EPA to trim ethanol requirements after realizing threat to fuel supply
For the first time in history, the EPA has backed off its requirement to pump as much corn into the fuel supply as possible.
Corn growers and ethanol refiners are balking at the rule as they will certainly see reduced demand for their products, but fuel refiners are cheering the decision stating that if the mix requirement had been left as Congress demanded, fuel supplies would have been unstable and many vehicles would have been exposed to expensive repairs and intolerable fuel economy.
This year, fuel producers would have been required to blend 15.2 billion gallons of corn ethanol into gasoline – a ratio that would have endangered the entire fuel supply.
Instead, 13.2 billion gallons of food-based fuel additives will be burned in vehicles.
Corn ethanol also pushes food prices to ridiculous levels. People eat corn, pigs (pork) eats corn – lots of other things eat corn. Burning corn in gas tanks to appease a smattering of global warming zealots makes no sense.
When Americans realize that the food on their table is more important than a fantastical theory that somehow man can overpower the planet, normalcy may be restored.