The complete failure of the Hyperion project to get off the ground is mud in the eye of GOP Senate candidate M. Michael Rounds, who as Governor jumped in the tank early for the Texas dreamers' refinery plan. Now candidate Rounds is using the project's failure as an excuse to blow the EPA dogwhistle for his anti-government followers:
The Environmental Protection Agency's interference in the Hyperion oil refinery project is another example of how the federal government has been meddling in states' affairs, Rounds said.
"The EPA did everything it could to try and destroy that project just because it doesn't approve of using carbon-based fuel," he said. "Never mind that it would be a better, cleaner and more modernized facility than most that are already operating and that it would save a great deal of money in transportation costs" [Scott Feldman, "Rounds Prepares for U.S. Senate Run," Aberdeen American News, 2013.04.27].
Wait a minute. Rounds and Hyperion both said from the start that Hyperion was committed to meeting or exceeding the EPA's rules. The EPA took issue with some of Hyperion's paperwork, but it never moved to stop the refinery.
The EPA did not kill Hyperion. Hyperion killed Hyperion. Hyperion lacked the plan, the infrastructure, the market demand, and the investors (which we knew five years ago!). Businessman Mike Rounds backed a plan that never had a business case.
But Rounds need you to believe that he can make good decisions as your Senator. That's why he needs to fabricate bogeyman stories about the EPA to distract you from his own golf-course-crony-clouded judgment.