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My "beef" with "ethanol"


POSTED: Wednesday, August 15, 2012 - 5:59pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, October 9, 2012 - 5:30pm

I go to a cowboy church.

When I started visiting, I was amazed at the number of people still in ranching full-time--- if not part-time--- just to make ends meet from their other jobs.

These people's livelihood depends on the price of beef.

That's why I was extremely angry this morning when the news reports started flowing that President Obama said basically, let's protect ethanol.

That starts to fiddle with the price of beef.

Town Hall reports the president said on the campaign trail, "Prices are low, farmers and ranchers need help, so it makes sense It makes sense for farmers who get to sell more of their product, and it makes sense for taxpayers who will save money because we're getting food we would have bought anyway at a better price."

As Town Hall explains, none of this makes sense. In fact, Obama's move only harms American consumers while protecting a corrupt federal program.

A drought is currently driving down corn production. The shortage of feed is forcing livestock producers to slaughter animals early, putting downward pressure on meat prices in the short run and guaranteeing shortages and higher prices next year. But nature is not the biggest factor in this crisis -- the government is. Specifically, the federal government's ethanol mandate, which requires that 13.2 billion gallons of corn-based ethanol be produced in 2012.

The ethanol deal is the biggest sack of sugar that the America people have ever been sold.

The main reason we have to deal with this is Iowa has such a big say-so in a presidential primary process that is about is out of date as a rotary telephone.

This bull corn about ethanol corn needs to be stopped now.

That's my point of view, what's yours?

You can email me at or Facebook me at KETK Neal Barton.

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As your vehicle sits the water in the ethanol will separate and the water will go through your engine. Also vehicles 2002 and older can’t handle that high a mix of ethanol in the gas it burns up the pistons, rings and valves. Lawnmowers, weed eaters, chainsaws, etc. and boat motors will not be able to run on the higher percentage of ethanol. Talk to any repair shop and they will tell you there has been a huge increase in small engine repair. This includes 4-wheelers too.

Water is miscible in ethanol, unlike gasoline. Water, ethanol, or methanol in the fuel increases mpg and power preventing pre-ignition, permits compression increase, and leaning fuel. WWII aircraft exploited this. My 1997 4 cylinder running fine with 215,000 miles on it without touching the engine has used ethanol most of its life. Battery powered small motors cost modestly more initially, but running them costs less than gas engines - electrical small motors make more sense.

Government solutions always end-up the same, but as long as their media controls opinion, we will always be helpless on our own.

obama and his acedemia administration has proved over and over THEY CAN NOT GET IT DONE. Acedemia ONLY works in the class room, period.

Pretty much spot on commentary. Ezra Taft Benson and President Eisenhower pushed most of the sacred cow price support out of Washington but they have slowly but surely been allowed back in. We grew as a nation when supply and demand was determined by supply and demand, not by government mandate. No president or congress can stand in front of a tomato plant and yell at it to grow and get any result. Nor can they demand that food be traded for energy and a very suspect energy at that.

The only way to stop this is to get rid of the man at the top, Barack HUSSAIN (?] Obama. The reason I don't know how to spell his middle name is because you never see it in the press stories or on television. Must not be something he likes or maybe he is still trying to hide his true beliefs.

My "beef" with ethanol is that we are burning up our food for crying out loud. As far as the "Farm Bill" is concerned, it has next to nothing about farms and ranches. I watched last year during our devastating drought what farmers and ranchers went through and although this year has been better than last, we are not nearly out of the woods yet. It is very dry. They received two pretty good cuttings of hay, not nearly enough though given what is happening to those dear people north of us.

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