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Good news: Dems admit ethanol mandate failed – Bad news: Trump promised to save it

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During the 2016 GOP presidential primaries, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) took a political gamble leading up to the Iowa caucus when he called for major changes to the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program, including a call to end ethanol subsidies. Meanwhile, Donald Trump praised ethanol and called for raising the standard in an attempt to curry enough political favor in the Big Corn state to beat Cruz. Despite the reality that most of the corn used in ethanol production came from Iowa, Cruz beat Trump.

Created as a means to combat so-called climate change, the RFS required that ever-increasing amounts of ethanol be blended into gasoline. And despite documented evidence of ethanol’s damage to consumers and the environment, the RFS became little more than another taxpayer-subsidized, crony-capitalist, corporate-welfare program where the federal government picks the winners (Big Corn) and the losers (everyone else).

In a sort of good news/bad news announcement last week, key Democrats behind the biofuel push contained in the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 announced that they had “made a mistake” with the ethanol mandate, and they introduced new legislation to fix it.

“The law hasn’t worked out as we intended,” said former California Congressman and Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee Henry Waxman. Following a joint call with reporters, Waxman joined current members of Congress, Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) and Sen Tom Udall (D-NM), to introduce legislation that will phase out corn-based ethanol. Speaking for the group, Welch said:

“We’ve now had more than a decade of experience with it, and it had the best of intentions. But it has turned out to be a well-intended flop.

“It actually doesn’t cut down on greenhouse gas emissions, it expands them. It’s had a significant impact on overplanting in fragile areas of the corn belt. It has had significant impacts on small engines. And it’s also had a significant impact on feed prices … and there is a lot of evidence it has increased the cost of food.”

So, that’s the good news. The bad news is that Trump promised to protect corn-based ethanol and he, along with a host of ethanol-loving Republicans from red state producers of corn, wants the RFS to stay.

It was just a few months ago that Trump caved to Big Corn when he overruled an effort by EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt to make major modifications to the RFS following heavy resistance from a gang of Midwestern Senators led by Chuck Grassley. And with his reelection campaign officially launched, Trump will be in campaign mode for the rest of his first term as he prepares for Iowa in 2020.

Trump promised in 2016 to protect ethanol mandates, a promise that he’s already bragged about keeping. And even though he’s demonstrated a propensity to break his promises when politically convenient, it’s very likely that Trump will continue to keep his ethanol promise to Iowa.

Not because it’s good for America, but because it’s good for his campaign.

Originally posted on The Strident Conservative.


David Leach is the owner of The Strident Conservative. His daily radio commentary is nationally syndicated with Salem Radio Network and can be heard on stations across America.

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  1. Matthew Frihart

    March 12, 2018 at 9:44 am

    I gotta say on this one, trump is wrong. Hopefully he’ll get more info and come around.

  2. Dogood

    March 12, 2018 at 10:12 am

    This is one promise I hope Trump doesn’t keep, but I’m afraid he will. Yet he’s deregulating as much as he can via executive actions.

  3. Larry Folds

    March 12, 2018 at 11:10 am

    Trump is only a little better than a democrat president. He has totally blown up the gun rights people in favor of gun control, not common sense control, just plain gun control. He has signaled the anti-gun lobby to go after the NRA and us, the gun owners. He told Feinstein to put her dream list of guns to ban and Marco Rubio is helping her. Cornyn is showing his anti-gun colors by depriving 18-21 year olds of their rights, may as well take their voting rights away if we can’t trust them to carry a gun even to go hunting. Roberts of KS is showing his anti-gun colors and on and on it goes all because Trump call them the cover to do it. FL and IL has already banned whole groups from purchasing weapons to defend themselves. Trump is a traitor and I will not support him in the future. Yeah, he made nice with the NRA but his dog whistle has already blown and now he tries to distance himself so he can have his cake and eat it too.

  4. Steve in Missouri

    March 12, 2018 at 1:43 pm

    The corn or grain alcohol mandate not likely to be overcome. Going by these enormous ethanol factories in corn growing areas on roads and highways, they are enormous buildings and grain storage bins on the plains. I had gone by them in Kansas, but they are all over in the corn growing areas, they have turned farm communities into factory, industrial centers. I’m sure it will be enormously difficult to change now that it’s been instituted on a widespread scale.
    Definitely politics, and electoral college politics are involved. Thousands, if not millions of jobs are involved.
    International fuel alcohol programs are widespread as well. I think Brazil has an enormous sugar cane industry, nearly 600 million tons of sugar cane, much of it converted to ethanol to supply vehicle fuel, while biomass is used to produce electricity.
    Even with that, due to sugar being produced from the sugar cane and being more cost effective than alcohol, Brazil has at times imported ethanol for vehicle fuel from the US.

    • Charlie Peters

      April 9, 2018 at 1:24 pm

      Ethanol Waiver for Clean Air & Clean Water

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FCC having second thoughts about creating state-run media

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It’s no mystery to even the casual observer of American politics that Donald Trump has little love for Freedom of the Press as he repeats his claim of “Fake News” like a broken record any time the news media reports about him unfavorably . . . even on foreign soil.

Days after kicking off his recent European trip with a “Good morning to Fake News media” during a bilateral meeting with NATO leadership, Trump broke out another classic on the eve of his #SurrenderSummit with his BFF Vladimir Putin—a man who murders journalists for sport. Using words that certainly pleased his host, Trump leveled a Soviet-styled claim that the American news media is “the enemy of the American people,” a claim he originally broke out over a year ago.

