Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Poultry's Pilgrim Pays for Perry's Plane

Texas governor Rick Perry Bo Pilgrim corn ethanol RFSThe Houston Chronicle reports today that Texas Governor Rick Perry and three staff's airfare to Washington DC was paid for by poultry producer Lonnie "Bo" Pilgrim. The group attended a news conference where Perry stumped for a waiver from federal renewable fuel standards. The cost of the airfare was disclosed to be more than $9,000.00.

This latest revelation comes after news reports surfaced earlier this month that the Texas governor's request for a waiver came after a $100,000.00 donation by Pilgrim to the Republican Governors Association where Perry serves as chairman. Pilgrim is a co-founder of Pilgrim's Pride, the nation's largest poultry producer.

Critics of biofuels have been lobbying Congress to turn back efforts to promote energy independence, increased fuel supplies, and national security with the cleaner-burning, renewable American-grown ethanol fuel.

Source: Houston Chronicle

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