Will Eric Cantor tie the debt ceiling fight to the Renewable Fuel Standard?

posted at 8:31 am on September 7, 2013 by Jazz Shaw

As we’ve mentioned before, Big Ethanol has been pretty much ticking off everyone. The Renewable Fuel Standard, which keeps pushing the blending of bio-fuels – including imaginary ones – into gasoline, has been a fairly unmitigated disaster. (Of course, it doesn’t help when the Republicans get in on the act and talk about expanding it.) But could change be on the horizon?

Bloomberg is reporting that Eric Cantor is looking at tying restrictions on the RFS to any agreement to raise the debt ceiling.

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor may attach legislation to alter renewable fuel standards to a package to raise the U.S. debt ceiling.

The House Energy and Commerce Committee is considering options for revising the standard, a part of the 2007 energy law that requires petroleum refiners and importers to blend billions of gallons of renewable fuel into the motor fuel supply. Cantor, a Virginia Republican, is weighing whether to tie changes to must-pass legislation this fall, spokeswoman Megan Whittemore told Bloomberg BNA in an e-mail…

The standards, expanded by the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, require 36 billion gallons of ethanol or renewable fuel in the nation’s fuel supply by 2022.

This is only one of a number of proposals that Cantor is supposedly considering. There have been other ideas floated, including tying the bill to things ranging from approving the Keystone Pipeline to defunding Obamacare. But will Cantor pull the trigger and, more to the point, are the votes there to support it?

There is a ton of political weight on some of the alternate proposals under consideration. This would apply not only to Obamacare, but to legislating things like Syria. But the energy issue, where Obama has vacillated and at least pretended to take a reasonable position at various times, could be doable. The most recent disappointing jobs report should remind voters that energy is one avenue where we still have viable options for expansion and growth which are totally under our control, and there are mid-term elections coming up. Removing a bit of the politics – not to mention the current focus on foreign affairs – and returning the discussion to jobs and the economy could prove fertile for Cantor and the GOP. But it’s going to take some collective spine to do it.


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But it’s going to take some collective spine to do it.

We’re screwed.

exdeadhead on September 7, 2013 at 8:36 AM

What does Eric Cantor believe this will accomplish? This sounds like one of those Hank Johnson ideas that don’t even make sense the first time you hear them.

bflat879 on September 7, 2013 at 8:40 AM

There is a ton of political weight on some of the alternate proposals under consideration.

Somehow, Cantor will find a way to tie it instead to passing illegal amnesty.

beatcanvas on September 7, 2013 at 8:41 AM

End the tyranny of California Moonbat Envirofascism.

workingclass artist on September 7, 2013 at 8:50 AM

You would think that someone would tell Eric Cantor and John Boehner that nobody likes them. Absolutely no one. They keep coming up with the most repugnant ideas. Doesn’t anyone in their districts pay attention to them? We are tired of their so-called deal making. They aren’t good at it and it is a time waster. Besides they think losing is honorable or something.

BetseyRoss on September 7, 2013 at 8:50 AM

There is not an Xray machine in the world advanced enough to find a GOP spine.

hillsoftx on September 7, 2013 at 8:52 AM

…Bonehead likes to talk…do nothing and cry!…Can’t Lips…likes to talk…do nothing…and talk!

KOOLAID2 on September 7, 2013 at 8:56 AM

Does anybody besides me think that many of these RINO’s are in fact just socialist democrats who run as republicans just to get elected?

bgibbs1000 on September 7, 2013 at 8:58 AM

I thought Cantor was getting ready to invade Syria with his pals McCain and Miss Lindsay?

Blake on September 7, 2013 at 9:01 AM

Eric Cantor doesn’t have the intelligence to oppose Operation Protect Obama’s Ego. They both need to go.

Basilsbest on September 7, 2013 at 9:04 AM

I know all y’alls just love hatin on ethanol, but the better option really is forcing approval of KeystoneXL. But, by all means, go ahead and press for the banning of ethanol.

