156 Congressmen Appeal to Obama Administration To Lift Biofuels Mandate
August 3, 2012 • 10:06AM

On Aug. 1, 156 Congressmen — over the third of the House of Representatives — wrote to Obama's Environmental Protection Agency director, Lisa Jackson, asking her to lift the mandatory requirement for biofuels, given that 40 percent of the corn crop, now hit by drought, is going for ethanol.

This puts the fire of reality under Obama, despite his fixation on himself, but at the same time raises the heat on leaders of the farm and food industry, and of the eating public, to recognize that Obama and Romney are untenable as office-holders. They must be set aside.

The Aug. 1 lawmaker letter states:

"Relief from the Renewable Fuels Standard is extremely urgent because another short corn crop would be devastating to the animal agriculture industry, food manufacturers, food service providers, as well as consumers."

Today's letter to the EPA follows on a petition made July 30 by organizations representing livestock producers, meat processors, and other major users of grain. Their 20-page paper documents that the run-up in corn prices, and scarcity of supplies, threatens the entire food chain.

Today, a leader of one of the petitioners, Randy Spronk of the National Pork Producers Council, said, "These lawmakers recognize that the expected low crop yields we'll have because of the severe drought, coupled with pressure on corn usage from Federal energy policy will devastate livestock and poultry producers. We are pleased that these members of Congress" have acted.

Among the lead sponsors of the letter are Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., and Mike McIntyre, D-N.C., who represent districts in the state's (and the world's) largest pork company, Smithfield, the giant multi-national, headquartered in Virginia, which announced last week that it is now importing corn from Brazil for its huge hog farms, concentrated in North Carolina. A third sponsor, Rep. Steve Womack (R-Arkansas) is from the home state of Tysons, the world's largest poultry processor. Other signators are from across the nation.

The Congressmen ask, "We strongly urge you to exercise your authority and take the necessary steps to protect American consumers and the economy."