Obama Admin Grabs Even More Power Through EPA Fuel Regs

It’s past time that y’all woke up and called your elected representatives and told them to reign in the EPA; that is, unless you LIKE paying more for your groceries AND your fuel.

The EPA’s renewable fuels plan WILL drive up the cost of food.  The old standards already did, in case you didn’t notice.  Y’all know what “renewable fuels” are, right?  Just in case you’re a little foggy, we’re talking about ethanol, here; specifically, we’re talking about ethanol made from corn.  When the EPA forced fuel makers to blend corn ethanol into your gasoline, the price of corn went sky-high, increasing the costs of animal feed, including dog food.  Not only did gasoline become more expensive, and your groceries as well, but currently-manufactured engines really aren’t designed to deal with the OLD ethanol-blending standards, either.  If you are wondering why the engine on your lawn-mowers aren’t holding up like they used to, go ask a small-engine mechanic why that is.  Don’t take my word for it, y’all.

I’m not the only one who’s unhappy with the EPA right now.  According to this report in the Washington Times, there’s a large bipartisan group in Congress who are unhappy with having to explain to their constituents why the EPA is being allowed to make such an executive power grab.  From the WT article:

EPA’s announcement adds to the building evidence of how poorly the agency has managed the renewable fuel standard, and how the mandate is in need of significant reform and oversight. Clearly, the statutory volumes are unachievable,” Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works Chairman James M. Inhofe, Oklahoma Republican, said in a statement. “Congress wrote the RFS with the assumption that gasoline demand would continue to increase significantly due to concerns about domestic sources of energy. However, the shale boom has led to extensive growth in U.S. oil and gas production.”

Try not to feel too sorry for your elected representatives, though; after all, Congress has been funding the EPA, and they’ve allowed the agency to run amok and seize control of your puddles and ditches.  Congress was also an instigator for the ethanol blending requirements of 2007.  More from the WT post:

In announcing the standard, the EPA acknowledged the so-called “blend wall” — the inability of most vehicles to use gasoline with more than 10 percent ethanol and the lack of infrastructure to deliver fuel with higher amounts of renewable fuels. The agency said that reality is the reason its updated RFS standards fell far below what Congresscalled for in 2007.

Look, y’all.  I’ve explained on this page before, and in our live show, that every time the government is allowed to pick winners and losers in the marketplace, that prices get artificially distorted.  In this case, government has decided that the corn industry and the big agribusinesses, like Monsanto, that benefit, are the winners.  If you are wondering who is the loser in the equation, look in the mirror.  Now go call your Senators and Representatives and tell them to de-fund the EPA.