Nonexistent fuel causes real fines for oil companies.

Ah, the federal government.  More specifically… ah, the liberal alternate energy-supporting faction of the federal government, which has just demonstrated that they are as innocent of the ways of industrial production as they are of basic science.  The short version: fuel refiners were mandated, on penalty of fines, to use a certain percentage of an alternate fuel called “cellulosic biofuel”… which does not actually really exist.  Oh, samples of the stuff exist, which is why a Democratic-controlled Congress put the requirements into the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007*; but oddly enough it turns out that four years weren’t quite enough time to ensure that the fuel would be available in the qualities needed!

Go figure, huh?  I mean, it’s almost as if a bunch of lobbyists told a bunch of friendly politicians a bunch of optimistic twaddle that both groups wanted to hear.  I know, I know; that this sort of thing could happen in Washington DC  is downright shocking

Via the NCPA, via @jeffemanuel.

Moe Lane (crosspost)

*Hey, how did that work out for us, anyway? …Oh, right, it didn’t at all.