Big ethanol was dealt a serious blow in the Iowa Caucus when an open opponent of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) won the GOP contest by historic margins. Now, people across the country are learning the truth about ethanol-blended fuel mandated by the RFS. As the election moves to key boating states, such as Florida, the truth is clearer than ever.
It was not a surprise that many Iowa Caucus candidates pandered to Big Corn and the ethanol lobby in the lead-up to February 1. For several presidential cycles, kissing up to King Corn has been considered a necessary part of the Iowa political calculus, right up there with visiting the State Fair. But this year turned conventional wisdom on its head.
When it comes to Iowa, this “ethanol echochamber” is by no means new – but for the first time, the Smarter Fuel Future campaign is quantifying it.
As Democrat Bob Shrum and Republican Liz Mair explain, it’s time for politicians to stop pandering to the ethanol lobby in Iowa.