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View Diary: IA-Sen: Tom Harkin (D-IA) to retire at the end of the 113th Congress (72 comments)

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  •  Harkin leaving => opposition to corn ethanol? (0+ / 0-)

    From what I know, ethanol made from corn is mostly counterproductive:
    -Land dedicated to fuel instead of food
    -Corn based ethanol is a lot less efficient that sugar based (importing Brazilian sugar based ethanol would be better)
    -Corn based ethanol isn't cost effective, with it costing a bit higher than conventional fuel

    I'm still a fan of biofuel, especially the potential of growing algae, but corn based fuel doesn't seem to be panning out.

    Sen. Rockafeller's retirement maybe him taking a stance against coal interests in WV if Obama wants to get serious about climate change. Maybe Sen. Harkin can push for a more sensible energy approach as he leave the Senate.

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