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US farmers urge Obama administration to suspend ethanol quota amid drought

The Guardian -- The Obama administration was urged on Monday to stop diverting grain to gas amid warnings of an "imminent food crisis" caused by America's drought.

US government forecasts of a 4% rise in food prices for US consumers because of the drought have sharpened criticism of supports for producing fuel from corn-based ethanol.

Meanwhile, research published last week by the New England Complex Systems Institute warned of an "imminent food crisis" because of the diversion of corn stocks to ethanol.

"Necsi has warned for months that misguided food-to-ethanol conversion programs and rampant commodity speculation have created a food price bubble, leading to an inevitable spike in prices by 2013. Now it appears the "crop shock" will arrive even sooner due to drought, unless measures to curb ...


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ktyson13
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Message Posted: Aug 1, 2012 12:08:51 PM

let's just end the requirement for Ethanol by the over-reaching big government.
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ClarkSC
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He won't listen.
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NukeAtComEd
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Message Posted: Aug 1, 2012 7:42:06 AM

BarryO and the rest of the eco-nuts in the EPA, along with his crony capitalists in ADM/Cargill would rather starve children in Africa than stop big business!! Is that the Republican's job?
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Message Posted: Aug 1, 2012 5:47:06 AM

The Obama EPA will continue to push for E15.
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Message Posted: Aug 1, 2012 12:42:23 AM

Great.....
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Message Posted: Aug 1, 2012 12:14:16 AM

not to mention my van!
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jetskijerry
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It's destroying my ski!
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jetskijerry
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Message Posted: Aug 1, 2012 12:13:45 AM

please!
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KrsnaDragon
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Message Posted: Aug 1, 2012 12:04:40 AM

Ethanol is far too susceptible to phase separation to be used practically as a motor fuel.
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crreed1
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2012 11:23:34 PM

get rid of ethanol
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2012 11:22:50 PM

Sounds like a good idea.
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2012 11:20:01 PM

Good Idea.
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2012 11:18:47 PM

It's about time for Obamama his gang to fly back to Hawaii for a couple of weeks...
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2012 11:18:08 PM

This is a tough call. There's bound to be shortage of corn causing the price to rise. Calling for quotas wil further shrink supply and cause even higher prices. I'm siding with the farmers on this one. We will import more oil, but food prices won't jump as high.
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2012 11:15:30 PM

I agree Morph. We are DONE if this administration gets another 4 years.
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Obama the dictator is out to destroy our country and the blames belongs to all the idiots who elected him into office.
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2012 11:13:57 PM

he wont listen
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2012 11:13:56 PM

Only a farmer will adequately understand!
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2012 11:13:39 PM

Ethanol is attributed to poorer gas mileage, added expense for refiners and consumers and lets not forget the corn fields lost to producing the crap instead of being used for food. I also wonder how much edible corn is going out of the U.S. Get rid of ethanol and stop shipping our grain to other countries.
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2012 11:12:46 PM

I have ALWAYS said that making fuel from food is the most idiotic idea one could invent. I continue to stand by that statement.
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jkpsr
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2012 11:11:57 PM

At least someone agrees that corn-based ethanol is a very wrong way to go!
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Number43
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2012 11:11:52 PM

The price increase will probably more like 20%.
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2012 11:11:44 PM

Oh, now we don't want ethanal...can't have it both ways.
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2012 11:10:28 PM

Good luck with that!
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2012 11:10:20 PM

corn is for food , this was a bad idea when implemented and it's still a bad idea.
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2012 11:10:01 PM

That should be a given. Unless our administration figures we could always buy from somebody.
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2012 11:09:55 PM

Ok
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Obama ought to be sued for everything he's done these last four years!!!
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2012 11:09:32 PM

Don't count on this administration to do the right thing.
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2012 11:08:57 PM

obummer
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2012 11:07:39 PM

makes sense.
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LanguageMan1
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2012 11:07:28 PM

As they should! It surprises me though that they'd do that, at least some of them, but their costs will increase along with ours, so it's only a sound decision. We shouldn't be using corn for ethanol anyhow.

I hope the administration does the right thing as well and suspends it.

[Edited by: LanguageMan1 at 8/1/2012 12:08:38 AM EST]
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2012 11:06:50 PM

hmm...
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2012 11:06:05 PM

no bama
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2012 11:05:27 PM

Suspend ethanol forever.
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2012 11:05:03 PM

I just put used corn cobs in my gas tank and let them generate alcohol.
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2012 11:05:03 PM

Good luck trying to convince them.
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2012 11:03:44 PM

Redicolous that we ever got into this. If we left it to the market and not government subsidies, we would not be in this mess
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joel27nc
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2012 11:03:13 PM

Go towards FOOD!
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2012 10:55:37 PM

I hope he does this.

(btw he had my vote)
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2012 10:54:21 PM

Obama won't do nothing!
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2012 10:54:03 PM

all I have to say is DUHHHHHHH! This is a no-brainer for ANY season, corn is food, not fuel!
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2012 10:53:08 PM

Wow
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2012 10:52:57 PM

let them eat cake
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he won't listen, he knows it all
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2012 10:52:03 PM

the drought is making people suffer for sure
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2012 10:50:48 PM

wow
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2012 10:49:34 PM

This would be a wise move Mr Obama.
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2012 10:48:10 PM

forget it
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2012 10:47:39 PM

Ethanol belongs in Wild Turkey, not mu gas tank.
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