$50 Million Renewable Energy Scam

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Guest essay by Eric Worrall

A Pennsylvania newspaper has reported details of a $50 million alleged renewable energy scam. More shocking is how easy it was, to allegedly defraud government subsidies.

An Easton engineer has admitted he rubber-stamped false reports to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for the owners of two Lehigh Valley biofuel companies charged in a $50 million clean energy scam.

According to the charges against Barnes [the engineer], company officials at Smarter Fuel and Environmental Energy Recycling hired Barnes in 2010 to complete engineering reviews of their plants to document their capacities as they applied for the EPA’s renewable fuel credit program.

To become eligible for the credit program, biofuel producers were required to submit to the EPA an independent engineering review based on a site visit to verify how the production plant would operate and how much fuel it was capable of producing each…

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