Governor tours plant producing ethanol in Dayton, Ohio

Staff Writer

Friday, April 04, 2008

GREENVILLE Marveling at steel and concrete grain bins capable of holding 3 million bushels of corn, Gov. Ted Strickland called Ohio's largest ethanol plant just one kind of "energy infrastructure" he wants to grow through a newly proposed, bipartisan $1.57 billion jobs stimulus package.

He acknowledged growing criticism of corn-based ethanol's environmental record and upward pressure on food prices. But he said the fuel is a net plus for Ohio's flagging economy and gives the nation a measure of independence from Mideast oil.