WSJ rips Gingrich for defending ethanol subsidies

posted at 3:35 pm on January 31, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

Newt Gingrich has been touring Iowa lately, attempting to generate interest in a run for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination, and he’s been going the traditional route of defending farm subsidies, especially for ethanol.  Gingrich blasted the media for its skeptical approach to ethanol subsidies, especially the Wall Street Journal, saying that “big urban newspapers want to kill it because it’s working,” and then questioned the WSJ’s values.  The editors have responded in an unsigned editorial titled “Professor Cornpone,” and they give Gingrich both barrels:

Here’s how he put in Des Moines, with that special Gingrich nuance: “The morning that I see the folks who are worried about ‘food versus fuel’ worry about the cost of diesel fuel, worry about the cost of commodities on the world market, worry about the inflation the Federal Reserve is building into our system, all of which is going to show up as higher prices, worry about the inefficiencies of big corporations that manufacture and process food products—the morning they do that, I’ll take them seriously.”

The morning Mr. Gingrich read the offending editorial, if he did, he must have overlooked the part about precisely those concerns. He must have also missed our editorial last month raising the possibility that easy money was contributing to another asset bubble in the Farm Belt, especially in land prices. For that matter, he must have missed the dozens of pieces we’ve run in recent years critiquing Fed monetary policy.

Of course, the ethanol boom isn’t due to the misallocation of resources that always stalks inflation. It is the result of decades of deliberate industrial policy, as Mr. Gingrich well knows. In 1998, then Ways and Means Chairman Bill Archer tried to kill ethanol’s subsidies for good, only to land in the wet cement that Speaker Gingrich had poured.

Yet today this now-mature industry enjoys far more than cash handouts, including tariffs on foreign competitors and a mandate to buy its product. Supporters are always inventing new reasons for these dispensations, like carbon benefits (nonexistent, according to the greens and most scientific evidence) and replacing foreign oil (imports are up). An historian of Mr. Gingrich’s distinction surely knows all that.

The WSJ then accuses Gingrich of pandering, but says the problem goes deeper than just check-box politics in Iowa.  If Gingrich seriously thinks that the subsidies for ethanol really are working to do anything more than distort markets and put politics above science, then the Journal argues that his judgment is seriously lacking.  Ethanol gets lower gas mileage, thanks to its lower energy potential, which is one of the reasons that consumers haven’t bought flex-fuel vehicles.  As Jazz Shaw noted earlier, ethanol in higher percentages tends to damage engines not specifically built for the fuel, but this kind of pandering means we’ll all have to deal with those consequences by government fiat.

We have an opportunity to reform government, perhaps the greatest such political opening in almost a century.  Farm subsidies in general have to be on the table, but that’s especially true for ethanol and corn in particular.  Ethanol has simply proven to be too costly, too difficult to transport, and not an effective enough substitute for gasoline to be practical or cost-effective.  Subsidies only hide that fact from consumers at the gas pumps and the showrooms, but the cost to taxpayers for the years of subsidies demonstrate the decades-long failure.  Even Al Gore admits ethanol is a bust, for Pete’s sake.

Republicans don’t need a presidential candidate who wants to conduct business as usual by buying farm votes with promises of our money.  We need a candidate who recognizes the historical moment for change, rather than the opportunity to sell more of the same.


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Newt, it’s minute 16. C’mon.

Akzed on January 31, 2011 at 3:38 PM

(((shakes head)))

He has learned NOTHING from the TEA party. Nada.

Shambhala on January 31, 2011 at 3:39 PM

Let me make the obligatory but obvious statement:

Newt Gingrich jumped the shark years ago. He will be POTUS the day O.J. Simpson finds his wife’s real murderer.

RadioFreeUSA on January 31, 2011 at 3:40 PM

Newt, you had your shot and you blew it.

Game over, dude.

Time to hang it up.

chalons on January 31, 2011 at 3:41 PM

He can’t get out of his own way. I still remember the couch, Newt.

