Skip to comments.GOP Lawmakers Confront Trump Over EPA’s Unworkable Biofuels Mandate
Posted on 12/07/2017 9:17:00 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
President Donald Trump will meet with a group of Republican lawmakers Thursday to discuss ways of addressing problems oil refiners have with the EPAs biofuels mandate.
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is among nearly a dozen Republican lawmakers prepared to confront Trump over his administrations refusal to ratchet down the biofuel standard. They want to find a way to lessen the impact the standards have on oil refiners.
President Trump will meet with senators today to discuss his commitment to the Renewable Fuel Standard and how to effectively address the programs impact on independent refiners, White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters said in a press statement.
The Renewable Fuel Standard (or RFS) program requires refiners to blend ethanol and other biofuels into the countrys diesel and gasoline supply. Refiners must purchase Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs) if they do not participate in the program.
RINs costly prices are forcing some refiners to lay off employees. Industry insiders are pleading with the administration to endorse a policy that addresses those costs.
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We shouldn’t be growing food for use in cars. It’s not cost effective and it’s not necessary.
Simple. Ban worldwide use of fungicide on corn, soybeans, and wheat. See an approximate 10% drop in crop yield. Supply drop would raise prices to where ethanol would find it harder to compete with oil. Farmers would have less crop, but higher prices to offset the difference.
The health benefits to the environment would probably be a plus as well.
“Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs) if they do not participate in the program.”
Would this be like a tattooed number on the arm, or just a yellow star?
This is hardly a confrontation. It is legislators meeting with the POTUS to discuss a policy
And - I don’t want GD alcohol in my gasoline. It reduces my overall fuel economy, has nearly no effect on “pollution” and caters to a very small but “important” constituency who benefit at everyone else’s expense. But then again - that’s what American politics is today - who gets what from who.
What the Hell did Trump ever have to do with the ridiculous notion of biofuels?
But then again - thats what American politics is today - who gets what from who.
Cant say we werent warned.
No doubt that's the topic on the table, as DjT would renege on a campaign promise if they kill ethanol use. That will have to wait.
I thought, that a couple months ago, Cruz was crusading to keep the corn/ethanol train running smoothly....
How about the impact on my Harley?
How about just doing away with EPA. Where in the Constitution is it written that we must have one?
I’m always surprised they ran Nixon when he helped them create monsters like this.
Let’s see something to back up that number.
A little background: Before moving to TN last winter, I spent my previous 62 1/2 yrs living in a 5 mile radius about an hour south of Moline, IL. I got out of farming in 2000, not able to compete with the big operators. I became a truck driver, but rented out my small cropland acreage to another farmer. The fungicide phenomenon came along after I was gone from actively farming.
So, I’m just going by what my renter, and friends that still farm, told me about the yield increase from fungicide. They say that they apply it twice during the growing season. So it would have to cause a significant yield boost to be worth the expense.
The 10% is rough I admit, since I have heard (possibly pessimistic witnesses) of 7% increase in yield; to (possibly exaggerated) increases of 15% or more.
To be fair, the corn used to make ethanol is no more food than a pine tree (Euell Gibbons ca. 1972 notwithstanding).
Other than maybe a couple days near the end of the growing season when field corn is palatable, you'd only eat it out of desperation.
So, while I'm no fan of corn ethanol, that argument doesn't hold water.
Corn is not food? I learned something today!
Agreed. Get rid of the EPA.
As far as the EPA being in the Constitution, that’s a feeble defense these days. If we were to abide by the Constitution’s ‘Enumerated Powers’ clause, the federal government could be run out of an abandoned mall.
Ethanol is a food of sorts. The problem is that more is produced than can be drunk. The excess makes fuel additive