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December 28, 2004

President George W. Bush
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20500

Dear Mr. President:

On behalf of the members of the Clean Fuels Development Coalition, it is my privilege to express our complete support for the appointment of Governor Mike Johanns to serve as Secretary of Agriculture.

We have had the pleasure of working with Governor Johanns throughout his tenure as Governor of Nebraska and can tell you there is no greater advocate for American agriculture, ethanol, and rural development. As Governor, he has overseen one of the most prosperous periods of ethanol development in the history of the state, and has taken a direct interest in supporting programs that have brought important economic development to rural areas, including ethanol development. In his capacity as a member and Chairman of the Governors’ Ethanol Coalition he has played a key role in issues of national importance and helped our industry resolve a number of critical issues regarding marketing, environment, and taxes. Our diverse membership, which includes automotive, agricultural, ethanol, and design and engineering interests, appreciates the ability to work with a variety of constituents. Governor Johanns has been able to do just that and we offer our wholehearted support for his nomination.

Thank you for your consideration of our views and we wish you our best for the coming year.

Sincerely,
Douglas A. Durante
Executive Director

cc: The Honorable Saxby Chambliss
The Honorable Tom Harkin
The Honorable Chuck Hagel
The Honorable Ben Nelson
The Honorable Richard Lugar