Skip to comments.Exclusive: Trump weighs dropping personal efforts on biofuel reform - sources
Posted on 03/29/2018 10:24:14 PM PDT by blueplum
NEW YORK (Reuters) - President Donald Trump is seriously considering abandoning efforts to remake the nations biofuel laws after wading deep into an issue that divides some of his core constituencies, according to three sources familiar with the administrations thinking.
Advisers have urged Trump to instead let Congress tackle the biofuel reforms, but use the threat of administrative action to help rival lawmakers come together and solve the intractable issue.
The U.S. Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) has created reliable demand for corn farmers in the nations heartland, but merchant refiners like Valero Energy Corp say the costs to comply with the program have taken a huge financial toll.
The largest and oldest U.S. East Coast refinery, Philadelphia Energy Solutions, filed for bankruptcy in January, blaming its financial woes on the biofuels program and drawing Trump into the debate over ...
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>>What to do?
Burn the corn fields, purge the aliens.
Ethanol laced gas ruins thousands of smaller engines and carbureted vehicles every year, incurring extra cost in repairs, increasing waste as engines and devices have to be replaced, and increasing cost to the consumer while offering little to no energy independence advantage or pollution decreases.
They can keep offering E85 as that is a choice freely available to new car buyers if they want it, but the mandated regular gasoline E10 blends gotta go.
I can testify from personal experience that it crippled most of the consumer kerosene heaters on the market.
I had spot-heating with a kerosene heater down to a science until the government jacked up the kerosene supply with their biofuel additive requirement (extra moisture in the fuel).
It's up to 7% of "whatever" qualifies as a "biofuel".
Corn makes great whiskey. Fat hogs, cows, chickens, and good corn bread.
Oh and crap gasoline and if they legalize hemp corn will be toast. Lousy toast to be sure but toast none the less.
> “... and solve the intractable issue”
Nitpicking the writer, one does not ‘solve’ an intractable problem, at best one ‘manages’ it.
Attempting to induce wourldwide famine to advance a Looney climate is pure evil.
Stop making fuel out of corn.
Kind of ironic that while it costs more to lace the gas with ethanol, non-ethanol gas is 15% more expensive at the pumps.
I am sick and tired of paying $10/lb for lunchmeat and pumping crappy gas to support Big Corn. Friken meddling by central planners screw us all, and enrich a few.
Term limits!!! COS.
This is such a simple one. Phase it out. The guv should never have been involved. It is a criminal waste of prime farmland, raises costs for everyone—including downstream farmers in meat and dairy, and chews up people’s cars.
Should find other ways to help farmers, such as helping them diversify so we are not so dependent on other countries for our food.
And what kind of story is this, not even mentioning ethanol until the 6th paragraph, and then in an offhand matter that suggests ethanol isn’t really central to what this is all about.
Who wrote their story, the Corn Farmers of America?
Oh, and every last bit of farm subsidy we provide should go to the likes of leafy green vegetables—not yet more wheat and corn!
Bad words: ethanol, bio fuels
Good words: bio fuel car destroyers
Keep a small shed in back storing cans of pure gasoline to un-ethanol your car tank. Ain’t socialism wonderful?
I have to drive 25 miles to be able to put ethanol free gas in both my cars. I carry several gas cans when I do so that I’ve got gas at home for my motorcycle. And yes I had to buy a outdoor box to keep my cans in safely.
Not a day goes by that I don’t have to spend money unnecessarily because of some ridiculous government edict.
The crop and dairy farmers are heavily subsidized by you and I. They will always vote for the person that will continue to give them the pork. Meanwhile this cluster ruins every engine it gets poured in and increases our cost for food, including higher cost to the beef and hog farmer.
I would think that closures of refineries would be a national security issue?
a subversive article. Biofuels sounds so ‘modern’ and ‘hip’ over ‘ethanol’ doesn’t it?
The author also generalizes ‘corn producers’. There are sweet corn producers and field corn producers. Sweet corn is food. Field corn is stock feed, cornstarch and ethanol.
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