The Behind-the-Scenes Struggle Over Ethanol

Obama supports biofuels, but competing interests are fighting over the course of ethanol policy.

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Their efforts were coordinated by a powerhouse D.C. lobbying and public relations firm, the Glover Park Group. So, pro-ethanol forces hit back. This summer, superbusiness Archer Daniels Midland, one of the nation's leading ethanol producers, teamed up with other agribusiness to launch a first wave of response. Now comes the Growth Energy campaign, which includes the heads of POET, the nation's largest ethanol producer, and ICM, the industry's leading technology provider.

Once he takes office in January, Obama will have to navigate these conflicting claims.

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