Ethanol is back in the spotlight on Capitol Hill

Tom Vilsack

The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee held a hearing on the nation’s renewable energy policy – and critics singled out corn-based ethanol production as one of the factors behind higher food prices.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told the panel that there are several global factors behind rising food prices. Vilsack said he thinks the issues today surrounding the cost of food have more to do with higher energy costs overall than ethanol production from corn. He argued that Congress and the Administration need to redefine the debate so ethanol isn’t used as a scapegoat.

Vilsack Testimony