A U.S. federal court slapped down the EPA once again, this time for fining petroleum refiners some $8 million for failure to incorporate 8.65 million gallons of cellulosic biofuel into their fuel blends. As mentioned on this site previously, that form of biofool doesn't exist.
The court sided with the country’s chief oil and gas lobby, the American Petroleum Institute, in striking down the 2012 EPA mandate that would have forced refineries to purchase more than $8 million in credits for 8.65 million of gallons of the cellulosic biofuel. However, none of the biofuel is commercially available.
“[W]e agree with API that EPA’s 2012 projection of cellulosic biofuel production was in excess of the agency’s statutory authority,” reads the court decision.
Once again, EPA exceeded its authority, demonstrating the pressing need for Congress to either eliminate the environmental nazis altogether or at least to considerably shorten their leash; the arrogance of EPA bureaucrats is nothing short of astounding, as it's simply ludicrous to mandate incorporation of an imaginary "green" fuel into refinery output.
Meanwhile, Californians can look forward to an increase in their electricity bills of some 33% due to "green energy" mandates imposed by state bureaucrats. With power rates already the most expensive in the nation, government there appears committed to driving businesses and taxpayers out of the state. The problem is that nobody else wants them; when the loons migrate to other states, they invariably bring their stupid and destructive voting patterns with them. Forget a fence along the USA's southern border; it's time to build one around California to prevent their disease carriers from leaving.
And here in Oregon, another predictable "geen energy" fiasco is unfolding right on schedule: having received $100 million in state subsidies and tax incentives, SolarWorld is laying off another 50 employees as the German-owned company's stock and bonds dropped by 31% yesterday. The solar panel manufacturer's stock closed at 1.04 Euros, and analysts anticipate that it'll go fully bankrupt in the near future, barring the appearance of somebody dumb enough to buy the company.
It's all good, though; former governor Teddy Kulongoski milked it for PR when the company located here. SolarWorld sold a lot of panels to ODOT, to Portland Community College, and to other government agencies in Oregon, but nobody else is buying.
UPDATE: WHITE HOUSE RULES COURT ACTION "NOVEL AND UNPRECEDENTED"
In the Barky Regime, courts, congress, and constitution are irrelevant.