White House: What, repeal this expensive, dirty boondoggle of an ethanol mandate? Ridiculous!

posted at 8:01 pm on July 18, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

Oh, I’ll tell you what’s ridiculous: That the artificial incentives (hint: mandate) created by the Renewable Fuels Standard are messing with worldwide food prices, to the detriment of the poor; that both environmentalists groups and oil companies now think that ethanol is a generally terrible idea; that all of this biofuel production is turning out to be demonstrably not even a little bit “green,” as it brings marginal lands into production and costs more carbon to produce than it actually saves; that Europe (Europe!) is now scaling back on what they’re beginning to admit is one heck of an expensive taxpayer subsidy; that the federal government’s arbitrary standards are a factor in rising gas prices; and that somehow, somehow, the Big Ethanol Lobby and the bureaucrats who love them are still able to say that this was ever a worthwhile endeavor while maintaining a straight face. That is all highly, wildly ridiculous.

But let none of that deter the oh-so-august policymakers of the Obama administration. Over the past few months, there’s brewing storm over the RFS, which requires refiners to blend an ever-increasing volume of specific biofuels into the fuel supply or else buy increasingly pricey credits, and even Congress has been examining the possibility that it would really just be better for everyone if we flat-out got rid of the whole accursed thing.

The White House, however, doesn’t happen to feel that way. Via The Hill:

The White House on Thursday doubled down on its support of a biofuel-blending rule that’s drawing intense attacks from the oil industry and lawmakers on Capitol Hill.

Heather Zichal, President Obama’s top energy and climate adviser, said the renewable fuel standard is the “backbone of our policy” for reducing oil imports, and added it would help reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

“Calls to repeal the renewable fuel standard are nothing but short-sighted,” Zichal said at a Thursday event hosted by The Hill and the Advanced Biofuels Association.

Zichal said the Obama administration would remain committed to the standard in the face of the “RFS battles that we know are ahead of us.” …

Zichal spoke to the economic aspect on Thursday, calling the renewable fuel standard an “opportunity to develop a new competitive industry.”

Er… if biofuels (which aren’t “new,” by the way) are really so very competitive, remind me why it is they still need so much federal assistance? Anyone?

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That pic is hilarious..
The new salute in Obama’s Utopia…

Electrongod on July 18, 2013 at 8:05 PM

Just another issue that Obozzo is on the wrong side of. Come to think of it, has he been on the proper side of any issue?

stephana on July 18, 2013 at 8:05 PM

Dear Leader is beginning to show the strain a little…he is looking more and more defensive when he tells his lies.

d1carter on July 18, 2013 at 8:10 PM

With those ears, you’d think he could hear.

BacaDog on July 18, 2013 at 8:19 PM

Er… if biofuels (which aren’t “new,” by the way) are really so very competitive, remind me why it is they still need so much federal assistance? Anyone?

Sorry EJ, no one at home and the lights are out…

Come back later :)

Scrumpy on July 18, 2013 at 8:20 PM

Democrats, Libs and Leftists would make an excellent source of biofuel.

justltl on July 18, 2013 at 8:23 PM

Democrats, Libs and Leftists would make an excellent source of biofuel.

justltl on July 18, 2013 at 8:23 PM

With the side benefit of a good buzz.

Steve Eggleston on July 18, 2013 at 8:37 PM

Er… if biofuels (which aren’t “new,” by the way) are really so very competitive, remind me why it is they still need so much federal assistance? Anyone?

Because their producers spend so much capital in politics.

Steve Eggleston on July 18, 2013 at 8:38 PM

Stuck on Stupid.

JimK on July 18, 2013 at 8:44 PM

Didn’t the UN call biofuels a crime against humanity?

sadatoni on July 18, 2013 at 9:00 PM

how can something that takes foreign oil to make reduce our use of foreign oil?

dmacleo on July 18, 2013 at 9:05 PM

Wow, that was a long first sentence! But I do love your passion on these topics, EJ, and I learn a lot from you. The stupidity demonstrated by these thugs can only mean that the destruction of our entire system is the ultimate goal, as mentioned in the Detroit thread. There is no longer any doubt in my mind that this is what is happening. I remain perplexed by the libs I have to associate with at work who fail to see anything, not even the least thing, wrong with the Obama administration. Lord, help us.