Geochelone on January 31, 2011 at 3:42 PM

I will also rip gingrich for this totally stupid ethanol crud. Why do you think people are mad, riots because food if so high, people are mad they can’t find food, you slug gingrich?
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letget on January 31, 2011 at 3:43 PM

Come on, Newt, get on message or get out.

Cindy Munford on January 31, 2011 at 3:43 PM

This is pandering at its worst.

Gingrich sitting on a couch with Nancy for the cause of Global Warming is the only thing to top this.

portlandon on January 31, 2011 at 3:43 PM

worry about the inefficiencies of big corporations that manufacture and process food products

Sounds like Newt needs a remedial Econ course.

Vashta.Nerada on January 31, 2011 at 3:43 PM

Have Romney, Palin or Huckabee taken a position on ethanol subsidies?

Mark1971 on January 31, 2011 at 3:44 PM

“Professor Cornpone.”

Funny Ed.

Geochelone on January 31, 2011 at 3:44 PM

I still remember the couch, Newt.

Geochelone on January 31, 2011 at 3:42 PM

This

SouthernGent on January 31, 2011 at 3:44 PM

Strike 1 – Couch Time with Pelosi
Strike 2 – Scuzzy-flavor
Strike 3 – Defending ethanol

And throw in Strike 3a which was sucking up to Obama and trashing Palin after the Tuscon smear campaign. Stick a fork in Newt.

Doughboy on January 31, 2011 at 3:44 PM

Newt, why don’t you sit down for a moment…

Seven Percent Solution on January 31, 2011 at 3:45 PM

Ethanol: wrong solution, wrong time.

Lower our food costs and end corn and sugar subsidies.

Iblis on January 31, 2011 at 3:45 PM

ethanol in higher percentages tends to damage engines not specifically built for the fuel

I have yet to see any engines built for ethanol usages.

Newt is pandering to those farmers who wish it was 1920-1970′s again. To bad the farmers don’t think they need to find a way to get their “product” out on a global market instead of just a National base.

upinak on January 31, 2011 at 3:45 PM

Ethanol = burning food so people in the 3rd world can starve.

tetriskid on January 31, 2011 at 3:45 PM

I think a good litmus test for the Iowa primary is a candidate’s position on ethanol subsidies. Separate the wheat from the chaff early on. It is one they can’t hide from.

a capella on January 31, 2011 at 3:46 PM

The editors have responded in an unsigned editorial titled “Professor Cornpone,” and they give Gingrich both barrels:

All of the WSJ lead editorials are unsigned — geez. The headline sounds kind of Taranto-ish, though.

Gingrich had this kind of slapdown coming, and the WSJ gave it to him, yes they did. Good on ‘em.

DaydreamBeliever on January 31, 2011 at 3:46 PM

Go away Newt. We do not need to be turning our food into fuel for our cars. Instead, we should drill more here.

rbj on January 31, 2011 at 3:46 PM

This is not an honest diaglog from Newt. Farmers know the score on ethanol but are loving the high prices the program generates. Nevertheless, with demand for food from India and China growing, now is the time to drop the corn-based ethanol subsidies because the prices won’t collapse so badly as to hurt incentive to produce. I do not want to someday drive an E85 vehicle to a food riot because all the corn went to ethanol.

KW64 on January 31, 2011 at 3:46 PM

Either sit on a balcony with Callista and write a history book or go sit on a couch with Pelosi. You are “so yesterday”. Why does Hannity still kiss his arse, anyhow?

suzyk on January 31, 2011 at 3:48 PM

and yet ethanol pays the Fed Treas. back on a 3 to 1 dollar invested basis……(Fed tax/ State Tax/Lower LDP)as per Urbancuk…

I wish the Home Mtg Int. deduction, that is a pure welfare, not even a subsidy, could perform on a 3-1 basis

Newt was addressing a Farm state not an oil state—-Farmers dont receive the Blenders Credit—it goes to Oil Companies, Farmers didnt mandate ethanol–its EPA, who is no friend of Agric at all.

Farmers built the hard infrastucture via Coops with their own risk and innovation——not so much with Wind and Solar that wont make a move without direct Obama money poured at them.

