Agriculture Secretary Vilsack, Senator Klobuchar See Biofuels as Sustainable Energy Solution

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Today at Cenex Harvest States headquarters — which is located in Inver Grove, south of Saint Paul — Senator Amy Klobuchar and U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack touted Minnesota’s agricultural prowess and its production of biofuels. Governor Mark Dayton was also in attendance. Because corn ethanol acts as a substitute for foreign oil and natural gas, Klobuchar and Vilsack both highlighted biofuels as renewable energy — despite critics’ concerns that it bumps up food prices and turns Midwestern farmland into mono-crop factories.

Jacob Wheeler

In addition to shooting videos for The UpTake, Jacob Wheeler is a contributing editor at the progressive political magazine In These Times, publishes the Glen Arbor Sun in his native Michigan, and authored "Between Light and Shadow," a recent book about the Guatemalan adoption industry. Wheeler's stories have appeared in such magazines as the Utne Reader, Earth Island Journal, Rotarian and Teaching Tolerance magazine, and newspapers including the San Francisco Chronicle and Christian Science Monitor. He speaks fluent Spanish, German and Danish.

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