Please let them kill it already!

The “them” I am talking about is congress, and the “it” is the ludicrous ethanol mandate that was foisted on us by the evil progressive green movement to make tax payers enrich a bunch of them in return for a royal shafting. AP reports that the ethanol and green lobby are storming D.C. to buy off enough politicians to keep ripping of tax payers and anyone that buys gas so some liberals can make big money:

WASHINGTON, April 10 (Reuters) – U.S. ethanol producers are taking their case for protecting the nation’s biofuel mandate directly to lawmakers this week, as the latest Congressional push to revamp federal renewable fuel targets kicks off on Wednesday.

Growth Energy, a pro-ethanol trade group, said producers from Illinois, Colorado, Iowa and other Midwestern states would meet with their representatives in Congress to parry what they called a “desperate” attempt by oil companies to stamp out renewable fuel use.

They plan to reiterate to lawmakers their arguments that the ethanol mandate has helped to reduce U.S. dependence on foreign oil.


The only thing the ethanol mandate helped reduce is the available corn on the market that could be used for cattle feed or human consumption and the energy efficiency of the gas tainted by this crappy product. Consequently, we now are looking at higher prices for anything coming from, containing, or eating corn, and are wasting more gas because the efficiency of ethanol tainted gas sucks. But, the connected members that receive support from progressive green movement to institute these sorts of tax payer screwing schemes and scams, was making a killing form this ludicrous idea, and they are not giving up that lucrative scam without a fight it seems.

Congress better end this dumb thing, and do so now rather than later. There is also a lesson here: practically every one of these fuel additives has been horrible failure. From MTBE to ethanol, all they did is enrich special interests while screwing the consumer and even the environment. Stop the stupid and keep gas clean and less expensive. We need to make enough CO2 to keep the coming ice age at bay anyway.

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  1. InsipiD

    “Enhanced with up to 10% ethanol” is one of the biggest lies thrown at American consumers. Right up there with “All Natural,” “Organic,” and (I have to throw this one in there as another anti-corn thing) “Original Formula.”

    For some of this, though, I have to blame consumers for not being up in arms over changes made. FWIW, many of the good brown liquors have gone from 86 proof to 80 in their standard mixes over the same time period that ethanol adulteration in gas became common. Street bums know not to get gypped out of 3%, so why should Jack Daniels buyers allow it?

    Keep ethanol where it belongs and leave it out of gas. While I’m at it, you kids get off my lawn, dammit.

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  2. hist_ed

    Alas, Iowa has outsized political importance so we will likely have this for decades (didn’t the Strategic Helium Reserve last until the 1990s?). It is far less important in it impact, but the combination of sugar subsidies and quotas should end as well. It is, apparently, the reason US pop has corn syrup in it while most other countries use cane juice.

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  3. Mississippi Yankee

    apparently, the reason US pop has corn syrup in it while most other countries use cane juice.

    How very true. If you can find a South of the Border type of bodega in your area try a Coca-Cola ® made with cane sugar. Be prepared to be amazed.

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