Foxes Guarding the Hen House

Published on: 17:35PM Aug 11, 2009
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released the much anticipated peer reviews of the agency’s analysis for the proposed Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS2) rule. Now, some in the ethanol industry believe the EPA is stacking the deck against ethanol.
Why? Because among the peer reviews are several noted anti-ethanol activists, including environmental lawyer Timothy Searchinger, who helped develop the theory of indirect land use change (this theory predicts that using biofuels made from U.S. corn and soybeans causes a farmer halfway around the world to make a land use decision to plow up virgin land to replace feed).
“EPA has asked the foxes to guard the hen house on this issue,” says Renewable Fuels Association president Bob Dinneen. “By adding lawyers and advocates to a scientific review panel, EPA bureaucrats have made a mockery of the Administration’s commitment to sound science.”
Many of the reviewers have repeatedly and openly demonstrated politically-motivated biases against biofuels in the past, says Dineen.
“These reviews absolutely cannot be viewed as objective or unbiased,” adds Dineen.
You be the judge. The comments of the review panels are available online at the EPA’s renewable fuels standard program page.