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FIGHTING BACK: EPA Proposal ‘A War On Corn’

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The EPA is proposing to reduce the Renewable Fuel Standard from 14.4 billion gallons to 13 billion gallons.

It's a drop that Governor Terry Branstad fears could have major consequences for Iowa.

"This industry provides good paying jobs for people in community all across the state,” said Branstad.

At the Lincolnway Energy plant in Nevada, Branstad, joined by fellow Republicans Senator Charles Grassley and Congressman Steve King, spoke about the impact of the proposal.

Their fear is that less demand for ethanol will drive down corn prices taking money out of the pockets of Iowa farmers.

Continued growth of the renewable fuel industry could also be in jeopardy.

The state currently has more than 50 ethanol and biodiesel plants and produces two billion gallons of corn based ethanol each year.

"Iowans depend on agriculture and renewable fuels,” said Branstad.

According to Bruce Babcock, an economics professor at Iowa State University, the EPA scaled back its proposal based on reduced demand for gasoline nationwide.

"The 13 billion gallons is how much ethanol can be easily used in the gasoline supply,” said Babcock.

While unpopular with many Iowans, Babcock says the EPA's proposal is likely popular in states that produce the most petroleum and livestock.

"You think about Texas and maybe North Dakota,” said Babcock.

Here in Iowa, corn is king.

The fight to keep it as a viable fuel source is on. "This is a war on corn. Our own EPA has started a war on corn," Branstad claimed.

Leaders from both sides have expressed support for the Renewable Fuel Standard.

Senator Tom Harkin’s statement is below.

"Up until now, the Renewable Fuel Standard has support development of a strong, domestic bio-refinery industry. I will work with my colleagues to increase the EPA's recently announced biofuels targets and thus reaffirm the purpose of this renewable fuel standard."


  • mysttryst

    There should be a war on corn. It’s animal feed and in this country we feed it to people. We shouldn’t be growing crops to put in gas tanks either. Need to start growing REAL food on our farmland. Of course the farmers welfare farmers will disagree.

    • zombiesue

      I don’t know why everyone has this attitude that being literally incapable of making money in your chosen field is impossible without joining a government program is a lot of fun.

  • LeDoyle Pingel

    Using renewable resources like corn for fuel is carbon neutral, the carbon released is absorbed by the corn plants. Increasing the use of fossil fuels contributes to CO2 build up and global warming. Why is EPA working against it’s own policy of CO2 reduction?

  • LeDoyle Pingel

    The increase of prices for corn is a good thing. It will discourage the wasteful use of corn for animal feed. It is far more efficient to use corn for human food than animal food for meat. In the long run people will save money on food.

  • William Denison

    Source Hemp (from Old English hænep) is a commonly used term for high growing … like hemp seed foods, hemp oil, wax, resin, rope, cloth, pulp, paper, and fuel. Countless small family farms here in this state could produce. Some becoming millionaires overnight. Legalize Hemp and cannabis. Move Iowa ahead.

  • Troy Hendrickson

    Ethanol is nothing but a scam intended to further line the pockets of wealthy republican farmers at the tax payer expense and it’s backers are resorting to ever increasingly dishonest tactics.

    Republican farmers in Iowa suck over a billion a year in welfare already, and well over half of it goes to the top 10%wealthiest.

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