No, we did not have a drought anywhere important this year... other than all of America's farm belt.
The Environmental Protection Agency, led by that Mad woman Lisa Jackson, is rejecting requests from states and meat industry groups to waive regulations that require the blending of ethanol into gasoline.
In a stunning demonstration of their determination to cripple this nation, the EPA concluded The agency has not found evidence to support a finding of severe ‘economic harm’ that would warrant granting a waiver of the Renewable Fuels Standard”
The EPA's other resident Mad Woman Gina McCarthy said - in a particularly ignorant statement - that "We recognize that this year's drought had created hardship in some sectors of the economy, particularly for livestock farmers (the folks who grow our food) But our extensive analysis makes clear (to them only) that Congressional requirements for a waiver have not been met."
Extensive analysis? Who the hell are they trying to fool?
Did they even bother to study the data like shown on the above map? What sort of "extensive analysis" would gloss over this kind of reality?
Renewable Fuels Association President Bob Dinneen praised the EPA for “basing its decision on thoughtful analysis of the facts and not emotion or panic.” Well of course he would say that. His livelihood depends on corn being used for fuel instead of feeding the world.
"Thoughtful analysis"? Who the hell is he trying to fool?
Rob Green, executive director of the National Council of Chain Restaurants aid, “This year’s catastrophic drought seriously reduced corn yields and has lead to a situation where the RFS’ unsustainable mandates force ethanol fuel to commandeer a shrunken pool of available corn for food and livestock feed.”
We had a severe drought this year that had a huge impact on our corn production. The available remaining corn should be reserved for food production, not for an inefficient fuel additive.
But ideological fools like EPA head Lisa Jackson, EPA's Air Regulator Gina McCarthy and the self-serving Renewable Fuels Association President Bob Dinneen are indeed placing their ideology and self-interest ahead of any decision to properly address the consequences of this severe drought.
Since the entire concept of corn into ethanol is unsustainable - it takes more energy to produce corn-based ethanol than it creates - And the fact that preventing starvation worldwide is more important than supporting an industry that will ultimately fail, the decisions made by these people are not logically explainable or supportable.
A reminder: These are the people that President Obama has appointed and supports.But what else can we expect from a Marxist ideolog who has no experience whatever in how the real world works?