New solution to Hurricane Sandy: More ethanol!

posted at 7:01 pm on November 10, 2012 by Jazz Shaw

It’s good to see people coming together to help out the victims of Superstorm Sandy. Donations have poured in and first responders have pulled life from the wreckage. Folks from further afield are offering their help as well. Case in point: the ethanol lobby is sure that things will be just peachy on Staten Island if the federal government would just push the ethanol mix in gas up past the already untenable 15% quota they’ve been asking for and turn the dial up to eleven twenty.

Iowa producers ask Obama to allow greater use after Hurricane Sandy

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, renewable fuel producers in Iowa have asked the Obama administration to allow higher amounts of ethanol to be blended in gasoline in the Northeast.

In a letter yesterday to President Obama, the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association said temporarily allowing up to 20 percent ethanol in gasoline would help lower gas prices for victims of the superstorm. The association urged the administration to waive requirements that gasoline retailers must comply with before selling the higher blends of ethanol.

How thoughtful. Of course, the fact is that higher ethanol blends don’t save people money and this would cost struggling consumers more rather than less. Even fuels with 85% ethanol cost more than gasoline at current market prices. MIT examined these claims over the summer and found them to be laughable. Higher ethanol blends have also been shown to cause demonstrable damage to the engines of the current fleet, reducing the lifespan of cars. (That’s in addition to the quarter million cars lost in the storm surge already.)

Ethanol is less efficient in vehicles, and the damage it causes in smaller engines such as outboard boat motors, is well known. I don’t know how it runs in generators keeping a few lights on in storm tossed coastal areas, but I find it hard to believe that it’s a plus there either. This is one of the worst forms of cheap, political opportunism being foisted on the backs of those already in dire straights. Trying to use the suffering of millions of storm survivors to slip through a hike in ethanol sales is simply shameful.


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This is why Romney lost Iowa. It is a parasite on America.

pat on November 10, 2012 at 7:03 PM

Not to worry! GM Still has plenty of Volts to give away!

Now, if we can just get a extension cord long enough from NY to Canada for the power….

Green Energy!

BlaxPac on November 10, 2012 at 7:06 PM

Sick bastards

darwin on November 10, 2012 at 7:07 PM

This is why Romney lost Iowa. It is a parasite on America.

pat on November 10, 2012 at 7:03 PM

Romney lost Iowa because Obama hired enough non-voter herders to offset how badly he was losing the informed electorate.

Count to 10 on November 10, 2012 at 7:08 PM

Using food for fuel is insanity.

darwin on November 10, 2012 at 7:09 PM

Nothing like a trade group, association, or other special interest group to petition in the wake of tragedy. This is the new normal after November 6th. Particularly if the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association paid into the Obama 2012 coffers- which I am sure they did. Their petition came in the form of a bill to the rat-eared wonder. Filthy bastards all but the Dems will pay because they know that in a few short years they will be back pandering to the morons of Iowa because somehow this insignificant left-leaning state matters in the political process. I hate them all.

Happy Nomad on November 10, 2012 at 7:11 PM

Not to worry! GM Still has plenty of Volts to give away!

BlaxPac on November 10, 2012 at 7:06 PM

Selling cars that cost $90K at less than a third that price is insanity. If this were funded by the taxpayer there would be outrage….. Oh wait.

Happy Nomad on November 10, 2012 at 7:13 PM

Drudge’s headline talks about the relationship between Obama and the MSM. http://www.drudgereport.com/

davidk on November 10, 2012 at 7:13 PM

Alabama loses!!!!!

Roll tide

portlandon on November 10, 2012 at 7:18 PM

Selling cars that cost $90K at less than a third that price is insanity. If this were funded by the taxpayer there would be outrage….. Oh wait.

Happy Nomad on November 10, 2012 at 7:13 PM

Believe me, when I say I wouldn’t be the least surprised if it wasn’t suggested. Hell I’d bet there’s a prepaid Smart phone included in every glovebox.

But no 16oz sodas…cuz that would be WRONG.

BlaxPac on November 10, 2012 at 7:23 PM

Alabama loses!!!!!

portlandon on November 10, 2012 at 7:18 PM

All states lost this week.

Happy Nomad on November 10, 2012 at 7:25 PM

Sound like a good idea! Let’s see how many starved African bodies we can pile up on alter of ethanol subsidies! The burning of food in our tanks jacks up the global food prices and those who have always lived on the edge pay with it with their lives.

michaelo on November 10, 2012 at 7:28 PM

But no 16oz sodas…cuz that would be WRONG.

BlaxPac on November 10, 2012 at 7:23 PM

But that goes against the Govt. Motors model. I travel enough that I’ve been in plenty of rental cars. GM works off the model that every rider needs multiple cup holders. It’s one of the things they make sure is part of every vehicle since GM products are mostly cheap crap designed with cost-cutting in mind since so much of every vehicle goes into paying the pension of former employees.

