Corny Smile News Item of the Day

Ethanol loses Big Oil, big advocates and maybe big subsidies

ACK! Don’t TEASE me!!! What? WHAT??

…The House recently passed a spending bill that includes two provisions that hamstring the ethanol industry for the first time in nearly two decades.

One provision, by Oklahoma Republican Rep. John Sullivan, prevents the Environmental Protection Agency from allowing the industry to increase the amount of ethanol per gallon of gasoline from 10 percent, called e10, to 15 percent, e15.

*“It was purely political and obviously supported by [the oil industry],” Buis said. Sullivan, he said, is just supporting the oil interests of his state to the detriment of the ethanol industry...

*This whining, may I note, from an industry needing more external support mechanisms for an artificial product than Pamela Anderson…

…Another provision by Arizona Republican Rep. Jeff Flake stops federal funding to install new blender pumps at filling stations. Blender pumps blend ethanol with gasoline from underground drums at the filling stations.

The reverberating shock through the ethanol industry came, however, from Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley, who has been traditionally one of the strongest supporters of federal ethanol programs.

Grassley announced that he might vote against ethanol subsidies and from moving the country from e10 to e15 in an upcoming Senate spending bill, in an effort to reduce the federal deficit.

Move, Chuck. MOVE.

4 Responses to “Corny Smile News Item of the Day”

  1. JeffS says:

    About friggin’ time.

  2. Yojimbo says:

    Senator Grassley didn’t say he was going from ten to zero.

    Jeff Flake has already announced that he will run for the Kyl seate in 2012. The night Kyl announced his decision I got a phone poll on what I thought of Flake as a senate candidate. On the ball. I will be pleased as punch to have a Flake as my senator.:) Think of the bumper sticker potential!

  3. nightfly says:

    It should be as simple as “let’s not feed our dinner to our cars.” This is one case where it really IS for the children – and funny enough, the Left is suddenly not for it.

  4. Yojimbo says:

    The left has never given a rip about the children. If they had our schools would be in better shape with the dropout rate among at risk youth dramatically lower. They can flap their jaws all they want but their feet vote for their own interests which is the maintenance of their own politcal class.

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