Brazil, Japan agreements to purchase more corn, ethanol offset China

Sept. 3, 2019, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement praising a new trade agreement with Brazil to purchase more corn and ethanol:

“President Trump’s agriculture trade deal with Brazil to buy more corn and ethanol is a prime example of this President’s ability to offset attacks on our economy by China. Between the corn and ethanol sales to Japan and Brazil, the President is creating new markets for domestic farmers while exempting smaller oil refineries from the devastating impacts of the arbitrary renewable fuel standards. There is no better salesperson for American goods than President Trump.”

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U.S. agreement with Japan on corn obviates any need to revisit ethanol refining waivers

Aug. 27, 2019, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement reacting favorably to the U.S.-Japan agreement in principle on trade including to purchase corn:

“A U.S. trade agreement with Japan is long overdue and comes at a critical strategic moment, demonstrating that with long-standing allies there are alternatives to China to be developed. In addition, thanks to Japan’s agreement to purchase $7 billion of U.S. agricultural products, mainly corn, the deal obviates any worries from farm states about a limited number of fuel refiners obtaining waivers from mixing ethanol into gasoline. Building the U.S. relationship with Japan is a strategic imperative and here Trump is showing that it can get done on a bilateral basis to advance U.S. interests and pave the way for a longer term deal.”

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Corn farmers should feed people, not cars

Aug. 20, 2019, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement urging President Donald Trump stand firm on granting ethanol waivers to a limited number of refiners:

“President Trump was 100 percent right when he ordered exemptions to the ethanol mixing requirements for a few oil refineries that were threatened to be shut down due to the costs of complying with the Renewable Fuel Standards.  Now, King Corn in Iowa is raising its ugly head demanding that every oil refinery bow even if it breaks their business.  Here is the truth, we should not burn food in our automobile engines at all.  It is inefficient and bad for the engines.  What’s more, as more and more vehicles go electric, less and less corn will be needed in oil based fuel. Americans for Limited Government believes that the Renewable Fuel Standard itself should be eliminated as an unnecessary market intervention.  But if government policy is to provide an additional market for King Corn, then these subsidies should instead be directed toward feeding people both domestically and around the world. Foolishly burning food in our fuel tanks while the USDA reports that 42.7 million Americans are on food stamps is cruel.  If Iowa farmers want to exert their political clout at the first presidential caucus, one would hope that they would at least compel federal taxpayers to buy corn to feed people not automobile engines. At the same time, the 2022 fuel mandate that requires the use of other non-corn-based biofuels should be eliminated in its entirety. Let’s return America’s farmers to the noble job of providing food rather than poor fuel substitutes.”

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EPA right to grant waivers to refiners under Renewable Fuel Standard

Aug. 12, 2019, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement praising the EPA for granting waivers to distressed oil refiners under the Renewable Fuel Standard:

“The Environmental Protection Agency is right to grant waivers to a limited number of distressed small U.S. oil refiners from the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS.)  The RFS requires all refiners to blend biofuels like ethanol into gasoline or purchase credits from others that do in order to remain in business.  While these waivers might disappoint the corn lobby which would rather bankrupt small refiners through the cost of credits than give an inch in their demand for fealty to ethanol, the EPA’s waiver decision balances the mistaken federal government policy to promote burning corn in our automobile engines with the financial needs of refiners who foot the cost of adding corn to superior performing oil in making gasoline.”

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Year-round E15 without fixing RINs credits is no compromise

Oct. 12, 2018, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement in opposition to a Trump administration decision to allow E15 to be sold year-round without allowing RINs credits to be attached to ethanol exports:

“Ideally, Congress and the Trump administration would get rid of the E15 mandate altogether, but an acceptable compromise might have been the one announced in May to allow RINs credits to be attached to ethanol exports to relieve the high cost of RINs on domestic non-ethanol refiners. Unfortunately, Big Corn is getting everything they want with year-round E15 and there is no compromise to help out the refiners. The EPA should reconsider its approach and go back to the May compromise that would allow RINs to be attached to ethanol exports.”

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Trump art of the deal shines in EPA ethanol deal

May 9, 2018, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement praising President Donald Trump for negotiating a deal on ethanol that will allow Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs) to be applied towards exported ethanol:

“President Trump proved he is a deal maker once again by reaching an agreement with ethanol producers and oil refiners. While Americans for Limited Government believes that the RINs credits eliminated altogether and the ethanol subsidy is nothing more corn welfare, the solution negotiated President Trump is an elegant balance between the political interests of corn growers and the economic interests of non-ethanol refineries who have subsidized ethanol production through RINs credits.

“The decision to permit E15 to be sold year-round and allow RINs to be attached to exported ethanol is a victory. Corn farmers get to grow more corn, and oil refiners do not get hit with excessive RINs fees. The President’s plan will likely provide relief for many struggling refineries and give assurance to corn farmers their crops will be sold.

