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Republican gubernatorial candidate Sarah Steelman called for the repeal of Missouri's ethanol mandate at a press conference at Willow Brook Foods this afternoon. KSMU's Brett Moser reports.
The mandate in question requires gas stations to sell a 10 percent ethanol blend whenever it is not more expensive than regular gasoline.
But the mandate has come under criticism from people like Steelman who believe the increased supply of corn-based fuel is partly to blame for rising food and livestock prices.
Steelman says her plan will eliminate the government policies that she believes are the cause of significant consequences.
Steelman's proposal consists of establishing the Missouri Energy Independent Commission to allocate funds and review energy policies. She also plans to encourage alternative energy sources through tax credits.
Though in April, Steelman said she supported mandates in the short term to lessen dependence on foreign oil. She says then and now as an economist, she has always been concerned with mandates within a free market.
For KSMU News, I'm Brett Moser.