The candidates and media are getting the Iowa ethanol debate all wrong

By Michelle Ye Hee Lee, The Washington Post.

Question: “Are you going to jerk the rug right out from underneath it, or are you going to let it expire in 2022 like it should, and then stand on its own?” […]

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.): “Maggie, you rightly noted that the RFS is set to expire in 2022. When I said we should phase it out, I said it should be a five-year phase-out — a phase-out from 2017 to 2022 is five years.”

—exchange during a campaign event in Cherokee, Iowa, Jan. 6, 2016

Voters in corn-growing Iowa have confronted Cruz about his stance against the federal renewable-fuel mandate, which sets the minimum amount of corn-based ethanol to be mixed into gasoline to reduce or replace the amount of fossil fuel.