Sinner on September 7, 2013 at 9:05 AM

Will Eric Cantor tie the debt ceiling fight to the Renewable Fuel Standard?

Will Eric Cantor learn to tie his own shoes?

We dearly need some better legislators…c’mon, 2014!!!

coldwarrior on September 7, 2013 at 9:10 AM

In the meantime, the folks in Oz figured out the best way out.

A Real Adult in charge..

Advance Australia!

coldwarrior on September 7, 2013 at 9:20 AM

Does anybody besides me think that many of these RINO’s are in fact just socialist democrats who run as republicans just to get elected?

bgibbs1000 on September 7, 2013 at 8:58 AM

…B I N G O !

KOOLAID2 on September 7, 2013 at 9:20 AM

Over the past several years, I have been “asked” if I would be interested in running for Cantor’s seat.

Its getting harder to say no each time. I’m just a regular guy in Central Va who spends his weekends mowing the lawn.

I certainly couldn’t do a worse job.

BobMbx on September 7, 2013 at 9:21 AM

“I know all y’alls just love hatin on ethanol, but the better option really is forcing approval of KeystoneXL. But, by all means, go ahead and press for the banning of ethanol.”

Sinner on September 7, 2013 at 9:05 AM

No one is looking to “ban” ethanol. It begs common sense to give a choice to those of us who would like to improve our mileage. My rig’s mileage goes down 16% by burning 10% ethanol. You have to be a special kind of stupid to think you are saving gas by mixing ethanol.

Ufdaubet on September 7, 2013 at 9:24 AM

Will Eric Cantor tie the debt ceiling floor fight to the Renewable Fuel Standard his spine?

Oh, right: there is no evidence that either such “fight” or spine exists …

ShainS on September 7, 2013 at 9:25 AM

End the tyranny of California Moonbat Envirofascism.

workingclass artist on September 7, 2013 at 8:50 AM

As a native Californian, this statement can not be repeated enough! And this whole nation is sucked into Cal’s wacko experiments driving private businesses to extinction.

Rovin on September 7, 2013 at 9:25 AM

Somehow, Cantor will find a way to tie it instead to passing illegal amnesty.

beatcanvas on September 7, 2013 at 8:41 AM

+1000

bofh on September 7, 2013 at 9:30 AM

27 comments or bust!

Bishop on September 7, 2013 at 9:40 AM

With their track record, we all know how this will end. Zero and his harpies in the lsm will swoop in with war on children, climate change, reasonable, fair, tuition, and whatever talking point they can think of to get exactly what they want. Oh, forgot about gun control. In the meantime, we find wind farms kill off the eagles and don’t get fined, rooftop solar panels are dangerous for fire fighters, they both need huge subsidies to survive and don’t even help what they’re touted as helping. Bam should just yell ‘no more tacos for you’. As far as a really bad idea goes, putting food in our gas tanks tops everything.

Kissmygrits on September 7, 2013 at 9:47 AM

If ALL federal and state subsidies for ethanol were stopped…cold…today…hmmmm.

Food prices across the board would drop.

Ever stop and figure out how much corn is used for how many food products, feeds, and other food related uses…and how corn prices are now fixed to ethanol subsidies?

Follow the money.

Avoid the ethanol.

coldwarrior on September 7, 2013 at 9:55 AM

Meh. He’s too busy trying to start WWIII.

LaughterJones on September 7, 2013 at 10:29 AM

This will be just another in a long line of nothing but bluster and BS. The entire political gaggle in DC is a massive waste of time and money.

rplat on September 7, 2013 at 10:41 AM

coldwarrior on September 7, 2013 at 9:20 AM

Thanks, coldwarrior. If he keeps to the script we shall truly advance!

OldEnglish on September 7, 2013 at 10:51 AM

27 comments or bust!

Bishop on September 7, 2013 at 9:40 AM

Almost there!

