Mandating the nonexistent

A growing mandate for sales of something nonexistent shows yet again why Congress must correct its errors on biofuel. The Environmental Protection Agency late in December published final renewable fuel standards for 2012 requiring the sale of 10.45 million gal of biofuel made from cellulose—cellulosic ethanol. The volume is not great. It represents a tiny fraction of the 137 billion gal of gasoline sold in the US last year. And it's 2% of the amount Congress stipulated for 2012 in the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. The law authorizes EPA to require less than the statutory requirement for cellulosic biofuel if supply projections warrant a lower figure. Supply questions Even ...

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