We appreciate the good intentions behind the push for renewable fuels. In fact we're diversifying our state's energy portfolio at a rapid rate, but this misguided mandate is significantly affecting Texans' family food bill.
Texas Governor Rick Perry, "Texas seeks EPA ethanol waiver over high food," MarketWatch, April 25, 2008, by Wallace Witkowski
(Governor Perry asked the Environmental Protection Agency for an immediate waiver on the state's requirements under a federal ethanol mandate because of "skyrocketing food costs," according to a release on the state's Web site Friday. Perry asked the EPA to reduce the state's federal renewable fuel standard mandate by 50% for ethanol produced from grain. The governor also noted that the grain-to-ethanol requirement is hurting the state's cattle industry, particularly small family ranches.)