Science/Environment

McCain Embraces Ethanol

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Looks like Palin mentioning ethanol subsidies in Iowa a couple days ago wasn’t a sign of her going “rogue.”

In any event, here’s more from Politico:

“On the subject of ethanol, my friends, I will open every market in the world to the best products in the world, and that’s the American agricultural farmer and worker,” said McCain at a rally at the University of Northern Iowa attended by about 2,600 people.

The remark was a shift in tone, though not in policy, from McCain, who has long been a staunch opponent of federal corn ethanol subsidies — a position that hasn’t helped him win votes in the Iowa agricultural belt.

In 2003, McCain told Fortune magazine that “ethanol is a product that would not exist if Congress didn’t create an artificial market for it. No one would be willing to buy it.” He said in he doubted ethanol would reduce fuel consumption, improve air quality or do much to increase energy independence.

This is a BIG break from his past policies, and one I don’t think he had to make. Iowa is COMPLETELY out of reach for McCain in this election cycle.

However, I disagree with Politico about it not being a policy shift. It is. Because if McCain embraces supporting ethanol, he’s in favor of subsidies. Because he was right that it’s a completely false market. So he can’t have it both ways.