FOX Business’ Grady Trimble reports from Polo, Ill., where corn farmers are showing support for E15 gasoline to be available year-round.
In Midwest America, corn is still king – and lawmakers and farmers alike are pushing the federal government to expand its corn-based ethanol use gas prices continue to hit record highs.
"I think it's a win-win-win," Illinois corn farmer Brian Duncan told FOX Business’ Grady Trimble. "It's a win for agriculture, it's a win for the environment, and a win for America."
Under the Home Front Energy Independence Act, ethanol fuel E15 would be produced and sold year-round in the U.S. instead of only during the summer months. The proposal aims to further decrease dependence on Russian petroleum exports over its war on Ukraine.
Bipartisan lawmakers backing the bill include Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., and Sen. Roger Marshall, R-Kansas.
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Even though E15 can be anywhere from 5 to 10 cents cheaper than regular unleaded natural gas, the American Petroleum Institute has pushed back against the use of E15 ethanol, claiming it emits more greenhouse gasses and gets fewer miles to the gallon than the comparable E10 fuel.