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

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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 SayAnythingBlog.com. 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. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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