Obama Rejects Request By States For Waivers From Renewable Fuels Standard

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The governors of eight states, along with 175 members of Congress, called on President Obama and the EPA to grant waiver from the Renewable Fuels Standard that will require refiners to blend 13.2 billion gallons of renewable fuels this year.

Drought conditions have severely hampered corn production in much of the country – it is projected to be the smallest harvest in six years – and as much as 42% of that group is slated for fuel.

The governors and members of Congress were worried about the impact a corn shortage would have on food and fuel prices, but apparently the Obama administration isn’t concerned at all:

President Barack Obama’s administration rejected a request from the governors of eight U.S. states to waive requirements for blending corn-based ethanol into gasoline, said a person familiar with the decision.

Market conditions don’t justify such a move, said the person, who declined to be identified because he isn’t authorized to speak for the Environmental Protection Agency. Gasoline refiners will be required to blend 13.2 billion gallons of the biofuel this year, the EPA said in rejecting petitions from the governors of Arkansas, North Carolina, Maryland, Delaware, Georgia, Virginia, New Mexico and Texas as well as members of Congress.

The market distortions the Renewable Fuels Standard creates are bad for our economy.

“An economist in Indianapolis just calculated that the U.S. is losing a million jobs this year—along with $30 billion in economic growth—because we shifted too much of our corn into ethanol,” reports the Center for Global Food Issues. “Tom Elam says direct employment in the food industry would have produced three times as many jobs processing and marketing meat as making ethanol from the same corn. Elam calculates the foregone jobs at 941,000. That doesn’t even count the myriad of jobs that would have been needed to support the newly employed one million Americans.”

What’s more, as this infographic from Smarter Fuel Future shows, food prices have increased significantly since the RFS became law:

I’m not necessarily against so-called “renewable fuels” generally, or against corn-based ethanol specifically, but it has to make sense in the marketplace. The problem is that these fuels don’t make sense, their production is hurting the marketplace and the economy, but they’re produced anyway because the government mandates that it should be so.

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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  • mickey_moussaoui

    The Democrats own this now

    • two_amber_lamps

      No mickey, unfortunately due to media spin and leftist litany it shall always be the fault of the Bu$h!tler….

      • $8194357

        Obstructionist conservitives comrade 2 lamps..
        The evil arch enemy of all communist ideologs..
        Only thing is…The “moderates” and centrists won’t allow
        any kind of radicle talk about “muslim/communist” influance
        on our third generation communist puppets in control in DC..

        TRUTH is so hateful to the centrist/moderate and radicle left..
        Like sun to a vampire hiding in the dark for generations…OWS”er.

        the Democratic Party,
        which in recent decades has moved ever-farther to the
        left ideologically and politically;

        the so-called Shadow Democratic Party, a network of non-profit activist groups and labor unions organized by George Soros and
        others to mobilize resources — money, get-out-the-vote drives, campaign
        advertising, and policy initiatives — to elect Democratic candidates and guide the Democratic Party towards the left;

        the rise and influence of “Section 527 Committees,” which are used by
        special-interest groups to raise unlimited amounts of “soft money” for the
        Democratic Party;

        the Congressional Progressive Caucus, a coalition of far-left and socialist
        Democrat legislators with close ties to the Democratic Socialists of America; and how the Left dominates the election-law industry.

        Soros has been sticking tens of millions into local/regional drug laws as well…Go figure huh..But don’t dare say (communist or muslim)
        around these parts as America crumbles into a wasteland.

        • BadgerFan82

          Seven! You’re back! I thought you had sworn off this site, and I was so sorely disappointed…

          • $8194357

            leftists and RINO athiest moderates assume alot of
            ignorant things badger..rock on dude..

          • BadgerFan82

            Hey, I was just going by your own comments, man. Just going by your own comments.

            As for atheism, you’re barking up the wrong tree.

          • $8194357

            Blanket statements..
            i do that alot…
            Easier for folks to “assume” and “project” their own
            agendas/ideologies that way, huh.

  • SigFan

    Of course he doesn’t care – he wants fuel prices to reach European levels remember? All in a day’s work for the man bent on destroying America.

    • $8194357

      As per his and his czars ideological commitments and the globalist agendas..

  • toomuchguvmint

    When burying the middle class and sentencing more Americans to food stamps are your goals, ethanol is getting the job done for Obama.

    • splined

      What a pathetic idea – turning the whole country into a reservation – sure seems to be working great for the democrats. Not so good for the rest of us though.

  • Lianne

    Does the fact that they went directly to Obama, who by the Constitution itself, has no legislative power, and to the EPA who should have no voice except to bring its ideas to the House and the Senate seem strange to others or just to me ? Is that the accepted norm, now?

    • $8194357

      No..
      the Constitutional process means “nothing” to federalists/international progressives..Hasn’t for close to 100 years but don’t tell the Truth as it is considered hateful by almost everyone these days…

  • sbark

    900,000 jobs……..what a crock of b.s………….
    Food increase’s are basically from the unstated loss of the USA dollar as Reserve Currency status—-the same reason foreign buyers can by our refined gasoline cheaper than we can hear at home, and increased fuel is always the main reason for food cost price hikes……..
    …..but, I’ll agree, the mandate increase from 10 to 15% is silly, not because of a drought,

    • $8194357

      Did ya see how jobless rates went up again the “week after” the election?
      Bengazi like good for team Barry, huh.

      • BadgerFan82

        You mean when the impact of Sandy hit the job numbers? Amazing how that works.

        • $8194357

          No..
          Amazing how the numbers were manipulated higher than the actuals before the election.
          Sandy is part of it and a “crisis” is a terrible thing to waste/hide that same manipulations behind huh
          Waggin the dog for maximum effect…

        • donwalk

          Except that most of the increase was in Ohio and Pennsylvania? Can you please explain that?

  • BadgerFan82

    All the more reason to put actual resources into biofuels that are not based on food crops.

    • $8194357

      That should have been done in the 70’s…
      Carter and all re-organized and created a whole
      segment of federal government who’s sole purpose
      was to get us “off” foriegn oil…
      funny how that grew large and didn’t work except
      enrich our Arab enemies huh…
      Always the 180 result with the growth of central planning
      communism instead of the “help Americans cause” they
      hide behind tho huh…
      Brazil did it..We spent trillions and failed.

  • WOOF

    Democrats get a $2.00 a gallon rebate,
    we’re not allowed to smile at the pumps.

    • $8194357

      so you will only pay 8 while the rest of us will pay 10 soon huh..
      Per Barry and his czars..

    • Roy_Bean

      Is that Obama gas, like the phones?

      • http://proof-proofpositive.blogspot.com/ Proof

        Obama gas passes much more often than the Senate passes a budget.

      • WOOF

        Better,with every full tank a coupon is generated for half price withdrawals from the TSR. Twinkie Strategic Reserve.

      • $8194357

        Cell phones food stamps and such……
        Devils game from early on.

        Genesis 25:29-34

        New King James Version (NKJV)

        Esau Sells His Birthright

        29 Now Jacob cooked a stew; and Esau came in from the field, and he was weary.

        30 And Esau said to Jacob, “Please feed me with that same red stew, for I am weary.” Therefore his name was called Edom.[a]

        31 But Jacob said, “Sell me your birthright as of this day.”

        32 And Esau said, “Look, I am about to die; so what is this birthright to me?”

        33 Then Jacob said, “Swear to me as of this day.”
        So he swore to him, and sold his birthright to Jacob.

        34 And Jacob gave Esau bread and stew of lentils; then he ate and drank, arose, and went his way. Thus Esau despised his birthright.

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