However, Obama's scheme has met resistance in the form of Senator John McCain (R-AZ). On Tuesday, McCain pitched an amendment to an agriculture appropriations bill that would prevent the government from subsidizing blender pumps. Brian Rogers, a spokesman for McCain, stated:
Biofuel proponent Vinod Khosla most certainly agrees. And it's no surprise that McCain doesn't support subsidizing blender pumps. He did, after all, call ethanol a "joke."In these tight economic times, when we are asking families to do more with less, we should not be subsidizing gas pumps at retail gas stations. The ethanol industry needs to prove it can prosper on its own and quit asking for taxpayer handouts.