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Strange Bedfellows; Lobby Opportunity; Labor Hurdle

Strange Bedfellows The oil industry and U.S. agriculture have long conflicted with one another. The oil industry strongly opposed the ethanol blending mandate pushed through the Congress by the agriculture sector. Ethanol not only replaced the oil industry’s gasoline, but it also created supply chain hurdles due to its hygroscopic nature. Now the oil industry is backing an agriculture sector push to mandate a nationwide E15 blend. Why the change? Big Oil has always suffered from reputational animosity due to its perceived monopolistic control over an economic necessity. By contrast, polling shows nearly 90 percent of Americans trust farmers. Now that climate change policies are seeking to eliminate petroleum, the industry needs conti...

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