Ironic: Big Ethanol Accuses Big Oil Of Using Political Influence To Manipulate Fuel Markets


Right now it’s almost impossible for fuel consumes who want to avoid buying ethanol to find a fuel that doesn’t have the biofuel mixed in. That’s because a federal mandate called the Renewable Fuels Standard is requiring fuel refiners to blend set amounts of ethanol irregardless of actual customer demand. So if you want to avoid ethanol because it’s bad for your equipment, or if you just don’t want to buy it, too bad.

You’ve got no choice, for the most part, to the delight of Big Ethanol which has lobbied long and hard to put itself in this position.

But now, Big Ethanol has the gall to attack Big Oil for pointing out that mandating renewable fuels isn’t such a great thing for consumers. And Big Ethanol is being hilariously hypocritical about it:

The corn-ethanol group Growth Energy is taking aim at the oil industry in a new multimillion dollar national TV advertising campaign, the group announced Monday.

The push portrays the oil industry as using its clout to prevent biofuels from entering the marketplace. It’s the latest in a series of escalating attacks between biofuel and oil industry trade groups.

“While Big Oil may be one of the largest and well-funded industries on the planet – they are not entitled to use their influence to control Congress to maintain unbridled control over the transportation fuels marketplace,” Growth Energy said in a statement.

The advertising effort will last several weeks, Growth Energy spokesman Michael Lewan told The Hill. It will broadcast nationally on FOX, CNN, MSNBC and RFD-TV, as well as in some local markets.

Let me repeat one of those quotes: “While Big Oil may be one of the largest and well-funded industries on the planet – they are not entitled to use their influence to control Congress to maintain unbridled control over the transportation fuels marketplace.”

Says the industry that has used their influence to control Congress and maintain unbridled control over the transportation fuels marketplace. Again, try to avoid buying ethanol the next time you fill your car up. You probably won’t be able to do it, and that’s Big Ethanol’s influence. They’ve not only managed to get the government to subsidize ethanol production, but to also to mandate its use.

The people getting that special deal have no standing from which to criticize others for excessive influence in government.

Rob Port is the editor of In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters.

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  • HG

    Big oil and big ethanol could be just as big as they are today and yet have far less influence but for the existence of a much, much bigger federal gov’t — actually, gargantuan by comparison. A gov’t who rakes in billions in gas taxes and millions more from leases, from taxes and fees on operations, and labor the oil industry must forfeit in order to stay in business.
    Oil company profits have averaged about 8.5% that’s about 28-30 cents a gallon at todays price per gallon of gas. The feds take 18.4 cents p/gal of gas and 24.4 cents p/gal of diesel fuel and they don’t earn a penny of it. States confiscate 2-3 times more then the feds — in California, 71.9 cents p/gal including the 18.4 p/gal the feds confiscate.
    Gov’t is the elephant in the room and the biggest winners by far from gas and oil sales.

  • WOOF

    In a few months politicians will assemble in Iowa
    to re-assure the ethanol lobby.

    • HG

      If only gov’t was cut down to size, there would be no ethanol lobby and far less influence for sale.

      • awfulorv

        The will is not there to cut the government.
        However, one of these days the balloon that is government will be pricked, and a huge implosion will occur, with the resulting devastation.
        At that time the fair tax will, of necessity, be installed, and the resultant turnaround will shock even the most pessimistic.
        Too bad we haven’t the acumen to use it now, before the deluge, and spare ourselves immense misery.

      • WOOF

        and lobbyists are
        the same people.
        Can’t touch that.
        Corporatism Uberalles

  • henrycat

    On a recent trip through the midwest, there a couple of stops at gas stations, I think in Missouri……, where it stated on the gas pump, that there was no ethanol additive to the gasoline. Don’t know what replaced it, if anything….. But it was refreshing to know that there would be an increase in power from my engine. Adding alcohol, makes gasoline more expensive because it is not as efficient as gasoline, is corrosive to engine components and an increase in percentage of alcohol as the EPA wants to do, will have a disastrous effect on older engines because of blown head gaskets. The end result would be a boon, however, to auto mechanics and aftermarket parts suppliers..By it’s very nature, it is so corrosive that it cannot be transported by pipeline and must be delivered to the refinery in stainless steel tanks. IMHO, if we need an additive, take the time to find a better one. So much for another one of our pResident’s campaign promises…… in 2007, he promised to reduce the K street influences……. yeah, right……

  • JoeMN

    This is likely to cover for the big headaches ethanol will cause at the pump

    These blender pumps are full of
    residue, to the tune of 1/3 a gallon for every gallon pumped. So if John
    Doe comes along next with a lawnmower needing a single gallon of E10
    and the customer before him pumped E15, he could be in for more
    fireworks than usual while cutting grass.

    Instead of solving the problem at its
    root by doing away with the Renewable Fuel Standards and letting market
    forces dictate what fuel is available, the merry band of bureaucrats at
    the EPA issued a mandate that any consumer buying gas at an E15 vendor,
    regardless of their individual need, must purchase four gallons or more.
    The idea here is that those purchases to the tune of four gallons and
    upwards renders the residual fuel amount too small to do damage.