Ethanol Loses One Vote and Wins Another in Senate

The Senate voted to preserve federal funding for blender pumps right after it voted to end the ethanol blenders tax credit (VEETC) and associated tariff immediately.

McCain in Independence MissouriThe amendment by Senator John McCain (R-AZ) to prevent federal funding to help pay for installing alternative fuel infrastructure such as blender pumps and storage tanks at gasoline stations. The measure failed on a vote of 41 to 39.

The Obama administration voiced opposition today to ending the VEETC. “The Administration supports efforts currently underway in the Senate to reform and modernize tax incentives and other programs that support biofuels. However, today’s amendments are not reforms and are ill advised,” said U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack in a statement. “We need reforms and a smarter biofuels program, but simply cutting off support for the industry isn’t the right approach. Therefore, we oppose a straight repeal of the Volumetric Ethanol Excise Tax Credit (VEETC) and efforts to block biofuels infrastructure programs.”

The vote to end the VEETC is not likely to go anywhere, according to Growth Energy CEO Tom Buis. “Ironically, the United States Senate has spent the better part of a week on an amendment that is unconstitutional and going nowhere, even while the news pours in that OPEC has hit a high-water mark of $1 trillion in revenues,” Buis said.

The industry continues to support the Ethanol Reform and Deficit Reduction Act introduced last week by Senators John Thune (R-SD) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) that would would provide tax incentives for infrastructure such as blender pumps, and for cellulosic biofuels development, as well as a variable safety-net determined by the price of oil.

12 thoughts on “Ethanol Loses One Vote and Wins Another in Senate

  1. Senator Cancer-Face, and the rest of the anti-ethanol crowd, would rather spend $Trillions on their military adventures in the Middle East than support tax breaks on U.S. ethanol producers.

    Senator Cancer-Face has never held a private sector job in his life. He fly arounds the globe, at government expense, strutting around like the big man on campus, for the cameras. He owns 6 homes, all purchased by his wife’s money. He calls himself pro-business, and then he sticks a knife in the back of American businesses, for the benefit of his Arab friends.

    The guy needs to get himself a real, private sector job, for once in his life!

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  3. The guy needs to get himself a real, private sector job, for once in his life!

    Jonathan~

    Would that be the same guy who endured more than five years of brutal treatment as a POW in a North Vietnamese prison and who turned down special treatment and chose to remain with his fellow prisoners in a demonstration of solidarity when the North Vietnamese offered to send him home early because his dad was a Navy admiral?

  4. Dennis, there are many POW veterans. They do not all have the same opinion on all topics, rather they are right on some, and wrong on others, and disagree about much.

    Senator (and failed Presidential candidate) John McCain is wrong on ending biofuels supports.

    All humans face suffering in life, and he is publicly given gratitude for his suffering. Isn’t that enough? Does it have to mean that he is correct in all of his opinions, because his suffering has been made public? Does it mean that every one of his public decisions and lack of private sector experience, means that he should be given a pass? What if another POW veteran comes along and says the exact opposite of McCain on biofuels? Which are we to believe?

    Sen. McCain is wrong on ending biofuels supports.

  5. All humans face suffering in life, and he is publicly given gratitude for his suffering. Isn’t that enough? Does it have to mean that he is correct in all of his opinions, because his suffering has been made public?

    Bob~

    Senator McCain is not correct in all his opinions, but he also doesn’t deserve having Jonathan Gal (above) call him “Senator Cancer-Face.”

    I wonder if Mr. Gal ever raised his hand and swore to support and defend the Constitution and then put his life on the line for his country as a uniformed member of the Armed Forces as Senator McCain did?

    Debate Senator McCain on the merits or demerits of his opinions, but don’t degrade him with an ad hominem attack calling him “Mr Cancer-Face.”

  6. Dennis,

    Note–neither you nor I commented on the name “Mr. Cancer-Face” in our previous comments. It was simply about making Sen. McCain the authority on biofuels, based upon his version of suffering. As we know, suffering does not make one an authority on all kinds of other unrelated topics. I do not debate you on the aspect of the name-calling.

    Now, would you like to debate the point presented, about suffering making one an authority on the completely unrelated topics of 1) working in the private sector and 2) biofuels? How about the aspect of other veterans, disagreeing completely with McCain’s opinions on biofuels?

  7. Bob,

    Each of our 100 senators got to be an “authority” because of our republican system of government in which they won the majority of the votes in a senatorial election in their states. In truth, very few of them have the knowledge, education, inclination, or temperate to be true authorities on the critical matters on which they get to vote on. For example, almost all senators are woefully lacking when it comes to matters of thermodynamics, physics, and science.

    But that’s our system. The voters of Arizona gave Senator McCain all the authority he needs to be an “expert’ on biofuels. His authority has nothing to do with having suffered as a POW, but he doesn’t deserve the cheap shot Mr. Gal took.

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