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Whos Afraid Of Ethanol? The 2012 Race Will Tell : NPR - 肥肥 - 肥蝈蝈的博客

Corn is big business in Iowa, which has usually made anything but support for ethanol subsidies off-limits for presidential hopefuls.

Corn is big business in Iowa, which has usually made anything but support for ethanol subsidies off-limits for presidential hopefuls.

Whos Afraid Of Ethanol? The 2012 Race Will Tell : NPR - 肥肥 - 肥蝈蝈的博客

Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty thinks he can win in Iowa, despite his view that all energy subsidies, including ethanol, should be phased out.

Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty thinks he can win in Iowa, despite his view that all energy subsidies, including ethanol, should be phased out.

There has long been a truism for presidential hopefuls in Iowa. If you want to do well in the first of the nation caucuses, then you'd better support subsidies for ethanol. Yet this year, with overall federal spending and deficits becoming such a major issue, the political rules regarding ethanol may be changing.

Go back and listen to Iowa stump speeches from candidates past — Democrat and Republican alike, front runners and long shots — and you'll hear lines that have been music to the ears of the states' corn growers.

"I support ethanol and I support ethanol strongly," George W. Bush said in 1999. "And I'd support ethanol whether I was here in Iowa or not."

That same year, Al Gore boasted of a tie-breaking vote he cast while presiding over the U.S. Senate as vice president. "I voted, and we saved ethanol," he said. "And Iowa won." In 2008, Barack Obama championed ethanol subsides, too.

When someone did speak out in opposition, it got a lot of attention.

"Ethanol is not worth it," Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) declared during his 2000 presidential campaign. "It does not help the consumer. Those ethanol subsidies should be phased out, and everybody here on this stage, if it wasn't for the fact that Iowa is the first caucus state, would share my view that we don't need ethanol subsidies."

In two runs for the White House, McCain mostly opted out of campaigning in Iowa, knowing his position made him an unpopular candidate among caucus-goers.

Yet this campaign season is sounding a new tone. In announcing his candidacy for president in Iowa this past week, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty also sent a message.

"The free market, not freebies from politicians, should decide a company's success," he said. "So, as part of a larger reform, we need to phase out subsidies across all sources of energy and all industries, including ethanol. We simply can't afford them anymore."

Like McCain, Pawlenty portrayed his blunt talk as truth-telling. Unlike McCain, Pawlenty thinks he can win in Iowa. He believes times have changed enough to allow him to oppose ethanol subsidies.

Des Moines Register political columnist Kathie Obradovich says he may be right.

"It's a different time. Tim Pawlenty is coming in at a time when the ethanol industry is mature — and some people think it may be oversaturated," she says.

Whos Afraid Of Ethanol? The 2012 Race Will Tell : NPR - 肥肥 - 肥蝈蝈的博客

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney focuses on a key issue on Friday in Ankeny, Iowa, as he prepares to launch his 2012 presidential bid.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney focuses on a key issue on Friday in Ankeny, Iowa, as he prepares to launch his 2012 presidential bid.

Combine that with rising gas prices, which make ethanol more competitive, and there's a growing belief, even in Iowa, that the industry can probably handle a gradual phase-out — or at least a reduction — of subsidies. The key for Iowans, Obradovich says, is that ethanol not be singled out.

"If he had come in and said, 'We're gonna cut the subsidies for ethanol, but we think big oil should still get their share,' that would not have gone over well here," she says.

Still, some other 2012 GOP hopefuls, including Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich, continue to voice support for ethanol subsidies. Republican strategist John Stineman, a veteran of Iowa political battles, says there is risk for Pawlenty and that he'll need to explain himself.

"Iowa has a very sophisticated electorate," he says. "They are not going to just go on the sound bite; they'll want details. And I think there will be a pretty robust discussion of this in this election cycle."

Which means the Iowa caucuses could see something new this time around, in the form of a real debate on an issue where in the past, only one position was seen as acceptable.

