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  • norrishappy norrishappy Mar 12, 2013 1:20 PM Flag

    End to Fla. Ethanol Mandates Sought

    by James m. taylor
    lorida state Rep. Matt Gaetz
    (R-Fort Walton Beach) will introduce legislation this year to repeal a
    state law requiring Florida service stations to sell only ethanol-blended gasoline.
    Energy experts say ethanol requirements raise transportation fuel costs,
    hike food prices, decrease gasoline
    mileage, and harm the environment in
    many ways.
    During the 2012 legislative session,
    Gaetz sponsored legislation to repeal
    the 2008 Renewable Fuel Standard
    Act and its ethanol mandate. Adam
    Putnam (R), the state’s agriculture
    commissioner, opposed repealing the
    mandate. Most Republicans in the

    legislature fell in line behind Putnam,
    who political analysts expect to run for
    governor at the end of Gov. Rick Scott’s
    At a recent talk before the Okaloosa
    League of Women Voters, Gaetz said
    Putnam indicated he would not stand
    in the way of repealing the ethanol
    mandate in 2013. “Last year Commissioner Putnam’s opposition was a major
    hurdle for us,” Gaetz told the League of
    Women Voters.
    Putnam dropped his opposition after
    BP changed its mind and decided not to
    build an ethanol refining plant in Central Florida.
    “They’ve decided ethanol production
    in Florida is not viable,” Gaetz reported.
    ‘feel-good’ mandates
    Gaetz said ethanol mandates are merely a “feel-good attempt to use alternative energy” that ultimately hurts
    consumers. A newly published study
    by FarmEcon LLC, an agriculture and
    food industry consulting firm, supports
    that conclusion.
    According to the study, which analyzed data from the U.S. Department
    of Agriculture, ethanol subsidies and
    mandates have caused a dramatic rise
    in U.S. food prices since 2005, reversing
    50 years of declining food prices.
    Since 2006, due in part to ethanol
    subsidies and mandates, food prices
    have risen sharply as ethanol diverted
    44 percent of the nation’s corn crop
    away from the food supply. A typical
    family of four pays $2,055 more in food
    bills than would be the case without
    the ongoing ethanol subsidies and mandates, the study found.
    Energy economists also note ethanol
    delivers one-third less mileage than
    gasoline and is more expensive to produce. Taxpayer subsidies often allow
    ethanol producers to sell ethanol at a
    modestly lower price than gasoline, but
    consumers still pay more for ethanol
    when taxpayer subsidies and comparable miles per gallon are factored in.
    Environmentalists report it requires
    three gallons of water to turn corn into
    one gallon of ethanol, and this is causing a strain on Corn Belt water supplies. Also, ethanol subsidies and mandates induce farmers to develop marginal cropland that otherwise would
    be left in a natural state. This has an
    additional impact on water supplies,
    as extensive irrigation is often necessary to make marginal cropland productive.

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    • Republicans like all constant human nature political parties have their corruption. However, as it is no impossible to sustain the corn based ethanol propaganda in public debate they can be forced to do the right thing.

      Please support brave Matt Gaetz and any other true public servant who acts to get this Progressive corruption eliminated state by state. If the Cornistan states want to keep it to themselves then fine.

      The House should act on this now. Progressive Obama will continue to just assume you are dumb and answerable to him so higher food and energy prices do not cause food riot revolutions but democracy. Progressives are still saying that.

      One wonders why Poor Jon doesn't take this on. He can blame Bush and get Democrats to do the right thing perhaps in a funny way.

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