This week, following intense political pressure from the ethanol lobby, the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Gina McCarthy suggested that the EPA will be increasing the ethanol quotas for 2014, above EPA’s original proposal. As we know, a higher quota puts us on a collision course with the blend wall, playing a game of chicken with your gas prices, all while doing more harm to the environment than good.
More from this week:
In Short: “The EPA agreed with refiners who said they are limited in how much ethanol can be blended into the overall fuel supply…McCarthy’s comments today don’t indicate that the agency is rethinking its analysis of the blend-wall constraints, Cheung said.”
In Short: “Corn-based ethanol is a major cause of the water pollution that is ravaging the Mississippi River basin and the Gulf of Mexico, a report by the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) inspector general concluded this week (Sept. 4).
Citing a study by the National Academy of Sciences, the report by EPA’s internal watchdog office said that ‘expanding corn-based ethanol production would make the already difficult challenges of reducing nitrogen… impossible without large shifts in food production and agricultural management.’”