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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

The mysterious death of the chicken-fat car

Did you hear the one about the federal subsidy for pouring chicken fat into diesel? The odd tale is unfurled in my Washington Examiner K Street column today:
As President Barack Obama unfurls his fuel-economy standards and Congress takes up global warming regulations, it’s useful to remember that what emerges from environmental policymaking is not necessarily what’s best for the planet, but instead what’s best for special interests.

Consider the epic and somewhat bizarre struggle over clean fuels that ended last week. As usual, special interests were central to the drama. But the antagonists seemed right out of a Monty Python sendup of Washington politics: An oil company, hoping to profit from making trucks run on chicken fat, was thwarted by the soap industry’s lobby.
Read the whole thing here.

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