Center for Advanced BioEnergy Research, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Obama sets sights on making U.S. No. 1 in alternative energy

Published August 22, 2011, 05:02 AM
By: Jerry Hagstrom, Special to Agweek

Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s Republican presidential candidacy and President Obama’s comments on ethanol have thrown the corn-based ethanol industry into turmoil as it struggles to convince Congress to provide assistance to build blender pumps.

Perry led a group of governors in asking the Environmental Protection Agency for a waiver from the renewable fuels standard, noted Brian Jennings, executive vice president of the American Coalition for Ethanol, in a speech to Minnesota Corn, a growers’ group, on Aug. 16 in Minnesota.

Perry argued that the ethanol mandate places a burden on consumers and livestock producers.

Read more