A few months following Trump’s original “enemy” tweet last year, Trump’s chairman of the FCC, Ajit Pai, reinstated an old rule that paved the way for a $3.9 billion TV merger between Sinclair Broadcast Group—Trump’s favorite news media company outside of FOX News—and Tribune Media. This rule change paved the way for Sinclair to own enough local stations to control over 70 percent of US households.

A few months after that rule change, the FCC eliminated another rule requiring TV stations to operate local studios within their licensed markets, thus opening the door for local news to be nationally broadcast from places like New York City and Washington, D.C.
Trump’s hatred of the free press aside, the FCC was creating the perfect environment for a new state-run media. And while originally dismissing this threat to the First Amendment, Pai is now questioning the wisdom of paving the way for Sinclair’s near monopoly. In a statement released yesterday, he said that he now has “serious concerns” about the merger.

In an effort to get the deal approved, Sinclair had proposed selling off some of its TV stations in exchange for the FCC’s endorsement. However, this was little more than a shell game because Sinclair would still control those stations. So, in a “why didn’t he see this before” explanation, Pai rejected the merger.

“The evidence we’ve received suggests that certain station divestitures that have been proposed to the FCC would allow Sinclair to control those stations in practice, even if not in name, in violation of the law.”

Pai’s decision could be the death-knell of the merger, but with Sinclair’s openly pro-Trump bias along with Trump’s desire to silence his critics in the media, I’ve got a sneaky suspicion that there’s still a “Dumb and Dumber” level of a chance that it could happen.

Originally posted on The Strident Conservative.

 


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Christian, conservative, and all-in for Trump Republicans race to lead House conservative caucus

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After years of compromising their convictions and trading their principles for political power, the GOP provided little resistance to Donald Trump and his nationalist populist ideology as he and the so-called new American right seized control of the party.

As I wrote in May, one of the casualties from Trump’s hostile takeover of the GOP is the conservative base of the party as a new kind of conservative was born, the Trump conservative–or Trumpservative as I call them—consisting of Republicans who identify as Christian, conservative, and all-in for Trump.

As the 2018 election dawns on the horizon, leadership positions within the GOP are up for grabs in groups claiming to represent conservatives, including the Republican Study Committee (RSC). Considered the largest caucus on Capitol Hill, the RSC has experienced a growing influence since Trump moved into the White House. While this would be good news if the RSC was truly conservative; in the Age of Trump and with the rise of the Trumpservative, it’s hard to see how it could be anything but bad news.

Currently, there are five House Republicans considering a run to replace outgoing RSC Chairman Rep. Mark Walker (NC), a man who falls short of being a conservative based on his very average Liberty Score® of 70% (C).

Unfortunately, but not surprisingly, the five contenders for Walker’s position are no more conservative than he is based on their Liberty Score®. Listed in order of their seniority, they are:

Discouraging how those who have been there the longest are some of the worst, isn’t it? But it gets worse.

As a Southern Baptist preacher-turned-politician, the departing Walker is a Trumpservative—Christian, conservative, and all-in for Trump. And as bad as the five contenders for his job are, the preferred candidate from the above list is Hartzler, who, despite being the least conservative of all, is also a Trumpservative—Christian, conservative, and all-in for Trump.

When asked about running, Hartzler replied, “I’m praying on it,” which I find to be the most troubling part of the Trumpservative.

It’s not that I don’t believe in the importance and power of prayer. My objection is with the casual way prayer is thrown around within the ranks of politicians looking to justify their actions and win votes. After all, if she “prays” about it, how can anyone question her decision?

Too often such prayers are simply an attempt to justify a decision the person has already made. Sprinkle a few of the right-sounding Christian words on the situation and bada bing, bada boom, instant “God’s will.” It reminds me of the scene in the movie Kingdom of Heaven where Guy, who is in line to become King of Jerusalem, seeks the blessing to go to war against Saladin, a war he had already decided he would wage.

By the way, Gov. Jerry Brown and Rep. Nancy Pelosi often sprinkle a little faith on their politics when it serves their purposes, as do many on the extreme-left. Obviously, that doesn’t make them conservative because “by their fruits you will know them.” In the same manner, when you take into account that she registers a weak 69% on moral issues on her Liberty Score®, I think it’s appropriate to ask what kind of fruit are we getting from Hartzler or any candidate with her track record.

If her GOP colleague in Missouri, Rep. Ann Wagner has anything to say on the matter, Hartzler should run based on her proven credentials as a Trumpservative. In an interview with the Hill.com, Wagner—Liberty Score® 53% (F)—endorsed her Show-Me-State friend:

“She’s a very active member of the RSC. She’s a solid conservative. And I would certainly love to see a woman like Vicky head up the RSC.

“That would be an excellent dynamic and I think Vicky would be well-suited for that position.”

During the 2016 campaign, pro-Trump talker Rush Limbaugh said that Trump’s success occurred because “nationalism and populism have overtaken conservatism.”

That may be the reason for Trump’s success, but it’s also the reason for the death of conservatism within the GOP. And it isn’t helping the “Christian” part of the equation very much either.

Originally posted on The Strident Conservative.

 


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