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Perry wants a “level playing field” & an end to ethanol mandate (audio)
Radio Iowa ^ | August 28, 2011 | O. Kay Henderson

Posted on 08/28/2011 3:42:06 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife

Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry says it’s 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.

“I’d 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 he’s against the federal government requiring a certain amount of ethanol be produced each year.

“We don’t 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.”

Perry’s 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 they’re willing to give up their federal subsidies if federal tax advantages for the oil industry are abolished, too.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Constitution/Conservatism; Front Page News; Government; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: biofuels; energy; epa; ethanol; perry; perry2012; rickperry; screwedthepooch; shothimselfinthefoot; texas
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*****AUDIO (12 Min) ***** ***** Perry: “I haven’t backed off anything in my book”
1 posted on 08/28/2011 3:42:13 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

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.


2 posted on 08/28/2011 4:10:16 AM PDT by plangent
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To: plangent
...Too many Iowa farmers bought into this subsidy drug and are now hooked....

And by design.

Perry's out there trying to talk them off the ledge -- back "inside" -- from socialist control to free-market competition.

3 posted on 08/28/2011 4:15:26 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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Aug 5, 2011: Finding middle ground on EPA-Texas electric squabble [EPA doesn’t do “middle” ground] “Texas' grudge match with the Environmental Protection Agency is getting nastier and riskier, with the fallout threatening to reach the state's power grid. Want another reason to worry about the lights staying on? Or how about another hit to the economy? You've heard lots of political posturing about Texas' way of life being threatened by an overreaching federal government. This time, Gov. Rick Perry has a point. …………..

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.”………

4 posted on 08/28/2011 4:16:39 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Corn belongs on my dinner plate, not my gas tank.


5 posted on 08/28/2011 4:16:50 AM PDT by TheRobb7 (The Good Samaritan didn't use a Government credit card.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
"Ethanol producers say they’re willing to give up their federal subsidies if federal tax advantages for the oil industry are abolished, too."

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.

6 posted on 08/28/2011 4:46:44 AM PDT by mazda77
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
I have always said I would vote for the candidate who first stood firm against ethanol tax breaks, mandated fuel mixtures and tariffs. Bachmann is slowly caving -- let's see if Perry holds true.

If the damned Iowa caucuses were later in the year, we probably could have gotten rid of this outrage.

7 posted on 08/28/2011 4:51:39 AM PDT by BfloGuy (In old fashioned language, Keynes proposed cheating the workers.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

I’ll take Gov. Palin’s position: let’s take away special subsidies for all energy providers.


8 posted on 08/28/2011 5:02:17 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: TheRobb7

Fill your plate with #2 yellow dent corn and let us know how it tastes.


9 posted on 08/28/2011 5:02:59 AM PDT by Mr. Lucky
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Damn Straight!


10 posted on 08/28/2011 5:06:25 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Go back to MTBE and return to food for food and fuel for fuel.


11 posted on 08/28/2011 5:24:22 AM PDT by tobyhill (A Democrat that doesn't lie would be a lie)
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To: plangent
Turning food into fuel to get worse gas mileage and then subsidizing it is government at it's best.
12 posted on 08/28/2011 5:29:47 AM PDT by normy (Don't take it personally, just take it seriously.)
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To: TheRobb7

or in my glass with ice and water


13 posted on 08/28/2011 5:32:13 AM PDT by normy (Don't take it personally, just take it seriously.)
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To: TheRobb7
Corn belongs on my dinner plate, not my gas tank.
I'll give you a hearty "Amen!" to that.
14 posted on 08/28/2011 5:33:26 AM PDT by Clara Lou
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

M-E-R-C-K


15 posted on 08/28/2011 5:35:00 AM PDT by Reagan69 (First they came for Sarah Palin and conservatives said nothing...)
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To: BfloGuy

Palin did - a while ago.


16 posted on 08/28/2011 5:36:14 AM PDT by Reagan69 (First they came for Sarah Palin and conservatives said nothing...)
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To: Mr. Lucky

I think he makes an excellent point, though, don’t you? Food for people first. Fuel from other sources.


17 posted on 08/28/2011 5:37:26 AM PDT by Clara Lou
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To: Clara Lou

Moonshine!!!


18 posted on 08/28/2011 5:39:23 AM PDT by ken5050 (Should Christie RUN in 2012? NO!!! But he should WALK three miles every day!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

“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 he’s against the federal government requiring a certain amount of ethanol be produced each year.

“We don’t 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
http://gop12.thehill.com/2011/05/pawlenty-phase-out-ethanol-subsidies.html


19 posted on 08/28/2011 5:52:37 AM PDT by Valin
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To: Cincinatus' Wife; Colonel_Flagg

“.remove the federal regulations that are stifling innovation and job creation...”

AMEN! I agree!


20 posted on 08/28/2011 5:58:39 AM PDT by LUV W (Obama is E V I L!!! RUN, SARAH---RUN!!!)
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