How the EPA is Making it Harder for You to Afford a Burger

Corn prices are the key here. Corn prices affect the price of meat and milk. And we’re in a drought so the price of corn is already climbing through the roof.

Consumers can expect to pay more for beef, poultry and milk, as the worst drought in 50 years spreads across the Midwest, destroying crops and sending corn and soybean prices spiking.

Meanwhile, corn prices for December delivery, the most active contract, rose as high as $7.96 a bushel Wednesday. That’s still just about a nickel shy of the record high set in June 2010. The front month September contract continued to trade above $8 a bushel.

Still, prices are up nearly 50% over the past three months. And soybean prices have also been on the rise, gaining 25% since early June.

What does this have to do with the EPA? One word. Ethanol.

Opponents of the RFS say drought-driven spikes in corn prices and reduced harvests should prompt the agency to relax the requirements, which require refiners to blend billions of gallons of ethanol into gasoline.Livestock, poultry and food industry groups dismayed at the amount of corn used for ethanol have joined states in calling for EPA to back off the ethanol mandate. EPA also faced congressional pressure to ease the requirements.

But EPA tossed aside their arguments.

“We recognize that this year’s drought has created hardship in some sectors of the economy, particularly for livestock producers,” said Gina McCarthy, EPA’s top air regulator, in a statement. “But our extensive analysis makes clear that Congressional requirements for a waiver have not been met and that waiving the RFS will have little, if any, impact,” she said.

The ethanol industry applauded EPA’s decision.

What all that translates into is that in a bad economy, working families will have even more trouble buying meat or milk to feed their kids.

Next time you see a price hike on milk or meat… you know who to thank for it.

  • Arlie

    Next thing the governments are going to do is starve it's populations. It is already happening in other parts of the world. Governments can better control people when the people are weak and hungry. Most of the uprisings in the middle east and Africa begin because of shortages of food or fuel. Too bad they don't all read the bible and learn the lessons, especially of Joseph and the 7 years of plenty then 7 years of drought. All common sense is lost when corrupt government rules and regulates without wisdom and prayer.

    • Mary Sue

      of course! That's the whole idea.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      We can't forget them blaming conservatives and "global warming" for all of the disasters they cause with reactions to their fantasies.

  • JacksonPearson

    I've always been skiptical about food supplies being turned into fuel. Because they then directly become tied to OPEC's monopoly oil prices. No thanks to Monsanto's GM seeding, I've slowly turned to more costly organically grown foods.

  • Mary Sue

    I think ranchers will have to learn to feed their cows something else. Something cheaper. This dependence on corn started because corn was cheap (on top of its fattening effects). I think they should switch to barley which is dirt cheap in comparison.

    And you should be buying ethanol made from sugar cane like Brazil does it, not corn. (Or maybe just use the corn stalks for ethanol).

    Add this to the cost of Obamacare and you'll get Michelle my belle's wet dream. The end of Fast Food as we know it.

    Speaking of junk food, I recall a chapter in The Audacity of Stupidity where Obama recounts how he was told by Michelle my belle to order some cheese pizzas for their daughter Sasha's birthday party. He is making money hand over fist and even seems loathe to admit it. But CHEESE PIZZA? YOU FREAKING CHEAPSKATES!!!! You couldn't even have them put pepperoni or ham and pineapple on it?!

    Fortunately Canada doesn't have such retarded regulations as putting soul (and engine) destroying ethanol in our gasoline. Last I heard, our crops were doing alright, too.

    I have just one thing to say about failing crops due to drought. Did nobody ever hear of irrigation?

  • objectivefactsmatter

    "“We recognize that this year’s drought has created hardship in some sectors of the economy, particularly for livestock producers,” said Gina McCarthy, EPA’s top air regulator, in a statement. “But our extensive analysis makes clear that Congressional requirements for a waiver have not been met and that waiving the RFS will have little, if any, impact,” she said."

