Skip to comments.Santorum Called for Federal Ethanol Mandate
Posted on 03/11/2012 5:56:18 PM PDT by katiedidit1
"Another presidential candidate had an energy proposal back in 2008 as well. Former Senator Rick Santorums ideas, however, went an entirely different direction. Rather than increasing production, his solution was to reduce US oil appetite in an article he wrote, titled, Reducing U.S. oil appetite This is one cause that could be helped by smart mandates and taxing
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not mandates like the big govt man..vesty
I’m watching it too on Reelz network.
My God, I can’t believe she decided not to run. I had put her chances of running at 90%.
She would have defeated these four with plenty of ammo left.
Mitt is completely clueless to the decline of the country.
Gov. Palin not running put a HUGE vacuum in the GOP Primary. Many other early possible candidates, including Huckabee, believed she was going to run so they didn’t bother running themselves.
Bachmann had no business running and trying usurp the leadership of the Tea Party Movement. Perry ran I suspect when he and his people were sure she would not jump in if he did first.
I’ve sent Gov. Scott Walker $400 for his recall election fight. He will be the Tea Party favorite in 2016.
Sarah should have run. Great reformer and constitutionalist who understands how economics works, and someone we could trust to choose interpretationists for the federal court system.
The only “healthcare mandate” was that people who did not want to buy insurance would post a bond. That’s reasonable and does not involve forcing anyone to buy a particular product.
Rick gave away the issue of the economy today. He know agrees with Obama.
You idiot. He was saying this as an alternative to the cafe standards and other crap that is holding us back. Would you rather he sat on a couch making out with Nancy Pelosi over “global warming” like a certain ‘other’ conservative?
Santorum played a major role in getting Obamacare passed by his endorsement of Spector. Dont forget he also endorsed Romney who introduced socialized medicine to this country and set the framework for Ocare...which includes mandates
Love her and have so much respect for her. She is a fighter and a true conservative.
America needs her
Giant ethanol maker among Gingrich’s top campaign donors
Gingrich’s support for ethanol subsidies puts him starkly at odds with some of his party’s prominent conservatives, who have pushed to end the $6 billion-a-year subsidy. It also offers another example of the ways Gingrich has amassed millions as a consultant since leaving Congress in 1999.
In 2009, for instance, he penned an editorial for POET’s quarterly magazine proclaiming ethanol “pro-American” because of its potential to reduce the nation’s reliance on foreign oil while acting as a consultant to the ethanol trade group. The group paid Gingrich $575,000 between 2009 and early 2011, Growth Energy spokeswoman Stephanie Dreyer said.
“For fiscal conservatives, this is almost a classic case of wasteful government spending, entirely designed not to serve any useful purpose but to buy votes,” said Michael Tanner of the Cato Institute, a libertarian think tank. “Gingrich is not a fiscal hawk, and this is symptomatic of it.”
Campaign spokesman R.C. Hammond said Gingrich has never wavered in his support for “any type of American energy.”
“It is better to have it come from inside our borders so the dollars that are generated by whatever it requires to make that energy, whatever it requires to ship it and develop it, stays in America and doesn’t go to Saudi Arabia, Iran and Venezuela,” Hammond said.
Gingrich has faced scrutiny in recent weeks over his business activities, including as a consultant to mortgage giant Freddie Mac. Bloomberg News reported last month that Gingrich’s consulting firm earned at least $1.6 million from Freddie Mac.
Gingrich has repeatedly emphasized that he has never worked as a lobbyist. His consulting work for Growth Energy came as the trade group lobbied to increase ethanol use and boost federal aid for pumps that allow drivers to blend ethanol with gasoline at gas stations. The organization, created in November 2008, spent nearly $2.5 million on lobbying in 2009 and 2010, Senate records show.
Dreyer said Gingrich was tapped for his Washington expertise and support of ethanol.
“We were a newly formed organization at that point, still trying to figure out who we should be talking to and who we should be seeking counsel from,” Dreyer said. “He helped us answer those questions.”
Gingrich has long backed government support for ethanol, voting as far back in 1984 in favor of the subsidy. He also has staked his presidential campaign on a strong showing in next month’s Iowa caucuses, where the subsidies and other federal ethanol aid are supported by the state’s corn producers.
Resent your personal attacks. Disagree with the post is one thing but this is a fact on Santorum. He even wrote an article on it which I will send to you.
Yes thats right. Santorums answer to the energy crisis was corn. His response was to force car manufacturers to build vehicles that would rely on 85% ethanol ie, a corn byproduct. (And yes, Im aware that Gingrich supports ethanol (not mandating it, just exploring it as an option), an issue with which I strongly disagree with him.)
