Alliance to combat anti-renewable fuel efforts

RFA, Ethanol Leaders Dismiss Anti-Ethanol “Red Herrings”
Renewable Fuels Association,

Washington – Ethanol leaders today preempted a planned press conference from an alliance of anti-renewable fuel voices by dismissing yet again their playbook to halt the expansion in America’s renewable fuel industry. The American Coalition for Ethanol, Growth Energy, the National Corn Growers Association, and the Renewable Fuels Association released the following statement:

“America’s ethanol industry has been an undeniable success, creating hundreds of thousands of jobs and reducing our nation’s reliance on foreign oil. These groups that have repeatedly attacked ethanol without validation would leave America with just one course of action: increasing our addiction to foreign oil.

“America’s investment in renewable ethanol has paid dividends. It returns more to the federal government in the form of tax revenue than is spent in investment, and saves the economy billions of dollars in foreign oil expense.

“Constantly pining for fictional fuels or seeking to keep America hooked on the oil standard runs contrary to the desire most Americans have to become energy independent. Instead of facts or new approaches, these groups are recycling tired rhetoric that does nothing to help solve America’s energy problems.”

Anticipating that these groups will once again seek to raise the red herring of the food versus fuel debate, the groups noted, “It’s not surprising that the corporate interests which have profited by hiking the grocery bills of everyday American families would continue to promote the widely-disproven ‘food versus fuel’ fiction. It is sadder to see the other groups be so misled as to think that domestic ethanol is anything but a job-creating, renewable, clean-burning fuel.”

The groups noted some key points:

• A global perspective is important. Global coarse grain supplies are nearly unchanged, the USDA reports, with lower U.S. supplies offset by increased foreign coarse grain production.

• As of Oct. 3, only 37 percent of the U.S. corn crop was harvested. Much of what has been harvested to date was in the areas most adversely impacted by the summer weather. There is potential for an upward adjustment in the overall production number as the harvest is completed.

• For the first time, distillers grains availability will displace more than 1 billion bushels of corn in domestic livestock rations this marketing year, providing a high-quality, high-value feed product for livestock producers, both in the United States and abroad.

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