duckworthCalls for more taxpayer funding of ‘green fuel’ experiments run by her campaign donors

Illinois Democrat Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth, a 2016 candidate for U.S. Senate, is using her wartime experience to call for renewable fuels, even though the data doesn’t back her claim.

In a letter to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy, Duckworth blames the Iraq War on the need for that country’s oil, and encourages her to support the production of experimental fuels produced by a large political spender.

“While serving in the Iraq War, I saw firsthand the painful price our country pays because of our dependence on foreign oil,” writes Duckworth. “My fellow troops risked life and limb for this precious battlefield resource. I am concerned that weakened Renewable Volume Obligations (RVOs) under the RFS will leave America less secure and more dependent on foreign oil imports.”

Duckworth was grievously wounded in Iraq and is wheelchair-bound as a double amputee.

Duckworth’s service is honorable, but her claim the U.S. depends on oil from Iraq isn’t backed by reality. Data from the Energy Department show only 1.2 percent of the country’s imported oil comes from Iraq.

Combined with oil produced in the U.S., Iraqi oil only accounts for about one-half of one percent of all U.S.-consumed oil.

How insignificant is Iraqi oil? In March 2015, Kansas produced more oil (4.2 million barrels) than the U.S. imported from Iraq (3.7 million barrels).

The U.S. has yet to invade Kansas.

There may be a financial reason for Duckworth’s untrue claim.

Her opponent, Senator Mark Kirk, spent $14 million to win the seat in 2010.

As a candidate for Senate in Illinois, with its large Chicago media market, Duckworth must raise campaign cash, and quickly.

The ethanol fuel lobby handed out $6,154,313 in campaign contributions in 2014, conservative group Taxpayers for Common Sense (TCS) reports.

Between 2007 and 2013, the ethanol fuel lobby spent another $158,021,962 on lobbying, TCS reports.

There is concern among environmentalists that ethanol fuel is worse for the environment than oil. Tremendous amounts of land, water and pesticides are consumed producing ethanol. It cannot be transported in pipelines, so it must be trucked in fuel-burning trucks.

And while Duckworth laments the need to import oil, she has worked to increase dependence on foreign oil by cutting off U.S. supplies.

Duckworth has worked to kill the Keystone XL pipeline to bring North American oil to U.S. refineries instead of Middle Eastern oil. Without a pipeline, the oil would have to be sent on trains owned by billionaire Democrat political donor George Soros.

Duckworth has also voted curb American offshore oil production, deny American oil producers access to federal land and to raise taxes on U.S.-produced oil.

Her votes to increase dependence on foreign oil have boosted her standing with the League of Conservation Voters, the Sierra Club and other millionaire environmentalist groups.

Those environmentalist groups, and their anti-oil allies, gave $85,590,574 to political candidates in 2014.

Instead of pushing crony capitalist “green” policies to benefit campaign contributors, Duckworth should focus getting the government out of the energy market.