Duckworth, Vilsack lead charge for ethanol production in Illinois

Duckworth in LeRoy
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Published: Aug. 23, 2022 at 8:54 PM CDT
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PEORIA (25 News Now) - $500 million from the ‘Inflation Reduction Act’ will go toward climate change and alternative fuel resources. The key ingredient: corn.

Senator Tammy Duckworth, (D) Illinois, and United States Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack stopped by a LeRoy Casey’s to talk all things ethanol Tuesday.

“This is fuel that is grown in Illinois. It’s grown in the USA. We’re not relying on foreign oil,” Duckworth said from the gas pump. She talked about the bump this investment means for Illinois farmers, for climate change by shifting to alternative renewable energy sources, and for the folks who are tired of paying high prices at the pump.

“The higher that we can blend in more ethanol, the better it is for folks trying to fill up their gas tank. If you look at the numbers up there, unleaded is $3.85 but E-85 is $2.80,” explained Duckworth while pointing to the roadside fuel sign at Casey’s.

The $500 million investment comes from the ‘Inflation Reduction Act’ and will spark more corn ethanol production across the country.

The ‘Inflation Reduction Act’ is a monumental $750 billion plan to change the course of the country in several areas including clean energy and climate change.