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  • bluecheese4u bluecheese4u Mar 22, 2013 2:29 PM Flag

    Environmentalists shouldn't side with Big Oil against biofuels

    Environmentalists shouldn't side with Big Oil against biofuels

    By Bob Dinneen, president and CEO, Renewable Fuels Association - 03/22/13 12:20 PM ET

    There’s a fight for the future of American motor fuels – renewable fuels versus fossil fuels. Environmentalists shouldn’t have much trouble deciding which side they’re on.
    After all, the major source of greenhouse gas emissions is fossil fuel combustion. That mostly means running cars, trucks, and other vehicles with petroleum products such as gasoline.
    If you don’t want to spew more greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, there’s really only alternative fuel – ethanol. There is no other fuel available at scale today that matches ethanol’s ability to improve overall environmental quality, compared to gasoline.
    Moreover, today’s grain ethanol is producing the infrastructure – from innovative companies to blender pumps -- to develop and commercialize the next generation of advanced biofuels, which offer even greater advantages.
    That’s why it’s so troubling that some environmentalists are siding with Big Oil, which they have correctly criticized for polluting our air and water, to gang up on American ethanol, which is both renewable and cleaner than gasoline.
    As the saying goes, some of these environmentalists were against Big Oil before they were for it.


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