Skip to comments.Perry wants a “level playing field” & an end to ethanol mandate (audio)
Posted on 08/28/2011 3:42:06 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry says its time for the federal government to quit picking winners and losers, and that includes federal efforts to boost the ethanol industry.
Perry, the governor of oil-rich Texas, opposes the federal renewable fuels standard which requires a certain amount of corn-based ethanol be produced in the U.S. each year.
Id like to see a level playing field for all of the energy producers in this country, Perry told reporters in Iowa tonight.
Iowa corn farmers support the federal rule which requires an increasing volume of ethanol be produced through 2015. Perry told reporters tonight that he supports all of the sources of energy that are out there, including so-called biofuels like ethanol, but hes against the federal government requiring a certain amount of ethanol be produced each year.
We dont need to have government picking winners and losers in this business, Perry said during a news conference in Des Moines. Let the folks get out there with the regulations off their back. I have a good idea that the farmers in Iowa can compete with anybody in the world.
Perrys view on ethanol is echoed by many Tea Party activists who have complained about tax breaks for ethanol and other industries and who have harshly criticized federal bail-outs for Wall Street and American automakers. Ethanol producers say theyre willing to give up their federal subsidies if federal tax advantages for the oil industry are abolished, too.
If ethanol was such a great fuel, let the market decide its value.
Too many Iowa farmers bought into this subsidy drug and are now hooked.
Look guys, taking in government money to produce something people don’t want to pay for is just stealing from your neighbors. Just like creeping into their house at night and lifting bucks out of that wallet on the dresser.
Only difference is you have the force of government behind your stealing.
You’re still creeping.
And by design.
Perry's out there trying to talk them off the ledge -- back "inside" -- from socialist control to free-market competition.
Don't be surprised if the attorney general jumps in after Perry slammed the rule for threatening Texas jobs and families and putting reliable, affordable electricity at risk. Late last week, 31 members of Congress from Texas, including eight Democrats, signed a letter to the White House asking for relief. The utility commission also filed objections with the EPA.
Texas officials and the EPA have been clashing over air pollution and environmental issues for the past decade. The conflict has deepened under the Obama administration as the EPA turned more aggressive and Perry sharpened his attacks on Washington.
Corn belongs on my dinner plate, not my gas tank.
Yea, right. We'll give up our subsidies and keep our regular tax deductions offered to all corporations as long as they take away those tax deductions from the oil companies that are there for every business, no matter the industry.
Purposely worded to make it sound they will give up the same as what is taken away from the oil companies. They are setting up the unfair advantage they already have against oil.
If the damned Iowa caucuses were later in the year, we probably could have gotten rid of this outrage.
I’ll take Gov. Palin’s position: let’s take away special subsidies for all energy providers.
Fill your plate with #2 yellow dent corn and let us know how it tastes.
Go back to MTBE and return to food for food and fuel for fuel.
or in my glass with ice and water
Palin did - a while ago.
I think he makes an excellent point, though, don’t you? Food for people first. Fuel from other sources.
“Iowa corn farmers support the federal rule which requires an increasing volume of ethanol be produced through 2015. Perry told reporters tonight that he supports all of the sources of energy that are out there, including so-called biofuels like ethanol, but hes against the federal government requiring a certain amount of ethanol be produced each year.
We dont need to have government picking winners and losers in this business, Perry said during a news conference in Des Moines. Let the folks get out there with the regulations off their back. I have a good idea that the farmers in Iowa can compete with anybody in the world. “
Shades of Tim Pawlenty
Pawlenty: Phase out ethanol subsidies
“.remove the federal regulations that are stifling innovation and job creation...”
AMEN! I agree!
That’s not “food”! =)
But it is OK for him to do in Texas...
Ha! He’s a target rich environment and if Gov. Palin can’t get past him she’ll have run a worse campaign than I’m expecting.
Actually #3 isn’t a decision point as much as it is an unintended consequence...
I’ve tasted really, REALLY smooth moonshine TWICE..just a few sips both times...it’s “mother’s milk” f’sure...
What is Dent Corn?
Dent corn is a variety of corn which is higher in starch and lower in sugar than table corn, the type of corn eaten as a vegetable. There are a wide range of uses for dent corn, which is one of the most cultivated crops around the world. In addition to being used as a source of food for humans, dent corn provides corn starch and other byproducts which can be processed into an assortment of things from biodegradable plastics to fuels. Some people also call dent corn field corn to distinguish it from table corn.
The origins of corn as a crop date back to early Mesoamerican cultures, which first tamed the wild relatives of corn to turn them into a usable food crop. In order to be edible, field corn must be processed, typically through grinding it into a flour or soaking it in lye or other substances to soften the outer shell of the corn, as is the case in corn masa. Soaking the corn in lye also frees the niacin bound up in the kernels, making the dent corn more nutritious. Other varieties of corn include popcorn, flour corn, sweet corn, and waxy corn.
The stalks of dent corn usually grow larger than the corn’s sweeter cousin, and the individual kernels have distinctive dents along their sides which led to the common name. The corn is often dried for processing, and is available for sale in a number of different formats including whole cobs, individual kernels, and ground flours. The corn may also be further refined to extract an assortment of useful compounds.
