Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Hope to Repeal Ethanol Mandates

Last month I blogged in opposition to a Missouri Senate bill mandating biodiesel.  That measure passed the Senate and will be debated by a House committee this week.  That same House committee is also considering a bill to repeal Missouri's current requirement that all gasoline sold in the state be blended with 10% ethanol.  

As reported in today's St. Louis Post-Dispatch, some state legislators (including Mike Dethrow, R-Alton, and Rodney Schad, R-Versailles) are rethinking their opinions on ethanol mandates in light of higher food prices worldwide.  Both Dethrow and Schad voted for the mandates in 2006 but want to repeal those mandates.  Kudos to them both for showing the courage to admit mistakes when given new information.

With the price of food on the rise worldwide, we should be eating our food not burning it as fuel - despite what the farm lobby or environmentalist crowd might say.  The Missouri House should vote NO on biodiesel mandates and YES to repeal ethanol mandates in gasoline.

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