Anyone who has been reading my blog for any length of time knows I hate ethanol. It is bad for your car’s engine. In fact, if you drive an older model car, it will destroy the engine. Neither my boat nor my lawn mower will even run on ethanol, that’s how bad the stuff is. I understand Motorcycles wont run on the stuff either.
Gasoline containing ethanol actually cost a lot more to produce than pure gasoline. The reason pure gas cost you more at the pump is because the federal government is subsidizing the ethanol industry with OUR tax dollars.
Politicians support these subsidies because they are afraid they might loose votes in the corn producing states, but that is not true. The corn that is now being used to produce ethanol can, and should be used to produce bio-diesel. Bio-diesel is much less expensive to produce than ethanol, and it is actually better for the diesel engine than pure diesel fuel.
And I might add, if you are concerned about the environment, pure gasoline burns cleaner than ethanol.
So, how do the Presidential candidates stand on the ethanol question?
Just last night, Dr. Ben Carson, who is leading the Republican field in many polls in Iowa, reversed his previous stance on ethanol, saying that he no longer supports using oil subsidies to pay for pumps at gasoline stations for higher ethanol blends. Finally, he's seen the light and taken a step in the right direction!
A brief recap of where the candidates stand on this policy:
Hillary Clinton's most recent stance is that she wants to strengthen the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), which requires the U.S. to increase its ethanol consumption. Wait, it gets worse. In August she also said she wants to improve "access" to E15 and E85—two ethanol blends that are known to harm engines! In other words, she wants to INCREASE the amount of ethanol they add to your gasoline.
Bernie Sanders and Martin O'Malley have both come out in support of ethanol mandates. In fact, O'Malley called on the Obama Administration to rethink its proposal to lower the amount of ethanol in gasoline as required by the 2007 federal law.
We've also got Jeb Bush and Carly Fiorina supporting a phase out of the mandates and Ted Cruz against them.
Unfortunately, Chris Christie and Donald Trump want to keep them in place.
Now that I have heard what these candidate have to say on the ethanol question, I have eliminated all candidates except Dr. Ben Carson and Ted Cruz. And I encourage everyone to do the same.