After hearing numerous Floridians explain the negative impacts of ethanol mandates, we hope it became clear to the candidates that something needs to be done.
All eyes were on Iowa this weekend for the Iowa Agriculture Summit, with speculation flying around whether presidential hopefuls would bow to the pressure of Big Ethanol.
On Friday, September 13, California became the most recent state to take action against ethanol mandates. The state legislature unanimously passed AJR 21, which urged Congress to enact the RFS Reform Act of 2013, to alleviate the impact of rising feed costs for California dairy and poultry farmers.
More than 40 percent of the United States' corn crop is now used to produce ethanol, and is hurting farmers who use corn for feed, food producers who rely on corn for their products and consumers. Ultimately, those increased costs make their way into our grocery bills.
In late June, the Supreme Court refused to hear a challenge to the EPA’s program to raise the ethanol content of gasoline from 10 to 15 percent, thus clearing the way for adding more ethanol to gasoline.
Ethanol is a failure in virtually every way. It takes more energy to produce it than the fuel provides, disrupts food supploes because so much of the corn crop now goes to ethanol, it costs taxpayers billions of dollars in subsidies and increases the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.