National Review and the Washington Post in agreement?
In a follow up to The Schork Report's Tuesday discussion on ethanol, yesterday numerous news outlets reported that Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), one of the ethanol industry’s harshest critics, conceded that the extension of the full 45 cent/gallon tax credit for U.S. ethanol blenders will likely make it into the final tax package.
On the same day, the liberal (let’s be honest) Washington Post ran an opinion piece, titled, "Wasting tax dollars on ethanol" and the conservative National Review ran a similar piece, "Ethanol: Let Protectionism Expire," each calling for the elimination of the 45 cent per gallon ethanol tax credit as well as the 54 cent/gallon tariff.
Both articles (as well as numerous others) cited last July’s report from the Congressional Budget Office in which the CBO concluded that biofuel tax credits reduced federal excise tax collections by about $6 billion below what they would have been if the credits had not been in effect for fiscal year 2009.
Bottom line, outside of the Corn Belt, ethanol is losing favor on both the Left and Right.