Vagaries and the new VP
This is one of several, very interesting revelations from today’s GAI report on corruption within the Obama Justice Department. And remember, in our bought and paid for system, what you will read is completely legal.
Lobbying against national interest is nothing new. Happens all the time in DC. But, this relatively minor industry, along with the EPA, is causing major problems worldwide.
Yup, the ethanol lobby strikes again. It can’t succeed without a mandate that
forces consumers to buy its product every time they fill up the tank, and if the
resulting corn shortages drive food prices up in a way that punishes consumers
around the world, so be it….[snip]
If not for the politics, the ethanol mandate would have been gone years ago. Oil costs and imports are up (ethanol makes up less than 1% of world-wide transportation fuel), and even the green lobby has turned against the fuel (because of the carbon-increasing deforestation it causes).
For more evidence, consider the ethanol waiver requested by the hunger charity ActionAid and the free-market Competitive Enterprise Institute. Normally when making decisions, the EPA considers “impacts on human health,” a nebulous measurement that it usually inflates to justify costly regulation. But the ethanol rules mention health only to minimize the danger, despite numerous peer-reviewed studies showing that biofuel mandates increase hunger and hunger-related diseases at home and abroad and contribute to tens of thousands of annual deaths. The EPA still hasn’t responded on the merits.
Last but not least, and, just because I can, here is a list of views expressed by the media on Ryan’s VP nomination.
So what explains it?
And then, of course, those eyes.
What say you? Was Ryan the best pick?