VegasRick on September 7, 2013 at 10:55 AM

Sinner on September 7, 2013 at 9:05 AM

I agree that a top priority would be approving Keystone XL as long as there is no increase in ethanol mixing.
Ethanol doesn’t need to be banned, it needs to compete on its own, without subsidy or required mixing, in the market place. I would never put ethanated fuel in any motor given a choice and I’m guessing at least half the public would agree with me (and even more if they understood their personal increased out of pocket costs due to ethanol from motor component damage and reduced gas mileage)

deepdiver on September 7, 2013 at 10:56 AM

Sounds like a plan Eric..IF you can make it happen..:)

Dire Straits on September 7, 2013 at 11:01 AM

If he keeps to the script we shall truly advance!

OldEnglish on September 7, 2013 at 10:51 AM

Hear!..Hear!..Congrats to Aussie nation..:)

Dire Straits on September 7, 2013 at 11:04 AM

Follow the money.

Avoid the ethanol.

coldwarrior on September 7, 2013 at 9:55 AM

+ 100..Agreed..:)

Dire Straits on September 7, 2013 at 11:05 AM

Dire Straits on September 7, 2013 at 11:04 AM

Thanks, Dire. :)

OldEnglish on September 7, 2013 at 11:07 AM

What does Eric Cantor believe this will accomplish? This sounds like one of those Hank Johnson ideas that don’t even make sense the first time you hear them.

bflat879 on September 7, 2013 at 8:40 AM

Maybe Eric is trying to “float” an idea… but it looks like it might flip over and sink instead.

Hill60 on September 7, 2013 at 11:17 AM

Howsabout no more water in our gasoline and cut spending by 60% and taxes by 80% for starters.

Akzed on September 7, 2013 at 11:21 AM

Truth to Power…..

Cantor and the rest of the republican Ruling Class think Limited Government Conservatives are just a bunch of hicks, no-nothings, and idjits that have money and volunteer hours at the phone banks they can ask for. How they piss on what the base speaks louder than all their lying words.

We have one party rule in America…

…AND IT AIN’T CONSERVATIVE.

So keep returning those surveys you get in the mail with your own personal words of “encouragement” for the republican leadership.

GET YOUR SHARPIES OUT and let them have it!!

PappyD61 on September 7, 2013 at 11:24 AM

I know all y’alls just love hatin on ethanol, but the better option really is forcing approval of KeystoneXL. But, by all means, go ahead and press for the banning of ethanol.

Sinner on September 7, 2013 at 9:05 AM

I think we will see the debt ceiling raised but I agree that putting a list of things most of the public would support in the House Bill like approval of Keystone, reducing ethanol mandates, requiring proof that you qualify for Obamacare subsidies, restrictions on the EPA’s ability to shut down coal, fracking, and rationing of CO2 emmissions etc. is a great way to draw attention to things where Obama and the Dems are out of step with the public. In the end, you probably won’t get them but make Dems defend the unpopular in public. The LSM can’t ignore them entirely if they are perceived as the obstacle to a necessary debt ceiling increase.

KW64 on September 7, 2013 at 11:25 AM

Way to go for the big ticket item there, Eric. Man, I hate the small-minded, shortsighted Republicans and their timid ways.

Go big or go home boys!

Kafir on September 7, 2013 at 11:30 AM

Given the dismal economic numbers, why not tie a requirement that this entire corrupt administration has to RESIGN in order to get a higher debt ceiling.

GarandFan on September 7, 2013 at 12:19 PM

Bo(eh)ner will cave on this too. There will be no strings attached to the debt-ceiling raise elimination.

Steve Eggleston on September 7, 2013 at 12:24 PM

My biggest problem with Boehner and Cantor is, the tea party gave them a massive majority, in the House, and they’ve squandered it playing silly games like this. The Republicans, as a whole, have squandered the mandate they got in 2010, which is why they lost seats in 2012 and why, if they keep this up, they could lose the House in 2014. Why elect Republicans if all they’re going to do is play games like this. There are many more important things to tie to the debt ceiling but they pick this one.

