New York Times Publishes Scathing Review of U.S. Ethanol Policy
Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Posted by: William Higgins
The Feb. 1 edition of the New York Times included an extensive feature story headlined “Ethanol Mandate, a Boon to Iowa Alone, Faces Rising Resistance.” The article explored the underwhelming effects of a 2005 Congressional mandate requiring oil refiners to blend ethanol into gasoline and cited the legislation as a leading cause of higher food prices and burdensome regulations.
The boating industry has long opposed ethanol mandates because of the impact higher ethanol levels could have on marine engines. The issue has become a top advocacy priority of both MRAA and the National Marine Manufacturers Association, which recently merged political action committees.
Boaters join a growing list of oil companies, environmentalists, grocery manufacturers and farmers seeking to repeal the nation’s ethanol mandate.
See how your congressional representatives voted on the 2005 “Ethanol Bill.”
The issue has even made it into presidential politics, with Republican Ted Cruz vowing to end energy subsidies and phase out renewable fuel mandates, according to the newspaper. Donald Trump, on the other hand, endorses the U.S. ethanol mandate and has promised to strengthen it if elected.
Read the entire New York Times online post.