E85 Boondoggle of the Day: Vote Early, Vote Often!
Judging by the frenetically ascending “Cost of War in Iraq” clock on MyruralAmerica.com, I think it’s safe to say the website is slightly to the left of center. Does it matter? I reckon themthereruralvoters are willing to cast their ballot for whomever will provide the biggest trough. To discern this distinction, Myruralamerica republishes advice from The Iowa Corn Growers Association. “It is not our job to tell you who you should vote for or what party you should follow,” said Gary Edwards, the ICGA Prez. “But it is our duty to stand up to promote the interests of Iowa corn growers, Iowa consumers, and their future.” Yes sirree Bob. I bet you know where they stand on the “environment” (The ICGA supports the continuation of the 45 cent per gallon blenders’ credit for ethanol, the 54 cent per gallon ethanol import tariff, the federal Renewable Fuels Standard, and other tax incentives for ethanol (such as E85) that will reduce prices at the pump for consumers) and crop subsidies ( the ICGA supports a safety net for farmers that is based on revenue and not price, which supports production and market demand. ICGA policy supports farm policy that is trade compliant and supports strong conservation programs that protect our environment. ICGA also supports a crop insurance program at rate levels sufficient to induce crop insurance and designed to avoid the need for disaster assistance). So, which presidential candidate gets the official nod?
Current Presidential positions include:
* McCain*: Opposes agricultural subsidies and has stated he would have vetoed the 2008 Farm Bill. Supports trade compliance.
* Obama*: Pledges to support a strong safety net for farmers. Supports crop revenue insurance program and voted for the 2008 Farm Bill. Pledges to support a permanent mechanism to encourage wide use of crop insurance.
* McCain*: Opposes tariffs and price supports for ethanol. Signed a letter urging the EPA to exercise its authority to waive the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS). His presidential platform calls for an end to the RFS.
* Obama*: Pledges to continue the 45 cent blenders’ tax credit and maintain the 54 cent tariff on ethanol. Pledges to increase the RFS to 60 million gallons by 2030. Pledges to support maximum funding for the Department of Energy’s alternative fuels program, with a focus on E85.
I’m afraid you’re gonna have to connect the dots yourself. Should be too much trouble.
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