Iowa Establishment Quislings Backing Trump For 30 Pieces of Ethanol?
Terry Branstad embodies the Republican Establishment in Iowa; the state’s moderate Governor is now the longest-serving Governor in American history. Steve Deace is one of Iowa’s top conservative talk radio figures, and very plugged in to what’s happening at the grassroots level. And Deace just reported that he is hearing that Branstad’s team is actually pushing people to support Donald Trump so they can stop | Read More »
Donald Trump Is A Puppet Of the Ethanol Lobby
Today Donald Trump embraced the ethanol lobby and the Renewable Fuel Standard in a speech in Iowa. Like so much Trump does it is inexplicable if one rules out cynical opportunism and crony capitalism.
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No, Ted Cruz Has Not Changed His Position On Ethanol
Despite reports to the contrary, Ted Cruz has not changed his position on the use of ethanol or ethanol subsidies. The position he expressed in Iowa was exactly the same as he put forth in his 2014 bill.
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The underreported storyline of Ted Cruz’s Iowa surge
is on the move in Iowa. He’s crossed the 20 point mark in four straight polls and when you take into account the noise inherent in polling, he’s basically even with Donald Trump in Iowa at this point. That’s important because it could mark a permanent change in how Republican Presidential candidates address the state.
I Really Hoped Ben Carson Would Be Better
I liked Ben Carson. A lot. I hoped he’d show up and be the Maud ’Dib. I’m really at the “Anyone But” stage of this thing as I watch Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton roll up massive organizational and fundraising advantages early in the Presidential Primary Preseason. However, you have to look at these things honestly. You can’t pretend someone is The One if all | Read More »
Marita Noon: 2007–a great year for growing bad legislation like the ethanol mandate
Compared to 2007, several things are different today. The big one is the economy. We, as a country, were still living large in 2007. We were also still dependent on oil from overseas and our purchases were funding terrorism. Plus, it was, then, generally believed by many that our globe was warming—and it was our fault because of burning fossil fuels. When presented with the idea of growing our gasoline, even though it might cost more, it seemed worth it—after all, what was a few cents a gallon to thumb our nose at the Middle East and save the planet?
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, Carbon Tax
, CO2 Emissions
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, ethanol subsidies
, John Podesta
, Senator Franken
, Tax Credits
Joe Barton’s Profoundly Dumb Amnesty Proposal
Texas Rep. Joe Barton must have been reading the new polling data this week that shows Republicans are headed for victory in November. Like any good establishment Republican, Barton could not let our prospective victory go unanswered and is seeking a way to stifle Republican turnout. What better way to accomplish “victory” than by introducing comprehensive amnesty legislation? Joe Barton plans to file his bill | Read More »
No Better Time to Slay Ethanol Beast
There is nothing that exemplifies the feckless and deleterious effects of government intervention in private enterprise more than the Renewable Fuels Standard. Using the boot of government to mandate that private enterprise use an inefficient product of a special interest to the detriment of consumers and job creators is the worst form of tyranny. James Madison is rolling over in his grave. Yet, much like | Read More »
A Pork Stuffed Farm Bill and the Tyranny of Big Corn
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Ben Domenech are joined by Tom Pyle to discuss the farm bills working through Congress, the pork stuffed farm bill working its way through Congress, why green energy isn’t as green as it sounds and how ethanol is driving your food prices up and your car’s gas mileage down.
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Rising Food Costs Force McDonald’s to Nix the Dollar Menu
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson is joined by Scott Lincicome to discuss McDonald’s nixing the Dollar Menu, how rising food costs contributed to that decision and why you pay nearly twice as much for staples like milk, butter and sugar than our friends overseas.
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I… do not care if the Iowa GOP is unhappy that it may lose influence in the 2016 election.
You should have seen what I wrote originally. Swear words were involved. Anyway, Iowa’s worried that it may not have the influence that it once had over the Republican primaries: On the surface, Iowa’s Republican presidential caucuses seem healthier than ever: would-be candidates are flocking here mere months after the last White House race ended, drawing sizable crowds and ample news coverage. Senator Ted Cruz | Read More »
Energy Week in Review
Headlines and commentary for the week ending March 15, 2013.
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Thank Bipartisan Committee Work for Corporate Welfare in Tax Bill
Throughout the tax debate, we heard righteous indignation from both parties regarding the need to close up special interest loopholes in the tax code. Yet the special interest loopholes were the only items preserved in the cliff tax bill. The entire package of over $40 billion in corporate subsidies and green social engineering was taken from a Senate Finance Committee Bill, which unfortunately, was supported | Read More »
The Military is Not the Place for Green Social Engineering
Morale for our soldiers is the lowest it’s been in decades. Instead of providing our troops with the best equipment and a decisive mission, we are sullying them with egregious rules of engagement, the homosexual agenda, sensitivity training, and other social engineering activities. There is one more burden that Obama has added to their list of problems; green energy mobiles! One of the most preposterous | Read More »
Obama’s EPA Continues Handouts for Rich Ethanol Farmers on the Backs of Consumers
Nothing exemplifies the failure of Republicans to communicate more than the exit polling data regarding the public’s perception of the cost of living. A whopping 37% of voters selected ‘rising prices’ as their most important issue in the election, yet amazingly, they split their votes evenly between Romney and Obama. Hence, the arsonist behind the high prices for food, fuel, healthcare, and every other vital | Read More »