It seems an odd response from someone who says that on principle they dont agree with the government meddling in the private sector, doesnt it? So, he says he opposed the car company bailout because he didnt like the government interfering in the private sector, but hes A-okay with the government mandating all vehicles be ethanol-friendly?
With all due respect, Senator, I think this is the wrong way to go. Rather than reducing our oil appetite, I believe as Governor Palin and Newt Gingrich do that yes, innovation is coming, but that we must acknowledge the reality that we are a society wed to fossil fuels for the foreseeable future.
Fact is the biggest BIGGEST issue threatening America today is the INDIVIDUAL MANDATE in Obamacare—this is where you are FORCED by the GOVERNMENT to BUY a particular product just because you have a pulse in America.
Newt was for it and Mitt invented it so Rick is the only one with the standing and credibility to confront Obama on it.
The single most important issue right now and only one of our candidates can even talk about it without being called a hypocrite—the GOVERNMENT telling Americans what they WILL buy or be “HELD ACCOUNTABLE” in Newt's words.
Yeah it sux that some people will abuse the medical system and the rest of us will have to pay for it—but is having the GOVERNMENT taking away individual freedom and the slippery slope it introduces the answer?
Obama, Mitt and Newt thought so...
“Ive been moving into the Gingrich column for a few days. That clap-trap pushed me over. Too bad more of this wasnt out before our primary.”
??? Gingrich was an ethanol LOBBYIST!!!
Mister NOOT must be doin’ back flips. somethin’ was telling me this guy was light in the loafers. I bet he had that deer in the headlights look in his eyes when he said it
Gingrich the lonely Republican in supporting ethanol subsidies
November 3, 2011
In Iowa, four out of five Republican candidates for US President say that its time to end ethanol subsidies because its not the governments place to support one source of energy over another.
Newt Gingrich was the only candidate at a manufacturing forum held Tuesday that supported ethanol subsidies, while two current frontrunners Mitt Romney and Herman Cain werent in attendance at all.
You mean be FORCED by the GOVERNMENT to post a bond for not buying a particular product.
“Following his 16 point defeat from the Senate in 2006, Santorum penned a weekly column for the Philadelphia Inquirer. In one column “Reducing U.S. oil appetite This is one cause that could be helped by smart mandates and taxing,” the former Senator came out in favor of government mandates for fixing American oil dependence.
What we need is a government mandate! We need to mandate that all cars sold in the United States, starting with the 2010 model year, be “flex-fuel vehicles” - that is, they should be able to run on a blend that is 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline (the so-called E85 blend), or even a coal-derived methanol/gas mixture. This mandate would cost a fraction of the new fuel economy standard with the added benefit of saving barrels more oil. “ Rick Santorum
WSJ blasts Gingrich on ethanol
Challenging his fiscally conservative bona fides, the Wall Street Journals editorial board slammed Newt Gingrich for supporting ethanol subsidies in Iowa.
The influential Journal said that Gingrichs ethanol lobbying raises larger questions about his convictions and judgment.
But what appeared to really irk the Journals conservative board long critical of the subsidies was the way Gingrich singled their position out as “just plain flat intellectually wrong” in a speech he gave last Tuesday to a renewable fuels summit in Des Moines.
“Obviously big urban newspapers want to kill it because it’s working, and you wonder, ‘W]what are their values?’” the editorial recounted Gingrich saying.
The Journal also blasted Gingrich for supporting George W. Bush’s 2003 Medicare prescription drug benefit and for suggesting he could support government mandates for flex-fuel vehicles.
Santorum penned an article on his support of flex fueled vehicles..can RS and you say Chevy volt? this is his own words..Following his 16 point defeat from the Senate in 2006, Santorum penned a weekly column for the Philadelphia Inquirer. In one column “Reducing U.S. oil appetite This is one cause that could be helped by smart mandates and taxing,” the former Senator came out in favor of government mandates for fixing American oil dependence.
What we need is a government mandate! We need to mandate that all cars sold in the United States, starting with the 2010 model year, be “flex-fuel vehicles” - that is, they should be able to run on a blend that is 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline (the so-called E85 blend), or even a coal-derived methanol/gas mixture. This mandate would cost a fraction of the new fuel economy standard with the added benefit of saving barrels more oil.
None of the remaining GOP candidates is 100% pure on all issues conservatives like and hope to see implemented to improve our country’s future.
As the primary process goes on, vote for the one you like and respect the most and he may be the final nominee. Contribute as money is necessary to go forward.
What we shouldn’t do is to get too nasty or promote too much bloodletting against our guys, as that helps the one we fear most, Obama.
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