Four Senators want higher ethanol limits
Winningreen Issue Alert A062310a
Four Senators demonstrate why voters don't trust Republicans much more than Democrats
By Tom Randall
Date: June 23, 2010
Issue: With Democrats earnestly working to hand this fall's elections to Republicans, Republicans often look like 12-year olds trying to pull down a line-drive pass from Peyton Manning in heavy traffic.
The latest example of this political ineptness comes from Sens. Grassley (R-IA), Thune (R-SD), Johanns (R-NE) and Bond (R-MO). These amigos have written to President Obama urging him to rush the approval of E15, a blend of gasoline containing 15 percent ethanol. In their letter they say, "The fact is, simple steps could be taken [to blend more ethanol in gasoline] in the very near term that would have a real impact on our dependence on foreign oil."
The four senators are all from corn-growing states and want the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to speed its approval of a higher blend of ethanol in gasoline than the 10% that is now allowed. However, the EPA has delayed making any decision because of ongoing tests to see if the higher amount of ethanol would have a detrimental effect on older car engines.
Comment: It has been long established that the use of ethanol does not reduce dependence on anything because it requires more energy to produce than it provides — and it even reduces gas mileage.
Comment: Ethanol also increase emissions of air pollutants such as oxides of nitrogen and sulfur as well as volatile organic compounds. Even many in the environmental movement have given up on the ethanol hoax.
Comment: With Obama and the Democrats providing Republicans with a target-rich environment this fall, only members of the "stupid party" would create a phony issue that is more likely to cost votes than gain votes.
Contact: Tom Randall