By on April 17, 2015

Hillary Clinton Boarding Chevrolet Scooby Van In New York

During a campaign tour stop in Iowa, Democrat hopeful Hillary Clinton threw her support behind corn ethanol.

Autoblog reports Clinton met with a number of Democrats at a private affair in Marshalltown, Iowa Thursday, including America’s Renewable Future co-chair Patty Judge and Iowa Corn Growers board member Bruce Rohwer. Judge stated via a press release that Clinton “was extremely receptive” about ethanol, and felt encouraged “by by her comments about the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).” Rohwer added that he was able to thank Clinton for her support, and believed future conversations on the topic would be “just as positive.”

Clinton has supported RFS since at least 2007, when she first made a go for the presidency, though The Daily Beast found that in a 2002 joint letter with Sens. Charles Schumer of New York, Dianne Feinstein of California and Barbara Boxer of California, then-Senator Clinton described legislation that would bring ethanol into the United States gasoline supply as being “the equivalent of a new gasoline tax” forced upon consumers; she would vote against ethanol 17 times during her time in the U.S. Senate.

Clinton’s re-enforcement of her current stance follows support of ethanol by most Republican hopefuls, as noted during a GOP candidate gathering during last month’s Iowa Ag Summit.

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52 Comments on “Hillary Clinton Throws Support Behind Ethanol While In Iowa...”


  • avatar
    cwallace

    Ugh, if it weren’t for the primaries starting in Iowa (for whatever gravely outdated reason), ethanol would have died the death it deserved long ago.

    • 0 avatar
      gtemnykh

      This a thousand times. Watching all these slimy critters kowtow to ethanol just reinforces my already pre-formed opinions on them. Democrat, Republicans, it doesn’t matter.

      • 0 avatar
        ttacgreg

        When billionaires, corporations and other mega wealth interests buy off all the candidates, buy off the government, then democracy and freedom are dead.
        The Left fears big wealth, the Right fears big government, they are in fact one and the same entity.

        • 0 avatar
          chuckrs

          Well put Greg. Mrs Clinton, controlling a foundation with assets in the range of a quarter billion dollars, and healthy personal resources, fits right in with Big Corn.

        • 0 avatar
          Lou_BC

          @ttacgreg – there is something seriously wrong with a system that seems to think that spending a billion dollars (each per side) on a presidential election is okay. Statistically the one that spend the most wins.
          There is truth to what you say when we see big corporations and 0.1%’ers donating to both sides in a campaign.

  • avatar
    STRATOS

    Ethanol from corn is simply a stupid exercise, but why would she care.Power trip concerns her,nothing else.

    • 0 avatar
      Luke42

      It’s not a power trip, it’s pandering.

      I’ll probably have to hold my nose anh vote for her anyway, though, if only because she’s not a Republican.

      *sigh*

  • avatar
    TW5

    Another politician pandering to the corn belt. Tonight we’re gonna party like it’s 1969.

    This woman has the sort of egomania that would make Chairman Mao blush.

    • 0 avatar
      28-Cars-Later

      Psychopaths have run the West since at least November 1963, I’m truly surprised the Earth was not already destroyed in a nuclear apocalypse.

      • 0 avatar
        psarhjinian

        A nuclear apocalypse wouldn’t be _profitable_.

        • 0 avatar
          CJinSD

          When even you know that the profit motive is all that protects us from annihilation, it really draws the mindset of the socialist into focus.

          • 0 avatar

            That’s quite an assertion.

          • 0 avatar
            Lou_BC

            @CJinSD – profit is different than greed but in the context of MAD, it will happen if one side figures the odds of survival are there or if one side feels that an apocalypse needs to happen.
            “Kill them all and let God sort it out” is a paraphrase of “Kill them all. God will recognize his own.” That just happens to be a right wing slogan not a socialistic one just like the misused slogan “”Molon Labe”.

            First black Obama and now white female Clinton…………… the horror……….. the horror.

          • 0 avatar
            CJinSD

            Dance monkeys! Now pretend that your crew isn’t responsible for all the genocides, and that Stalin and Hitler weren’t just separated by egos!

  • avatar
    dal20402

    Welcome to presidential politics. There is absolutely no way any politician who says anything negative about ethanol can make it through the nomination process. The Republicans are falling all over themselves to praise it too.

    • 0 avatar
      28-Cars-Later

      Let’s get Hill, Marco, Jeb and the rest to do some shots of ethanol just to show us the love they have for it.

      • 0 avatar
        Jeff Weimer

        From more than a few anecdotes (yes,not data), Hillary might just be down with that.

        I hear Jeb is partial to Rum, and Rubio prefers water.

        I imagine Walker would go for beer. Cruz? I would think Tequila. What do they drink in New Jersey, anyway?

        @dal20402 – Cruz is the only one to openly tell Iowans to get stuffed on ethanol, FWIW.

        • 0 avatar
          28-Cars-Later

          Cruz in this case is the only one who gets my vote, although seeing Hill acting like somewhat of a human being would be endearing (but what what difference would it make, right?)

