Corn Growers Say Bill Is More Than Ethanol

National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) President Dee Vaughan and First Vice President Leon Corzine called upon Congress to get the energy bill passed. The NCGA leaders delivered messages to key leaders on Capitol Hill including Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa); Senator Norm Coleman (R-Minnesota); Senator Richard Durbin (D-Illinois); Senator Peter Fitzgerald (R-Illinois); Representative Richard Pombo (R-California), chairman of the House Resource Committee; and Senator George Voinovich (R-Ohio). Pombo was chairman of House Speaker Dennis Hastert’s (R-Illinois) Natural Gas Task Force.

Washington, D.C. – November 5, 2003 [] “It’s not just about ethanol, it’s about energy independence,” said Vaughan. “The people we talked to want an energy bill. They realize getting a comprehensive energy bill that includes a renewable fuels standard (RFS) along with the Volumetric Ethanol Excise Tax Credit (VEETC) is sound public policy that is reasonable for our nation to become less dependent on foreign oil. That is the bottom line.” However, Vaughn expressed concern that the Energy Bill Conference Committee has not completed its work. “What has happened to the message that resonated so well earlier in the year when we were talking about new energy supplies?” Vaughan asked. “What has happened to doing the right thing for America?” Vaughn explained that in addition to ethanol, the energy bill includes provisions for energy sources such as natural gas, wind power and coal. “There are different groups that can make the U.S. less reliant on foreign oil, and corn growers through ethanol production can make that happen,” Vaughan said. “We shouldn’t look to the Middle East for energy when its right here in the Middle West. All these energy sources are important to producers and U.S. economy because they take steps toward energy independence. Congress needs to finish the job they began. It’s that simple.”


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