Happy Nomad on November 10, 2012 at 7:29 PM

New solution to Hurricane Sandy: More ethanol!
==============================================

Might be better to harness the Hot Gas,and
process Donkey Poo,for said energy requirements

from cocky,arrogant Lib/DemTards!
(sarc)

canopfor on November 10, 2012 at 7:31 PM

The EPA is moving forward with 15% ethanol and then to 20% for everyone. I just read this a few weeks ago. Wouldn’t be surprised they move it up even higher.

They are going to destroy all of our car engines and starve us as well. So freaking diabolical.

Someone told me this is something like the late 1800′s in Scotland, I believe. People were starving because because all the corn was going to gin or something.

And lets not forget… this was a gift from Bush and the Republicans as well as the Democrats. The gift that just keeps on freaking giving.

I truly believe the Western World.. Western civilization is either going to have a massive revival of freedom or collapse completely and we will enter a new dark age more horrible than anything in the past. Our leaders have lost their minds and half of the population has as well.

JellyToast on November 10, 2012 at 7:34 PM

Iowa producers ask Obama to allow greater use after Hurricane Sandy
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Um,the State of Ohio,or farmers are asking Obama for permission,
sounds like Obama States of America,and Not the UNITED part!

canopfor on November 10, 2012 at 7:36 PM

roll tide!

haha

Slade73 on November 10, 2012 at 7:36 PM

The Irish Potato Famine comes to America in another guise.

No fate is too terrible for the conspirators of America’s demise.

And it will come to pass, and those who invoke the punishment now would insist that they were entirely too moral to inflict it.

Horrible days await us.

turfmann on November 10, 2012 at 7:41 PM

Big serfs, little serfs, we’re all serfs. We’re at the end of the road to serfdom.

PattyJ on November 10, 2012 at 7:42 PM

Here’s your website for ethanol-free gas stations.

M240H on November 10, 2012 at 7:45 PM

Appalling.

the_nile on November 10, 2012 at 7:47 PM

turfmann on November 10, 2012 at 7:41 PM

Actually it is immoral what we are doing now. If we don’t inflict it we are being immoralI can see charity (not government) working with those that truly can’t work but for the rest:
-”If a (Wo)man doesn’t work he doesn’t eat”
-”Teach a (Wo)man to work with his own hands and to quit stealing from others….”
-”If a (wo)man doesn’t take care of his own household (multi-generational term) he is worse than an infidel.”

All quotes from the Christian Scripture.

chemman on November 10, 2012 at 7:54 PM

I truly believe the Western World.. Western civilization is either going to have a massive revival of freedom or collapse completely and we will enter a new dark age more horrible than anything in the past. Our leaders have lost their minds and half of the population has as well.

JellyToast on November 10, 2012 at 7:34 PM

The light at the end of this tunnel isn’t the Sun.

Steve Eggleston on November 10, 2012 at 8:00 PM

I don’t see the problem–I’ve always found ethanol to be very helpful in coping with governmental incompetence.
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Mr. Prodigy on November 10, 2012 at 8:07 PM

In all my adult life I’ve never been more ashamed of my country.
But I’m so glad Michelle can be proud of what we’ve become.

americanmama on November 10, 2012 at 8:27 PM

Burn baby, burn!

Burning down the House!

Obama, the pyromaniac.

VorDaj on November 10, 2012 at 8:28 PM

Rent seekers never letting a crisis go to waste.

CorporatePiggy on November 10, 2012 at 8:29 PM

We need to rotate the first states for the primaries. Iowa caucus is the reason we still encourage ethanol.

juliesa on November 10, 2012 at 8:40 PM

Obama and the democrats have a mandate to save the planet. no more corn can be used for food. sure some must starve, but we have to save the planet. all corn henceforth should be used as fuel.

don’t complain. Accept democrat utopia.

tom daschle concerned on November 10, 2012 at 9:03 PM

So goes the nation — So goes us all

Buck up, kids, and put on your big boy/big girl pants.

FlatFoot on November 10, 2012 at 9:09 PM

jesus.
give them fuel that costs more and is less efficient.
yeah thats bright.

dmacleo on November 10, 2012 at 10:02 PM

But..but..but just think of all the NEW cars they’ll have to buy when their current engine is ruined.

Maybe Obama can put through a “new” program where everyone has a CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT to own a house car! We can even break out the ol’ “wink-wink, nudge-nudge” car loans. The one’s where you tell the bank that you’re a janitor and you make $250K a year and can afford that new Maserati.

Any reports yet on how Chevy Volt owners are fairing in New York City and New Jersey?

GarandFan on November 10, 2012 at 10:12 PM

Any reports yet on how Chevy Volt owners are fairing in New York City and New Jersey?

GarandFan on November 10, 2012 at 10:12 PM

Sorry, the sample pool is too small.

Adjoran on November 10, 2012 at 10:55 PM

Any reports yet on how Chevy Volt owners are fairing in New York City and New Jersey?

GarandFan on November 10, 2012 at 10:12 PM

the fisker karmas shorted out and burned up.

dmacleo on November 11, 2012 at 7:57 AM

The northeast deserve everything they are about to get. I couldn’t give two #$%@S what happens to them. Iowa can go to Hell too. Sorry to be so cold.

Mr. Arrogant on November 11, 2012 at 8:59 AM