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But Congress not expected to alter current
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initial reports last week were confirmed regarding the Republican platform
calling for an end to the corn-based ethanol mandate, as the GOP's 2008
platform detailing policy positions said markets – not government
– should determine how much ethanol is blended into gasoline.
“The U.S. government should end mandates for ethanol and
let the free market work,” the platform language noted. The 2004
GOP platform supported expanding the use of ethanol to reduce dependence
on foreign oil and increase revenue for farmers.
Comments: A party's platform
provides a general direction of policy initiatives and positions, but
they frequently do not end up in legislative bills signed into law. However,
this is, indeed, a major change from the GOP's position on the top during
the last platform debate.
But there will be no move by the Democratically controlled Congress
to alter the ethanol mandate.
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