Lets say Govt dropped the blenders credit and the mandate—corn drops from 6.00 to 4.00 overnight—-at that price ethanol is more than competitive with oil and demand piks up, china buys a few MMT at 4.00, Corn sugar become the buy over cane and beet sugar at that price—–walla: corn is back to 6.00 purely on demand…….

I think even the Tea Party likes good ecnomics if they can hear the full truth of the matter, which Big Oil and Big Food via WSJ are doing their best to shut down.

sbark on January 31, 2011 at 3:49 PM

Have Romney, Palin or Huckabee taken a position on ethanol subsidies?

Mark1971 on January 31, 2011 at 3:44 PM

Well, I can tell you being in Alaska and she probably dealing with the same BS ethonal use in our gasoline AND diesel, that Alaska was the “testing” state for it in the late 80′s and early 90′s. It has made it hard to keep vehicles running up here due to the overheating of engines as well as the fact it gels in the fuel tank when the temps hit 0 or in the minuses quite often. It is also the reason why they do that stupid “Plug in at 20″, yet people up here who recently move or maybe don’t know, that you get a fuel tank warmer on top of a battery blanket and a few other “warmers”.

Ethanol sucks. It makes you sick, it makes your engine crap out faster and it doesn’t make it fuel efficient in the winter at all!

upinak on January 31, 2011 at 3:49 PM

Ethanol makes no economic sense, unless gas gets to $10 a gallon. Better to drill now and often.

Paul-Cincy on January 31, 2011 at 3:49 PM

He needs to make like his namesake & crawl back under the slimy rock from whence he came.

OhioCoastie on January 31, 2011 at 3:50 PM

Republicans don’t need a presidential candidate who wants to conduct business as usual by buying farm votes with promises of our money. We need a candidate who recognizes the historical moment for change, rather than the opportunity to sell more of the same.

Ouch. So true, but that one will sting.

conservative pilgrim on January 31, 2011 at 3:51 PM

Go away Newt. You’ve become as much a socialist at Odumbo.

Webrider on January 31, 2011 at 3:51 PM

This is the worst kind of political behavior, as this is economic policy for political reasons.

Long past time for farm subsidies to go away.

….and TURN THE WATER BACK ON IN CALIFORNIA…..

Skandia Recluse on January 31, 2011 at 3:53 PM

sbark on January 31, 2011 at 3:49 PM

I call BS on this. You can have farmers have oil and gas comps come and check their pastures for “minerals” and depending on states vs individual’s land rights and usages per mineral right as well as water, they could be making a tidy sum of money.

North Dakota farmers have done this… they were poor and in some cases thought about selling their land and BAM the BLM and the State of ND started letting the mineral right under the farms go up for lease and now those “poor farmers” are making money via the lease they hold for the gas/oil production and holdings. Alberta Canada is another one to see how they worked out the details.

If there is a way, there should be a well.. err, I mean will.

upinak on January 31, 2011 at 3:54 PM

Professor Cornpone!
that’s gonna stick.
Cornpone/Dede 2012

james23 on January 31, 2011 at 3:55 PM

Isn’t a Newt some kind of a lizard?

docflash on January 31, 2011 at 3:56 PM

We will never forget or forgive the make-out session on the couch with Nanzi.

bofh on January 31, 2011 at 3:56 PM

Republicans don’t need a presidential candidate

…..named Gingrich. GO AWAY! Your time has passed. Buh-Bye.

search4truth on January 31, 2011 at 3:57 PM

Newt stands no chance of winning the GOP nomination while the country is in it’s current mood/focus. The dudes day was in 1994; a long time ago… Establishment Republican is stamped on his forehead.

Keemo on January 31, 2011 at 3:57 PM

Hey Newt, I think you need to take the same advice you gave Palin — slow down and watch what you say.

Loser…

davek70 on January 31, 2011 at 3:57 PM

We need a candidate who recognizes the historical moment for change, rather than the opportunity to sell more of the same.

