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Editorial: Time to ease ethanol mandate

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Using corn to make ethanol as a gasoline substitute never made much sense, except for political reasons, and it’s an especially poor idea in years when the corn crop is suffering. As anybody who reads the papers regularly knows, that would be this year, when drought has damaged an estimated 88 percent of the nation’s corn crop. The government says food prices will rise 3 percent to 4 percent as a result, but it’s hard ...

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August 5, 2012
9:12 a.m.

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Ease the ethanol mandate? How about eliminating it? That would also save taxpayers the $6 billion in wasteful spending known as the VEETC (Volumetric Ethanol Excise Tax Credit) producers receive each year. What politician is going to go against agri-business, corn producers in the Midwest, and the enviro-statists? It would take political courage to do so.

The free market should be the final arbiter of energy consumption and production in a free society. We no longer live in the "land of the free."

August 7, 2012
7 a.m.

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The story is even worse than stated. Nobody admits it, but alcohol does nothing to help the gasoline situation. It actually does nothing at all as an automotive fuel; it acts as though it isn't there at all, at this concentration. It's useful only when used 100%, as in Brazil.