A Fine for Not Using a Biofuel That Doesn’t Exist

This is a story of government mandates run amok in the face of a technology that stubbornly refuses to be developed. In 2011 oil refiners were required to blend 6.6 million gallons of cellulosic ethanol into their gasoline. The economics is simple enough: there is virtually no cellulosic ethanol to be had on the market. Anywhere. At least on planet Earth. Even worse, the mandated quantity increases to 8.65 million gallons in 2012. Continue Reading →