April 29, 2010

President Obama talks ethanol, rural development

"There shouldn’t be any doubt that renewable, homegrown fuels are a key part of our strategy for a clean-energy future -- a future of new industries, new jobs in towns like Macon, and new independence," President Obama said yesterday at a corn ethanol plant in Macon, Missouri.

There shouldn't be any doubt about the importance of corn in the ethanol picture, either. After all, that was a front loader full of corn to the side of the President as he spoke in a room that normally holds the corn ethanol co-product distillers grains, a great livestock feed. (Photo from AgWired's Flickr page.)

Talk about making a point!

Hopefully folks were paying attention, especially those who are considering supporting the Volumetric Ethanol Excise Tax Credit (VEETC). VEETC is important to continue to grow ethanol demand and prepare for even more biofuels in the future. It's also helps to support jobs.

Following the stop at the ethanol plant, Obama visited a local farmer who delivers corn to the plant and raises beef cattle. Another strong point!

Obama could have visited a hundred other places to talk about biofuels. But he didn't.

Instead, he signaled that ethanol - including corn ethanol - is a critical component of this country's renewable fuel future. Without it, we wouldn't even be talking about renewable fuels today on such a grand scale.

A video of the President's speech is below, courtesy of ZimmComm's YouTube channel and Corn Commentary.

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