SailorMark on July 18, 2013 at 9:09 PM

None of this matters, he will veto any change to Ethanol policy because it is about all the additional power it gives to the federal government. Learn this lesson well, they are power-mad.

“Did you really think we want those laws observed?” said Dr. Ferris. “We want them to be broken. You’d better get it straight that it’s not a bunch of boy scouts you’re up against… We’re after power and we mean it… There’s no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren’t enough criminals one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws. Who wants a nation of law-abiding citizens? What’s there in that for anyone? But just pass the kind of laws that can neither be observed nor enforced or objectively interpreted – and you create a nation of law-breakers – and then you cash in on guilt. Now that’s the system, Mr. Reardon, that’s the game, and once you understand it, you’ll be much easier to deal with.”

slickwillie2001 on July 18, 2013 at 9:31 PM

I don’t believe that the deep-ecos now agree it’s a bad idea. because whether it works or not is not what drives them, and never has been.

Their goal has been to wreck our society from the beginning. A “fuel” that burns up auto engines (Less evil vehicles injuring Holy Mother Gaia!) and reducing food crops (Less people injuring Holy Mother Gaia!) are both good things, in their mental universe.

I suspect their only objection is that The One is taking control of “the movement” away from them. And they resent the idea that when everything goes smash, they won’t be able to play Raymond Massey in Things To Come (1936).

The Messiah trumps Wings Over The World.

clear ether


eon on July 18, 2013 at 9:37 PM

It’ll work if we just plant 50 billion acres of beats and have 50 million legal-illegals to pick’em.

They’ll have to move here, anyway. They’ll be starving from lack of corn.

50 billion more acres of algae farms. No DDT. Africa aill be sending us aid for Malaria, because barky sends them money,, our money to drill there, drill now.

Sounds like a plan.

Added benefit, you can’t pipeline the crap. It holds moisture and corrodes the pipes.

Who’s that rich dude that runs trains with tbe over-taxed secretary?

wolly4321 on July 18, 2013 at 9:38 PM

I’ve discovered the cure for global warming:


wolly4321 on July 18, 2013 at 9:51 PM

If only obama had been around,, we could have prevented this…


He of the global thermostat.

wolly4321 on July 18, 2013 at 10:07 PM

Just goes to show, when the going gets tough, King Barry continues to be stupid.

GarandFan on July 18, 2013 at 11:08 PM

Hey Barry, corn is good to eat, and ethanol can be drunk.

But if you really want to burn food, how ’bout drinking fuel?

Take a good, long swig of 93-octane high-test to wash down your arugula. Call your doctor in the morning, if he’s not out of business from Obamacare.

Then we’ll have a beer summit, and burp some good ol’ CO2 into the air. It won’t hurt, we promise.

Steve Z on July 18, 2013 at 11:24 PM

For sure……everyone hates gas prices 1.09 less because of Ethanol, everyone hates 400,000 Full time jobs, everyone hates a 3-1 Fed Treas payback ratio…….Everyone hates energy supplies not dependent on a bunch of idiots praying to Islam, Everyone just loves a energy supply where our boys in the military have to go and protect…

Everyone just loves to buy into the speil the Oil Industry is shilling out to the media as they try to protect their market share…..Be sure to write to someone in Iraq or Afghanistan.

sbark on July 19, 2013 at 8:34 AM

Again, we need all the domestic motor fuel we can get. If you support development of the Bakken formation in North Dakota being an engine for economic growth that provides a valuable resource, while disparaging the economic growth, development, lower gasoline costs, and reduced oil imports that have been a result of the development of ethanol (in a bunch of red states, btw) then you are a hypocrite on energy policy.

Caustic Conservative on July 19, 2013 at 10:19 AM