This is truly mindboggling. Senators are begging to EPA to cut ethanol mandates! Earth to senate - just cut the damn EPA! Federal agencies are above the law and beyond congressional oversight, reach and control. When Congress created these agencies, it created unaccountable monsters with totalitarian powers.
As the worst drought in more than 50 years withers the Midwest corn crop, 25 senators urged the Environmental Protection Agency to cut the mandate that requires fuel blenders to add grain-based ethanol to gasoline.
The senators representing 25 percent of the chamber urged EPA chief Lisa Jackson to adjust the Renewable Fuels Standard, or RFS, that requires fuel blenders to mix 13.2 billion gallons of ethanol into gasoline this year.
The mandate rises steadily until peaking at 15 billion gallons per year in 2015 and holding that level through 2022.
The lawmakers blame the mandate for raising the price of corn -- the main feedstock for U.S. ethanol refining -- which threatens to increase feed costs for livestock producers and eventually saddle consumers with higher food costs.
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