Big Oil Misleading Iowans Again
by Monty Shaw (Iowa Renewable Fuels Association/Des Moines Register) About a year ago, an Iowa front group for Big Oil tried to trick former state legislators into signing letters to the editor that sounded “pro-ethanol” but actually advocated for a policy approach that was opposed by every state and national biofuels/agriculture group and would have harmed every farmer in Iowa.
It seems Big Oil is back at it with a new angle.
Mike Helland’s recent oped urging President Trump to allow exported ethanol gallons to count toward Big Oil’s domestic obligations under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) reads like this would be a big boost for ethanol demand. I’m sure that’s why Mike agreed to have his signature affixed to the letter.
Mike Helland is a good man, good farmer, and good ethanol supporter. But he was sold a pig in a poke.
In truth, allowing exported ethanol to count toward the RFS would not really boost exports, but it would devastate ethanol demand here at home. READ MORE
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