World-Herald editorial: Leaders step up for ethanol

Source: By World-Herald Editorial Board • Posted: Monday, August 3, 2015

Appearing together at a Blair, Nebraska, ethanol-industry plant last week, Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts and Iowa Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds urged support for the clean-burning, corn-derived fuel.

These are the two top ethanol-producing states in the country, and that has created jobs as well as additional markets for agricultural output. More importantly, ethanol pollutes less and increases U.S. energy independence. Yet the Environmental Protection Agency is considering reducing the amount of ethanol that refiners must blend into gasoline. That’s shortsighted.

So while they’ll never cheer for the same college football team, it’s good to see top officials of Nebraska and Iowa on the same side when it comes to ethanol.