Animal fodder often includes dent corn as a source of nutrition, and since the corn grows cheaply and readily, it is often used to bulk up fodder for feedlot raising. Since the firm kernel corn has a variety of uses, it is very important economically, especially in some regions of the United States. It grows best in regions with long, warm summers which allow the ears of corn to fully mature, and when processed properly dent corn can be stored for up to two years.
Consumers rarely interact directly with whole kernels of dent corn, but they indirectly consume or handle many products of the corn every day. Most meats are produced from animals fed on it, many cosmetics include dent corn byproducts, and an assortment of foods ranging from corn syrup to starches use dent corn as a constituent ingredient.
For decades, screwy farm programs have been paying farmers hundreds of BILLIONS for NOT growing stuff. At least with ethanol, they're actually gowing SOMETHING. Isn't this an improvement of sorts?
I don’t think you want ethanol type field corn on your plate. :-)
Yeah, and #1 is more of a tactic in support of #2.
That's what I knew it as, growing up in Wisconsin.
Wow, a Texas governor wants that? Stop the presses. I know — he should advocate the abolition of Medicare and Social Security! That’ll solidify his older constituency.
Actually, every time you have any processed food that says "corn syrup" or "fructose" on the ingredients label, you have field corn on your plate or in your glass.
The point is that, as more acreage is devoted to field corn for the gas tank, less acreage is devoted to any crop for the dinner plate and food prices at Safeway and Publix shoot through the roof.
Ethanol Blamed for Record Food Prices: .... Federal ethanol mandates, which have led to a steady increase in the production of ethanol made from corn, are a major reason why food prices worldwide have reached record levels in the past several months, according to some economists.
(added Friday, July 15, 2011)
Pat Buchanan supports ethanol subsidies for energy independence -- stated his "support [for] ethanol production as integral to a policy of national energy independence" and cited an Iowa ethanol production facility he recently visited as "an example of American efficiency." [November 18, 1999 -- Source: Sustainable Energy Coalition, media backgrounder #2]
Pat Buchanan supports developing Caspian pipelines -- an end to draw-downs of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, and topping it off, rapid development of the oil resources of Russia, the Caspian, and Central Asia, multiplication of pipelines from the Caspian and the Gulf [October 9, 1999 -- Source: A Republic, not an Empire, p. 381]
Pat Buchanan supports study of the potential of an oil import fee to stimulate conservation and new drilling, and to make clean coal and natural gas more competitive [October 9, 1999 -- Source: A Republic, not an Empire, p. 381]
Pat Buchanan opposes CAFE standards of 45 mpg for new cars and 35 mpg for new light trucks by 2005 [October 4, 1999 -- Source: Sustainable Energy Coalition backgrounder #3]
(added Saturday, June 4, 2011)
It's the Obamacare, stupid!
One-half gallon of oil in the form of pesticides per bushel of corn would cost $2 to $3 per bushel. If this were true -- and it clearly isn't -- it should be enough to illustrate to literally anyone that the price of petroleum is quite literally the ONLY thing driving corn prices. And this idiotic piece of agitprop -- from a hydrogen "energy" advocacy site -- also shows the guy in the encounter suit spraying chemical fertilizer, a sight that I've never been privileged to see, what with me *growing up on a farm*.
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When Rick Perry gets in he needs to fire every last EPA parasite and bulldoze their office buildings. I am sick and tired of these eco-fanatics ruining our domestic oil/gas/electricity production. Especially over some CO2 emissions due to the global warming hoax.
"Pat Buchanan supports ethanol subsidies for energy independence -- stated his "support [for] ethanol production as integral to a policy of national energy independence" and cited an Iowa ethanol production facility he recently visited as "an example of American efficiency." [November 18, 1999 -- Source: Sustainable Energy Coalition, media backgrounder #2] "Pat Buchanan is an idiot. You can't reach a state of "energy independence" by using a fuel that consumes more energy to produce it than it generates. Ethanol is a net negative energy source.
That’s a gutsy thing to say in Iowa. It could cost him any chance of winning the Iowa caucuses. It’s the right thing, of course, and every tea party candidate should go to Iowa and repeat the same thing.
The “They” is the ethanol lobby.
We DONT do it that way in Texas.
Texas is the most business-friendly of the large US states, and its that way due to tort reform, low taxes and a govt that gets out of the way as much as possible.
Perry is right on to oppose ethanol subsidies.
Almost half of those donors received big contracts, tax breaks or appointments during Perry's tenure.
Clearly , Perry is for sale.
Nice channelling of the Soros/liberal attack lines.
Do you feel better having repeated their allegations?
Perry’s record is pro-business.
Some business folk have supported him, while millions in trial lawyer money was raised to go after him. They support him because he is a probusiness conservative. That trial lawyer money used the same attacks you just used against Perry.
In the end, the $37m over 10 years is a fraction of what Obama raised in ONE election from wall street and hollywood donors.
Some of this little feller's corn-fed tasty bits are presently packaged neatly in my freezer.
Yes and no — Pat Buchanan is an idiot, but ethanol doesn’t consume more energy than it takes to produce.
This puts Perry on the right side of at least two gigantic issues including AGW which to me is almost a litmus test.
So he should be in favor of things that are bad for his friends, himself and the State he is Governor of?
How stupid is that?
He’s also going after public education.
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