Trump's Ethanol Announcement Is Politics As Usual

Boosting ethanol may help Iowa Republicans and offset tariff losses for farmers, but it is not draining the swamp.

One of the sacred cow subsidies of American politics is ethanol. The fuel additive is produced in by farmers in the…

In 2016, Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) became one of the few politicians to stand in opposition to the Big Corn ethanol lobby. Cruz’s opposition almost certainly cost him support in the Iowa caucuses that year, but he still eked out a three-point victory over Donald Trump, who read the political winds and called for more ethanol in gasoline.

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