Groups Urge Trump to Support Farmers and Biofuels

Cindy Zimmerman

Numerous agricultural and biofuels interests are urging President Trump to help farmers by implementing year-round sales of higher ethanol blends when he meets once again this week with Congressional leaders from farm and oil states at the White House.

The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA), American Farm Bureau Federation, National Farmers Union, American Soybean Association and National Association of Wheat Growers sent a letter to the President expressing concerns about how farmers have been negatively impacted by recent EPA actions in light of the lowest net farm income in over a decade expected this year. They ask the White House to allow sales of E15 all year, halt the abuse of “small refinery exemptions,” and uphold a strong Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), without “causing additional harm to the farm economy.”

In addition, NCGA and state corn grower associations sent a letter to USDA Secretary Perdue Monday thanking him for his support and asking his help “to continue to advocate for real solutions, such as RVP parity for higher blends, and to continue to highlight the demand destruction caused by EPA’s refinery exemptions, as well as how EPA’s actions contradict President Trump’s commitments.”

Growth Energy had an open letter to President Trump from nearly 100 ethanol producers published in the New York Times, New York Post, and Wall Street Journal on Monday, in conjunction with a digital and radio ad campaign urging Midwest voters to contact the White House in support of E15. And fuel retailers offering E15 in 11 states sent a letter to President Trump asking him to immediately instruct the EPA to follow through on his pledge to allow year-round sales of E15 before summer restrictions begin on June 1st.

The latest White House meeting on the issue is expected to be held Tuesday and once again include Iowa Sens. Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst on the ethanol side, and Sens. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania and Ted Cruz of Texas representing the oil industry. The four met with the president in February and again in March with stakeholders.

AFBF, Ag Group, Corn, EPA, Ethanol, Government, Growth Energy, NCGA

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  1. I am opposed to renewables of any sort. They are a stain on our system of private property and self-reliance. I lecture on these topics and a wheat grower. Need for renewables is a costly venture and purpose to prevent climate change is a lie. There are several reasons.

    Approval of a renewable fuel standard gives tacit approval of actions by lunatic governors in states (WA, CA, NY….) who wish to expand the use of high cost, inefficient and money-losing renewable fuels that require subsidies to survive and you to pay more tax to provide. Washington’s governor Inslee, believing he is so smart he wrote a book the Apollo Project intended to justify widening the use of renewables, unaware that in the key chapter one where he lays out reasoning to promote renewables he does the opposite, blackening his own eye. He opposes carbon dioxide release from fossil fuels by pretending it’s a pollutant and believes he can heal the climate by promoting renewables and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Instead, his 29 reasons to promote renewables over fossil fuels are all mistaken, as irrelevant as Al Gore’s film, with the factual evidence showing his beliefs are the opposite of his statements and untrue.

    Further, Inslee’s Executive Order 14-04 in Washington like Gov. Gregoire before him goes further to promote their misinformed beliefs, to create a carbon pollution reduction program by statute and is equally misguided. I found it necessary to correct every one of his misbeliefs on page 1, for example, there is no long-term warming, at rural stations in this states its been cooling since the 1940s, greenhouse gases are not unprecedented, carbon dioxide from human emissions are but a tiny part of the CO2 reservoir the bulk of whose origins are natural, unlinked with human activities, water availability does not risk forest mortality, deserts are not becoming more arid but greening, and coastal areas are not at risk. He also believes all actions he wishes to install will enhance energy independence when their effect is completely unproven, likely the opposite of his claim and in other countries undertaking these measures, Ontario in Canada, Germany, UK, and Australia have proved to be disasters caused by requiring renewables buildout and subsidies. Many tidal stations, in Neah Bay WA, Astoria OR, Crescent City CA, and Juneau AK all show sea levels falling over periods of 80 to 90 years, consistently, so sea levels are not rising as he claims and ocean pH is becoming more basic, not acidifying as he claims. The governor is not governing but self-serving. His statements are at odds with the actual evidence, and so nullify all risks he imagines. Australia tried a carbon tax about half the rate that Inslee imagines for two years and quickly canceled it, after experiencing immediate economic hardships and rise in unemployment.

