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Cellulosic Ethanol SNAFU
Originally posted by russj at Cellulosic Ethanol SNAFU
    Just the bare facts:
  • EPA mandate for 2011: 6,000,000 gallons
  • Gallons produced so far: 0
  • Government solution: $1.13 fine for each gallon not produced
  • oh ... they're calling it a "cellulosic waiver" -- not a fine -- cost to be passed on to the consumer.





This sounds vaguely familiar -- government DEMANDING that somehow, someone must produce this 'magic' product that we need to survive -- OR ELSE!

The whole thing just makes me feel sick. E10 fuel is bad enough. It gives my car a 10% cut in fuel economy. But these days it's hard to even find a station that sells anything else.



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myndcryme From: myndcryme Date: July 18th, 2011 09:51 pm (UTC) (Link to this entry)
My god. It's almost as if somebody could have predicted this.

http://www.startribune.com/opinion/otherviews/124518283.html

Jason's been preaching this for the last decade.

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reality_hammer From: reality_hammer Date: July 21st, 2011 06:19 pm (UTC) (Link to this entry)
The government has managed to foul up a lot of commodities with this kind of ill-fated intervention.

Sugar, which could be used to make ethanol economically (like Brazil does) has both subsidies and tariffs on imports which keep the price too high for that.

But in a free market demand for market-priced sugar for ethanol would result in a natural price increase making sugar production profitable without government subsidies or tariffs on imported sugar.

It's too bad it takes billions of losses and a debt crisis for politicians to finally do the right thing.
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