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In the last edition of Hooked Up, I complained that Ontario was moving ahead with a biodiesel mandate to be implemented over an impossibly quick timeline that provides little opportunity to consider input from industry. Yep, biodiesel. Biodiesel! Biodiesel is so 2006. We already have the greenhouse gas regs coming into effect from 2014-2018, and those will go further towards reducing pollutants from heavy-duty vehicles while also providing some net benefit, in the form of lower fuel consumption, to end-users. The only ones benefitting from an Ontario biofuel mandate will be the producers of the ‘bio’ in biofuel.

Not to beat a dead horse, I was ready to move on and find something else to worry my little head about. But then I noticed this headline. What’s that? The EPA has proposed reducing the biofuel mandate that exists in the US, “acknowledging that the biofuel law championed … in 2007 is not working as well as expected.” It turns out the benefits of the US biofuel mandate were not realized. Now, Ontario, can we slow down just a little with this biodiesel mandate? I won’t hold my breath.

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