Court overturns E.P.A.’s biofuels mandate
by Global Justice Ecology Project | January 26, 2013 · 10:40 am
Note: Its not often that we would find a ruling in favor of the American Petroleum Institute as good news. A recent federal court decision overthrowing an E.P.A mandate that would have required fuel producers to incorporate biofuels into gasoline and diesel is cause for celebration. The increasing use of biofuels have sparked a massive land grab in the global south, and present great risks to natural ecosystems and the world’s agricultural land. Further, recent studies suggest that some biofuel production may contribute more to climate change than other traditional fuel sources. While this ruling is not putting an end to the new “bioeconomy’, it is raising the question of how realistic it is to replace oil, the lifeblood of the industrial economy, with biofuels. Mandates requiring alternatives to fossil fuels are useless unless overconsumption is addressed.

-The GJEP Team

By Matthew Wald, January 25, 2013. Source: NY Times

Photo: John Van Beekum/NY Times

A federal appeals court threw out a federal rule on renewable fuels on Friday, saying that a quota set by theEnvironmental Protection Agency for incorporating liquids made from woody crops and wastes into car and truck fuels was based on wishful thinking rather than realistic estimates of what could be achieved.

The ruling by the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia involved a case brought by the American Petroleum Institute, whose members were bound by the 2012 cellulosic biofuels quota being challenged.

Production of advanced biofuels for use in gasoline is a cherished goal of the Obama administration and a major long-term hope for reducing emissions of greenhouse gases. (more).

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