    Pres. Trump announced in June 2017 to exit the Paris Climate Agreement and 22 countries (Russia, China, Poland, Czech Rep., Ukraine, Romania, Canada, UK, Japan, Turkey, Australia, Arab countries and more) followed his lead within 6 weeks. Trump’s EPA is moving forward to nullify the Clean Power Plan. Global action on climate is dead as the entire plan was a farce reports a former Obama State Dept. advisor, with intent a payoff to Developing Countries for over-indulging Developed Countries. Following either plan represents an economic disaster for the US and other countries that rely heavily on fossil fuels for economic stability and maintaining highest standards of living in the world, high paying jobs, not to mention longer lifetimes, and superior health care.

    The current rise in carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has been a boon. It has created an immense monetary benefit to agricultural producers worldwide valued at $3.5 trillion since 1961 reports CO2science and will add another $9.8 trillion to agriproduct producers to 2050. Higher levels of carbon dioxide, a fertilizer for plants, required for plant photosynthesis will obviously boost production of all agricultural products worldwide. Higher levels of CO2 will also have a second benefit to reduce the use of water as plants become more efficient, and so save precious water resources, as the levels of CO2 increase.

    These governors need to understand that the greenhouse effect is imagined. It does not exist in real life. More than 19 scientific papers have addressed and proved it a fantasy. Astrophysicist Richard Lindzen’s research on climate feedbacks proved that heat generated from the earth’s surface is not held in the upper atmosphere but escapes as it is created. There is no greenhouse effect. The bomb curve proves that CO2 does not accumulate in the atmosphere, another fantasy belief but is rapidly dispersed or absorbed by cold sea water. Warmer conditions with higher levels of CO2 are good. Higher levels of CO2 in sea water results in high production of limestone and dolomite in the tropics. Cooling conditions threaten life, a more serious and a well-known fact. In the 1970s Canada was concerned for their agriculture due to the possibility that cooling was underway. The fear was that a one degree centigrade cooling would halve the area currently producing agriculture products in Canada, with the same effects also impacting agriproducts in areas of northern states of the US.

    Attempting to reduce CO2 and holding to the false belief that human actions can single-handedly quell nature is a freakishly preposterous and a dangerous mindset.

    A finally, the increased use of renewables and adopting renewable fuel standard is wrong. Its promotion is based on four lies: (1) We must get off oil. However, use of oil for electric power generation is tiny of no consequence. (2) Use of fossil fuels results in the release of CO2 which is dangerous. This is mistaken belief as I have already discussed. CO2 is beneficial. (3) CO2 from fossil fuels blocks re-radiated heat and leads to the greenhouse effect. This is also mistaken as I have discussed because CO2 is an irrelevant greenhouse gas and its emission frequencies and those of methane are blocked by water vapor. The CO2 from fossil fuels is but 2% of the total CO2 with 98% coming from natural sources. Water vapor is the only important greenhouse gas and 5,000 or more times more potent in this role than CO2. (4) CO2 is said to cause global warming or climate change. This is also not occurring because of reasons already mentioned. The global warming idea, the predecessor to climate change propaganda was dreamed up by Canadian Maurice Strong, a UN insider, and convenor of the 1992 Climate Summit in Rio de Janeiro to promote global governance by the UN. Strong mentored Al Gore and Barack Obama, who together created the Chicago Climate Exchange a location for you to pay your climate indulgences.

    In the end the need to end fossil fuels is a farce and the existence of any danger is a fairy tale, promoted by those who wish to enrich themselves. Renewables exist only due to the immense support from subsidies, says Warren Buffett of Berkshire-Hathaway. Wind turbines, for example, get $65 per mwhr an amount 93 times larger subsidy support than subsidies for natural gas or coal. The cost of electricity from wind turbines, taking account of explicit cost of $388 per mwhr and implicit costs, most of which are conveniently hidden and largely unknown raises the cost to approximately $1000 per mwhr ($1 /kwhr), a price 12 times higher than today’s rate that only those at elite income levels can afford. Wind turbines are an idea so obscene under the current US tax system (it’s worse in Canada) that, wind electric suppliers can sell their power at down to minus $35/mwhr (-3.5 cents/kwhr) on a pre-tax basis (-2.3 cents post-tax) , remain profitable and bankrupt all other electric providers.

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