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This article appeared on www.farmpage.com in January of 2002
ETHANOL GETS NO RESPECT
Ethanol, much like the comedian Rodney Dangerfield, seems to get no respect. Despite two decades of fighting air pollution, making us less dependent on foreign oil, and boosting the U.S. economy, there are those who continue to take cheap shots at this proven fuel. An Illinois newspaper recently ran a syndicated editorial cartoon which originated with the Milwaukee Sentinel. It really doesn’t matter which newspaper because so many have made the same mistake in the past. Basically, the cartoon made the argument that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is requiring California to blend ethanol in gasoline simply because of the political contributions of Archer Daniels Midland. If humor is based in an exaggeration of the truth then this cartoon is hilarious.
The decision by President George Bush to hold California to the original intent of the oxygen requirements of the Clean Air act has plenty of scientific justification which I won’t detail here. However, I will point out that anyone who thinks political contributions by the ethanol industry played a part in this decision are seriously misguided.
The political contributions coming from the ethanol industry are dwarfed by the heavy investment in politics made by large oil companies. According to the Federal Election Commission the entire alternative energy industry gave President Bush only $237,268 during the last year leading up to the election. By contrast the oil industry gave the Bush campaign nearly $1.9 million.
This holds true if you look at total political contributions to all politicians. The oil industry forked over almost $34 million in 2000 compared to $786,000 from the alternative energy sector.
If dollars represent political clout then it is all the more surprising that ethanol is finally emerging as a serious role player in our national energy policy.
In the final analysis it may not be bad being Rodney Dangerfield. He is everybody’s favorite punching bag but he is also rich, famous and undoubtedly having the last laugh. Ethanol is the fastest growing market for corn and the demand from California is anticipated to add 9-15 cents per bushel.
LETTER FROM THE AMERICAN AGRICULTURE MOVEMENT
OPEN LETTER TO CONGRESS FROM AMERICAN AGRICULTURE MOVEMENT PRESIDENT
Text of Letter:
I’ve read of an officer at the Pentagon commenting about the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, and then agreeing that the U.S. has made a “grave mistake in allowing business interests to drew us into a dependency on markets and resources abroad.”
American farmers who’ve paid attention to public policy have had about a 50 year lesson in globalization, because through that period of time (ever since the mid-1950’s), we have had what’s called an “export-oriented” pricing policy. Thus, we’re quite dismayed that some of our fellow opponents to the Thomas Fast Track sent a letter to speaker Hasert suggesting that they oppose that bill not because globalization is flawed, but because this particular bill is “partisan and divisive.”
Just as those who profit from loss of family farms hide behind a confusion over what exactly a family farm is, those who profit from globalization hide behind confusion about what globalization means.
Before a vote on Fast Track occurs—or before the speaker “shelves” the Thomas measure as the noted letter requests—we hope and pray that there will be at least one leader in Congress who, perhaps moved as much by the terrorist war as that Pentagon officer, will state the following (or something close to it) on the House floor:
Globalization both increases our dependency on markets and resources abroad and increases the dependency of less wealthy nations on us and other wealthy nations. Interdependency suggests there is a balance in this, but there is not. There is an imbalance (lack of parity) that leaves poor nations uncomfortably—and dangerously—vulnerable to the shims and perceived needs of wealthier nations. What we all need (for both prosperity and peace is less such dependency, not more.”
AAM opposes fast track not just because it is divisive, but because globalization if flawed.
Buddy Vance, President
American Agriculture Movement
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