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By Robert Rapier on Oct 1, 2013 with 11 responses

Government Mandated Spending: A Lesson in Wasted Tax Dollars

Deja Vu All Over Again

A couple of weeks ago the US Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Office of Inspector General released an audit report on how well taxpayer money has been utilized in the pursuit of commercializing integrated biorefineries:

Follow-up Audit of the Department of Energy’s Financial Assistance for Integrated Biorefinery Projects

The results are not pretty. In the opening section, the report notes:

“In our prior audit, Financial Assistance for Biomass-to-Ethanol Projects (DOE/IG-0513, July 2001), we reported that the Department had not met its goal to build a full-scale commercial biomass production facility by the year 2000, and provided recommendations for improving Program performance.”

Turns out that a dozen years later, it’s deja vu all over again. CONTINUE»