The Oct. 4 news article “Trump energy policy fuels Corn Belt ire” detailed Iowa farmers’ outrage at the reduction of the amount of ethanol mandated to mix with gasoline. One farmer noted that, starting in 1983, “For his first quarter century, his corn crop ran in the red almost every year, only kept afloat by government subsidies.”

As a consumer of car fuel and food products, I wish to complain about the more than $40 billion of ethanol subsidies over the past 40 years and the pervasive increase in the cost of scores of food products throughout the world. The increase in the cost of food products critical to starving people around the globe is immoral. The increase in debt for our children for an uneconomic fuel, whose total-system environmental pollution is about the same as oil to gasoline, is a national disgrace. 

The administration’s stated goal to increase the national consumption of ethanol in gasoline blends from 10 percent ethanol to 15 percent is a mistake.

Gene Kiley, Bowie

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