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August 27, 2003

Dean talks ethanol with Eldora (Iowa) community

ELDORA - Democratic presidential candidate Governor Howard Dean met recently with community activists, city and country leaders, and family farmers at the Eldora Public Library to discuss the importance of ethanol in their local economy. Dean visited Eldora as part of his rural development policy rollout to illustrate the benefits of renewable energy on rural economies and the environment.

"The Eldora community understands that ethanol and biodiesel are good for our environment, good for our national security and great for rural economies," Governor Dean said. "The ethanol and biodiesel industry in Iowa has already contributed over 13,000 jobs and $1.7 billion to the state's economy and added $730 million in value to the corn crop."

The Pine Lake Corn Processing plant will begin construction in a month on a new plant that will produce 20 million gallons and 64 thousand tons of distillers' grains. According to the Pine Lake Corn Processors plant website, ethanol improves vehicle performance while reducing emissions and improving air quality. By reducing foreign oil imports, ethanol creates American jobs and provides value-added markets to support agriculture and rural America.

"This country needs a true rural policy," Dean said. "We need to boost rural economic development by requiring 10 percent ethanol in our gasoline and boosting demand and production of soy-diesel. For every billion dollars of oil imports we replace with domestic ethanol, 10 to 20 thousand jobs would be created."

Governor Dean unveiled his rural development policy last week with a speech at Dike Lake in Grundy County. As governor of the most rural state in America and traveling as a presidential candidate through many rural counties in Iowa have underscored to him the importance of rural America. Dean's rural development policy is based around three principles: reviving our rural economics, rewarding sound environmental stewardship, and returning the virtues of capitalism and competition to American agriculture. The Dean plan will bring hope and opportunity back to rural communities by providing needed equity capital, reversing out-migration, encouraging renewable energy, promoting rural broadband, helping farmers develop new income streams and improving rural healthcare.

Dean served as governor of Vermont for 11 years. As governor, Dean enhanced conservation programs, lowered taxes for farmers, and expanded credit for farm improvement. He also provided health insurance to virtually every child in Vermont, raised the minimum wage twice, and created thousands of new jobs. To learn more about Dean's campaign, log on to the website www.deanforamerica.com/iowa.



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