Check green this nonsense out:
Oil companies will pay $6.8 million in fines for not meeting federal quotas for blending in cellulosic biofuels – those produced from grasses, wood and plants – even though there weren’t enough of those biofuels available for use, the New York Times reported. Those fines are likely to rise in 2012 because the cellulosic biofuel quotas that refiners have to meet will rise more than 30 percent to 8.65 million gallons.
Charles Drevna, the president of the National Petrochemicals and Refiners Association, said the imposition of the fines “belies logic,” while Dennis McGinn, a retired vice admiral who serves on the American Council on Renewable Energy, said that the quota “is the right thing to do” even if the imposition of the fines “doesn’t seem to make a lot of sense,” the Times reported. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) spokeswoman Cathy Milbourn said the 2012 quota was “reasonably attainable.” Hence the fines.
First off, let me point out that this insane article gets something seriously wrong: oil companies are not paying that $8.6 million fine, those of us that buy products from them – anyone that owns or rides a vehicle or lives somewhere that needs heat or cooling – are paying it. This idiotic notion that companies pay for anything needs to die an ugly death. It is always those of us that own their stock or use their services and products that are the ones being punished by fines like this. I should point out how obvious it now is that Obama meant it when he told us we would have to pay through the nose for any fossil fuels that his green donor buddies don’t like.
Now let’s discuss some serious watermelon logic that should make everyonethat is not insane do a double take. That Dennis McGinn fellow sums up to me the whole dysfunction of the green movement with his comment that even though government mandated additive doesn’t exist yet, he sure as hell feels the fines are awesome, despite the admission that he is quite aware that it smacks of serious stupidity to impose a fine for not using something that doesn’t exist. He gets what is going on here fine. So do I. Dennis, like all these watermelon crooks, just thinks anything that hurts oil companies and jacks up prices on consumers is, to use his own words, is “the right thing to do”. Logic or sense both be damned, unless the logic here is to price fossil fuels through gimmicks and government manipulation into being so expensive that this green shit suddenly looks semi-competitive. Now for the bullshit.
The fines illustrate the emphasis the federal government is putting on production of biofuels in an effort to cut dependency on foreign oil. Last month, the EPA said it boosted its 2012 goals for production of non-corn-based biofuels by about 36 percent. Specifically, the EPA increased its production goal for advanced biofuels, whose feedstocks range from sugarcane ethanol to algae, by 48 percent, while increasing its goal for cellulosic biofuels by 34 percent. Production of biomass-based biodiesel is set to rise 25 percent this year, according to the EPA.
Can you pack more idiotic lies in a paragraph than this? I am sure Obama will do that in his speech tonight, but come on! Watch this bio fuels emphasis produce the same result as the emphasis on ethanol has: less corn to feed both farm animals and people, resulting in those at the lowest economic rungs being stung the hardest by the cost increases lower supply caused. And it gets better. The EPA is making decisions on its own about these things that while stupid should be coming from congress, and of all things precisely because a previous decision to push corn based biofuels has had catastrophic consequences. Of course, I expect the usual idiots to tell me this unconstitutional overreach of power by the EPA is all fine and dandy because of the idiotic Clean Air act. I am sure rounding up people that are not buying this green shit and exterminating them can be rationalized and justified under the Clean Air act. After all, it’s for our own good!
Oh, wait! They have an act passed by congress?
Annual increases in the EPA’s renewable-fuel production guidelines are a response to the Renewable Fuel Standard 2 (RFS2) and 2007’s Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA), which, in part, set a U.S. production goal of 36 billion annual gallons of renewable fuel by 2022.
This was right after Pelosi and her crew of pirates took over the House, wasn’t it? And this bill, a precursor to the “Cap and Tax” boondoggle that died a well deserved couple of years later, never gave the EPA any of the powers it now has abrogated to itself, despite what these communists greens pretend. The part that was most laughable came from the summary:
Taken together, these measures will save American consumers $400 billion, create hundreds of thousands of new jobs, and cut global warming pollution. The Energy Independence & Security Act represents a down-payment on Congress’ plan to move America forward, toward a more affordable, sustainable, and secure energy future.
What a crock of shit! Prices are going to go up, not down. That savings they promise was probably computed using the same idiotic math that they used to compute savings from Obamacare. And steps that would guarantee us definite energy independence – like getting our own oil & natural gas or making deals to procure oil and gas from friendly neighbors while building nukes –are no where mentioned in this boondoggle. No, this act was more of a precursor to give democrats a means to fuck over tax payers by giving billions of our dollars to questionable green industries that would not survive without both massive government subsidies and government imposed penalties against viable energy. The only thing guaranteed is that we will have less available energy and have to pay more for it. Where is my reach around, huh?