What: All Issues : Corporate Subsidies : S. 14. Energy Policy/Vote to Exempt Midwestern States From the Mandated Use of Environmentally-Neutral Ethanol As a Gasoline Additive. (2003 senate Roll Call 207)
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S. 14. Energy Policy/Vote to Exempt Midwestern States From the Mandated Use of Environmentally-Neutral Ethanol As a Gasoline Additive.
senate Roll Call 207     Jun 05, 2003
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Loss

During Senate debate on legislation to overhaul the nation's energy policies, Senator Frist (R-TN) proposed an amendment which would require gasoline refineries to use five billion gallons of ethanol annually by the year 2012. Senator Schumer (D-NY) proposed changes to the Frist amendment which would have exempted non-Midwestern states from the mandated use of ethanol (ethanol is produced in the Midwest). Progressives opposed the ethanol mandate contained in the Frist amendment and therefore supported Schumer's proposal because, in their view, the ethanol mandate would only serve to benefit ethanol manufacturers such as agricultural-giant Archer Daniels Midland; that company produces forty-six percent of the nation's ethanol. In the view of Progressives, ethanol use would have a minimal positive impact on the environment but would increase gasoline prices to consumers because ethanol cannot be transported inexpensively through pipelines. The gasoline price increase caused by ethanol use, Progressives argued, would not be associated with any positive environmental benefits. The Schumer amendment was defeated by a 26-69 vote margin.

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