Ethanol credit trading increases gas prices, becomes Wall Street racket — another central planning masterpiece!

The New York Times reports:

Margo T. Oge, who oversaw the creation of the ethanol credit program at the E.P.A., says that the rising price of RINs — no matter the cause — is good news and an indication that the program’s goals are being met.

As the credits get more expensive, she says, oil and gas companies have a financial incentive to add more ethanol to fuel rather than buy credits. That, in turn, reduces oil imports and emissions — which was the point of creating the system in the first place.

Ms. Oge, who retired from the E.P.A. last year and is now a visiting scholar at the International Council on Clean Transportation, a research group in Washington, said RINs were never supposed to affect the price of gasoline at the pump. If that is the result of the price run-up this year, as many energy analysts predict, it would be an unwelcome outcome, she said.

“The last thing we wanted in implementing this program is to get price increases for the consumer,” she said.

Even beyond the likely rise in gasoline prices, critics of the RINs market say it is deeply flawed, and they do not share Ms. Oge’s optimistic takeaway of this year’s market frenzy.

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2 thoughts on “Ethanol credit trading increases gas prices, becomes Wall Street racket — another central planning masterpiece!”

  1. I don’t believe her. She oversaw a program that added costs to fuel whether in the RIN purchases or the addition of a higher priced, lower energy component to gasoline. The program resulted in added repair expenses for older cars. It also resulted in an increase in food prices since the ethanol program increased the price of corn. Now she wants to to more? For those of us who don’t own flex fuel vehicles, we could be facing more expensive repairs along with lower gas mileage.
    And she thinks this is a good thing?

  2. Right, lady. You wanted the “don’t use ethanol” credits to be expensive to encourage ethanol use (which is expensive, hence the desire to not use it), but when that predictably leads to higher prices, you claim that “this is the last thing you wanted in implementing this program.” So are you stupid? Inept? Yesterday I passed a gas station on a major highway that had shingled “NO ETHANOL” on the roof. I’m guessing those shingles might wear out before the message becomes an anachronism.

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