Letter to the Editor: Time to give ethanol credit
We have seen a resurgence of American petroleum production in recent years, but unlike the finite reserves of oil that exist today, we sustainably grow a new, and increasingly larger, crop of corn every year. And we do it right here in Virginia on farms like mine and the many others you see dotting the landscape.
Ethanol doesn’t just benefit farmers and fuel consumers at the pump. After the corn starch is milled and used for ethanol production, the remainder of the grain is returned to the market as distillers grains, a high-value animal feed. These distillers grains are providing great benefit to livestock producers and essentially recycling the grains for a second use.
We have seen in the news recently the impact that pipeline interruptions and other petroleum bottlenecks can have on fuel supply and price. Ethanol is a reliable, regionally produced fuel that can offset these challenges. We can’t afford to allow the EPA to undercut the value of ethanol in this country. It’s time we give ethanol the credit it deserves and continue to allow this home-grown, plentiful resource to fuel our cars and our economy.