    She meant little impact on her personally, nor on Mr. 0'Bama personally. So there. Go get stuffed, if you can afford it.

    I was in SIngapore last month and paid about $25 for a hamburger at the Hard Rock Cafe. I haven't had one in the continental USA for a few years (got sick of driving to San Francisco for HRC) and now I wonder how much a decent burger costs there.

    Mr. 0'Bama, take your transformation and forward BS and shove it. You've done more harm to the USA and the world than any other single human I know of.

    • Mary Sue

      what will be sad is that what with Obamacare and all, a fast food hamburger (or even a decent one) will be cheaper in Canada than USA.

      • objectivefactsmatter

        By then it will probably be a local purchase for me up there:>)

  • carrie

    And it will only get worse with N &S Dakota continuing to damn the flow of the drought stricken Mississippi river so they can use the water.
    From Missouri on down the Mississippi river is extremely low and will be forced to close to barge traffic soon without more waterflow from the north. The barges largest business is transporting grain.

    The Obama administration has been contacted repeatedly and hasn't not responded to this looming problem.
    So add on another 10% hike in feed,corn ,soybean and wheat prices.

  • Spikey1

    The EPA reason for higher corn prices was hit upon, quite nicely btw and I never liked burning food for fuel. There are also two more reasons why corn prices are artificially inflated:

    1. The Department of Agriculture, it pays farmers not to grow crops (including corn) in order to keep prices higher than they normally would be, then the government taxes us all to provide food stamps to the peoples that have difficulty paying the inflated food prices.

    Solution: The Department of Agriculture needs to be eliminated.

    2. The Obama Administration and his loose money policy, via printing money (too much) is causing inflation. this inflation can be seen in the prices of all commodities, including corn. This is a "stealth" tax upon us all and has a tendency to harm the "poor" the most, for they are the ones who spend the largest percentage of their income on food, again food stamps play a role here.

    Solution: The Federal Reserve needs to be scaled back severely and the dollar put back on a gold standard or a clearly defined basket of commodities.

  • Flowerknife_us

    The EPA burns everyone's dinner in the foolish notion that the Oil it is intended to replace will all be used anyway.

    Everyone but Obama and the EPA is still looking or drilling for it all over the World.

    If the liberals really believed in renewable energy, they would end Abortion. Humans-the ultimate source of renewable energy God ever created.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "The EPA burns everyone's dinner in the foolish notion that the Oil it is intended to replace will all be used anyway. "

      This all goes back to the Soviet corruption of the hippy movement, permanently impairing most of them from any rational thinking. These problems have been passed down to offspring.

      So their thinking goes that if burning fossil fuels is bad, anything other than fossil fuels must be good. How about we burn corpses, and therefore we also save on land used for burial, preserving mother nature? Sounds like a plan eh? That would be "double plus good!"

      "Everyone but Obama and the EPA is still looking or drilling for it all over the World. "

      Well yeah, that's why it was such a brilliant coup to corrupt the idiotic citizens of the USA, which led to the current president.

      "If the liberals really believed in renewable energy, they would end Abortion. Humans-the ultimate source of renewable energy God ever created."

      That goes against communist dogma. The state must plan births. They'll contact you when they want your babies. Until then, keep quiet.

  • Domus Canus.

    Watch the coming famine in Egypt. As it stands, most merchants must now pay up front for supplies whereas in the past they would be billed for same, but with the savagery that's taking place a la MB, I think this muslim government will control the food supply with a vengeance. I hope never to hear in my lifetime the word famine associated with the US, but then again I never thought I would ever hear of a country like the USA being turned upside down by one of the most peculiar men ever to wear shoe leather. God help you America, because your golfer in chief sure as hell won't.

  • http://www.tibaldi.com.au/ Reggie Fisk

    I shudder to think that I could one day no longer enjoy a good old hamburger. Here's to hoping that tragic day never comes.