They should have been doing something 2 years ago. They should have insisted on a budget, from the Senate, 2 years ago. Instead they’ve played silly little games and got nothing of substance from Obama or Reid. All they had to do was say they would deal with all the issues through the budget process. No CR’s, no debt limit increases, nothing until the Senate produces a budget and they go to reconciliation and send it on to the President.

bflat879 on September 7, 2013 at 12:47 PM

More energy alone will not alter the jobs picture significantly. The suppression of the private sector and the absolute uncertainty caused by Obama’s war on it, the ultimate effects on the entire economy by Obamacare, what is in the leftist works for the rest of the Marxist “lame duck” agenda, Iran, Syria, a non-oppositional GOP, the printing of funny money, pension grabbing, all just part of the legitimate concerns of those who would employ us, are far more important than just cheaper energy.

Don L on September 7, 2013 at 12:50 PM

Cantor and his candyass won’t do nothing.

Sherman1864 on September 7, 2013 at 1:40 PM

They will make all sorts of noises about fighting in the future over the Debt Ceiling and the Continuing Resolution. The talk will be louder because they have to do something, anything, to convince the conservative base that their impotence against Obama is not what they really are.

But when it comes down to it, Boehner, Cantor, McConnell, etc. will give Obama exactly what he wants, and will not fight for anything. After all, like in the Syria fiasco, they would not want to “embarrass” the President. Boehner and his handmaidens will vote with Nancy Pelosi and against the Republican caucus to give Obama the win …. again …. like with every fiscal issue to date.

With all the things Obama is doing to destroy the country and Constitution; they want to pick the percentage of ethanol in our gas tanks as where they will draw their Potemkin line?

Worthless, inbred, stacks of meat.

Subotai Bahadur on September 7, 2013 at 1:58 PM

How about we stop tying things together that don’t really belong together? I know, “if they had to vote on every issue separately nothing would get done”. I don’t care. This “deal making” has destroyed the legislative process and turned the US government into a GD joke.

I know it’s gone on for years and years, but I think it would be a dramatic change for the better.

AScott on September 7, 2013 at 2:14 PM

Will Eric Cantor learn to tie his own shoes?

We dearly need some better legislators…c’mon, 2014!!!

coldwarrior on September 7, 2013 at 9:10 AM

I can’t stand this weasel speaker wannabe!! Boehner/Cantor/McCarthy need defeated!! We need to defeat many of their type in 2014 to insure a Speaker that isn’t a parrot for the Administration.

Defeat McConnell also.

bluefox on September 7, 2013 at 3:08 PM

bflat879 on September 7, 2013 at 12:47 PM

The only thing that Boehner & McConnell have done is pass Obama’s agenda.

If they had any integrity, they would have resigned in early 2011 or changed parties.

That goes for that backstabbing Cantor & McCarthy too.

bluefox on September 7, 2013 at 3:17 PM

They should have been doing something 2 years ago. They should have insisted on a budget, from the Senate, 2 years ago. Instead they’ve played silly little games and got nothing of substance from Obama or Reid. All they had to do was say they would deal with all the issues through the budget process. No CR’s, no debt limit increases, nothing until the Senate produces a budget and they go to reconciliation and send it on to the President.

bflat879 on September 7, 2013 at 12:47 PM

All well and good, but a minor point of order – the Congressional budget doesn’t go to the President for a signature.

Steve Eggleston on September 7, 2013 at 4:37 PM

Cantor is a worthless apologist pushing Dreamer Amnesty before border security. He has no business as a Republican “leader”. I would be suspicious of anything he advocated.

DaMav on September 7, 2013 at 5:22 PM

Attention John Boehner. Will you please put a muzzle on your attack Chihuahua? He’s scaring the Democrats to death. —Regular Right Guy …Full Caf Americano

Mornin Mojo on September 7, 2013 at 5:28 PM

bflat879 – couldn’t agree with you more.

DaMav on September 7, 2013 at 5:42 PM

It would be good if Cantor could talk to Boehner about doing something that people actually want.

Also they could try checking in on a few conservatives, every now and then.

virgo on September 8, 2013 at 3:56 PM