No fix for the ethanol caper!

Ethanol kills engines, takes food out of the mouths of babies, makes everything cost more -- and more!

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The government mandated blend of ethanol in every gallon of gasoline is a full-fledged disaster and neither Congress, nor the Environmental Protection Agency shows any indication of either repealing or abandoning it.

A recent Wall Street Journal editorial said, “A strong candidate for the most expensive policy blunder of recent years would have to be the mandate to blend corn ethanol and other biofuels into the nation’s gasoline supply. This month even the Environmental Protection Agency essentially acknowledged that the program is increasingly unworkable and costly to consumers. The EPA just won’t do much to fix it.”

Some future historian will calculate how many trillions this nation wasted when it passed a law in 2007 that was supposed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to save the Earth from global warming and to provide a domestic energy source to compete with OPEC oil.

Implicit in that calculation will have to be the millions, if not billions, of automobiles whose engines were ruined by ethanol. Another element of the calculation is the way the cost of food at home and around the world was increased needlessly by requiring approximately 42% of the U.S. corn crop be used for ethanol production. It is more than the amount of corn used to feed livestock and poultry nationwide.

Only an environmentalist would think it was a good idea to burn food as fuel instead of permitting corn to be used as part of the nation’s food chain and for export. As a former Republican member of the House of Representatives, Bob Beauprez of Colorado, noted in a Washington Times commentary, “The ethanol mandate has sent corn prices skyrocketing, harmed cattle and poultry producers, forced refiners to waste money on ethanol credits, and hiked food prices worldwide.”

The ethanol mandate is so crazy that, not just corn must be sacrificed, but “cellulosic” ethanol, made from switch grass and wood chips, is also required. It isn’t even being produced despite the law, but the EPA continues to levy fines against oil company refineries for failing to buy and use a fuel that doesn’t exist. The cost of that is, of course, passed along to consumers.

In January, the D.C. Court of Appeals struck down the EPA’s 2012 cellulosic mandate as unrealistically high. The EPA has announced that it is reducing the 2013 cellulosic ethanol mandate to a mere 6 million gallons.

In order to remain in compliance with the requirement to blend ethanol, even though refiners are producing less gasoline than the law mandates, they have been forced to purchase ethanol credits called Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs). The price of these RINs has climbed from seven cents in January to a high of $1.43 in July. All this does is increase the cost of gas at the pump without having a single good reason for the existence of the ethanol blend.

Determined to force ethanol into our fuel, the EPA granted a partial waiver for the sale of E15, a motor fuel that contains 15% ethanol and 85% gasoline, approving it for use in 2001 and later model cars and trucks. The Wall Street Journal noted a survey by AAA found that “only 5% of vehicles are approved for higher levels of ethanol under manufacturer warranty.”

All this waste and stupidity comes from three decades of lies about global warming and the supposed need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The President continues to lie about global warming/climate change despite the fact that Earth has entered its seventeenth year of a cooling cycle.

The EPA continues to distort the nation’s and the world’s food supply so far as corn is concerned. It continues to ignore the damage ethanol inflicts on auto and other engines. It ignores the needless increase in the cost of gasoline to the consumer.

Americans are afflicted with a government that is indifferent to the facts about ethanol and the EPA remains intent on punishing Americans for their use of gasoline.

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About the Author: Alan Caruba

Alan Caruba

Alan Caruba, a CFACT adjunct policy analyst, writes a daily blog at factsnotfantasy.blogspot.com.

3 Comments
  1. Eckenhuijsen Smit

    Why are you still calling Barry Hussein Obama: President?; he doesn´t deserve that title in no way!
    Barry is an arrogant big time liar and so has been during his whole life, reaching the White House on the basis of many many lies.
    In the first place, Barry should never even have entered the presidential election list because he is NOT an American Born Citizen as his parents were not US citizens at the time of Barry´s birth!
    In the second place, Barry has been lying about his SSR nº; Barry used falcified documents to show who he is; Barry had his birth certificate falcified, paying huge bribes; Barry used his double nationality to duck military service.
    I could go on and on telling what misarable creature Barry is.
    Apart from the above, Barry is so stupid that he doesn´t know what he is talking about when he says that CO2 is a dangerous gas and that man should suppress it to stop Climate Change; how totally uninformed and/or dumb Barry is!
    CO2 is a gas of life for everything that lives on earth; so the more we bring into the atmosphere, the better grows everything green!
    Climate Change is not influenced by man, but is mainly influenced by the sun´s flare activity in combination with cosmic ray nano particles entering the atmosphere.
    But what would Barry know, he doesn´t know anything but how to lie to drive the US into oblivion.
    Barry works nicely in tandem with EPA to reach that goal as he clearly explained before even his first election!

  2. Eckenhuijsen Smit

    http://www.cfact.org/2013/09/13/no-fix-for-the-ethanol-caper/
    Why are you still calling Barry Hussein Obama: President?; he doesn’t deserve that title in no way!
    Barry is an arrogant big time liar and so has been during his whole life, reaching the White House on the basis of many many lies.
    In the first place, Barry should never even have entered the presidential election list because he is NOT an American Born Citizen as his parents were not US citizens at the time of Barry´s birth!
    In the second place, Barry has been lying about his SSR nº; Barry used falsified documents to show who he is; Barry had his birth certificate falsified, paying huge bribes; Barry used his double nationality to duck military service.
    I could go on and on telling what miserable creature Barry is.
    Apart from the above, Barry is so stupid that he doesn’t know what he is talking about when he says that CO2 is a dangerous gas and that man should suppress it to stop Climate Change; how totally uninformed and/or dumb Barry is!
    CO2 is a gas of life for everything that lives on earth; so the more we bring into the atmosphere, the better grows everything green!
    Climate Change is not influenced by man, but is mainly influenced by the sun´s flare activity in combination with cosmic ray nano particles entering the atmosphere.
    But what would Barry know, he doesn’t know anything but how to lie to drive the
    US into oblivion.
    Barry works nicely in tandem with EPA to reach that goal as he clearly explained before even his first election!

  3. Mr. Caruba said: “Implicit in that calculation will have to be the millions, if not billions, of automobiles whose engines were ruined by ethanol.” – See more at: http://www.cfact.org/2013/09/13/no-fix-for-the-ethanol-caper/#sthash.36GuyfoK.dpuf

    Wow…I cannot imagine anyone (regardless of political affiliation) making such a statement re engines being damaged by ethanol. Henry Ford, Sir Harry Ricardo and Charles Kettering (GM Tetraethyl lead) were but a few men who played significant parts in the automotive and transportation fuels history. I suggest anyone truly interested in the facts about ethanol read the history of ethanol and the men mentioned. I would also suggest a review of John D. Rockefeller and his role in Prohibition…including his reversal as well. Let’s get politics out of our fuel tanks and open the market to competition…gold ‘ole American competition.

    As for ethanol causing engine damage…that just isn’t true. I’ve operated an award winning service shop (thx to my great ASE Certified Team) for 43 years and had 200,000 cars and small trucks come through my doors and not one customer ever lost an engine due to ethanol…not one. I hear that ethanol causes problems, but my experience proves otherwise. Call it an additive…call it a fuel…but let the facts speak for themselves.

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