Stop Frivolous Lawsuits

In Ethanol by Cindy

lawsuitsThis week, the oil industry filed a lawsuit over the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Again. Seems like they are always filing a lawsuit over the RFS or E15 or something to do with ethanol.

The American Petroleum Institute sued the EPA in March 2010 right after the final rule for the RFS was finally published. “They have sued EPA over implementation of the RFS before and been told that their case has no merit,” said Renewable Fuels Association president Bob Dinneen. “But the oil companies have more money than God and they are spending that on lawyers.”

Dinneen calls the lawsuit frivolous. “I view it as a lawsuit in search of a problem,” he said, noting that “the API was just using the courtroom for a press release.” The oil industry is challenging the RFS volume requirements for 2013, but Dinneen notes that the biofuels industrty is on-track to meet the requirements either by actual production or RINs generation.

Note that they are suing the federal government, which means it costs taxpayer dollars to deal with it. Frivolous lawsuits are non-essential and should be shutdown.