The Gulf Between Boehner and Biofuels
House Speaker John Boehner took to the floor today to tout all the progress the House has made this year on a host of issues, and at the top of his list was energy.
Indeed, Boehner talks a lot about energy because it's one of the few issues that his party is universally unified on. One energy policy Boehner won't touch with a 10-foot pole any time soon is the renewable-fuel standard, which divides his caucus (and the Democratic Party too, for that matter) along so many lines it's going to take a Herculean effort to get every member in the same book, let alone on the same page, when it comes to this contentious biofuels mandate.
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By Alex Brown (@AlexBrownNJ)
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