Iowa Republican Gov. Terry Branstad says he'd like to see surging GOP presidential contender Sen. Ted Cruz get crushed in the early-voting state – slamming his opposition to mandates for renewable fuels like corn-grown ethanol.

The governor charged the Texas lawmaker "could be very damaging" to the corn-producing state, and slammed Cruz's support from "Big Oil," the Des Moines Register reports.

"Ted Cruz is ahead right now," Branstad said at the Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit Tuesday, the Register reports. "What we're trying to do is educate the people in the state of Iowa. He is the biggest opponent of renewable fuels."

The governor decried Cruz's 2013 bill to eliminate the Renewable Fuel Standard, which mandates that all gas sold in the United States include a certain percentage of biofuels like ethanol. 

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Ethanol is nothing but a thinly disguised farm subsidy.  It takes far more petroleum to operate the equipment necessary to raise and process the corn into ethanol than is supposedly saved by motor vehicles burning 10% ethanol fuel.  And reduced emissions?  A joke. A fantasy.  A fantasy only believed - supposedly - by idiot politicians like Branstad in Iowa and Wyden and Merkeley in Oregon. 

We are forced to buy their inferior product. Whatever amount of the gas I buy is comprised of ethanol is the amount of mileage that I lose. Use corn for food!!! Subsidized ethanol is BS!!! Nobody likes it except those producing it!!! To HELL with it!!!!

ETHANOL is like a politician! It is useless & corrodes everything it comes into contact with. It's best property is that it doesn't lie & steal like BO & his buddies. At least someone has some brains in the Midwest!

The fear Trump and Cruz are creating is so very telling of the elites of Washington.  Plus the GOP is holding closed meetings to find a way to stop them.  This is so left of all of them.  They have no morals or loyalty.

Trump I understand, but AND CRUZ?  And who do you want to have what morals, and loyalty to whom or what???

Hey Governor, how about growing crops to eat?  Isn't that what food is supposed to used for?  The idiot who pushed the ethanol scam upon us , Al Gore, finally admitted that ethanol in gasoline hasn't accomplished anything!  Ethanol is poison to your engine if the percentage in gasoline is higher than 10%. It serves no actual purpose except to placate the environmentalists who think, only think but not know, that it gives you a cleaner burn. The ethanol scam is the result of non-experts doing "something," get a cleaner burning gasoline.  In the end, there is more pollution going up into the atmosphere because of ethnol production than if only straight gasoline was produced and burned in motor vehicles. However, since corn production to produce ethanol is now an industry into itself, the spineless politicians don't want to anger voters in the corn producing States. Then there are the other producers of gasoline additives who don't want their cash cow cut off.  Similarly, the floride in drinking water is a similar scam.  Floride is rat poison, but it was advertised as preventing tooth decay.  Unfortunately, it caused discolored brittle teeth, but even that scam continues in some areas?  MTBE in gasoline is another one.  It does absolutely nothing with emissions, but it does give a profit to the companies who sell this trash chemical product to be burned up in your vehicle.  It makes it possible for the worthless end product MTBE to be burned up in your vehicle rather than the chemical companies be responsible to properly get rid of it.  I wonder how many politicians got campaign donations by pushing these scams?  It's always about the money. The only way to stop the unethical politicians from continuing their dirty deeds is to not vote ANY of them back into office or nothing will change.  

Well the reality here is Iowa could never grow enough corn to supply the state of Rhode Island. Corn is food that is needed for eating and for the cattle industry. There is plenty of fossil fuel in abundance that we don't need corn. It's all a bunch of corn!
What we need is to put the Keystone pipeline through. There's no such thing as "Global Warming or man made "Climate change".

Is it pronounced Gov. Terry Branstad or Gov. Terry Braindead? I think the latter.

Do Govs generally un-endorse candidates??     Oil it Texas Cash Crop, Corn is theirs.  How many people does corn employ???     Have we seen Booms over "Corn"???    Federal subsidies, possibly?     Agree with you Don.  Love your passion, Tim.    This "ethanol" argument is all part of Obama's Junk Science and Global Warming Climate Change Myth.

Just another crooked RINO governor who believes the government should have it's tentacles in everything.  Only socialists use the term "Big Oil" to defend government subsidies. If ethanol is so great, let it compete in a free market!

Iowa--a welfare state 

I am not voting for Cruz as he is ineligible, but the ethanol issue is one of another very expensive government subsidy to support a product that would LOSE money were it not for all the free subsidies the government gives to producers.  So maybe Brandstad needs to get a grip as the ethanol subsidy costs US taxpayers billions annually, not to mention the impact on corn prices which are higher due to the amount of corn that goes to make ethanol. In addition, the higher cost of corn raises the cost of beef so taxpayers are getting screwed 3 times in order to subsidize a very small group of ethanol producers who are the ONLY people who benefit from this scam.

I say stop ALL free subsidies across the board and make all products compete in the market. Note a subsidy is NOT a write-off like oil drilling but a tax credit that is necessary in order for ethanol to make ANY sense at all economically.




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SICK: Leprosy On The Rise In Los Angeles 

Ahh, the joys of open borders and Democrat leadership.

California is not just a public toilet but now there is evidence that leprosy is on the rise in Los Angeles County.

Barack Obama changed US law in 2016 and allowed immigrants with blistering STDs and leprosy to migrate to the US.

Medscape reported:

Leprosy, also known as Hansen’s disease, is rarely seen in the United States, but cases continue to emerge in Los Angeles County, a new report says.

“Hansen’s disease still exists, and we need to educate medical students and physicians,” coauthor Dr. Maria Teresa Ochoa from Keck Medical Center of the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, told Reuters Health by email.

Dr. Ochoa and colleagues identified 187 patients with the disease in a review of medical records from their leprosy clinic spanning 1973 to 2018. Most patients were Latino, originating from Mexico, and they experienced a median delay in diagnosis of more than three years, the team reports JAMA Dermatology, online August 7.

Multibacillary leprosy (MB) cases outnumbered paucibacillary leprosy (PB) cases by nearly eight to one (88.6% vs. 11.4%, respectively), and Latino patients were more likely than non-Latino patients to have MB, as were patients from Central or South America (versus other regions).

Most patients (80.7%) received multidrug therapy, and most (92.6%) received antibiotics for more than two years, especially if they had MB.

Only about half of patients (56.7%) had World Health Organization (WHO) grade 0 disability (no signs or symptoms suggestive of leprosy or disability) at the one-year follow-up, whereas 16.0% had grade 1 disability (loss of protective sensation) and 26.2% had grade 2 disability (visible deformity) at the last follow-up.

Among the patients who lost protective sensation, 87.7% (50/57) did not regain it following therapy.

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