Hillary Clinton, according to Bloomberg,
... will announce her “Plan for a Vibrant Rural America” in Iowa today, a day after Agriculture Sec. Tom Vilsack endorsed her for 2016.
According to a campaign press release the plan would, among other things
… strengthen the Renewable Fuels Standard
Which is to say, it would continue the ethanol boondoggle which manages to be both fiscally imprudent and environmentally damaging But it has been good … real good for the famers and distillers of Iowa. That we need to continue making fuel for our cars out of what would otherwise be food for livestock and people, at a time when the price of oil is dropping and the supply is increasing … well, that is something that only a presidential candidate needing a win in Iowa would get behind.
Back when she was in the Senate, Clinton joined her New York colleague, Charles Schumer, in his strong opposition to the ethanol mandate, adding her signature to a letter insisting that there was “...no sound public policy reason for mandating the use of ethanol.”
The letter was strongly opposed to what it called, “...an astonishing new anti-consumer government mandate — that every US refiner must use an ever-increasing volume of ethanol.”
… said consumers would be “forced” to use ethanol and that the legislation was “the equivalent of a new gasoline tax.”
The letter was on element in Ms. Clinton’s resistance and
In all, during her stint in the Senate, Clinton voted against ethanol 17 times.