EPA undermines our national security and the intent of the RFS

Posted by  $  Dobrien 6 months, 3 weeks ago to Government
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Jack Lipinski CEO of CVR refinery
As I’ve said, many, many times before, RINs continue to be an egregious tax on independent merchant refiners and small fuel retailers. RINs prices have been extremely volatile this year, which further proves the fact that the RINs market is manipulated. RINs were intended to be a compliance mechanism, not a contrived trading platform. EPA continues to ignore this. I was also disappointed when EPA failed to address consumer demand in setting the preliminary RVO obligations for 2018. They have ignored the fact that more than 5 billion gallons of E0 are sold, that’s gasoline without ethanol and large part because certain consumers simply do not want to purchase ethanol-blended gasoline. However, EPA allows imported biodiesel to generate RINs in order to meet their unrealistic goals. This undermines our national security and the intent of the RFS, which leads to reduced U.S. dependence on foreign energy sources. (I am adding this from the EPA web site:, Congress created the renewable fuel standard (RFS) program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and expand the nation’s renewable fuels sector while reducing reliance on imported oil.)

Foreign biodiesel now accounts for 40% of the biodiesel blended in the U.S. Cellulosic RINs are another mandated failure. Only through the magic of EPA engineering can methane captured from landfill be used to generate a cellulosic RIN. The EPA set cellulosic goals even though the supply sources have never been fully developed. In my 45 years in the business, I have yet to figure out how to defy the laws of chemistry and physics to blend methane into gasoline. It’s time for EPA to act.
07-23-17


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  • Posted by  $  CBJ 6 months, 3 weeks ago
    It would be helpful to spell out acronyms such as RIN and RVO, as well as to define terms such as "cellulosic". You can't assume we know everything just because we're Objectivists. :-)
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    • Posted by  $  6 months, 3 weeks ago
      I will start with this: A Renewable Identification Number (or RIN) is a serial number assigned to a batch of biofuel for the purpose of tracking its production, use, and trading as required by the United States Environmental Protection Agency's Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) implemented according to the Energy Policy Act of 2005 and the Energy ...
      RVO = Combined production/import of gasoline & diesel x annual percent standard set for. Exporters of renewable ... Total Obligated Party RVOs are reported to EPA by Obligated Parties annually. For more information ...
      Cellulosic ethanol is ethanol (ethyl alcohol) produced from cellulose (the stringy fiber of a plant) rather than from the plant's seeds or fruit. It is a biofuel produced from grasses, wood, algae, or other plants.
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  • Posted by philosophercat 6 months, 2 weeks ago
    Try building a multi-billion dollar refinery on a 30 year horizon with regulations changing every 2-3 years.
    It totally killed the paper and wood products industry.
    Wind power is a tax credit rip off at the producers and consumers level.
    Same with housing. The end comes when only imported paper and power are used to push out the stream of regulations.
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  • Posted by Owlsrayne 6 months, 2 weeks ago
    I don't think that these bureaucrats know anything about the business world or how the rural population depend on firewood for heating their homes in the winter (they would love to take away our wood burning stoves). The EPA and the Bureau of Land Management should be dissolved.
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  • Posted by  $  Olduglycarl 6 months, 2 weeks ago
    Reminds me of another article a few years back when a company was fined for not putting an additive into heating oil "that didn't exist yet"...
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  • Posted by Herb7734 6 months, 2 weeks ago
    The EPA (Every Pathetic Activity) should be dissolved and it's members be put an a deserted tropical island where they can live on coconuts and fish.If they leave, they must be arrested and forced to obey all their rules in a bare room.
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    • Posted by  $  6 months, 2 weeks ago
      To continue : "Everyone is under the impression that the EPA is spending money to ‘clean the environment.’ But, it turns out EPA is running a $160 million PR Machine, $715 million police agency, a near $1 billion employment agency for seniors, and a $1.2 billion in-house law firm," said Adam Andrzejewski, the founder of Open the Books.

