EPA Continues to Defend Mandate for Non-Existent Fuel

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012 and is filed under News

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Last month, we reported on the EPA’s onerous mandate requiring refineries to blend in 16 billion gallons of cellulosic  biofuels –  a fuels source that does not exist on the commercial market.  The American Petroleum Institute is suing the EPA to alleviate this egregious burden, but the EPA is still being intransigent.  The Hill reports:

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) filed a brief Monday explaining its decision to deny a petition that would have exempted refiners from part of a biofuel blending mandate, according to documents obtained by The Hill.

The documents filed Monday with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia reveals the reasoning behind EPA’s move to shoot down the American Petroleum Institute’s (API) challenge of the renewable fuel standard (RFS). EPA determined that enough advanced biofuels – generally understood to be made from non-food products – existed to meet that portion of the RFS for 2012.

This is the sort of thing Romney needs to constantly use against Obama throughout the campaign.  He has such a burning desire to raise the cost of fuel on all Americans that he refuses to eliminate a mandate on a non-existent algae-based fuel.