Nearing Election, McCain and Palin Shift Views on Ethanol
While campaigning in Iowa this week, John McCain offered a glimmer of new support for the ethanol industry that he has long been opposed to.
In general it is thought that rural America feels more closely aligned with the Republican Party’s conservative social views. However, right now it’s the Democrats who support the ethanol and subsidy policies that help so many farmers in the middle of the country to stay afloat.
Corn growers from across the nation are heading to the polls next week, and many are still feeling confused.
John Wallbrown owns a 2,800-acre farm in Portage County, Ohio. He said that he has heard from peers who are upset with the Republican Party, and though he still plans to cast his ballot for McCain, he told the Beacon Journal in Ohio that: ”McCain will probably lose some votes this year.”
Historically McCain and Obama have not agreed on the issue of farm subsidies. Subsidies offer a financial safety net for farmers across the nation, whose livelihoods are very tied to the whims of nature. McCain has been opposed to them, while Obama has offered support.
[social_buttons]This week, however, McCain softened his stance on ethanol, while campaigning in Iowa. Mr. McCain’s views on ethanol have not helped him to gain support in Iowa, a state where he trails behind Barack Obama in the double digits.
Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska, also brought up ethanol while campaigning in Iowa, calling for “harnessing alternative sources like the wind, and the solar and the biomass and the geothermal and the ethanol.”
Of course McCain did not outwardly state that he wants to support the tariffs and multi-billion dollar government subsidies that allow the American corn ethanol industry to continue. But, as Larry Rohter of the New York Times points out: “…the economic logic contained in the position he stated here points almost inevitably in that direction.”