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Branstad asks EPA to keep ethanol mandate

Des Moines Register -- Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad urged the administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to retain the Renewable Fuel Standard, which is the basis for the demand for ethanol.

Livestock interests, angered by high corn prices and blaming ethanol and its use of about 40 percent of the nation’s corn crop, have asked the EPA to waive the mandate.

In his letter, Branstad said “a decision by EPA to waive the RFS would signal that U.S. renewable fuels policy is risky.”

The mandate, originally passed by Congress in 2005, will require that the U.S. use up to 13 billion gallons of ethanol this year, about 10 percent of the nation’s total gasoline consumption.

Livestock interests have complained that the mandate drives up corn prices, which have reached a record $8.42 per bushel this summer


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honda0105
Champion Author Tallahassee

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Message Posted: Aug 28, 2012 3:59:13 AM

of course he will ask for such mandate, b/c it will benefit his state.
slicerette
Champion Author South Bend

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Message Posted: Aug 26, 2012 11:57:44 AM

On June 1, 2012 a wholesale gallon of Ethanol was $2.00 - now at the end of August, a gallon of ethanol is $2.60. That's more thaan a 25% jump.
Ethanol has added over six cents to gallon of E10 gas this summer.

To use up more ethanol, EPA will have to force more gas stations to sell E15.

We are buying less gasoline, but EPA wants us to use more ethanol. OH NO here comes engine wrecking E15 to a gas station near you.
LetemEatCake
Champion Author Oklahoma City

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Message Posted: Aug 25, 2012 10:51:16 PM


Ya know this is not a done deal!

From the article, "The EPA this week opened a 30-day public comment period on whether to waive the Renewable Fuel Standard. The agency is required to make a decision in 90 days."

PhilMils
Champion Author Virginia

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Message Posted: Aug 25, 2012 6:59:57 AM

He is a Republican.

This was a Congressional mandate pushed by President Bush43. It can be undone only by Congress, not the President or EPA. Fortunately, there are some in Congress - mostly Democrats - who are trying to at least weaken the mandate.
jcotaxi
Champion Author South Bend

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Message Posted: Aug 25, 2012 6:58:58 AM

Everything to EPA does ends up with unintended negative concequences.

Or is it really unintended?

They seem to have to qualms about wasting taxpayers money.

I think it's time to unwind and limit the power and influence of the EPA.
gudrench
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Message Posted: Aug 25, 2012 12:37:05 AM

Bureaucracy and politicians screwing us.
MAC48
Champion Author Dallas

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Message Posted: Aug 24, 2012 10:35:50 PM

Congress is only way to stop mandated Ethanol utilization & the EPA rules enforcing ethanol use since it was congress who established the Alternative Fuel Use standard. If you are opposed to E15 or E10, let your US representatives & your senators know of you opposition to the EPA E15 rule or to any ethanol use & to the continuance of the ethanol subsidies. Hold your representative’s feet to the fire & this foolishness can be stopped by sending e-mails, letters & phoning them day & night.
dpt
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Message Posted: Aug 24, 2012 8:56:02 PM

Of course. He's from Iowa and wants to get re-elected.
hank1326
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Message Posted: Aug 24, 2012 8:28:06 PM

Time to cut the cord with ethanol.
jpgilmor
Champion Author Houston

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Message Posted: Aug 24, 2012 5:28:23 PM

another day of using food for fuel and look at the cost!
JXQW
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Message Posted: Aug 24, 2012 4:52:53 PM

bad move, sorry
slowtrain
Champion Author Georgia

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Message Posted: Aug 24, 2012 4:18:52 PM

Do away with ethanol. Corn is for food, not fuel.
treehood
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Message Posted: Aug 24, 2012 3:51:52 PM

I'll say it again, get rid of government subsidies and mandates regarding ethanol.
Piniewoods
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Message Posted: Aug 24, 2012 3:35:24 PM

Ok
Voltus
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Message Posted: Aug 24, 2012 3:33:55 PM

no more taxpayer dollars to the corn industry...
dacofa
Champion Author Nevada

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Message Posted: Aug 24, 2012 3:33:32 PM

It's garbage.
dabbadu
Champion Author New York

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Message Posted: Aug 24, 2012 3:32:50 PM

Gotta keep the price of corn high, so...
carinthuist
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Message Posted: Aug 24, 2012 3:31:31 PM

KEEPmandate
mckellyb
Champion Author Fort Worth

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Message Posted: Aug 24, 2012 3:30:54 PM

There is ZERO reason to use corn ethanol in the US.

Oh, wait...lobbyists...
sprocketsplines
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Message Posted: Aug 24, 2012 3:28:48 PM

Iowa as a corn producing state is benefiting from EPA's RFS which has pushed up the demand and price of corn so it makes sense that Iowa's governor doesn't want the ethanol mandate changed.
E-Squirrel
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Message Posted: Aug 24, 2012 3:28:12 PM

From the article snippet above:

'In his letter, Branstad said “a decision by EPA to waive the RFS would signal that U.S. renewable fuels policy is risky.”'

