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Friday, May 29, 2015

SPOT NEWS - EPA's Sleight of Hand in the RFS

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SPOT NEWS - EPA’s Sleight of Hand in the RFS
Scott Irwin, Ag Economist - University of Illinois

U.S. EPA has proposed rules to guide the mandated use of biofuels in the nation’s energy supply Todd Gleason has details.

The proposal would push forward the use of advanced biofuels…
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The proposal would push forward the use of advanced biofuels like diesel made from soybeans, but University of Illinois Ag Economist Scott Irwin says it falls short of what he sees as the congressional intent of the law.

Irwin :23 …biofuels in our domestic fuel consumption.
Quote Summary - So what I find is a real sleight of hand by the EPA to label this proposal as consistent with the intent of Congress to push the consumption of biofuels in our domestic fuel consumption.
Irwin says U.S. EPA’s argument the proposal pushes forward the use of corn based ethanol is untrue. Factually EPA’s proposed levels for 2014 and 2015 are below real consumption. The same case can be made for 2016. Once the proposal is published in the Federal Register, it will be open for public comment until July 27, 2015.