Democratic 2020 presidential contenders are enthusiastically embracing the Green New Deal, which seeks to eliminate “every combustion vehicle” despite the fact that they need to win the Midwest, namely Iowa, where the key constituency is composed of corn farmers and ethanol producers. According to Quad County Corn Processors CEO Delayne Johnson, “The Green New Deal would be devastating to rural America. The negative impact of what the Green Deal says would have a negative impact on the entire agricultural supply chain, from farmers to cattle owners, to drivers to ethanol refineries.” Vermont socialist Bernie Sanders argues nonetheless, “You cannot go too far on climate change,” a sentiment echoed by his competition, including Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA). So much for the Democrats playing to win the swing states.
Here’s more from Washington Examiner…
As the 2020 Democrats begin campaigning heavily in Iowa, they’re playing with a form of political dynamite known as the Green New Deal. Candidates who fully embrace could see it blow up in their hands, because it is red meat for the Democratic base, one key constituency in the first caucus state is deeply skeptical: corn farmers and ethanol producers.
“The Green New Deal would be devastating to rural America. The negative impact of what the Green Deal says would have a negative impact on the entire agricultural supply chain, from farmers to cattle owners, to drivers to ethanol refineries,” Quad County Corn Processors CEO Delayne Johnson.
The Green New Deal, as written, would “replace every combustion engine vehicle,” with something carbon neutral as part of “overhauling transportation systems in the United States to eliminate pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector.” That is, no more biofuels.