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Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Iowa Independent: GOP platform calls for end to ethanol mandate

Excerpted from this post at Iowa Independent

Proposal breaks with Bush administration, Midwestern leaders ...
Republicans unanimously passed a platform on Monday that calls for the
federal government to end a mandate that gasoline contain a set amount
of ethanol, but Iowa Republicans say they oppose the proposal. Under
the agriculture section, the platform talks about food versus fuel
concerns and states that the "U.S. government should end mandates for
ethanol and let the free market work." The move is a major change from
the 2004 platform, which supported expanding the use of ethanol as a
way to reduce dependence on foreign oil and increase revenue for
farmers. It's also a move away from the Bush administration's views on
ethanol towards those of the presumptive Republican presidential
nominee, Sen. John McCain.

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