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EPA to Reconsider Cellulosic Ethanol Target

The EPA will reconsider its 2013 cellulosic ethanol target, Reuters reports.

The move is a big win for oil industry groups, which have argued the rule mandates significantly more cellulosic ethanol than is available in the marketplace.

The American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers and the American Petroleum Institute had petitioned the Environmental Protection Agency to reconsider the 2013 biofuel target and in a letter sent to the groups on yesterday, EPA administrator Gina McCarthy acquiesced.

“We have determined that your petition demonstrates that the statutory criteria for granting a petition for reconsideration are satisfied,” McCarthy wrote in the letter, according to Reuters.

In November, EPA proposed reducing the amount of ethanol blended into the US fuel supply for the first time since the renewable fuel requirements were passed by Congress in 2007.

The agency’s 2014 Renewable Fuel Standards proposed shrinking the volume of renewable fuel to 15.21 billion gallons, about 3 billion fewer gallons than the 18.15 billion mandated by the 2007 law. The 2014 target is down from 16.55 billion gallons this year.



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5 thoughts on “EPA to Reconsider Cellulosic Ethanol Target

  1. Corn based ethanol is in every way a DISASTER for the environment. We’d be better off eliminating that, letting cows graze on switchgrass (for grass fed beef – healthy omega 3s unlike that GMO corn fed meat) and harvesting the switchgrass (or whatever, W was right about that part) OR a hemp crop – for ethanol. And bring back swaths of conservation land for bees birds and butterflies. Ethanol is a BAD idea and just a giant corporate welfare fraud. And I want green fuels. How about algae based oils too?

  2. I believe the reader comment above confuses the corn-based fermentation method of producing ethanol with cellulosic ethanol production which is plant (or even trash) based. Encouragement of cellulosic ethanol production is a green practice and alternative to petroleum products which is why that industry is fighting it.

  3. Does anybody ever think about the disaster and even likely suicides that will occur if farmers can no longer sell their corn. It will be a devastating down on the farm if farmers are only encouraged to produce additional corn for ethanol for only a few years, and then have the regulations turned around to pull the rug out from under them.
    It would probably be better to encourage more efficient crops than corn to produce ethanol as the yield of ethanol per acre is higher with other crops. But to sit in ivory towers and shoot down hard working farmers who are trying to make a decent living is exceedingly cruel.
    Note that it is possible to leave oil in the ground for future generations.

  4. If you just look at cellulosic ethanol expectations to what has actually been produced you can see how poorly this mandate was crafted. Just about every claim corn lobbyist make can be shot down. California gets theirs from Brazil because it does not pass environmental standards for their state Drives up food cost ,hard on the environment and does very little to cut oil demand. Time to remove the mandates and allow it to stand on it’s own.

  5. Clair says:

    “Encouragement of cellulosic ethanol production is a green practice and alternative to petroleum products which is why that industry is fighting it.”

    Not true. They are fighting it because they are being penalized for not blending a fuel that does not exist in quantities needed to meet the mandate. Oil companies deal in liquid fuels. They make just as much money off of corn ethanol as they do oil.

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