Amen!!!

capejasmine on January 31, 2011 at 3:57 PM

Isn’t a Newt some kind of a lizard?

docflash on January 31, 2011 at 3:56 PM

I think this Newt, is the big fig.

capejasmine on January 31, 2011 at 3:58 PM

Newt makes as much sense on stuff like this as a guy locked in a closet (or echo chamber) wildly guessing which way the dang wind is blowing.

Go back to academia, professor Gingrish. Or go write another book or something. Or it you really want to do something productive, just make sure there’s a full roll of TP for the attempt.

Wind Rider on January 31, 2011 at 3:59 PM

Ethanol always seems to make a big comeback every four years or so, like it’s some kind of cycle. Odd that.

slickwillie2001 on January 31, 2011 at 4:00 PM

He has no chance. Pander city!! Why can’t a politician just tell it like it is. (How would Chris Christie handle this?)

Why do we have to continue to subsidize industries that could benefit from some evolution? All we are doing is delaying the inevitable.

JDH on January 31, 2011 at 4:00 PM

Any conservatives and/or Republicans here care to defend this pompous a**, er, Newt?

yubley on January 31, 2011 at 4:01 PM

Upinak………..I’m from N.Dak, where there is Oil and Gas (NW N.Dak BAkken), there is not much Corn–wrong growing season and rainfall patterns.

Big Corn acres and Bu’s are in the “I” states, with Minn, eastern parts of SD, ND, Neb, Kan MO chipping.

Do you guys know the “big oil” is actually putting ethanol into gas without labeling the pumps as such—because its several cents cheaper for gasp….to make extra profit, and they dont even take the blenders credit when doing so. I’ve seen estimate of the vast majority of gas is sold this way—–any car trouble: nope cause its bs, your being lied to on several fronts.

sbark on January 31, 2011 at 4:03 PM

yubley…..read some of the thread. Newt is correct on this one. WSJ is giving you one side.

sbark on January 31, 2011 at 4:05 PM

and yet ethanol pays the Fed Treas. back on a 3 to 1 dollar invested basis

I’ve seen some whoppers in my day, and that has to be the biggest evah!

MNHawk on January 31, 2011 at 4:06 PM

Hannity panders to this guy so badly, it makes me ill sometimes. The mask was removed from Newts face the day he started going after Sarah and Michelle. We all understood that language perfectly well; they’re not sophisticated enough, they need to chill and learn the ways to accomplish things here in DC…. As soon as we started hearing that line of crap, our brains went ding-ding = establishment critter who will be more of the same old shit.

Keemo on January 31, 2011 at 4:06 PM

http://www.slate.com/blogs/blogs/weigel/archive/2011/01/31/florida-district-court-rules-against-health-care-reform.aspx

I’m sure there will be a thread on this; but in the meanwhile…. BRAVO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Keemo on January 31, 2011 at 4:09 PM

How can a man who’s considered intelligent by so many, show such utter contempt in thinking the general voting public is this stupid? Even a total about-face would be more credible than trying to defend this position. How many pieces of silver does it take Mr. Gingrich?

Rovin on January 31, 2011 at 4:12 PM

The entire bill ruled to be unconstitutional; null and void!
I’m taking my wife out for steak tonight; hell, I might even get lucky!

Keemo on January 31, 2011 at 4:13 PM

Sorry, if Newt can’t stand in Iowa and tell those farmers the truth that corn/ethanol subsidies have been a collosal failure and are utterly unneeded and must be cut, then he’s not remotely the right person to be headed to DC to have the bigger discussion about other subsidies and crap programs that are also failures and in desperate need of cutting.

Midas on January 31, 2011 at 4:14 PM

LOL. If you actually had a chance before, it’s over now, Newt. Time to head back to the love seat with Nan and schedule another ‘listening’ tour with that great civil rights activist The Rev. Al Sharpton.

JimP on January 31, 2011 at 4:14 PM

Sorry, but even if the Ethanol industry DID pay back the investment at a 3-1 clip…taking food and turning it into fuel is just bad policy. You are not eliminating the use of gasoline, but you ARE reducing our food supply to either consume domestically or for export. Bad.Policy.

search4truth on January 31, 2011 at 4:15 PM

I have some of his speeches and interviews on my IPod, and I mostly like what he has to say.

