Our governor certainly isn’t perfect, but he’s hit the nail squarely on the head the last few weeks in battling the federal ethanol mandate. Writing in the Wall Street Journal this morning, Gov. Rick Perry correctly notes that “artificially propping up an industry… is bad policy.”

The federal Environmental Protection Agency recently denied a request from Gov. Perry to cut the ethanol mandate in half for one year. Despite overwhelming public support during the 30-day comment period, the bureaucratic EPA refused to budge.

The mandate also does next to nothing environmentally, as even the environmentalists now concede. But it actually harms consumers by artificially driving up the cost of foodstuffs and wrecking havoc on a variety of markets within our state and national economy.

Hopefully Perry will continue his crusade for commonsense on this issue.

Michael Quinn Sullivan

Michael Quinn Sullivan is the publisher of Texas Scorecard. He is a native Texan, a graduate of Texas A&M, and an Eagle Scout. Previously, he has worked as a newspaper reporter, magazine contributor, Capitol Hill staffer, and think tank vice president. Michael and his wife have three adult children, a son-in-law, and a dog. Michael is the author of two books, including "Reflections on Life and Liberty."


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