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Congress passes bill requiring the hiring of leprechauns

Well, the might as well.  The EPA is enforcing a law (signed by G.W. Bush, for those of you who assume every government overreach is a Democrat thing) that requires a fuel additive that does not exist.

As a screen shot of EPA’s renewable fuels website confirms, so far this year – just as in 2011 – the supply of cellulosic biofuel in gallons totals zero.

“EPA’s decision is arbitrary and capricious. We fail to understand how EPA can maintain a requirement to purchase a type of fuel that simply doesn’t exist,” stated Charles Drevna, president of American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM), the Washington-based trade association that represents the oil refining and petrochemicals industries.

“We’ll fund additional research in cutting-edge methods of producing ethanol, not just from corn but from wood chips and stalks or switch grass,” President G.W. Bush said in his 2006 State of the Union address. “Our goal is to make this new kind of ethanol practical and competitive within six years.”
So, in 2007, Bush idiotically signed the Energy Independence and Security Act. Beyond prohibiting Thomas Edison’s ground-breaking incandescent light bulb by 2014, EISA’s Renewable Fuel Standard mandated cellulosic ethanol.

The question:  “Why is this any of Congress’ business?” never gets asked.

Statistical anomaly or magic cat sense?

I find it interesting that when presented with an unusual event, like a cat that appears able to predict imminent death at a nursing home, the first assumption is the cat has some sort of magical powers, not that it’s a statistical anomaly.

Maybe the cat is magic.  But I don’t think I’d assume that until I got a chance to crunch some numbers to verify the probability of a cat randomly selecting people about to die in a nursing home.

Jumping to this conclusion tells us a lot about ourselves, and our lack of critical thinking skills.  Develop and use those skills instead of assuming you’ve found a magic cat.

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