        • 0 avatar
          dal20402

          Cruz also has absolutely zero chance in the primaries and is well aware of it. His goal is to follow in the footsteps of Jim DeMint: get a million-dollar job where he can get paid to yell at people.

          • 0 avatar
            Jeff Weimer

            Cruz candidacy chances remain to be seen. There’s a hard core of Cruz supporters out there; ironically for the same reasons the Conventional Wisdom ™ dismisses him out of hand.

          • 0 avatar
            dal20402

            The hard core of Cruz supporters might – *might!* win him a few states in the south. To win the nomination you need a lot more than that. Cruz assembling enough delegates to win the nomination is about as possible as me (fortyish, a bit out of shape) running a four-minute mile. He’s got essentially zero support in any blue states and near-zero outside the south.

          • 0 avatar
            28-Cars-Later

            That’s a pretty good job, sign me up.

    • 0 avatar
      Japanese Buick

      But

      1. Hillary has no serious opposition in the Democratic Primary
      2. Hillary has no chance of winning corn belt states in the general election

      so there is NO logical reason for her to do this! Unless she’s fundraising from agribusiness maybe?

  • avatar
    clivesl

    In other news, the sun rose in the east and hell still has not frozen over. We now return you to your regularly scheduled programming.

  • avatar
    Rod Panhard

    Supporting alcohol for use as a fuel in the US only shows that you’re mathematically challenged, or sucking up for votes. There is no good reason to turn corn into energy.

    I still don’t understand why it is, in a nation of 318.9 million clowns, it’s always the same six bozos who want to run the Big Top?

    • 0 avatar
      dal20402

      Because everyone else has too much sense.

      Stay awake 24 hours a day (of which 12 are spent asking for money), never see your family, and eat fast food and disgusting fair treats for more than two years. Your reward is to make nonstop impossible decisions on very little information, all of which is being carefully massaged to manipulate you, while taking more abuse than any other human being on the planet. While you do this, you lose all semblance of a normal life. You can’t go outside without being accompanied by, literally, a small army, and your every minute is scheduled weeks in advance. Sound like fun?

    • 0 avatar
      28-Cars-Later

      “I still don’t understand why it is, in a nation of 318.9 million clowns, it’s always the same six bozos who want to run the Big Top?”

      Because its a rigged game.

    • 0 avatar
      shaker

      “I still don’t understand why it is, in a nation of 318.9 million clowns, it’s always the same six bozos who want to run the Big Top?”

      Circus Maximus, indeed. :-)

  • avatar
    Wraith

    “You walk out there on that stage, and you come out against ethanol, you are dead meat. Bambi’d have a better shot getting elected President of the NRA than you will have of getting a single vote in this Caucus.”

  • avatar
    CoreyDL

    Why is she riding around in an old Chevy Express conversion (probably Gladiator) with tasteless mods?

  • avatar
    Crabspirits

    TLDR: Presidential hopeful knows ethanol is BS. Goes in for a meeting with Ethanol mafia. Mafia is pleased how her bribes-er, her re-education turned out.

  • avatar
    jkross22

    More slurping sounds from the congo line of candidates headed to Iowa. Shocker.

  • avatar
    2drsedanman

    Sure would like to see them say “I support the coal industry” here in Kentucky. Of course, saying it and meaning it are two different things. Prepare to see a lot more of this pandering and general suckiness for the next 18 months.

  • avatar
    chuckrs

    My favorite ethanol story

    http://www.foxnews.com/story/2006/07/10/iowa-man-fired-for-drinking-ethanol-fuel-denied-unemployment/

  • avatar
    PrincipalDan

    The only corn squeezin’ I’m interested in is white lightening.

  • avatar
    pdl2dmtl

    For the sake of all Americans with half a brain that care about what future brings: she must not be voted.
    What is it with all these families that want all their members to be presidents? I can only imagine what they talk around the table during Thanksgiving.
    *shudder*

  • avatar

    of course she does.

  • avatar
    CB1000R

    No idea what this article is about, because…that van is BITCHIN’.

  • avatar
    cartunez

    The only democrat I would consider voting for will probably not be allowed to run (Cory Booker). The GOP lineup is completely stale other than Rand Paul but he is going to have a hard time trying to sale libertarian ideas to a electorate that has been brainwashed on big government for the past 100 plus years. On a positive note this weekend looks like its going to be gorgeous and gas is still about $2.32 a gallon.

    • 0 avatar
      ihatetrees

      Jim Webb, the ex VA Senator, would stir things up. Sure, Hillary’s media/left apologists would destroy him by screaming “RACIST!!!” if he declared. But anything that damages the probable Hillary coronation in Jan ’17 is a good thing.

  • avatar
    Freddie

    Principled liberals AND conservatives oppose the ethanol scam; it’s all about buying votes in Iowa. That Hillary, running unopposed for the nomination, could not bring herself to oppose RFS says a lot about her – and it’s not good.

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