Lynne Kiesling points to this article by Joel Schwartz on the ethanol mandate.

what if our elected officials … forced you to pay $180 more each year for gasoline that contains an antiquated additive you don’t need, and that could actually worsen air quality?

Schwartz argues that the focus on ethanol is driven by rent-seeking from agricultural interests rather than sound environmental or energy policy.

For Discussion. Schwartz argues that on environmental policy Congress should set goals rather than mandate means. How would that impact rent-seeking?