“As we saw with the Philadelphia Energy Solutions bankruptcy, high RINs costs can break a refinery. The President’s actions will ensure thousands of high paying jobs at similar refineries around the nation are safe from the long arm of government overreach. The prior system threatened to destroy parts of the refining industry and the President’s compromise strikes a balance, demonstrating his art of the deal is the real deal.”

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Sens. Grassley and Ernst wrong to hold up Trump EPA nominees over ethanol

Oct. 26, 2017, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement to lift their holds on Trump EPA nominees over potential changes to the Renewable Fuel Standard:

“Iowa Senators Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst are wrong to hold up due to corn ethanol concerns critically important Environmental Protection Agency nominees who will help accomplish President Trump’s agenda of rolling back Obama era regulations that are crushing the economy. The fact is, like it or not, the Renewable Fuel Standard requiring use of ethanol will remain in place, contrary to claims otherwise. President Trump needs his team in place in order to get the economy moving, and while we have the utmost respect for Chairman Grassley and Senator Ernst, their blocking of Trump’s nominees hardly seems to mesh with political ads featuring castrating of hogs in Washington, D.C.

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ALG on $1.5 trillion deficit left behind by tax deal: “Where are the spending cuts the American people were promised?”

December 10th, 2010, Fairfax, VA—Americans for Limited Government (ALG) President Bill Wilson today issued the following statement on the likely $1.5 trillion deficit that will be left behind by the Obama-McConnell tax deal:

“The $1.5 trillion likely deficit left behind by the tax deal reveals the dire need to balance the budget with spending cuts. A recent International Monetary Fund study shows that successful fiscal consolidation programs globally have relied primarily on spending cuts, not tax increases. And especially since there is a strong bipartisan consensus not to have any tax increases in the midst of a severe economic downturn, that means the budget can only be balanced now, and the $13.8 trillion debt reined in, with spending cuts.

“Unfortunately, when this deal was first presented, it was commonly understood to contain an unpaid-for $56 billion extension of unemployment benefits and a $120 billion cut in payroll taxes on employees. Without offsetting budget cuts presented alongside these budget-busters, the deal was bad enough. But now Harry Reid is busy inserting provisions extending hundreds of billions of dollars of tax credits, corporate welfare subsidies, and other handouts from the 2009 Obama ‘stimulus’ program. These include ethanol subsidies, windmill subsidies, and other so-called ‘green’ programs that have nothing to do with creating the conditions for a sustainable economic recovery. It even includes extension of tax deductions for public school teachers. Enough is enough.

“This is all unacceptable to the American people, and it should be unacceptable to Senate Republicans, who never agreed to lift their filibuster so that already-failed ‘stimulus’ measures could be extended as a means of passage. Over $650 billion of this now-$990 billion package has nothing to do with preventing imminent tax rate hikes on all Americans, as revealed today by columnist Charles Krauthammer. It has everything to do with holding the economy hostage to get as much wasteful spending as possible.

“Senate Republicans must hold the line and not be afraid to reject this bill that has become a Christmas tree monster of handouts, kickbacks, and other favors that they never agreed to in the first place. The American people voted for spending cuts in November, not a trillion dollar boondoggle. The imminent tax increases on all Americans need to be prevented, but not at the cost of the nation’s very fiscal solvency. Where are the spending cuts the American people were promised?”

Interview Availability: Please contact Rebekah Rast at (703) 383-0880 or at rrast@getliberty.org to arrange an interview with ALG President Bill Wilson.

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ALG on Ethanol Subsidies in Tax Deal: “That Means No Deal”

December 9th, 2010, Fairfax, VA—Americans for Limited Government (ALG) President Bill Wilson today issued the following statement responding to reports that the tax deal extending current tax rates may include subsidies for corn ethanol producers:

“If reports emerging that the vaunted Obama tax compromise may include subsidies for the ethanol industry are true, Republicans should walk away from this ‘compromise’. This would be the first bauble on the Christmas tree, and if this deal simply turns into a boondoggle of special interest favors and corporate welfare subsidies, it needs to die. That means no deal.

“The $56 billion unemployment extension is bad enough. So is underfunding Social Security by $120 billion. Their inclusion in the deal without offsetting budget cuts puts that much more pressure on the nation’s dire fiscal situation, with a $13.8 trillion national debt that is spiraling beyond control. They mean that, if passed, Congress will have to cut that much more spending out of the budget come January to balance the budget.

“The immediate dangers to this weak economy posed by hiking taxes across the board are very real. Economists on both sides of the political aisle are predicting a double-dip recession if taxes rise now. However, that is not an excuse for lawmakers to hold the economy hostage to score a few more special interest favors before the year ends. That is not what the American people voted for in November.

“This bill is becoming a monster, and Congress may after all be better dealing with tax rates in January retroactively, especially if congressional leadership insists on carrying on business as usual with handouts, kickbacks, and other favors. These corn ethanol subsidies and any other special interest favors lawmakers have in mind need to be removed, or else the deal will justly not earn the support of the American people.”

Interview Availability: Please contact Rebekah Rast at (703) 383-0880 or at rrast@getliberty.org to arrange an interview with ALG President Bill Wilson.

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