Bush EPA Punches Texas Cow Punchers on Ethanol Mandate

As widely reported in today's newspapers, Aug. 8, the Environmental Protection Agency has rejected a request from the Texas governor to reduce the amount of ethanol required to enter the nation's fuel supply. Under law, 9 billion gallons of renewable fuel are to be sold in the United States this year, but if such goals are found to be causing severe economic hardships, EPA is authorized to waive requirements. Texas cattle ranchers argue that their feed prices have soared because of crop diversion to ethanol production.

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