I disagree with him in quite a few areas, and find some of his personal history unsavory, but I still like him better than most politicians (including almost all Democrats, and an embarrassingly large number of Republicans).

Johnny 100 Pesos on January 31, 2011 at 4:15 PM

Upinak………..I’m from N.Dak, where there is Oil and Gas (NW N.Dak BAkken), there is not much Corn–wrong growing season and rainfall patterns.
sbark on January 31, 2011 at 4:03 PM

Should have said ranches. Sorry, that was on me. But Alberta has HUGE (and I mean this on a grand scale) hay/alphala feilds as well as cattle for thousands of acres.

But you have to admit, the ranchers are making a very good pay out of leasing their land for the oil/gas comps to come in their to drill.

Why aren’t other farmers and ranchers letting them drill? Kansas is doing it. Wyoming and Texas lead the pack on this. I just don’t get it… are people in Iowa just not that savy or are they becoming that dumbed down via the Government subs?!

upinak on January 31, 2011 at 4:15 PM

I’m taking my wife out for steak tonight; hell, I might even get lucky!

Keemo on January 31, 2011 at 4:13 PM

Corn Fed Beef?!?! /////

upinak on January 31, 2011 at 4:16 PM

Coming from the open borders WSJ it’s Mr. Pot, meet Mr. Kettle.

RJL on January 31, 2011 at 4:17 PM

This is the “ideas man” and the author of “Winning the Future”.

Obama is not like Ronald Reagan.

Obama is like Newt.

Schadenfreude on January 31, 2011 at 4:17 PM

So ed you are ruling out Daniels and Pawlenty too?

antisocial on January 31, 2011 at 4:17 PM

Hey Newt, I think you need to take the same advice you gave Palin — slow down and watch what you say.
Loser…
davek70 on January 31, 2011 at 3:57 PM

I would like to take your thought one step further, “Sit down and STFU!” My gosh, this turkey was even for “Cap and Trade”, this turkey needs to have his Conservative card pulled.

rgranger on January 31, 2011 at 4:19 PM

A “conservative” Clinton we don’t need!

chickasaw42 on January 31, 2011 at 4:19 PM

So ed you are ruling out Daniels and Pawlenty too?

antisocial on January 31, 2011 at 4:17 PM

zing…..

upinak on January 31, 2011 at 4:21 PM

The entire bill ruled to be unconstitutional; null and void!
I’m taking my wife out for steak tonight; hell, I might even get lucky!

Keemo on January 31, 2011 at 4:13 PM

ROFL!!!

Good for you, and umm…your wife! ;) LOL Have a great time!

capejasmine on January 31, 2011 at 4:23 PM

Corn Fed Beef?!?! /////

upinak on January 31, 2011 at 4:16 PM

Yea baby… Haven’t had much to celebrate for quite some time now. Been eating deer and some occasional elk, but tonight is going to be a medium rare 22 ounce T-Bone cooked by someone other than me…

Keemo on January 31, 2011 at 4:24 PM

He has learned NOTHING from the TEA party. Nada.

Shambhala on January 31, 2011 at 3:39 PM

Hell, he hasn’t learned anything from Christie and there is youtube video after youtube video showing Christie in action.

DFCtomm on January 31, 2011 at 4:24 PM

If Newt wasn’t done before, he is cooked now.

tarpon on January 31, 2011 at 4:25 PM

If he runs I hope his opponents run this commercial on a continuous loop on their websites.

mizflame98 on January 31, 2011 at 4:28 PM

Hey Newt, I think you need to take the same advice you gave Palin — slow down and watch what you say.

Loser…

davek70 on January 31, 2011 at 3:57 PM

Exactly; please, oh please, let someone (Hannity – grow a pair and do this, ya schmuck – Levin sure as hell will) throw this down on Newt while he’s on the air, please.

Midas on January 31, 2011 at 4:30 PM

Newt is mired in the attitudes and concerns of yesterday.

