EPA challenged on land use changes
Jun 22, 2009 10:04 AM, By Forrest Laws
Farm Press Editorial Staff
If the situation weren't so serious, it would almost be funny.
The U.S. economy is in a mess. The US has lost millions of jobs approaching 10% unemployment. Energy and gasoline prices are moving up although oil prices dropped per barrel.
EPA decided the US energy future should be held hostage to Internationals whacking down a few acres of Amazon rainforest. OOPS! and higher tarrifs to renewable energy friends in Brazil. Nuts and ACORNs will advantage the EPA "energy, environment and carbon credential" rulings to make shine for the Saudi King.
Farm and alternative fuel representatives tried to reason with EPA officials during two days of hearings on EPA's Proposed Rule for Changes to Renewable Fuel Standard Program June 8 and 9, 2009. EPA's fixation on "indirect international land use" showed through at times.
"According to EPA's own analysis, US corn ethanol reduces greenhouse gasses GHGs 61 percent compared to gasoline. EPA officially consider international indirect land use to deduce that same gallon of US ethanol only offers an international 16 percent GHG reduction."
EPA officials said it could require farms or ranches to pay annual GHG fees of $175 per dairy cow, $87.50 per head of beef cattle and $20 per hog.
Bovine farts are squeeky clean compared to the taxes and fees included in the American Clean Energy and Security Act enacted by the House Energy and Commerce Committee chaired by Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif. As GM and California goes bankrupt, so goes America.
These episodes smack of Californians with global agenda manipulating numbers to fit political party. But who in US political or environmental community would ever conive something like that?