By Rob Janicki
The enviro-Nazis at the EPA are alive, well and in full destruction mode these days. What is the EPA trying to destroy? Well, beyond common sense, the EPA is turning logic and reason on its head in an effort to place an onerous burden on the oil refining industry, which in turn will affect each and every consumer of gasoline. That's the key to pushing manufacturing and consumers toward Obama's goal of increasing the manufacture and consumption of hybrid electric or all electric cars.
[...] The Clean Air Act requires EPA to determine the mandated volume of cellulosic biofuels each year at the projected volume available. However, in 2011 EPA required refineries to use 6.6 million gallons of cellulosic biofuels even though, according to EPA s own records, none were commercially available. EPA today denied API's 2011 petition for reconsideration of the mandate and continues to mandate these nonexistent biofuels this year. [...]
Let me put that in simple language. The EPA is forcing the refining industry to add a product, that does not yet exist, to their gasoline formulations or face being fined for failure to meet the federal EPA mandate for adding cellulosic biofuels to gasoline formulations. Does this sound crazy or what? It's more than crazy. It's an insidious plan to bring the refining industry to heel to the dictates of the liberal bureaucracy of the federal government. Read on.
[...] EPA s unrealistic mandate is effectively an added tax on making gasoline. [...]
Is there a pattern here? The answer has to be a resounding, "Yes!" Let's look at some of the pieces of the pattern. First, there is Obama's refusal to sign off on the Keystone XL Pipeline project, which would bring in hundreds of thousands of barrels of oil into the U.S. from Canada each day for refining into various petroleum products, some for domestic use and some for export. The high paying American refining jobs are yet to be calculated, but would be a substantial stimulus to employment in the Gulf area, which, as a region, has an unemployment rate above the national average.
The next piece of the pattern has been the federal government's systematic closing of federal oil and natural gas lands to commercial exploration and development under the Obama administration. Obama has heralded the increase of oil exploration and development during his administration, but fails to forthrightly acknowledge his attempt to reduce exploration and development on federal lands. In other words, Obama has disingenuously made a claim he knows to be false, in order to make a claim that his administration is doing everything possible to further oil supply in the U.S..
The third piece of the puzzle, which is by no means that last piece of the puzzle, has to do with restrictions being placed on "fracking" used to economically extract natural gas and crude oil from petroleum bearing shale deposits in plentiful amounts in the U.S. Fracking has been around since WWII and has improved in the techniques employed in the fossil fuel extraction process. The problem with fracking is that the enviro-Nazis have made unsubstantiated claims of ground water contamination from fracking. Obama's EPA has been actively seeking every means to shut down the use of economical fracking technology in Pennsylvania and that is on the record.
These are only three of the most egregious and publicly recognized efforts by the Obama administration, through the EPA, to place political restraints on an industry they have targeted in order to reduce competition with their preferred green industries. Also remember the CAFE standards that were recently mandated to increase average auto gas mileage to over 50mpg. This, in itself, is a blatant effort to force manufacturers to produce and consumers to purchase either gas/electric hybrids or pure electric cars. It all fits into their favored green industries.