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Clinton Campaign Lets Truth Slip: Ethanol Mandate In Jeopardy Under Clinton WH

- August 10, 2016

Hillary Clinton's True Colors On Ethanol Were On Display Last Week As Her Campaign Considered Scrapping The Ethanol Mandate Entirely

Last Week, Clinton's Campaign Sought Advice From California Regulators On How To Change The Renewable Fuel Standard. "Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's campaign has solicited advice from California regulators on how to revamp a federal regulation requiring biofuels like corn-based ethanol be blended into the nation's gasoline supply, according to campaign and state officials." (Valerie Volcovici And Rory Carroll, "Clinton Campaign Studying Alternative To U.S. Ethanol Mandate," Reuters, 8/3/16)

Clinton Advisers Are Discussing Whether A Market-Based System Rather Than A Mandate Could Be Applied To Replace Or Change The Renewable Fuel Standard. "Clinton advisers have contacted the California Air Resources Board to discuss whether a policy like California's Low Carbon Fuel Standard, a market-based system rather than a mandate, could be applied at a national level to replace or augment the Renewable Fuel Standard, CARB officials said." (Valerie Volcovici And Rory Carroll, "Clinton Campaign Studying Alternative To U.S. Ethanol Mandate," Reuters, 8/3/16)

"The Move Is The Clearest Sign Yet That, If Elected, Clinton Would Seek To Adjust The Regulation." "The move is the clearest sign yet that, if elected, Clinton would seek to adjust the regulation, called the Renewable Fuel Standard, possibly hurting her chances in corn-growing states like Iowa where she faces a tough battle against Republican rival Donald Trump in the Nov. 8 election." (Valerie Volcovici And Rory Carroll, "Clinton Campaign Studying Alternative To U.S. Ethanol Mandate," Reuters, 8/3/16)

CLINTON'S INDICATION OF ANOTHER EVOLUTION ON ETHANOL BRINGS UP MEMORIES OF HER PAST FLIP-FLOP

As Senator, Clinton "Vigorously Opposed" Ethanol

As A Senator, Clinton Opposed Subsidies For Ethanol. "There are many reasons why Clinton may meet resistance in Iowa. An obvious one is her vote for the 2002 congressional resolution authorizing President Bush to go to war in Iraq. Although she has increasingly become a harsh critic of the administration, her long support for the conflict -- and her refusal to renounce her vote -- has left a sour taste among some liberal Democrats. She also has opposed subsidies for ethanol, a politically incorrect position for any presidential candidate seeking support in an agricultural state such as Iowa." (Anne E. Kornblut and Dan Balz, "In Race For Iowa, Clinton Has To Make Up Ground," The Washington Post, 1/27/07)

  • Clinton "Once Vigorously Opposed" Ethanol Production. "Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is scheduled to return to Iowa today, in part to promote a campaign proposal encouraging ethanol production - a concept she once vigorously opposed in the U.S. Senate. After voting to block incentives for the corn-based fuel additive, the New York senator now hails Iowa's chief contribution to the renewable fuel movement, and she suggested last week that an ethanol tax credit be extended." (Thomas Beaumont, "Clinton To Back Ethanol In Iowa," The Des Moines Register, 3/4/07)

As Senator, Clinton Teamed Up With Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY), Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA), And Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) In In Opposing Ethanol. "Clinton has joined Schumer and fellow Democrats from California, Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer, in arguing against the ethanol rules before." (Michael McAuliff, "Corn Flakey," [New York] Daily News, 5/11/06)

Clinton Conveniently Experienced A Pre-Election "Conversion" Before The 2008 Presidential Democrat Primary

During Her 2008 Presidential Run, Clinton, "Who Once Opposed Federal Support For The Biofuel, Reversed Herself And Endorsed Bigger Ethanol Incentives That She Previously Voted Against." "Presidential candidates, eager to court voters in the corn state of Iowa, have also pushed hard. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.), who once opposed federal support for the biofuel, reversed herself and endorsed bigger ethanol incentives than she previously voted against." (Jeffrey H. Birnbaum, "It's A Good Time To Be The Hill's Mr. Ethanol," The Washington Post, 5/15/07)

