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Congress should eliminate the ethanol mandate

GasBuddy Blog -- It does not happen often, but occasionally, the jackals who populate Congress might come up with a good idea. And that has happened.

Reuters reported earlier this month that as the worst drought in 50 years destroys the midwestern corn crop, 25 senators urged the Environmental Protection Agency to cut the mandate that requires oil refiners and fuel blenders to add ethanol to gasoline.

The senators asked the EPA to adjust the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) that requires fuel blenders to mix 13.2 billion gallons of ethanol into gasoline this year.

Unfurtunately, by current law the mandate rises steadily until peaking at 15 billion gallons per year in 2015 and holding at that level through 2022. And rightfully...


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Submitted Aug 14, 2012 By: PD
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RambleOn
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Message Posted: Aug 23, 2012 2:19:14 AM

There should not be laws preventing car owners from putting fuel in that is BEST for the vehicle's engine.
garywa01
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Message Posted: Aug 22, 2012 1:34:51 PM

Corn should help the hungry, not the drivers. I avoid ethanol gas whenever possible.
RambleOn
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Message Posted: Aug 21, 2012 11:23:11 PM

Less restricting laws = more freedom.
TCon313
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2012 10:30:50 PM

How many people who have sounded off about this have actually read and acted on the last line of this post. Bitching about it here won't help. Contact your representative and let them know how you feel.
ERO
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2012 10:18:55 PM

I agree 1 zillion percent. Get rid of ethanol!
ketchfish
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2012 5:43:20 PM

The UN recently urged the US to either drop or temporarily suspend the mandate due to international food shortages.
Jumpmanil
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2012 6:07:59 AM

Yeaah! Without corn, better mileage coming!
honda0105
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2012 6:51:45 AM

pilotmass: in a twisted way, the answer is, yes. Corporations are people too, you know. And they need to be supported, too.
pilotmass
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Message Posted: Aug 17, 2012 10:03:11 AM

So people will starve due to lack of bread just to feed ADM? Subsidy reduction = tax reduction.
honda0105
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Message Posted: Aug 17, 2012 5:04:08 AM

farris: problem is, the farmers you subsidize are not the small farmers who have maybe 100 or 300 acres. It's the Pig Corps who own thousands of acres in one spot, monoculture farm and when the crop goes belly up, they get more money, even though it has been proven a lot that monocultures are bad.
paulweb
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Message Posted: Aug 17, 2012 12:06:28 AM

Congress and common sense are like oil and water...they NEVER mix!
farris42
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Message Posted: Aug 16, 2012 4:18:51 PM

And we tax paying Americans are also subsidizing the American farmers! What a joke!
honda0105
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Message Posted: Aug 16, 2012 5:14:34 AM

EtOH has NEVER been the answer.
RalphHightower
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Message Posted: Aug 15, 2012 5:52:00 PM

Congress actually has a good idea?

Unbelievable! I thought I was reading The Onion!
CC55
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Message Posted: Aug 15, 2012 5:20:11 PM


There are times


when it is hard to get point a point b because off all the cars on the side of the road because they use 10% eth. in the fuel.
JXQW
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Message Posted: Aug 15, 2012 4:25:41 PM

right, like we are so important that they would care
Blismo
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Message Posted: Aug 15, 2012 1:08:13 PM

ok
sparky808
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Message Posted: Aug 15, 2012 12:31:04 PM

Yes, end the ethanol mandate.
DarthDadJr
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Message Posted: Aug 15, 2012 10:51:33 AM

Congress won't eliminate it...too much pressure will come from the farm and ethanol producer lobbies will stop it. We definitely should: 1. not increase its use to E15 and 2. find other non-food sources to produce ethanol.
LongPlay
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Message Posted: Aug 15, 2012 10:31:49 AM

A great idea -- Ethanol is terrible as a fuel and uses corn which is better used as food/feed.
PTBpricer
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Message Posted: Aug 15, 2012 10:05:08 AM

I like the picture in the article.
ModelWarships
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Message Posted: Aug 15, 2012 9:56:25 AM

too many are making money off of our misery to ever end it.
Blazer197
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Message Posted: Aug 15, 2012 9:54:12 AM

Congress has corn up their bungholes.
JCS
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Message Posted: Aug 15, 2012 9:48:25 AM

BAN ETHANOL!
CheckitoutGuy
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Message Posted: Aug 15, 2012 9:48:05 AM

We have been saying that for a while now!
Bigtex09
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Message Posted: Aug 15, 2012 9:48:03 AM

fantastic
sandman0_0
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Message Posted: Aug 15, 2012 9:47:53 AM

Agree "Should have been done a long time ago."
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Message Posted: Aug 15, 2012 9:47:28 AM

Good.
oas
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Message Posted: Aug 15, 2012 9:46:42 AM

Should have been done a long time ago.
donny47
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Message Posted: Aug 15, 2012 9:46:37 AM

nothing will be done as usual!
slvrdo_dsprdo
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Message Posted: Aug 15, 2012 9:46:23 AM

Can we change the news stories at least once a day, please?
BlueVanGroup
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Message Posted: Aug 15, 2012 9:46:16 AM


Corn is for eating; ethanol is for drinking. :-)
RobertSpratt
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Message Posted: Aug 15, 2012 9:44:32 AM

get rid of Ethanol!!! It sucks
rev342
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Message Posted: Aug 15, 2012 9:44:32 AM

ok
egd
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Message Posted: Aug 15, 2012 9:44:04 AM

what is clean air worth to you???
Badmoon
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Message Posted: Aug 15, 2012 9:43:32 AM

They are hoping this will stay quiet enough through elections so no one has to act.
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Message Posted: Aug 15, 2012 9:42:55 AM

repeat
BigBrat
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Message Posted: Aug 15, 2012 9:42:29 AM

Ok
curlypooh
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Message Posted: Aug 15, 2012 9:41:49 AM

Yes
MrPony
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Message Posted: Aug 15, 2012 9:39:20 AM

Keep corn for food - we got lots of oil, all we gota do is DRILL
OldMan322
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Message Posted: Aug 15, 2012 9:37:51 AM

Will not happen if Obama has his way
arnerator
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Message Posted: Aug 15, 2012 9:37:13 AM

Get rid of that crud. It kills our mpg and raises food prices by being diverted to gasoline.
Grismer
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Message Posted: Aug 15, 2012 9:36:27 AM

Just to many vested interests to eliminate this problem quickly.
spotterFL
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Message Posted: Aug 15, 2012 9:35:01 AM

gvan: I was going to reply.....but then I saw you are from Chicago.
deaconjones
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Message Posted: Aug 15, 2012 9:34:27 AM

OLD STORY AGAIN......
Terrapinone
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Message Posted: Aug 15, 2012 9:31:57 AM

I agree totally!
INBwana
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Message Posted: Aug 15, 2012 9:31:25 AM


I agree on this one. Keep corn for food and feed!!!
9C1
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Message Posted: Aug 15, 2012 9:31:13 AM

Down with ethanol
twinfanMN
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Message Posted: Aug 15, 2012 9:30:56 AM

I was in favor of eliminating the mandate yesterday and am still in favor of it today
scrossi
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Message Posted: Aug 15, 2012 9:30:27 AM

Corn is food.
Heltonw
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Message Posted: Aug 15, 2012 9:28:45 AM

Get ethanol out of gas, so that we can get better fuel milage.
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