Ethanol backer bashes oil

In a presidential election year, adults say preposterous things in pursuit of political goals. Representatives of the fuel ethanol industry and their baggage handlers in Congress act that way all the time.US Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) has taken the ethanol lobby's perpetual, self-serving assault on petroleum to a new level of absurdity. He commissioned a General Accounting Office study comparing costs to the federal government of tax incentives for petroleum with those for fuel ethanol. And in a Oct. 12 statement releasing the report, he proclaimed, "In the past 32 years, just the three largest special tax breaks for the petroleum industry amount to over 10 times the tax incentives for ...

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