  • The Miami Herald 's Fred Grimm: "Sen. Hillary Clinton, A Once- Staunch Opponent Of Federal Corn Ethanol Subsidies (51 Cents A Gallon) Has Undergone An Election-Year Corn Conversion." (Fred Grimm, Op-Ed, "We're Flooded With Political Insurance," The Miami Herald, 7/10/07)

Clinton Experienced The "Closest Thing In Politics To A Religious Experience," The "Ethanol Conversion." "What's the closest thing in politics to a religious experience? The ethanol conversion. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) experienced one in May of last year. Long opposed to federal support for the corn-based biofuel, she reversed herself and endorsed even bigger ethanol incentives than she previously voted against." (Shailagh Murray, "Ethanol Undergoes Evolution As Political Issue," The Washington Post, 3/13/07)

With Political Pressure From The Obama Administration And The Liberal Wing Of Her Party Mounting, Clinton Is An Unreliable And Untrustworthy Ally For Iowa Ethanol And Is Likely To Reverse Her "Conversion"

In November Of 2015 The Obama Administration Announced That It Is Reducing The Annual Ethanol Mandate. "The Obama administration delivered a blow to the corn industry on Monday, easing the amount of ethanol the nation must consume below the levels Congress had set nearly a decade ago - and potentially laying a political stumbling block for Hillary Clinton in Iowa." (Alex Guillen, "Obama Curbs Ethanol In Blow To Corn Growers," Politico, 11/30/15)

  • "The Mandate That The [Environmental Protection Agency] Set…Calls For Mixing 18.11 Billion Gallons Of Biofuels Into The Nation's Fuel Market Next Year. That Figure, Which Includes Corn Ethanol, Biodiesel And Next-Generation 'Cellulosic' Ethanol, Is Well Below The 22.3 Billion Gallons Required Under A 2007 Law." (Alex Guillen, "Obama Curbs Ethanol In Blow To Corn Growers," Politico, 11/30/15)

The Obama EPA's Decision "Creates A Political Box" For Candidates Like Clinton, Who Has "Offered Few Specifics" On What Ethanol Level Should Be Mandated As She Tacks To The Left Of The President On Environmental Issues. "That creates a political box for all the presidential candidates, but perhaps most of all for Clinton, who has already had to distance herself from President Barack Obama's Arctic drilling policies and long indecision on the Keystone XL pipeline. She has offered few specifics about her opinions on the ethanol requirement, aside from calling earlier this year for the administration to put it 'back on track.' And the program is increasingly unpopular with green groups that make up a powerful part of the national Democratic base." (Alex Guillen, "Obama Curbs Ethanol In Blow To Corn Growers," Politico, 11/30/15)

Beyond General Support For Ethanol, Clinton "Has Been Cagey About Where She Stands, Offering Few Specifics." "Clinton has been cagey about where she stands, offering few specifics beyond an op-ed in May, in which she called for getting the federal biofuels program 'back on track.' The program, known as the Renewable Fuel Standard, 'can continue to be a powerful tool to spur the development of advanced biofuels and expand the overall contribution that renewable fuels make to our national fuel supply,' Clinton wrote. Still, she added, 'we also can't ignore significant changes to the energy landscape since the [program] was expanded in 2007.'" (Alex Guillen and Jenny Hopkinson, "Clinton's Iowa Dilemma," Politico, 11/24/15)

The Changing Politics Of Ethanol Has Put Clinton In A "Political Bind," Since It Is "Wildly Popular" In Iowa But "Has Largely Fallen Out Of Favor With Green Groups.""The decision, concerning how many billions of gallons of the corn-based biofuel must be blended into the nation's gasoline supply, threatens to create a political bind for Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton, who may have to decide once again how far to distance herself from President Barack Obama on an issue of huge importance to a core voting constituency. The mandate is wildly popular in Iowa, which produces more corn-based ethanol than any other, though it has largely fallen out of favor with green groups that once regarded it as a cleaner form of fuel than oil." (Alex Guillen and Jenny Hopkinson, "Clinton's Iowa Dilemma,"Politico11/24/15)


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