Koa on January 31, 2011 at 4:31 PM

Republicans don’t need a presidential candidate who wants to conduct business as usual by buying farm votes with promises of our money. We need a candidate who recognizes the historical moment for change, rather than the opportunity to sell more of the same.

A good strategy for a candidate would be to attract attention in Iowa by harshly denouncing ethanol subsidies and trying to win NH and SC on that basis. They may have to write off Iowa in the general election, but they could still win it. At least, I have had the fantasy of this happening in the both the GOP and Democrat primaries for over a decade.

thuja on January 31, 2011 at 4:32 PM

Strike 1 – Couch Time with Pelosi
Strike 2 – Scuzzy-flavor
Strike 3 – Defending ethanol

And throw in Strike 3a which was sucking up to Obama and trashing Palin after the Tuscon smear campaign. Stick a fork in Newt.

Doughboy on January 31, 2011 at 3:44 PM

Might add Strike 4 – learning Spanish in order to apologize to the illegals in their native tongue for suggesting that people here should learn English.

BowHuntingTexas on January 31, 2011 at 4:33 PM

no more subsidies

V-rod on January 31, 2011 at 4:35 PM

Have Romney, Palin or Huckabee taken a position on ethanol subsidies?

Mark1971 on January 31, 2011 at 3:44 PM

Romney will NEVER have a position. I have no idea on Huckabee.

I wouldn’t think Sarah would be for it. It’s a waste of money and ethanol is a crap fuel that wouldn’t exist if it had to fund itself.

gary4205 on January 31, 2011 at 4:37 PM

The entire bill ruled to be unconstitutional; null and void!
I’m taking my wife out for steak tonight; hell, I might even get lucky!

Keemo on January 31, 2011 at 4:13 PM

–and have the meal comp’d? IHOP has 2 for 1 on Sundays, you just missed it.

leftnomore on January 31, 2011 at 4:39 PM

Newt reminds of a high-class escort: a prostitute nonetheless. This particular pander is way over the top. If he’ll lie on this, he’ll lie on anything.

paul1149 on January 31, 2011 at 4:43 PM

Even Al Gore admits ethanol is a bust, for Pete’s sake.

Game, set, match.

Hey Newt, isn’t Callista getting a little long in the tooth for you? Time to start on mistress/wife number four.

jnelchef on January 31, 2011 at 4:51 PM

and yet ethanol pays the Fed Treas. back on a 3 to 1 dollar invested basis……(Fed tax/ State Tax/Lower LDP)as per Urbancuk…

I wish the Home Mtg Int. deduction, that is a pure welfare, not even a subsidy, could perform on a 3-1 basis

Newt was addressing a Farm state not an oil state—-Farmers dont receive the Blenders Credit—it goes to Oil Companies, Farmers didnt mandate ethanol–its EPA, who is no friend of Agric at all.

Farmers built the hard infrastucture via Coops with their own risk and innovation——not so much with Wind and Solar that wont make a move without direct Obama money poured at them.

Lets say Govt dropped the blenders credit and the mandate—corn drops from 6.00 to 4.00 overnight—-at that price ethanol is more than competitive with oil and demand piks up, china buys a few MMT at 4.00, Corn sugar become the buy over cane and beet sugar at that price—–walla: corn is back to 6.00 purely on demand…….

I think even the Tea Party likes good ecnomics if they can hear the full truth of the matter, which Big Oil and Big Food via WSJ are doing their best to shut down.

sbark on January 31, 2011 at 3:49 PM

Ethanol is a crap fuel. It doesn’t contain as much energy per unit as gasoline does.

It takes more volume of ethanol than a unit of gasoline will provide to do the same work as a unit of gasoline.

In other words, fuel mileage suffers.

Henry Ford experimented with ethanol on the Model T, mainly because the quality of gasoline back then was crap too.

Even with 70 octane gasoline of poor quality, using an engine that would run on damned near anything, ethanol was a joke.

Engine management systems aside, nothing has changed in 100 years.

