Pork-buster McCaskill and subsidy-scourge Kirk rally for ethanol boondoggle

If Republicans are serious about their free-market talk they'll let the expiring ethanol subsidies die, I wrote earlier this month. But they're not.

Senators Urge Action for Energy Security and Job Creation
 
WASHINGTON – Saying that ethanol offers the most effective alternative to foreign oil and supports hundreds of thousands of jobs in the United States, Senators Chuck Grassley and Kent Conrad have gathered signatures for a letter to Senate leaders urging action this year on legislation to extend renewable fuel tax and tariff provisions.
 
            The senators said immediate action is warranted to “provide stability and certainty for producers and consumers of renewable fuels.”
 
“Ethanol has proven its value as a homegrown, renewable fuel and, in light of the hundreds of billions of dollars shipped abroad as a result of foreign oil dependence, ethanol is a relative bargain,” Grassley said.
The most depressing names on the letter: Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., otherwise a staunch opponent of pork; and Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., the leader in opposing sugar subsidies.

Beltway ConfidentialUS

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

Caltrain’s future in jeopardy after supervisors block sales tax measure

Roughly 90 minutes into Tuesday’s San Francisco Board of Supervisors meeting, local… Continue reading

Feds target donations from city contractors with new subpoena in Nuru scandal

Federal authorities have homed in on an apparent trail of donations from… Continue reading

Police union opposes proposal to hang ‘Black Lives Matter’ posters at stations

SFPOA criticizes plan for injecting ‘political agendas and wedge issues’ into policing

Twitter blocks verified accounts from posting after hack hits high-profile users

After the Twitter accounts of Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Kanye West and… Continue reading

Private, charter schools likely forced to begin semester with distance learning

Private and charter schools that may have planned a return to in-person… Continue reading

Most Read