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  • bluecheese4u bluecheese4u Feb 22, 2013 9:18 AM Flag

    Sensenbrenner Introduces Bill to Cap Cellulosic Fuels

    Sensenbrenner Introduces Bill to Cap Cellulosic Fuels

    Comment on this post Posted by Joanna Schroeder – February 18th, 2013

    As last week came to a close, U.S. Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) introduced a bill to place what the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) calls artificial caps on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) annual cellulosic biofuel projected production numbers. The proposed limits for any given year would be no more than five percent or one million gallons, whichever is greater, of total volume of cellulosic biofuels commercially available for the most recent calendar year.

    In response, Bob Dinneen, RFA President and CEO said this is worse than irony. “Now that truly meaningful investment is being made in cellulosic ethanol companies that can be witnessed by the steel in the ground and actual production and introduction of millions of gallons of advanced ethanol into the marketplace, the Congressman wants this nation to turn its back on progress — turn back the clock to days of petroleum domination,” said Dinneen.

    “Americans want fuel choice, they want cost savings, and they want American energy independence. America is noted worldwide for its ingenuity and creativity. Ethanol, especially the next generation that is now coming to fruition before our eyes, is the epitome of the American spirit.

    Rather than encouraging that uniquely American entrepreneurial spirit, Congressman Sensenbrenner would limit the growth in advanced biofuels to no more than five percent per year. Clearly, far faster growth will occur if the RFS is left to work as designed. But in any case, I wonder if Congressman Sensenbrenner would agree to a five percent cap on the growth of non-conventional petroleum from fracking in the same spirit he is trying to cap advances in biofuels to five percent. Why limit the speed of progress toward energy independence from any domestic resource?” concluded Dinneen.


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    • ACE Says Desperation Motivating ‘Big Oily Food’ Appeal To Supreme Court

      Posted on 21 February 2013 by Gary Truitt

      Executive Vice President of the American Coalition for Ethanol, Brian Jennings today was critical of the American Petroleum Institute’s (API) and the Grocery Manufacturers Association’s (GMA) effort to appeal rulings by the U.S. Court of Appeals that they groups did not have standing to sue over E15. “Big Oily Foods’ cozy and self-serving relationship to do whatever it takes to stop consumers from access to safe and affordable E15 fuel is dripping with highly-saturated desperation. First these groups convince a couple Members of Congress to introduce legislation which would overturn EPA’s science-based decision to approve E15 for 2001 and newer model year cars. Now, after their lawsuits against EPA have been rejected by lower courts, they are appealing to the Supreme Court to help protect their profitable status-quo.”

      “With gasoline prices on the rise for 35 days in a row, American-made E15 will help drivers save money at the pump. The gap between ethanol and gasoline prices has widened, making E15 a much more affordable and attractive option for retailers and consumers. As we have said before regarding the so-called study by CRC cited by API as a reason to stop E15: the definitions of “pass” and “fail” and the cars selected for testing were carefully chosen to produce the results the study’s funders wanted. The Department of Energy has pointed out that the CRC tests included engines with known durability issues, and that one of the engines even failed while running on straight gasoline with no ethanol. We expect that the Supreme Court refuses to hear this appeal.”


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