In other words, it might admit the truth about the policy. The corn lobby is so determined to keep their profits, that nothing else matters.
BMWer
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Message Posted: Aug 24, 2012 3:26:18 PM

Get rid of it
msgt_usa
Champion Author Virginia

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Message Posted: Aug 24, 2012 3:20:34 PM

What is more important here--fueling the human body or an automobile? Someone has lost their sense of direction. Corn if for food, not fuel.
MDTDriver
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Message Posted: Aug 24, 2012 3:20:28 PM

And the Iowa Gov. has a money interst in the ful standard of ethanol!!
gr649
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Message Posted: Aug 24, 2012 3:18:16 PM

Not surprising. Big business for Corn Huskers
manbig13
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Message Posted: Aug 24, 2012 3:17:22 PM

ha
luvsautos
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Message Posted: Aug 24, 2012 3:17:20 PM

Hahahaha yea 'corn-hole branstad' for sure.
PriceScout007
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Message Posted: Aug 24, 2012 3:14:48 PM

It is what it is what it is what it is what it is
RAE344
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Message Posted: Aug 24, 2012 3:14:00 PM

The Iowa governor is willing to turn his back to the rest of the country just so a few of his rich friends get a few more bucks.
MahopacJack
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Message Posted: Aug 24, 2012 3:13:39 PM

This is an excellent example as to why we should insist upon our Government to follow the "law of the Land," the US Constitution. Most people are aware that ethanol is not only energy INEFFICIENT but costly on two fronts. The first being it cost more to make than the gasoline it replaces and the second, it drives food prices higher as it costs more to produce the feedstock for meat.

The EPA's mandate for ethanol is simply UNCONSTITUTIONAL as the US Congress was never given the authority to delegate its powers to agencies that are not subject to the citizens will.
libertyut
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Message Posted: Aug 24, 2012 3:10:41 PM

Say no to Ethanol.
WILDCAT112
Champion Author South Carolina

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Message Posted: Aug 24, 2012 3:08:38 PM

What a Joke
milespergallon
Champion Author Illinois

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Message Posted: Aug 24, 2012 3:07:30 PM

On the contrary:
WE NEED TO GET RID OF ETHANOL
032946
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Message Posted: Aug 24, 2012 3:05:13 PM

That is what you would expect from a governor of a corn state. He wants to look good so he can get relected to a coshy job.
normcrocker
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Message Posted: Aug 24, 2012 3:02:11 PM

What did you expect? No Iowa politician can be re-elected opposing ethanol.
n3tbc
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Message Posted: Aug 24, 2012 2:59:20 PM

OK
KillChain
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Message Posted: Aug 24, 2012 2:59:09 PM

No corn for fuel.................
stevencr
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Message Posted: Aug 24, 2012 2:59:08 PM

It all comes down to the basic question. Why are we useing food to make fuel when there are still starving people in the world?
lonelyshark
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Message Posted: Aug 24, 2012 2:58:22 PM

Shocked I am, absolutely shocked! The governor of Iowa, where a lot of corn is grown that is turned into ethanol thinks its a good idea. It's certainly not a pork barrel idea! Now those wind farms in some other state that get tax breaks, they're just evil money grubbers!
fcdriver
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Message Posted: Aug 24, 2012 2:57:50 PM

they do not understand the reality of what they are asking
gass12
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Message Posted: Aug 24, 2012 2:57:44 PM

All the big corn states want to keep it.
REVLAW
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Message Posted: Aug 24, 2012 2:52:34 PM

The negative externality of idealistic bureaucratic liberal thought and policy enactment revealed where "the rubber meets the road".
nemoFL
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Message Posted: Aug 24, 2012 2:50:06 PM

dump it
mikaye
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Message Posted: Aug 24, 2012 2:48:13 PM

why ethanol is worthless
Indy1
All-Star Author Quad Cities

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Message Posted: Aug 24, 2012 2:44:54 PM

ok
tarheelcoastie
Champion Author Greensboro

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Message Posted: Aug 24, 2012 2:44:50 PM

Lost corn crop this year plus crop insurance plus the mandate for Ethanol plus corn reserves from previous years means that someone is going to get very, very rich ... and the public will pay for it all!
redtruck01
Champion Author North Carolina

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Message Posted: Aug 24, 2012 2:43:28 PM

Say no way to Ethanol!
TCon313
All-Star Author New York

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Message Posted: Aug 24, 2012 2:41:06 PM

If they waive the mandate then there is less demand for corn. Those folks in Iowa have been getting paid for this mandate for years, the governor is looking out for his constituents, which is his job.
The fact that ethanol is a costly additive that does more harm then good should be factored into the equation. Get rid of ethanol completely. Maybe we can stop all this GMO nonsense too
RedRam2005
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Message Posted: Aug 24, 2012 2:40:49 PM

The mandate should be completely revoked.
mikesr11
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Message Posted: Aug 24, 2012 2:38:46 PM

GET RID OF ETHANOL, THE EPA, AND OBAMA.
barbs24
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Message Posted: Aug 24, 2012 2:37:47 PM

End Ethanol and subsidies now.
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