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Ethanol and Big Oil Are Advertising on Fox News to Try to Get Trump’s Attention

An American flag flies at a DuPont ethanol plant in Nevada, Iowa, U.S., on Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016. 

Photographer: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg

Big Corn and Big Oil are taking their long-running fight over renewable fuels to Fox News in a bid for the attention of one of the network’s biggest fans -- President Donald Trump.

Advocates of ethanol -- the corn-based fuel that is mixed with gasoline in the U.S. -- started running a television commercial Monday on Fox News using campaign footage of Trump pledging to support the government’s existing Renewable Fuel Standard and thanking the president for upholding his promise. Last week, the oil industry ran an advertisement on the Fox & Friends show saying that Trump is “caving to ethanol lobbyists” and putting thousands of manufacturing jobs at risk with his support for the program.