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The end of subsidies for ethanol from corn!

The subsidy for ethanol from corn finally expired! It took way too long. This subsidy was bad public policy from both an energy and an agricultural point of view. In addition, by raising world grain prices it helped impoverish people living at the subsistence level world wide. Sadly, everyone familiar with the issue has known it was bad public policy from the beginning. The only reason this subsidy came into existence is because of the unique place of Iowa in American politics.

The key question going forward is: will the subsidy stay dead?  When oil prices fall, and eventually they will, if only temporarily, there will be calls to reinstate the subsidy. We can only hope that by then some state, other than Iowa, will be going first in the presidential primaries.

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