Letter: Ethanol Industry Calls on Trump to Deliver

Source: By Todd Becker, Wall Street Journal • Posted: Sunday, September 15, 2019

The ethanol industry consumes more than a third of the U.S. corn crop every year. It is the backbone of the U.S. agricultural economy.

Photo: Charlie Riedel/Associated Press

Without a strong ethanol industry, agriculture would suffer greatly, and the economy of the middle of the country would be much weaker (“Trump’s Ethanol Promises Come Due,” Heard on the Street, Aug. 28). The ethanol industry consumes more than a third of the U.S. corn crop every year. It is the backbone of the U.S. agricultural economy. Meanwhile, owing to the strength of the oil lobby, appointees from the oil industry have stacked the deck at the Environmental Protection Agency. It is truly amazing how the agency responsible for clean air and clean water favors oil over everything else.

For the first time in my 32-year career, the groundswell of farmers and agricultural companies is aligned that this has gone too far. I have never seen a more agitated community. I think the White House now is aware of this. While the agriculture industry and my company support the trade war with China, when you add the ethanol waivers to that, the combined policy has put this administration in a quagmire. It is wearing out its welcome in the Farm Belt, and I think it will fix this. Let’s see what happens.

Todd Becker

Chief Executive

Green Plains Inc.

Omaha, Neb.

 

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