All Of A Sudden The EPA Administrator Is Worried About “Unintended Consequences”February 13, 2011
Say what? The EPA Administrator is worried about the unintended consequences in a new greenhouse gas bill.
“EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson said during her testimony before the subcommittee Wednesday that there could be unintended consequences from the legislation.”
Who is the Administrator kidding? The federal RFS mandate in EISA 2007 has caused humongous unintended consequences, including massive economic dislocation and property damage in the marine, aviation, antique and classic car, motorcycle, and small engine industry which will undoubtedly lead to death in the public safety sector that relies on portable tools.
The federal RFS mandate was supposed to spur the production and distribution of E85 and manufacturing of flex-fuel vehicles which are the only kind of vehicles that can use E85. E85 is the ONLY Renewable Fuel mentioned in the act. E10 is NEVER mentioned in the act. E10 IS NOT Renewable Fuel as recognized by ASTM, it is gasoline laced with ethanol. There is only one place in the act that other than E85 is mentioned, Section 244 (a), “DEFINITION OF RENEWABLE FUEL BLEND.—For purposes of this section, the term ‘‘renewable fuel blend’’ means a gasoline blend that contains not less than 11 percent, and not more than 85 percent, renewable fuel …”. The objective of of that section of the act, and other similar sections, is clearly to shower corporate welfare on E85.
EISA 2007 IS NOT A MANDATORY E10 LAW, yet by the end of this year or early next year all of the gasoline sold in the country will be E10 because of the draconian ethanol production quotas cast in stone in the act. Talk about unintended consequences.
The only way to avoid further unintended consequences of the federal RFS mandate is to prohibit the blending of ethanol in all premium unleaded gasoline in the U.S. or outright repeal of the RFS section of EISA 2007. So what about it Ms. Jackson? Are you really interested in avoiding truly huge unintended consequences?