The future resides in more oil, and natural gas. Natural gas is actually a better, cleaner, more powerful fuel, and we have 100′s of trillions of cubic feet.

The ONLY place where ethanol makes any sense whatsoever is in racing.

Indy cars run it because farmers who in turn use Indy cars as a marketing tool, pay them to. Making people think it’s cool to burn food for motor fuel.

Of course, those farmers are in BRAZIL, and the ethanol Indy cars run is sugar cane ethanol!

Ethanol actually has some interesting properties other than energy per unit, that make it a great racing fuel. Of course in racing, you can overcome the lower energy per unit problem by just adding more units, volume.

Not practical for the street.

Ethanol is a crap fuel and has been a waste of billions for absolutely nothing.

You get 2-3 more MPG out of gasoline. Pure gasoline. So whatever you may “save” on ethanol, you lose on the road anyhow.

End all subsidies NOW.

gary4205 on January 31, 2011 at 4:53 PM

What is great fun is technology has made ethanol and other additives relatively obsolete. The idea was to get an oxygenating additive to help the combustion of gasoline into the fuel mix… today’s computer controlled fuel injected cars do that automatically and adjust on-the-fly to get the best possible combustion at any given load on the engine. The reason for ethanol evaporated with computers controlling fuel injection, and now just serves as a less energetic fuel mixed in with gasoline.

Yesterday’s solution made obsolete within years of its enactment and now a hinderance to better fuel economy.

ajacksonian on January 31, 2011 at 4:56 PM

Newt Gingrich has been in the public eye for decades. If he STILL feels the need to resort to this kind of shameless pandering solely to get attention for the Iowa primary, then he’s marginalized himself beyond all redemption.

Gingrich could have been a conservative icon. If there was any remaining hope he could come back, this desperate ploy is the end of it. There is no longer any point to him, either as a politician or as a pundit.

logis on January 31, 2011 at 4:58 PM

Corn used to make Ethanol is fertilized with fertilizer made from oil, and sowed, harvested, transported, processed, by equipment that uses oil-based fuels. Has anyone calculated how much oil it takes to make a gallon of Ethanol?

AZCON on January 31, 2011 at 4:59 PM

We Palinistas get teased a lot re our undying support of her but has anyone ever seen Palin pander like this to get a vote? I’ve never seen it and I can’t imagine her ever being this dishonest to curry favor with any group. Remember we’re talking about the same Palin who quit the Oil and Gas Commission to expose corruption.

Newt, Tokyo Rove, Nicolle Wallace, Perino etc.and the roster of annoying Liberals Fox serves up daily is one of the reasons I’ve cut my viewing of Fox down a lot. I’m down to about 40 minutes of Brett Baier’s Special Report.

CCRWM on January 31, 2011 at 5:06 PM

Why would anyone work hard to elect a guy who is ready, willing and able to sell you down the river at the first opportunity? I remember the couch and I remember DeDe and now I’ll remember farm subsidizes.

Fred 2 on January 31, 2011 at 5:08 PM

“Professor Cornpone.”

lol. awesome

American Elephant on January 31, 2011 at 5:13 PM

Has anyone calculated how much oil it takes to make a gallon of Ethanol?
AZCON on January 31, 2011 at 4:59 PM

Hold on while I plug that into my Global Warming Computer….

The answer: You are a racist, and asking questions like this will probably hypnotise people into becoming serial killers.

Isn’t modern science wonderful?

logis on January 31, 2011 at 5:18 PM

If Gingrich seriously thinks that the subsidies for ethanol really are working to do anything more than distort markets and put politics above science, then the Journal argues that his judgment is seriously lacking.

Bingo.

iurockhead on January 31, 2011 at 5:23 PM

I would cast a protest vote for Obama against someone like Newt.

astonerii on January 31, 2011 at 5:39 PM

The ONLY one worse than Newt is VP Joe Biden,but Joe is good for a laugh!

tim c on January 31, 2011 at 5:48 PM

Newt reminds of a high-class escort: a prostitute nonetheless. This particular pander is way over the top. If he’ll lie on this, he’ll lie on anything.

paul1149 on January 31, 2011 at 4:43 PM

Newt would make a great replacement for Kathleen Parker.

slickwillie2001 on January 31, 2011 at 5:51 PM

Newt would make a great replacement for Kathleen Parker.

slickwillie2001 on January 31, 2011 at 5:51 PM

His boobs are bigger.

