Promising sign No. 2 – ethanol reconsidered

November 22, 2013 

Ethanol seemed like a useful way for our country to reduce its dependence on foreign oil. Instead, the move to blend higher amounts of ethanol, distilled from corn, with gasoline had the unintended consequence of skewing feed prices for dairy farmers. The federal EPA decided last week to reduce the amount of ethanol blended into fuel in 2014. Good, but not enough, say both Democratic and Republican politicians.

Said Rep. Jim Costa, D-Fresno, whose district includes all of Merced County: “There is still more that needs to be done to restore stability to our energy and ethanol policies, but this is the good-faith effort we needed to continue the conversation about the future of the Renewable Fuel Standard.”

With the number of dairies in our region, we agree with Costa that more must be done.

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