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.