 
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In a true captialist economy, the government does not subsidize commodities such as petrol and corn. They are subsidized because America is a corporate economy; cheap petrol and corn benefits corporations at the expense of the consumer.

2011年5月29日星期日 22:13:52

Remember President Obama's innaugaration speech where he said he'd "restore science to its rightful place"?

Mr. President, what does the science say about the efficiency of using corn ethanol?

2011年5月29日星期日 21:33:47

Ethanol is a DUMB idea. I have been part of building an ethanol plant near Canton, IL., and in learning just how grossly inefficient and costly the process is, I can't support ethanol production at all. And yes, I made good UNION wages building the place. But I hope it was a fluke, a fad. Such a wasteful process- as I see it, it ADDS to emissions/pollution. We have become a slave to corn.

2011年5月29日星期日 20:46:36

Any candidate that says he/she supports Ethanol is obviously lying and thus is not someone I would vote for. Ethanol is one of the worst large-scale fuel options out there, and is only sustainable by government subsidies (i.e. our tax dollars). No thanks.

2011年5月29日星期日 20:07:17

Ethanol is a scam. It costs as much energy as it produces, raises food prices, and does nothing else but enrich the Corn Belt. Enough! It's a bad program.

2011年5月29日星期日 19:38:44

Obama:
Supports continuing the war in Afghanistan

May keep 20,000 troops in Iraq past 2011 despite the statement of forces agreement Bush signed that calls for all troops out by 2012

Continuing military operations in Libya past 60 days without congressional approval in violation of the War Powers Act

Fighting states' attempts to decriminalize marijuana

Supports taxpayer welfare for corn farmers


Where's the "change we can believe in"?


2011年5月29日星期日 18:42:45

William Hardy, if we are speaking about things that cost the American taxpayers money, let's add Wall Street, our Military and NASA, Entitlement Programs, Oil and Gas, Humanitarian efforts, etc. There is a laundry list of things that aren't always beneficial monetarily for our country. Ethanol, is one of the few, that at least promises the 'chance' of a return on our investment in the coming future. Whether you believe that or not, and for that matter, I question it myself, that is more than we can say for an awful lot of American enterprises at the moment.

2011年5月29日星期日 16:58:25

Let's see now. We, as taxpayers, subsidize an industry that produces an inferior product at a higher cost than it sells for and, in turn, raise the cost of food products that also utilize the same material (corn). Does anyone else here see an issue that needs to be resolved?
Ethanol reduces the mpg of vehicles (in my case, 6-7mpg)and for this I am expected to contribute to the subsidization as well as take the hit at the pump. Here in NY State, the availability of non-ethanol gas is LIMITED - I purchase it at the Seneca Indian Reservation, and the extra distance traveled is MORE than offset by the savings.
Do I support the ethanol industry? Not a chance. As stated her by others, it does nothing to encourage the development of viable, cost-effective alternatives and hurts the consumer both coming & going. DUMP THE PROGRAM!!!!

2011年5月29日星期日 16:33:47

We are using more and more farm land to produce ethanol to slow the import of oil and in the process losing farm land that produces our food, increasing the amount of food we import.

So, what problem are we solving?

2011年5月29日星期日 16:23:02

In Mo.the former governor (Blunt), made sure his brother was poised to make a killing on ethynol production. It is subsidized by taxpayers. Corn is subsidized by taxpayers. And in Mo. It is mandatory ethynol in all gas except high octane.Ethynol provides more power but fewer miles per gallon. The state and Feds make more tax money by selling more gas due to lower mileage.They have no incentive to make it a consumer's choice to buy or not to buy. The production of ethynol uses more energy that it actually provides in the final product.Underground water reserves are being wasted to make this junk. It dammages motors and causes the fiberglass fuel tanks in boats to melt, plugging fuel lines and and ruining carbeurators. We are being hustled by invesrtors of the ethynol industry, and corn growers association.

2011年5月29日星期日 16:19:11

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