Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) released the following statement in response to Governor Palin’s remarks in Ohio earlier this week:
"It is unbelievable to me that Governor Palin spoke on energy today in Ohio and did not once mention biofuels or ethanol. These industries are an important component of Ohio’s economy and make up one of the fastest-growing sectors of Iowa’s economy. The renewable energy industry is creating jobs in Iowa, revitalizing our rural communities and making our nation more energy secure; yet the McCain-Palin ticket would like to turn back the clock on the progress we've made.
“In fact, the McCain-Palin plan of lifting tariffs on imported ethanol and ending subsidies for biofuels producers would be devastating to Iowa’s economy. Importing cheap foreign ethanol and letting Iowa’s farmers wither on the vine is a dramatic step in the wrong direction. Governor Palin’s visit to Ohio was another reminder of how a vote for the Republican ticket would be a vote for four more years of the same failed policies of President Bush.”