2013 EPA RFS: The road to starvation

The EPA has finished finalizing the 2013 Renewable Fuel Standards(RFS). The biggest of those changes is to increase Ethanol content in gasoline. The current standard  requires all gasoline have at least 10% Ethanol. The new standard will raise this to 15%, and will now also include diesels.

Under the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) of 2007, the RFS program was expanded in several key ways:

  • EISA expanded the RFS program to include diesel, in addition to gasoline;

  • EISA increased the volume of renewable fuel required to be blended into transportation fuel from 9 billion gallons in 2008 to 36 billion gallons by 2022;

  • EISA established new categories of renewable fuel, and set separate volume requirements for each one.

  • EISA required EPA to apply lifecycle greenhouse gas performance threshold standards to ensure that each category of renewable fuel emits fewer greenhouse gases than the petroleum fuel it replaces.

The source for most of this Ethanol is soybean and corn—two main staples of our food supply. Each of those can be found in many of the processed foods we eat. Because of the USA's abundance of accessible fertile lands we produce much of the world's supply of food.

The USA has only so much workable farm land. More land can be cleared for farming, but then we run into increased deforestation. The country must maintain a balance between forest lands, natural preserves, and farming.

These standards also increase the market value of corn and soybean. For this reason many farmers abandon other crops and pasture lands to grow more valuable products. Because food is a global market, this effects prices around the world. Many people who were living on the edge will be pushed off the cliff into malnutrition.

We are expected to experience the following annual price increases: 

  • Beef 7.5%

  • Chicken 7.7%

  • Pork 15%

  • Eggs 11.2%

  • Potatoes 13%

  • Corn products 26%3

Since 2005 food prices have increased 25% while the rate of inflation was only 16%. Add this on top of inflation created by Quantitative Easing(electronic creation of US dollars) and the consequences get even more dire for families around the world.

The sad part is this is all done in the name of global warming when all reputable scientists are predicting cooling—possible ice age—for the next 30 – 250 years. Cold temperatures will reduce the growing season and possibly eliminate some farm lands from production. This will further increase food prices.

Because the future holds so many unknowns we cannot gamble with the world's food supply when the USA has become the Saudi Arabia of natural gas. We can convert natural gas to methanol. The USA is rich in coal that can also be converted to methanol. Wood byproducts can be converted to methanol. Methanol can replace ethanol in gasoline without any effect on the food supply. Even the Green group Environmental Defense (ED) has voiced opposition to RFS and ethanol in general. We must also remember natural gas is also used expansively in making fertilizer for growing soybean and corn. Even if natural fertilizers are used, the methane release negates some of the benefits of using ethanol.

Government is like an aircraft carrier, it is slow to change course. Once the political tide is headed in one direction, it rarely reverses course. The only way to change course quickly is with the election of officials that will take a strong stance on such issues. We must also keep in mind the EPA has the same power as Congress—they can pass a law with the stroke of a pen. This is another power that must be reined in.

Below is a summary of the RFS from the EPA website.

Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS)

EPA is responsible for developing and implementing regulations to ensure that transportation fuel sold in the United States contains a minimum volume of renewable fuel. The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program regulations were developed in collaboration with refiners, renewable fuel producers, and many other stakeholders.

The RFS program was created under the Energy Policy Act (EPAct) of 2005, and established the first renewable fuel volume mandate in the United States. As required under EPAct, the original RFS program (RFS1) required 7.5 billion gallons of renewable- fuel to be blended into gasoline by 2012.

Under the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) of 2007, the RFS program was expanded in several key ways:

  • EISA expanded the RFS program to include diesel, in addition to gasoline;

  • EISA increased the volume of renewable fuel required to be blended into transportation fuel from 9 billion gallons in 2008 to 36 billion gallons by 2022;

  • EISA established new categories of renewable fuel, and set separate volume requirements for each one.

  • EISA required EPA to apply lifecycle greenhouse gas performance threshold standards to ensure that each category of renewable fuel emits fewer greenhouse gases than the petroleum fuel it replaces.

RFS2 lays the foundation for achieving significant reductions of greenhouse gas emissions from the use of renewable fuels, for reducing imported petroleum, and encouraging the development and expansion of our nation's renewable fuels sector.

