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Partners in Ethanol Crime
Wall Street Journal, by Editorial

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Posted By:StormCnter, 4/27/2014 5:24:03 AM

Ethanol is losing political steam on the left and right, but the fuel retains a powerful patron in the Environmental Protection Agency. On Wednesday the EPA retroactively reduced the 2013 gasoline-blending mandate for cellulosic ethanol to 810,185 gallons from six million. If that sounds like a big cut, 810,185 gallons is precisely every last drop the industry managed to produce. The 2014 mandate is nonetheless pegged at a preposterous 17 million gallons. An even better measure of the EPA´s tie-up with the ethanol lobby is the protracted delay of rules meant to keep criminals out of the alternative fuels markets. Ethanol

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: DCGIRL, 4/27/2014 6:36:35 AM     (No. 9826345)

What congress needs to do is cut the funds from EPA. Leave them enough funding not to do any more damage to our society.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Iraengneer, 4/27/2014 7:51:21 AM     (No. 9826400)

no, what the Congress needs to do is to utterly ABOLISH the E.P.A., FIRE all the minions, TRASH all the regs, and either raze the buildings or repurpose them as homes for retired truck stop whores. Which would both be a better use and also improve the moral tenor of the places.
Such weird over-reaches as this are part of the "mission creep" that over-takes ALL bureaucracies in ALL parts of the world throughout history. See, for example, the Curia. The only remedy is abolition, though the wholesale slaughter used by several emperors is tempting. And the only prevention is to never-never-EVER permit unelected unaccountable functionaries the power to enact regs with the force of law. And, I submit, summary removal of any Congresscritter who supports legislation with verbiage resembling "the Secretary shall have the authority to enforce this through the publication of appropriate regulation". If it´s so important, enact it via legislation, not regulation.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Ribicon, 4/27/2014 10:34:27 AM     (No. 9826598)

Give credit where it´s due: it was none other than George W. Bush who proclaimed that the US is "addicted to oil," and pushed the cellulosic ethanol folly down our throats with his renewable energy mandate, which haunts us to this day.

Remove government tinkering in the economy and society and all manner of taxpayer-funded mischief and profiteering (nice litany described in the article) disappears, along with the lobbyists and government "experts" that enable such fraud. Sadly, the GOP loves big government about as much as the Democrats do, and so there goes the nation; ethanol boondoggle (a known fraud for many years, now "too big to fail") is just one example among countless.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Hazymac, 4/27/2014 11:34:31 AM     (No. 9826664)

Yes, indeed, George W. Bush signed the awful 2007 legislation that saddled motorists with ethanol tainted gasoline. That was one of the worst things he did as president. I used E10 (mostly Shell and Chevron, which are "top tier" fuels) for about eighteen months then one morning found a huge puddle of gasoline and alcohol underneath my car. I made it to the dealership before all of the fuel had run out, and a $5,000 repair ensued. The dealer had to disassemble the rear of my car to remove the ruined fuel tank, and my fuel lines all the way to the fuel injectors had to be replaced. The injectors themselves were partially clogged. ( I had noticed a drop in the car´s performance.) The mechanic told me that ethanol had caused the damage, and that if I wanted to avoid expensive repairs in the future, I shouldn´t put any ethanol adulterated gasoline into my car.

Not only is ethanol a waste of corn that should be used as livestock feed, it burns hotter than gasoline in combustion--that´s bad for your engine--and it has one-third less energy content than pure gasoline (76,000 BTU vs. 115,000 BTU). It plays havoc with smaller engines and marine engine. Farmers can find better uses for their corn. As a fuel ethanol should not exist. I hate the stuff, and pay about one dollar more per gallon for pure 90 octane gasoline.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Twinkle93, 4/27/2014 12:17:07 PM     (No. 9826727)

The ethanol annual production number of 810,185 gallons is under quoted by a long shot. This makes one question the opinion expressed in this article.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: KTWO, 4/27/2014 1:17:59 PM     (No. 9826790)

#5 the article is about cellulosic ethanol, not the ethanol produced from grain or imported.

810,185 gallons seems about right although I would have guessed higher. Cellulosic has proved a challenge to everyone except the those living on subsidies and grants.




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Reply 7 - Posted by: Opsimath, 4/27/2014 1:47:29 PM     (No. 9826814)

God forgive us for squandering the beautiful "..amber waves of grain.." on something foolish as ethanol. What a waste, when we have crude ready to be pumped here in the U.S.

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