has repeatedly editorialized the need to convert Detroit to farmland where the produce could be used, in part, to make biofuels. Is anyone listening?

Ethanol Mandate: ‘Little More Than Soviet-style Production Quota’

By Barbara Hollingsworth / CNS News

The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) decision last week to reduce the amount of ethanol in the nation’s fuel supply for the first time is a welcome acknowledgment that the regulation was little more than a “Soviet-style production quota,” according to Marlo Lewis, senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI).
“Like all central planning schemes, there comes a point where even the commissar has to admit that it’s just not working,” Lewis said in a statement.

On Nov. 15, EPA announced that it “is proposing a cellulosic biofuel volume for 2014 that is below the applicable volume specified in the [2007 Energy Independence and Security] Act,” due in part to the fact that only 20,000 gallons of cellulosic biofuels were produced last year, “in lower volumes than foreseen by statutory targets,” according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA).

Those “statutory targets” required “1 billion gallons in 2013, increasing to 16 billion gallons by 2022,” EIA reported. But actual production of ethanol from wood, grass and inedible plant material didn’t even come close.

EPA scaled back its Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program, which has been in effect since 2007, from 18.15 billion gallons to 15.21 billion gallons in 2014 after an Associated Press investigation revealed that “even as environmental policy, the RFS is a bust.”
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