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WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO SECTION 203

December 19, 2014

Not only does the EPA not follow the law in managing the ethanol quotas as outlined in Section 202 of EISA 2007 it appears to be completely ignoring SEC. 203. STUDY OF IMPACT OF RENEWABLE FUEL STANDARD and SEC. 204. ENVIRONMENTAL AND RESOURCE CONSERVATION IMPACTS

According to Section 203 the EPA is supposed: ” to assess the impact of the requirements described in section 211(o) of the Clean Air Act on each industry relating to the production of feed grains, livestock, food, forest products, and energy.

According to Section 204 the EPA is supposed to study: “Environmental issues, including air quality, effects on hypoxia, pesticides, sediment, nutrient and pathogen levels in waters, acreage and function of waters, and soil environmental quality.” It’s supposed to also study: “Resource conservation issues, including soil conservation, water availability, and ecosystem health and biodiversity, including impacts on forests, grasslands, and wetlands.”

These studies are supposed to insure that: “… in the case of any such renewable fuel produced from new facilities that commence construction after the date of enactment of this sentence, achieves at least a 20 percent reduction in lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions compared to baseline lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions.”

Well, what do you know? According to this study, things aren’t going so well:

http://www.ewg.org/agmag/2014/12/corn-ethanol-lump-coal-your-christmas-stocking

If anyone believes that corn ethanol is achieving: “… at least a 20 percent reduction in lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions compared to baseline lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions.” is smoking some pretty good shit and I want them to share.

Pretty damn hilarious.

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