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Big corporate corn farmers celebrate major win, share prices in corn corps. inch higher

Battered by a drought, and hit a second time by the U.S. government's artificial inflation of corn prices, many small livestock farmers were desperately hoping that the Obama administration’s and its appointed leadership at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) would agree to a temporary waiver on blending requirements of ethanol in vehicles.

I. Big Corn Gets a Helping Hand from the Obama Admin.

The EPA on Friday echoed the sentiments of big corn special interests saying it found no evidence that "significant harm" would be caused by not granting a waiver.

The decision came as somewhat of a surprise.  Many sources had expected the Obama administration to instead punt on the issue; the decision to side with the well-heeled special interests to push a program that is unpopular and likely will now cost American jobs was unexpected.

The auto industry has also vigorously opposed the EPA's decision to bump ethanol blending requirements to 15 percent.  They argue that the higher blend will ruin the engines of older vehicles, increasing emissions and forcing consumers to pay for expensive repairs or abandon their vehicles.

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Obama and Bush both backed big corn special interests. [Image Source: Politically Incorrect]

The EPA has alleged that it knows the science behind fuel blending better than the engineers who make cars, essentially calling the automakers liars.

The decision will also impact consumers, as ethanol provides less gas mileage in traditional engines that gasoline.  In other words, unless gas stations start charging less at the pump (which seems rather unlikely) consumers will be paying the same amount per gallon, for less equivalent fuel.

Even environmentalists are outraged at the Obama administration, given that ethanol has been shown to not only waste energy, but also increase carbon emissions.  Comments, Michal Rosenoer, biofuels policy campaigner at Friends of the Earth, to The Detroit News:

If the worst U.S. drought in more than 50 years and skyrocketing food prices are not enough to make EPA act, it falls to Congress to provide relief from our senseless federal support for corn ethanol.  The RFS is a broken policy — rather than giving us clean energy, it's incentivizing biofuels like corn ethanol that are exacerbating our economic and environmental problems.

Congress needs to cut corn ethanol from the RFS entirely to protect the economy and the environment from this destructive and dirty fuel.

But despite the united opposition, the Obama administration appears resolute in following its predecessor, the Republican Bush administration, in choosing to side with the big corn special interest groups.

II. EPA to Small Farmers: "Deal With It"

Gina McCarthy, assistant administrator for EPA's Office of Air and Radiation fires back at the critics, commenting, "We recognize that this year's drought has created hardship in some sectors of the economy, particularly for livestock producers.  But our extensive analysis makes clear that congressional requirements for a waiver have not been met and that waiving the RFS will have little, if any, impact."

In other words, the EPA admits it recognizes that farmers are struggling, resorting to desperate measures like feeding their livestock candy waste; but when it comes to bucking a key special interest's agenda the EPA's answer to farmers is basically "tough luck".

Farm drought
EPA claimed to be sympathetic to farmers, but refused to help them with a waiver.
[Image Source: US News]

Over 200 members of Congress, eight state governors, and numerous college professors sign a letter arguing that the blending targets would indeed have a dire impact on farmers.

So who wins?  The biggest winners are the corn and ethanol industry, particularly the growers, who benefit the most from the artificial inflation of corn prices.  Many of these growers are not even family owned, but rather are large corporate farms run by deep-pocketed entities like Archer Daniels Midland Comp. (ADM) and ConAgra Foods, Inc. (CAG).  Indeed, both companies saw a rise in share prices following the EPA's decision.

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Big corn donates deeply to federal politiicans, who in turn reward it with billions in subsidies.
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So the word is official -- the U.S. will continue to manipulate prices in the fuel department, despite the cost to consumers, the environment, automakers, livestock farmers, and U.S. jobs.  That's bad news for most -- unless you happen to be an Archer Daniels Midland shareholder.

Source: The Detroit News

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RE: Whats new?
By JasonMick on 11/19/2012 2:07:44 PM , Rating: 2
consider your topics. what the hell is this, and most, political, non-technology related articles doing on Daily Tech
Vehicles and ethanol are not technology topics??

Face it, technology and politics often meet; it's called "tech policy".

RE: Whats new?
By Samus on 11/19/12, Rating: 0
RE: Whats new?
By PontiusP on 11/19/2012 4:46:37 PM , Rating: 3
Samus, we get it. You worship Obama and voted for him both times.

But for the rest of us, this is more than just political gossip. It's a major economic intervention and is a poster child for why a centrally planned economy, can't and won't ever work. It illustrates precisely what's wrong with America. It also gives an ominous outlook for the tech industry. If bureaucrats and "czars" think they know better than the engineers who make the cars, how much longer before the government starts poking around in your code?

RE: Whats new?
By Dorkyman on 11/19/2012 6:25:17 PM , Rating: 4
The reason that election night was such a shock and downer for so many was not that Messiah got re-elected. After all, the guy's a putz and will be gone in 4 years.

No, the real tragedy is that 51% of the voting public thought it was a good idea to re-elect him. THAT'S the source of the sadness. Kiss the magic era (roughly corresponding to the 20th century) of the USA goodbye.

RE: Whats new?
By PontiusP on 11/19/2012 7:31:10 PM , Rating: 2
Bingo. It's tough to share a country with a majority thinks that endless welfare handouts and debt fueled spending binges can go on forever, and that economic central planning is a workable system. Basically, a county ignorant to history, common sense, economics, and the Constitution itself. Sad indeed to have not a single thing in common with my ignorant countrymen. They're all dead strangers to me now.

