McConnell’s votes against biofuels hurt farmers
Apr 09, 2014 | 133 133 recommendations | email to a friend | print
To the editor:

An article that I recently read “McConnell sought money for bio-fuel plant while criticizing Obama for the “idea,” pointed out what a hypocrite Sen. McConnell is.

Back in 2003, a Murray State University study found that using a 5 percent bio-diesel blend across Kentucky would increase soy bean processing by 158 percent add $571 million to the state’s economy, add 3,020 new jobs and bring $68.5 million in new tax revenue.

According to the Kentucky Clean Fuels Coalition, there are three bio-diesel plants and 28 distributors across the state.

But for years, McConnell has voted over and over against legislation to develop home-grown bio-fuels. In 2007, he voted against $500 million for FY 2008-15, for the creation of an EPA grant program to encourage production of advanced bio-fuels. And when the farm bill was being debated in 2012, McConnell voted for an amendment to eliminate bio-refinery and bio-based product manufacturing assistance.

Votes like this don’t help our farmers with new markets and our rural communities with new jobs. This year, we can retire McConnell and put him out of his job.

Jackie Humphries, Cadiz
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