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EPA increases ethanol requirements despite the harm it causes

Government Passes New Fuel Economy Standards
April 02, 2010 by U. S. News and World Report

Ethanol: dud as a fuel substitute and damages engines

Corn Ethanol Will Not Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions

bullies, bureaucracy, energy, environment, fuel, global warming, government, greenhouse, ideology, indoctrination, left wing, liberalism, nanny state, oppression, pandering, philosophy, political correctness, politics, public policy, regulation

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ABC’s Diane Sawyer Pleads for European-style Gas Tax
May 19, 2009 by Scott Whitlock

Diane Sawyer makes a lot of money from her job. She’s out of touch with main stream America.

“Good Morning America” co-host Diane Sawyer on Tuesday aggressively lobbied for the Obama administration to install a European-style gas tax on the United States. Talking to Carol Browner, Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change, about Obama’s plans for increased fuel standards, she began, “Why not just go to a gas tax, for instance, which would accomplish a reduction in the use of gasoline, dependence on foreign oil right away?” Sawyer would proceed to ask variations on this question six times.

politics, liberalism, left wing, bias, news media, environment, taxes, fuel

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Ethanol: dud as a fuel substitute and damages engines

The Great Ethanol Scam
May 14, 2009 by Ed Wallace

Not only is ethanol proving to be a dud as a fuel substitute but there is increasing evidence that it is destroying engines in large numbers.

“Does the average citizen understand what this means? In from 10 to 20 years this country will be dependent entirely upon outside sources for a supply of liquid fuels … paying out vast sums yearly in order to obtain supplies of crude oil from Mexico, Russia, and Persia.”

—Yale Professor Harold Hibbert, ethanol promoter, 1925

Higher ethanol blend could ruin small engines, makers say
May 18, 2009 by Rick Barrett

pandering, political correctness, government, environment, global warming, politics, public policy, alternative energy, energy, fuel, news

Filed under: alternative energy, energy, environment, fuel, global warming, government, news, pandering, political correctness, politics, public policy

Administration addressing ethanol, climate change
May 5, 2009 by H. JOSEF HEBERT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration renewed its commitment Tuesday to speed up investments in ethanol and other biofuels while seeking to deflect some environmentalists’ claims that huge increases in corn ethanol use will hinder the fight against global warming.

The reassurances to the ethanol industry came as the Environmental Protection Agency made public its initial analysis on what impact the massive expansion of future ethanol use could have on climate change. Rejecting industry and agricultural interests’ arguments, it said its rules – which will take months to develop – will take into account increased greenhouse gas emissions as more people plant ethanol crops at the expense of forests and other vegetation and land use is influenced worldwide by the demand for biofuels.

politics, public policy, environment, global warming, alternative energy, energy, fuel, government, spending, regulation, greenhouse

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Word Abuse: Media Ignores Obama’s False ‘As I’ve Often Said’ Reference to ‘Exploration’
April 23, 2009, by Tom Blumer

The best that might be said is that Obama might have meekly flip-flopped last summer to appear open to the idea of increased exploration. But it was meaningless political posturing that, despite his speech Wednesday, has no apparent carryforward value. The meaningless of the summer flip-flop, to the extent that it occurred, is obvious, because at the same time Obama was championing a ridiculous windfall-profits tax on energy companies that, if ever enacted, would likely bring any thoughts of further domestic exploration and production to a screeching halt.

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Holding the Key to Gas Prices
June 5, 2008, by George Will

WASHINGTON — Rising in the Senate on May 13, Chuck Schumer, the New York Democrat, explained: “I rise to discuss rising energy prices.” The president was heading to Saudi Arabia to seek an increase in its oil production, and Schumer’s gorge was rising.

Saudi Arabia, he said, “holds the key to reducing gasoline prices at home in the short term.” Therefore arms sales to that kingdom should be blocked unless it “increases its oil production by one million barrels per day,” which would cause the price of gasoline to fall “50 cents a gallon almost immediately.”

Can a senator, with so many things on his mind, know so precisely how the price of gasoline would respond to that increase in the oil supply? Schumer does know that if you increase the supply of something, the price of it probably will fall. That is why he and 96 other senators recently voted to increase the supply of oil on the market by stopping the flow of oil into the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, which protects against major physical interruptions. Seventy-one of the 97 senators who voted to stop filling the SPR also oppose drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

politics, economics, economy, oil, fuel, Democrats, pandering, propaganda, energy, crisis

Filed under: crisis, Democrats, economics, economy, energy, fuel, oil, pandering, politics, propaganda

Corn Ethanol Will Not Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions
April 20, 2009, by Matthew Cimitile

California regulators may rule that the biofuel is no better–and might be worse–than petroleum for solving climate change

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Raise gas tax, charge drivers by the mile

Panel: Raise gas tax, charge drivers by the mile
February 27, 2009 by JOAN LOWY

WASHINGTON (AP) — Raise federal gasoline taxes to help pay for road projects?

Not during a recession, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has said.

Then how about moving toward a system that finances highway construction by charging motorists by the mile?

politics, oil, fuel, taxes, government, crisis, spending

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Dumb or Ill-Informed
politics, congress, elitism, oil, energy, fuel, crisis, greed, news media, bias, left wing

June 4, 2008, by Walter E. Williams

What assumptions do congressmen make about the American people? Do they assume that we’re dumb or ill-informed about the energy problems we are experiencing? Every time there has been a huge spike in gasoline prices, Congress hauls oil company executives before their committees to accuse them of greed, obscene profits and price-fixing. One federal investigation after another of supposed oil company misconduct turns up nothing to substantiate congressional allegations. Unfortunately, the congressional hearings make front page news and lead the evening television news, but the results of federal investigations that follow are only casually mentioned deep in the body of newspapers and get little or no time on the evening television news. If news media people had an ounce of integrity, they would highlight the federal investigation findings that undermine congressional charges of oil company misconduct and they would question the congressmen who made those charges.

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When You Fill Up the Tank Thank Congress for High Gas Prices
politics, fuel, oil, crisis, congress, government, liberalism, left wing, legislation, public policy

May 30, 2008, by David Strom

Americans have been treated to a lot of whining by our elected officials about the high cost of oil and gas these days, but as usual the fingers are being pointed by rather than at the guilty parties.

Left-wingers want to have their cake and eat it too, of course: they simultaneously insist that oil is running out, its use is ruining our environment and should stop as soon as possible, and that oil gas should still be cheap at the pump.

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