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judge-rules-epa-cant-mandate-use-of-nonexistent-biofuelsDaily Caller:

A federal court delivered a serious blow to the Environmental Protection Agency’s renewable fuel agenda, ruling that the agency exceeded its authority by mandating refiners use cellulosic biofuels, which isn’t commercially available.

The court sided with the country’s chief oil and gas lobby, the American Petroleum Institute, in striking down the 2012 EPA mandate that would have forced refineries to purchase more than $8 million in credits for 8.65 million of gallons of the cellulosic biofuel. However, none of the biofuel is commercially available.

“[W]e agree with API that EPA’s 2012 projection of cellulosic biofuel production was in excess of the agency’s statutory authority,” reads the court decision.Scissors-32x32.png

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API said refiners were forced to buy credits for phantom gallons of cellulosic biofuel to meet the EPA’s targets. It said the EPA should bring its projections in line with actual production levels.


The court agreed with that opinion on Friday.


"We’re hopeful Congress will take note of this decision and recognizes the way the RFS is constructed encourages this behavior," Bob Greco, API downstream director, told The Hill on Friday.



2 quick points


A. Doesn't deal with the larger underlying issue(s)...biofuels Why are we forced to use them, Who died and made the EPA god on this?

B. Anyone who think Congress is going to "Take Note" of this....I've got a bridge for sale.

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