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
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
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.
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
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.
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.