      "The EPA wasting $160 million on public relations dwarfs our recent exposure of their high-end furniture purchases ($92 million)," he said. "Nothing is emblematic of government excess like an army of highly compensated PR agents sitting in their easy chairs. It’s simply waste."

      Open the Books also found the EPA spent $261,456 on badges and insignia, millions on gym equipment, and $17,820 on "Games, Toys and Wheeled Goods."

      The agency spent $23,884 for awards and trophies for the EPA Office of Research and Development (ORD) ceremony in 2012 and 2013.

      "The EPA culture of wasteful spending extended into their own award ceremonies," said Andrzejewski. "Tagging the awards as ‘athletic and sporting equipment’ in their checkbook, they spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to pat themselves on their own backs."

      Andrzejewski noted that the EPA also has given $144 million in performance bonuses since 2007. "It’s an imbedded culture that gave $4 million in additional awards, badges, and trophies to themselves paid for at taxpayer expense," he said.

      The report found that the EPA has spent 35.2 percent more on contracts during the first six years of the Obama administration than in the Bush administration, an increase of $2.5 billion.
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    • Posted by  $  6 months, 2 weeks ago
      Since formed in 1970 the EPA has spent Over $250 Billion.
      The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) spent over $15 million on outside public relations consultants despite employing nearly 200 full-time in house PR workers.

      A new report on EPA spending released by Open the Books, a nonprofit organization dedicated to transparency, found numerous examples of questionable expenditures within the agency.

      Among them, the EPA spent over $15.1 million on outside public relations consultants between 2000 and 2014. The funding was on top of the $141.496 million in salaries and $1.5 million in bonuses on full-time public affairs officers the EPA has spent since 2007. As of 2012, the EPA employed 198 public affairs employees. The average EPA employee salary is $111,165.
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  • Posted by  $  6 months, 3 weeks ago
    The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) was established under the Energy Policy Act of 2005 and later modified through the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. The RFS requires that specified volumes of renewable fuel be used as transportation fuel, home heating oil, and/or jet fuel each year.There are requirements for specific annual volume use for total renewable fuel and also for the specific renewable fuel categories of cellulosic biofuel, biomass-based diesel, and advanced biofuel. The revised statutory requirements also include new criteria for both renewable fuels and for the feedstocks used to produce them.A key component of the RFS is the flexibility afforded obligated parties as to how they meet their annual renewable fuel obligation. They can do so by using actual "wet" gallons or through credits which can be purchased from other obligated parties. These credits are identified and tracked through a Renewable Identification Number and are known as RINs.
    Renewable fuel producers and importers generate RINs based on the volume of compliant renewable fuel they make available. RINs can then be traded, carried over to the following year, and used by petroleum refiners and importers (“obligated parties”) to show compliance with their volume obligations.This flexibility was requested by the petroleum industry so they would have the option of using an actual gallon or over-complying in a certain market and applying that "extra credit" to another area of the country. As for the marketability of the RINs, if for example an obligated party is required to use 1,000 gallons and used 1,200 then the first thousand RINs are "retired" as they are turned in to demonstrate compliance. The remaining 200 credits are available to be traded, sold, or held for another time.
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    • Posted by stargeezer 6 months, 2 weeks ago
      OK, I think I've got the picture. This nightmare of confusion was dreamed up by Al Gore, right? Or bills appointees?

      This utter stupidity is why fuel costs are as high as they have been and why my diesel truck has more garbage hanging off of it than my 1978 Ford LTD had. It's also why the truck goes into the shop every 6 months for some "pluming" issue of a sensor or something getting clogged by diesel exhaust.

      The EPA admits that the reason they started standards for diesel was not because of any real chemistry, it was all about the evil black smoke (pure carbon and water) the smell that libtard Prius owners find offensive.
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      • Posted by  $  6 months, 2 weeks ago
        Crony capitalism is a part of it as well , let's hope the EPA head is watching the co2 fraud unravel and take these onorous taxes and shove them up Michael mann's .........
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