RE: Whats new?
By YashBudini on 11/19/2012 7:40:27 PM , Rating: 3
Endless welfare handouts occur with both parties. Remember corporate welfare? Corporations are people too, remember that?

RE: Whats new?
By Samus on 11/19/12, Rating: -1
RE: Whats new?
By Souka on 11/19/2012 11:53:47 PM , Rating: 4
Meh... I run all my lawn equipment on non-ethonal gas.
Now running my 1999 Subaru on it to... got a %12 boost in my fuel economy.

Was running a consistent 20mpg (hundreds of datapoints to support this)
On Non-E gas, I'm now getting 22.5mpg (a few dozen datapoints to support this).

It's a tie in $$/mile price wise, but hey... no Ethonal is probably going to save me. for non-e gas near you! :)

RE: Whats new?
By Ringold on 11/20/2012 12:06:13 AM , Rating: 3
one of the greatest Presidents of all time


When it's not election season, even a lot of Democrat's aren't happy with him. Hard-left doesn't like him, the entire right doesn't. Just a segment of the center-left. The guy managed to win a campaign of personalities.

Meanwhile, under his watch, economy's done nothing. EPA's run wild. Middle East has gone from shitty to shittier. Iraq's on the verge of seeing Kurdistan say "To hell with this already" and going its own way. Afghanistan, depending on Karzai, could be Taliban run again by decades end at this rate. In Asia, despite a "pivot", our allies are worried we're full of words and no deeds if it came down to it. Ah, and that "reset" with Russia? Yeah, that got us.. lets see.. nothing, except a nuclear treaty that has us, again, cut more than they do. Seems legit.

And for all that extra debt, we've got something to show for it, right? High-speed maglev trains EVERYWHERE, right? Maybe flying cars? A glorious military victory against evil? Men on Mars, asteroids getting mined?

Oh wait, we don't have ANYTHING to show for it? Hmm.

Yeah. Best President ever. Totally makes Eisenhower look like a nitwit.

RE: Whats new?
By Cerin218 on 11/21/2012 6:54:49 PM , Rating: 2
Sometimes I really wish you (D) bags would actually say useful things instead of talking points. Fox News? Really? Did Fox News make the 6 TRILLION new debt? Did Fox News have 8%+ unemployment for 4 years? Did Fox News cut our credit rating? Did it spend our money on massive green projects that went bankrupt? Did it make it law that you HAD to buy health insurance from the private sector as a requirement of good citizenship by perverting the Interstate Commerce Clause? Did Fox News make it law that any American can be held indefinitely without due process? Did Fox News kill an American ambassador and provide guns to Mexican criminals?

Or did Fox News just report it when Obama did these things.

And you call us sheep? If I was a Democrat leader I would Stalin you. I would steal all our possessions and stuff you in an gas chamber myself because you all literally BEG for it.

RE: Whats new?
By Uncle on 11/20/2012 3:12:56 PM , Rating: 1
Ya, you must have thought you were in Hell during the 8 Bush years when the National Debt sky rocketed out of control, a trillion dollars just looking for WMD's. Oh ya forgot,that was a Trillion Dollars just for the Big Lie of the Bushes. Shoot, the Cons(Reps) had government for 8 years. Did your life get any better. I just remember a lot of Body Bags coming home. Plus a huge debt handed over to the Dems on a silver platter when the people couldn't stomach any more lies.

RE: Whats new?
By Cerin218 on 11/21/2012 6:48:02 PM , Rating: 2
Haha!!! At least Bush had an excuse. Obama spent 6 TRILLION without even an excuse. How is that for a silver platter? His investors and hadlers seem to have made out like bandits. The CEO from Solyndra even had the nuts to show his face at a few of the Democrat gatherings. Don't forget by the way that a MAJORITY of Democrats voted to go to war, expand war, and continue to fund war. Bush literally could not have done it without you, for all that you love to blame him. Not like Obama and Libya... By the way, the current president that campaigned to end the A-stan war, still hasn't. Nor has he figured out how to fund it. Heck, he hasn't even made a budget YET and he's in his second term. Bush's unemployment was no where near Obama's 8%+ unemployment HIS ENTIRE TERM. The only reason Bush even had that is because the deregulation of the banking industry and poor policy by the Democrats caused the housing and financial crisis. Heck Obama even managed the first credit rating cut for our country in our ENTIRE history.

Obama sucked. You supporters are deceiving yourselves. It's called hypocrisy and it's the cornerstone of being liberal.

RE: Whats new?
By Rukkian on 11/20/2012 4:12:26 PM , Rating: 1
I doubt it was actually 51% that agreed with him. I know I voted for him, but only because of who he was running against. Romney was completely out of touch and a douchebag of epic proportions. If the right would put up a true fiscal conservative, and not just a reverse robin hood, I think they would have won handily.

Put up a candidate that is willing to make cuts across the board - drop entitlements and also drop tax cuts for the rich, cut programs that benefit rich and poor alike (and middle class) and I would vote for him easily.

RE: Whats new?
By YashBudini on 11/20/2012 5:08:51 PM , Rating: 2
Ironically you got voted down because of the emotional backlash on the first 2 sentences of your response, and despite the fact that the rest of your post is spot on.

Nobody ever talks about all the loopholes Reagan closed that greatly favored the rich, funny how that works these days.

RE: Whats new?
By Cerin218 on 11/21/2012 6:57:53 PM , Rating: 2
Because Reagan is DEAD. Has been for some time. Amazing how Democrats ALWAYS bring up the past but never learn from it an omit blame for their leadership for ANYTHING.

"This is from the It's a science website." -- Rush Limbaugh

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