Newt has become a clown. A desperate man trying to rewrite his own history by throwing his record under the wheels of the bus. Go away Newt, you bore everybody.

David in ATL on January 31, 2011 at 6:00 PM

Hannity panders to this guy so badly, it makes me ill sometimes. The mask was removed from Newts face the day he started going after Sarah and Michelle. We all understood that language perfectly well; they’re not sophisticated enough, they need to chill and learn the ways to accomplish things here in DC…. As soon as we started hearing that line of crap, our brains went ding-ding = establishment critter who will be more of the same old shit.

Keemo on January 31, 2011 at 4:06 PM

Don’t worry. It is our advantage when people like Newt show us who they are, so transparently, by who they go up against. Like you said the mask has come off.

Paints a clear picture, like Newt and Pelosi smooching on that couch.

Geochelone on January 31, 2011 at 6:03 PM

sbark on January 31, 2011 at 3:49 PM

Ethanol won’t be competitive with oil in our lifetimes. The chemical energy differences are to large. Even if I could buy 1 gallon of ethanol at the same price as 1 gallon of gasoline it isn’t a good buy. My mpg for Ethanol would be much smaller than my mpg for gasoline so why would I buy it?

chemman on January 31, 2011 at 6:11 PM

Newt is a baby boomer. A shallow child of prosperity. Overeducated, hyper-articulate and belongs to the church of what is working now.

johnboy on January 31, 2011 at 6:13 PM

My wife and I went to high school with Newt in Germany. We have had it with him. It is time for Newt to exit gracefully, assuming he has any grace left.

GaltBlvnAtty on January 31, 2011 at 6:13 PM

Whatever political life Newt thought he had…a stake was just driven through it.
Professor Newt fits him perfectly…an intelligent unreasonable man.

right2bright on January 31, 2011 at 6:18 PM

My wife and I went to high school with Newt in Germany. We have had it with him. It is time for Newt to exit gracefully, assuming he has any grace left.

GaltBlvnAtty on January 31, 2011 at 6:13 PM

was his head as inflated then as it is now?

upinak on January 31, 2011 at 6:30 PM

He was actually fairly quiet.

GaltBlvnAtty on January 31, 2011 at 6:40 PM

Ethanol — use of corn for ethanol, directing it away from human and animal consumption — has driven up the price of meats (all of it, particularly beef), HAS REDUCED GRAIN SUPPLIES AVAILABLE FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION WORLDWIDE and is a part of why “global hunger” is intensifying.

I think all of that is far more important to counteract than is “green fuel” to have available in a few, isolated places suitable to Leftwingers’ ideas of what life is about.

Lourdes on January 31, 2011 at 6:41 PM

Strike 1 – Couch Time with Pelosi
Strike 2 – Scuzzy-flavor
Strike 3 – Defending ethanol

And throw in Strike 3a which was sucking up to Obama and trashing Palin after the Tuscon smear campaign. Stick a fork in Newt.

Doughboy on January 31, 2011 at 3:44 PM

I actually defended him on strike 1, the first of his strikes…I should have learned, you don’t “cozzy” up to someone like Pelosi, and be a conservative.

right2bright on January 31, 2011 at 6:47 PM

My mpg for Ethanol would be much smaller than my mpg for gasoline so why would I buy it?

chemman on January 31, 2011 at 6:11 PM

Because Dear Leader is ordering us to do it.

TugboatPhil on January 31, 2011 at 6:57 PM

Newt Gingrich jumped the shark years ago. He will be POTUS the day O.J. Simpson finds his wife’s real murderer.

RadioFreeUSA on January 31, 2011 at 3:40 PM

Spot on!

ROTFLMAO!!!

belad on January 31, 2011 at 7:11 PM

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