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Why did a train carrying biofuels cross the border 24 times and never unload?

http://oilprice.com/Latest-Energy-News/World-News/Why-did-a-...

Another example of the stupidity of the governments green energy policies.




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Maybe it was some of the biodiesel owned by Bill Gates?

hmmm???
http://gas2.org/2008/09/18/bill-gates-invests-in-the-great-g...

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Can we assume crossing the

Can we assume crossing the border each time was the same act as breaking a window?

Southern Agrarian

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Collecting revenue with each border crossing, indeed.

Ayn Rand would have loved to have read this story.

This is straight out of Atlas

This is straight out of Atlas Shrugged. The railroad lines that managed to run the fewest trains were the ones that stayed in business, subsidized by the ones that actually made money.

So Walter White could PROVIDE

So Walter White could PROVIDE FOR HIS FAMILY?

More unintended consequences

Someone found a way to make money off the very same EPA rules and regulations that cause distortions of the free market. I say bravo for them! Legal is just legal, not always lawful, but usually enough to skirt prosecution.

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Cause we have GOSPLAN? Possible? Possible?

Cause we have GOSPLAN? I learned a little about the Soviet five-year plans and how they were implemented: How? Very badly.

GOSPLAN was the agency designated to implement the five year plans, from steel production to how many kilometers taxis were allowed to drive per day.

One of the signs the plan was falling to pieces in the early 80s were reports of trains packed with goods endlessly crossing Russia without ever unloading. Why?

Because GOSPLAN required a certain number of trains to cover a certain number of kilometers with a certain tonnage of goods, and the latest five year plans raised the mileage out of sync with actual production targets.

Therefore, to keep with the plan, the trains had to keep moving, regardless. And the railway directors kept their jobs and got bonuses for staying "on plan". They took care of themselves.

As the Soviet Union collapsed, GOSPLAN officials swore computerizing the plan would prevent these kinds of omissions and missed targets. But as computerizing was supposed to solve the problem of uniform prices by regionalizing them, and this in turn led to shortages in the cities and unusally high prices in the rural areas, it became clear that rational state planning could never be fine-tuned to meet the demands of an economy.

Until Bernanke and Geithner came along, that is.

"Cowards & idiots can come along for the ride but they gotta sit in the back seat!"

I think you mean the 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act

This article explains how ethanol and biodiesel blenders were able to import South American feedstocks and cash in on credits intended for American farmers:

The biofuels fisaco

http://www.weeklystandard.com/articles/biofuels-fiasco_59844...

Biodiesel is one such advanced biofuel. It is mostly made from soybean oil. The federal mandate for biodiesel use provides for one billion gallons by 2012. That is more than one-third of the country’s total soybean oil supply. While blenders of corn ethanol enjoy a 45 cents per gallon tax credit, biodiesel receives a $1 per gallon tax credit. At wholesale prices above $5.50 in mid-October, even the dollar reduction provided by the tax credit still leaves biodiesel far more expensive than the $3.80 per gallon retail price of petroleum diesel.

For a time, the $1 tax credit provided a huge incentive to import soy oil from South America, blend it with a small amount of petroleum diesel to claim the U.S. tax credit​—​the blending often occurred while the tanker ship was still in port​—​and then re-export the blended fuel to Europe to further capture EU subsidies. That little scheme was known as “splash and dash,” and it was a $300 million subsidy to promote domestic biofuel use that did not in fact subsidize biodiesel use in the United States.

read much more: http://www.weeklystandard.com/articles/biofuels-fiasco_59844...

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Because biofuels are a scam and always have been.

To qualify my statement, let me say that I invested 6 or more years learning everything I could about biodiesel and trying to find a way to break into the industry. I quit when I finally came to the conclusion that biodiesel made from oil from soybeans could never compete with conventional diesel in price but for the government subsidies and tax credits for fuel blending facilities.

Thanks for posting this story which unfortunately isn't an isolated case, not by a long shot. The separate 'in-transport' scam is by now basically a tradition in the trucking industry and certainly also played a part in this particular fiasco.

Soybeans and corn for fuel are immensely bad ideas. What might work? Algae. read more: http://biodiesel.infopop.cc/eve/forums/a/frm/f/1501000031

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This is a joke, right?

This is the article that got my posting privileges revoked:
http://bklim.newsvine.com/_news/2013/05/12/18212165-dr-stan-...

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When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir

Sooooo

How long has this CRAP been going on?

Because: Some animals are more equal than other animals. -Animal Farm-

What the? > http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6MTIwY3_-ks

"It's all completely legal"

That's a big hint.