Breaking News - Washington Nixes Ethanol Subsidy

by: John R. Paul

December 23, 2011

Congress ends 30-year tax subsidy for corn-based ethanol that annually cost taxpayers $6 billion.

In a late Christmas present to historic vehicle enthusiasts, congress wrapped up its 2011 season without extending the federal subsidy for ethanol and “biofuel blenders.”  Trade groups do not expect this to mean the end of ethanol, according to The Detroit News report, but it is clearly a big win for taxpayers and anyone who knows what kind of damage ethanol and other biofuels can do to the engines of older vehicles.

A big thanks goes out to all those who signed the Historic Vehicle Association’s EthaNo! petition, spread the word, and took the time to contact their local representatives. This just goes to show that, when historic vehicle owners rally together, we can make a difference and our efforts can pay off.

Click here to read the full article published in The Detroit News. 

Comments

  1. Sandra Lane Denver, NC

    Eric, You may find this article interesting.....

  2. John Twardzik Tampa

    Let's work on getting rid of the ethanol mandate. Then my cars cars will have a chance at running better!

  3. Don Gorham, ME.

    This is great news for the antiques and all vehicles on the road! Let's keep the momentum going and get this ethanol crap out of our fuel tanks and out of the gas pumps, and maybe we can look forward to cleaner fuel systems and better fuel mileage!

  4. Gary Fickeisen Up State NY

    Great news. Should never have sudsitised it in the first place.

  5. ted rissell swanton md 21561

    every county in the US should have at least one location where non-ethanol fuel is available. It should also be available at marinas.

  6. captjay Florida

    It is time to identify by name which congress and senators introduced and voted favorably on this silly legislation. Once they own it we can reelect them or vote them out. Let's use the power of the internet to have town hall type discussions on motivations, research and participate directly in our democratic government.

  7. Bryan washinton

    Looks like congress actually did one thing right this year.

  8. J. K. Salser Dallas, TX

    While we applaud the cessation of the Ethanol and Bio-fuel Subsidy, let's temper our elation by understanding the subsequent news that the Navy will now take up the use of Bio-fuels! Fellow Taxpayers--the meager billions which our tax dollars funded Ethanol for domestic use is nothing compared to what is about to take place. The Congress has allowed one subsidy to expire only to commit MORE of our tax dollars to an even bigger Bio-fuel scheme! The lack of subsidy for Bio-fuels for domestic use, according to authorities, will not hamper the Bio-fuel Industry in the least. We can revel in the fact that our vintage vehicles may be protected for the time-being. Yet, this huge, new Federal Program is going to expand the Ethanol Industry for the foreseeable future. Rather than to sit back and relax, we must continue the battle against Federal intrusion into our private lives--in the form of restrictions upon our Vintage Vehicle Community! jay salser in Texas

  9. Jeff Upstate NY

    With respect to Ethanol as a fuel, I disagree with the notion that it is bad for classic cars. E85 has an effective motor Octane of about 116, runs cooler, and is about the same cost as pump gas after you figure in the mileage loss. What's not to like about it? Carburetors can be adjusted to compensate for 10-15% Ethanol. I do see both sides from a Political and "net energy" standpoint, but I encourage people to do some real research and not follow the herd when it comes to dismissing it as a viable fuel for classic cars.

  10. Stewart Little Somewhere in Texas

    Unfortunately, I think this has little to do with informed lobbying and everything to do with running out of money for really foolish things. It will only leave more money to spend on just foolish things now. And Jeff, it's a looser financially, calorically and from a damage standpoint. All it garners is votes from farmers. Please read the HVA's articles on damage to farm/ranch, marine and older vehicles not to mention home appliances that sit long periods between use. Like they say above, give us choice. You can choose stupid.

  11. Leshabits Also cool is PopVOX. You can vote in support or oisipptoon of a bill in the House or Senate, and your support or oisipptoon will be passed on to your Congressperson AND publicly (but anonymously) tallied. The inclinations of each state and the entire nation are both displayed so you can see whether a given Congressperson is voting with or against their constituents.

    Also cool is PopVOX. You can vote in support or oisipptoon of a bill in the House or Senate, and your support or oisipptoon will be passed on to your Congressperson AND publicly (but anonymously) tallied. The inclinations of each state and the entire nation are both displayed so you can see whether a given Congressperson is voting with or against their constituents.

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