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