Blog: Dean BestMcCain speaks out as US anger at biofuels grows

Dean Best | 6 May 2008

Washington is facing more flak over its biofuels policy – this time from the boss of one of the country’s largest chicken producers.

Clint Rivers, president and CEO of Pilgrim’s Pride, has issued some stern words against the US government’s promotion of ethanol, directly blaming the policy for his company’s financial problems.

Rivers blamed Washington’s thirst for biofuels for the job cuts at his company and across the US agriculture sector as food makers battle against rising costs.

On this side of the Atlantic, politicians are now beginning to question the EU’s backing for biofuels. UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown, for one, is promising a review into the issue as food prices rise.

In the US, however, widespread political opposition to biofuels is only starting to get off the ground. Following last week’s call from the Governor of Texas to slash the amount of corn used for biofuel production, a couple of dozen of Republicans are now voicing their discontent over the policy.

Notable, one of those angry Republicans is John McCain. Would a new broom in the White House sweep away a policy that is losing support fast?


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