The corn ethanol industry has taken off in Minnesota, benefiting many rural areas. How did this happen? Subsidies fueled by politics and lobbying.
Politicians and special interests aggressively push corn ethanol as an environmentally friendly solution to the nation's energy problems, but scientists and agriculture experts aren't so sure.
The federal government pays 51 cents of the cost of every gallon of ethanol you buy, prompting this question: Is ethanol worth it?
Production of corn ethanol is rapidly expanding, but plans are underway for a "next generation" renewable fuel — and Minnesota's rural areas could reap huge benefits.