Pam Johnson, President of the National Corn Growers Association, says “yes.”
She recently wrote an opinion piece on Fox News, where Mrs. Johnson said:
However, ethanol’s benefits are very real.
Ethanol contributes to the nation’s energy security by easing our reliance on foreign oil. Thanks in large part to expanded ethanol use, America’s crude oil imports dropped by about 12 percent in 2012. Since 2005, petroleum imports have fallen by about a third.
Meanwhile, money that would otherwise enrich dangerous nations abroad is creating jobs here in the United States and bolstering our country’s agriculture sector.
Last year, the ethanol industry supported nearly 400,000 jobs and contributed $30.2 billion to Americans’ household income. Many of those jobs were on family farms, like mine.
Finish reading her thoughts, and counter-arguments to Big Oil, here.