I’m originally from Iowa and glad there are still some who are standing up to this nonsense.
By Bonner Cohen, Ph.D. ~
During his long – and not always illustrious – political career, Bob Dole was fond of telling crowds on the campaign trail: “I’m the senator from ethanol.”
Dole, still with us at 98, is from Kansas, which along with Iowa, Illinois, South Dakota, Missouri, and Minnesota is part of the Great American Corn Belt. Because ethanol sold in the U.S. as a transportation fuel is derived from corn, ethanol and corn have become inseparable. Roughly 40% of the U.S. corn crop is refined into ethanol at 210 ethanol plants scattered across 27 states.
Friends in High Places
Coddled by politicians in the Midwest and Washington, D.C., ethanol was subsidized by American taxpayers for decades and protected by tariffs from foreign competition. Thanks to a 2005 law, the subsidies and tariffs finally went away, but they were replaced by a mandate requiring that a certain percentage…
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