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Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Iowa Independent: Culver asks EPA to deny renewable fuels waiver

Excerpted from this post at Iowa Independent

In a letter to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Stephen
Johnson, Gov. Chet Culver is urging the agency to deny the request of
Texas Gov. Rick Perry to waive the U.S. Renewable Fuels Standard,
which helps to subsidize ethanol. Culver said waiving the Renewable
Fuels Standard would not help reduce corn prices or food prices, which
was one of the reasons cited by Perry for making the request, but it
would have a very negative effect on the development of advanced
biofuels and on future national energy security. "Critics have been
blaming ethanol for the recent rise in food prices, but in fact a
complex set of factors have contributed to those increases in the U.S.
and around the world," Culver's letter said.

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