For information on 15 % volume of ethanol in gasoline (E15), please visit the E15 webpage. For all 40 CFR Part 79 waiver notices including those related to E15, please visit the Fuels and Fuel Additives Registration Notices page.

For information on new fuel pathway determinations under the RFS (i.e. petitions for new fuel types, production processes, or feedstocks), please visit the Guidance on New Fuel Pathway Approval Process page.

This article is a repost from my blog on Tea Party Tempest

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Comment by Robin on December 11, 2013 at 8:57pm

Good Blog!  

We sure need to stop the EPA! 

America’s farmers care deeply about the land they farm. They make their livelihood and raise their families on these farms for generations! 

The EPA considers “environmental justice” before taking action. We have a president who is forcing the EPA down our throats, with job and food killing regulations.

EPA’s regulations are unrivaled in the harm they pose to America’s economy. They will regulate every aspect of American life. They are going to impose job crushing regulations on the coal industry causing energy bills to go through the roof. They are trying to regulate farm dust and trying to put farmers out of business. They are going after hunters and fishermen by regulating ammunition and lead sinkers. To what ends? It appears that the EPA wants everyone to starve and freeze to death.

Comment by JeansBrother on December 11, 2013 at 9:09pm

Farmers cannot possibly care as much about the environment as those apartment dwellers in the cities.  These people have no soil, no rain, no pollen, no bees, no birds no insects (besides ants and roaches), no seed, no flower, no sunshine and no starlit night.  Obviously they care deeply about the things they do not have.  They want them so badly that no one else should be able to have them unless they do too. [Both sides of my family came from farms.  No one cares more than the family farmer who is steward to his land.  Corporate farms may be another story.]

Comment by Jodi180 on December 11, 2013 at 10:54pm

This is a great post.

Simply put....using our farmland to grow 'fuel' or paying subsidies to 'not farm' fertile ground sounds like insanity to me.

Passing on, TLC.

Comment by TLC on December 12, 2013 at 10:08am

Farmers and hunters are the most environmentally friendly people on the planet. Rural people in general are friends of the environment. Cities are the biggest producers of pollutants in the world. I often find most environmental activist to be city dwellers. City dwellers live in concrete jungles. It takes far more man-made energy to produce concrete than it does to grow a tree from which most rural structures are built. As with most fanatics they want to force their beliefs on others. They pick and choose science to defend their fanaticism.

Thanks for the kinds words everyone. Some great comments as well.

Comment by Patriot Eagle 1 on December 12, 2013 at 10:45am

and his agenda just rolls on.  I thought ethanol ruins engines.  damn him and his advisors and cronies.  let America live and thrive, thank you barry much.

Comment by TLC on December 12, 2013 at 11:35am

Eagle, you are right it does ruin engines not specifically designed for ethanol. It is for this reason the EPA is looking to back off on the 15% standard due to pressure.

Sorry, can't blame Obama for the EPA. You have to thank progressives in general. when the EPA was created there were environmental problems. Like any government agency it became bloated with power. Congress is the one truly at fault for not reining in or eliminating many of these Executive Branch agencies. The Republicans controlled both houses for a short time and they did nothing.

Comment by JeansBrother on December 12, 2013 at 11:41am

It is important to remember that a large part of the reason the EPA exists and has so much power is the "give a damn" attitude of corporate America that created the "Love Canal" disaster.  As long as there are those in corporate power who care ONLY about profit and not their fellow human beings, there will be a need for the EPA.  I just wish it were not so.

Comment by TLC on December 12, 2013 at 1:21pm

JB, you are right. But once people realized how bad things were getting they rose up against the poisoning. Not to say there wasn't a reason for the EPA, but it all could have been handled on the state level.

Here in SC we recently had some problems with water quality coming from NC into SC. The EPA did nothing. We handled it like adults, first in the courts and finally worked with our neighboring state to find a solution. We now have a non-governmental body that manages quality of the waterways.

Comment by JeansBrother on December 12, 2013 at 1:31pm

TLC, that is excellent news.  It is totally supportive and in line with the 10th Amendment and your description does indeed support the idea that the whole issue was handled at the adult level.  Maybe there is hope for decentralized government that strives to achieve recognized national standards of good faith and cooperation with other local level governments.

Comment by TLC on December 12, 2013 at 1:44pm

There are many ways to handle problems without government. People have been trained to believe government is the only one that can solve problems. They believe even more in the federal government.

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