Blog
86b62535dc
Republican
presidential candidate Mike Huckabee looks at samples of products made at Golden Grain Energy, an ethanol plant in Mason City, Iowa, on Jan. 5." border="0"/>
Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee looks at samples of products made at Golden Grain Energy, an ethanol plant in Mason City, Iowa, on Jan. 5. (Andrew Harnik, The Associated Press)

With the Iowa caucuses next week, it's worth counting how many candidates of either party have refused to pander to the corn-based ethanol industry so popular in the state.

Just two. Only Republicans Ted Cruz and Rand Paul managed to attract the industry's ire for failing to endorse continuing the wasteful, costly and ecologically destructive Renewable Fuel Standard, which mandates ethanol be mixed with gasoline.

Donald Trump pandered worse than anyone. According to The Hill, he says "federal regulators should increase the amount of ethanol" blended into gasoline. Trump may say he's different from other politicians, but in this instance he's very much the same.

To send a letter to the editor about this article, submit online or check out our guidelines for how to submit by e-mail or mail.


Advertisement