Bill to renew ethanol incentives rekindles food-vs.-fuel debate

03/29/2010 |

The U.S. House bill that would extend ethanol's incentives for five years is bringing back the fuel-vs.-food debate and intensifying scrutiny of ethanol's carbon footprint. The government should invest in renewable-energy sources "that won't cause environmental degradation and increase food prices," said Kate McMahon, an executive with Friends of the Earth. Bob Dinneen, president of the Renewable Fuels Association, however, says that eliminating the incentives would "force 112,000 Americans out of their jobs and shutter nearly two out of every five ethanol plants operating today."

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