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Corn for Food, Not Fuel.
NY Times (Op-Editorial) ^ | July 30, 2012 | COLIN A. CARTER and HENRY I. MILLER

Posted on 07/31/2012 2:57:54 AM PDT by carriage_hill

IT is not often that a stroke of a pen can quickly undo the ravages of nature, but federal regulators now have an opportunity to do just that. Americans’ food budgets will be hit hard by the ongoing Midwestern drought, the worst since 1956. Food bills will rise and many farmers will go bust.

An act of God, right? Well, the drought itself may be, but a human remedy for some of the fallout is at hand — if only the federal authorities would act. By suspending renewable-fuel standards that were unwise from the start, the Environmental Protection Agency could divert vast amounts of corn from inefficient ethanol production back into the food chain, where market forces and common sense dictate it should go.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Editorial; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: corn; drought; economy; energy; ethanol; gasoline; logical
This Op-Ed piece makes more sense than anything the NYSlimes has published in the past several years. And for that reason alone, it'll (most likely) never happen.
1 posted on 07/31/2012 2:58:04 AM PDT by carriage_hill
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To: carriage_hill
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what's wrong with using all your food for fleeting activities?

2 posted on 07/31/2012 3:02:08 AM PDT by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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To: carriage_hill

“could divert vast amounts of corn from inefficient ethanol production back into the food chain,”


Apparently these writers have never heard of DDG’s. Also, suspending the renewable fuels act will have little or no effect on the price of food. It’s all about the devalued dollar on the international markets.


3 posted on 07/31/2012 3:05:06 AM PDT by cornfedcowboy (Trust in God, but empty the clip.)
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To: sten

Looks like self-monuments to our criminal US CongressCritters, by our corrupt US CongressCritters.


4 posted on 07/31/2012 3:08:49 AM PDT by carriage_hill (All libs and most dems think that life is just a sponge bath, with a happy ending.)
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To: cornfedcowboy
I'm sure they've heard and know-well about DDGs, but they just ignore the obvious.
5 posted on 07/31/2012 3:13:49 AM PDT by carriage_hill (All libs and most dems think that life is just a sponge bath, with a happy ending.)
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To: carriage_hill

“By suspending renewable-fuel standards that were unwise from the start, the Environmental Protection Agency could...”

But they won’t. They are at war with us and will beat us down as hard as they can. If there had been no drought, they would have thought up some other crisis to impact our farmers...and by extension, all the rest of us.
The epa is a purely evil entity.


6 posted on 07/31/2012 3:14:52 AM PDT by MestaMachine (obama kills)
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To: carriage_hill

Haven’t we been saying this for years?

Welcome to the real world, NYT.


7 posted on 07/31/2012 3:33:08 AM PDT by lowbridge (Joe Biden: "Look, the Taliban per se is not our enemy.")
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To: MestaMachine

The EPA is criminal, corrupt and evil. All of them should be stood against a wall...


8 posted on 07/31/2012 3:47:36 AM PDT by carriage_hill (All libs and most dems think that life is just a sponge bath, with a happy ending.)
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To: lowbridge

note the writer is from Hoover Inst.


9 posted on 07/31/2012 5:06:00 AM PDT by babble-on
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To: carriage_hill
Quit
burning
my food!

10 posted on 07/31/2012 5:46:34 AM PDT by upchuck ("Definition of 'racist:' someone that is winning an argument with a liberal." ~ Peter Brimelow)
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To: cornfedcowboy

So I take it you’re a beneficiary of the ethanol lobby?


11 posted on 07/31/2012 5:52:30 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: carriage_hill

First Rule of Civilization:

DON’T BURN YOUR FOOD!.................


12 posted on 07/31/2012 6:22:18 AM PDT by Red Badger (Think logically. Act normally.................)
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To: Red Badger; upchuck

100% right.

It never made any sense to me, when sugar is (somewhat) more efficient than corn and plentifully available, yet ethanol itself is a frigging boondoggle (subsidy scam) which costs 25-30% more to produce than it yields. And it damages engines etc. But that’s just the gov’t idiots’ line-of-reasoning with our hard-earned tax dollars.


13 posted on 07/31/2012 6:42:44 AM PDT by carriage_hill (All libs and most dems think that life is just a sponge bath, with a happy ending.)
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To: carriage_hill

It all boils down (pun intended) to ‘pull’.
The corn/ethanol lobby has more $$ and can throw their weight around much more efficiently than the ‘Big Sugar’ lobby can.
Only a few states grow sugar cane and beets, but many more grow corn, so they have more political clout, and more senators and congresscritters to bribe with campaign bucks. Or threaten to support their opponent and give money to the Super Pacs to do it for them.......


14 posted on 07/31/2012 6:58:43 AM PDT by Red Badger (Think logically. Act normally.................)
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To: 9YearLurker

So I take it you are the beneficiary of the oil lobby?


15 posted on 07/31/2012 9:59:47 AM PDT by cornfedcowboy (Trust in God, but empty the clip.)
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