Al Gore’s biofuel policy threatened by Ted Cruz win at Iowa Caucus.

Posted: February 2, 2016 by tallbloke in solar system dynamics

gore-cornFrom Reuters:

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz’s victory on Monday in corn-rich Iowa could represent a major blow to the nation’s controversial biofuels program, reflecting its waning influence over politicians even in the U.S. farm heartland.

The conservative senator from Texas and outspoken opponent of the Renewable Fuel Standard, or RFS, upset Republican front-runner Donald Trump in the Iowa caucuses, the first of the state-by-state battles to pick nominees for the Nov. 8 election to succeed President Barack Obama.

Cruz won with 28 percent of the vote, compared with 24 percent for Trump, a billionaire businessman..

The result was a setback for corn farmers in the country’s biggest ethanol-producing state, who have lobbied hard to protect the policy from being dismantled after more than a decade.

The program requires the use of ethanol and other biofuels in the nation’s fuel supply, aimed at reducing U.S. dependence on foreign oil, utilizing cleaner, domestic energy sources and boosting rural economies.

Cruz now supports a phase-out of requirements for renewable fuel, rather than the immediate repeal he was pushing for in 2013.

Still, winning Iowa without the backing of the ethanol and corn lobby may raise doubts as to whether candidates still need to garner its support in the long term, potentially removing a big pillar of support for the lobby’s agenda.

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  1. p.g.sharrow says:

    Don’t read too much in the 28% “victory” of “Ted”Cruze. Much as I prefer Cruze, Rubio is the one to watch. Main stream Republicans will get behind Rubio as this thing moves along, he looks to be a Republican JFK to me.
    Hillary Clinton is being pushed forward by the Democrat party establishment and is loosing the argument. This is the Theater that should be watched. ABC ( anyone but clinton ) will be the winner here once again, maybe Biden …pg

  2. p.g.sharrow says:

    As to the Ethanol mandate, those things are on the way out. The Socialist Ecoloons are losing the argument for the need of mandates and subsidies. Economic conditions going forward will be so reduced that these things will be seen for the waste that they are. This is just a replay of the 1980s, with a depression added on top. As the subsidies and mandates go away the green machine toys will be abandoned by their promoters, The owner/ LLCs will be declared bankrupt and the ever suffering public will be stuck with the cost of the cleanup of the derelict remains…pg

  3. Mjw says:

    Just have to go back to selling corn to starving poor people who want to eat instead of filthy rich environmentalists who want to exploit the gravy train.

  4. Fanakapan says:

    Is Cruz ‘Natural Born’ ? And Rubio has all the characteristics of being an ‘Anchor Baby’ ?

    Surprising that a nation of 300 odd millions cannot throw up candidates of higher calibre, especially as this time they aint facing an incumbent ?

  5. gallopingcamel says:


    Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. The GOP candidates give me a warm feeling because all of them strike me as being capable of outperforming our present “Commander-in-Chief. You may argue that I am setting the bar very low but what can one do when the nation’s affairs are in such a mess?

    So here is your challenge. Name someone who is clearly of “higher calibre” than the GOP contenders when the task is to run the USA for the benefit of “We the People”. Who will save us?

  6. BoyfromTottenham says:

    Hi from Oz. Camel – “Who will save us?” – Michael Bloomberg?

  7. Fanakapan says:


    Not sure if he has the power to save, but for entertainment value alone, Trump 🙂

    Although, and even though the founders chose to equip their head of state with more power than George 3 ever had, its still the case that the office has little opportunity for enacting anything that’ll shake the world. Which makes me conclude that the 4 yearly events entertainment value outweighs its actual impact on our lives in general 🙂

  8. Graeme No.3 says:

    I note that the first 4 Republicans in the poll are climate sceptics, and gathered over 80% of the vote. I wouldn’t read too much into it as AGW wasn’t apparently mentioned much, and Republicans are inclined to scepticism, but it is a definite change in attitude by politicians who normally don’t want to upset any group.
    Trump has lost his aura of invincibility and Carson is fading. It seems Cruz has no friends in Washington, which might appeal to many now, but that means Rubio will get favours and support from those who dislike Cruz.

  9. USteiner says:

    I also wondered about the standing of the candidates (say the top 5, 2 DEMs and 3 REPs) with respect to climate change and carbon pollution.

    What do we know?

  10. oldbrew says:

    Biofuel is a bad joke. Apart from throwing money at farmers what does it achieve?

  11. catweazle666 says:

    “Biofuel is a bad joke. Apart from throwing money at farmers what does it achieve?”

    Toxic algae blooms in the Gulf of Mexico?

  12. p.g.sharrow says:

    During the run up for BioFuels a large part of the argument was to provide farmers with an additional income stream,or to throw money at farmers. 😉 But in actual practice the profits quickly settled into the pockets of the major corporate processors. It seems that when the laws were written, amendments were added that directed the cash flow and subsidies into the hands of a few well connected corporations…pg