IARN — It feels like we are reporting a broken record over the past few months and years. The ethanol industry is hurting. Iowa’s jobs, families, and communities are being negatively affected. While there are a lot of loud voices in Washington that are speaking on behalf of the industry, it seems that little is changing. Whether it is demand destruction, trade, or COVID-19; the industry needs help and it needs that help now.
On Thursday, I spoke with Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) about the ethanol industry’s need for help and stability, and what was being done about getting them the help they needed. On Tuesday, the Senator sent Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler a letter asking him to live up to the commitments he has made to the industry, and not followed through on. She cited the work that had been accomplished, such as year-round E-15. However, there were commitments to removing barriers to E-15.
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