Hearing on Mid-Level Ethanol Blends Doesn’t Include Ethanol Industry

A House Science Subcommittee is holding a hearing on mid-level ethanol blends Tuesday. According to Growth Energy “this committee has historically held biased hearings and refused to invite ethanol stakeholders – and this hearing is no different.” Growth Energy CEO Tom Buis says if the committee continues to hold one-sided, sham hearings they should change their name to the Science Fiction Committee. He says that’s how their treatment of ethanol and biofuels has been. Buis says failure to invite a single producer or ethanol industry stakeholder to a hearing on mid-level ethanol blends is a colossal waste of time and taxpayer money. He adds that it’s a shame a congressional committee with the mission of looking at scientific evidence and making informed decisions is relying on conjecture and speculation. According to Buis – consistently ignoring credible facts and extensive testing exemplifies the real agenda the committee is pursuing. Growth Energy has submitted written testimony to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Science Subcommittee on the Environment.

Renewable Fuels Association President and CEO Bob Dinneen has submitted a letter to the subcommittee leaders to protest the one-sided nature of the witness list and to note the extensive testing done prior to the approval of E15. He also notes the cost-saving, environment-enhancing, national security strengthening benefits of this new ethanol blend. Dinneen says he’s sad and angered that such a lopsided, stacked hearing could actually happen. He says the tight grip oil companies have on Congress is shameful – adding that Big Oil is running scared because ethanol and E15 are gaining momentum. He says science and consumer demand are on the ethanol industry’s side. In closing his letter – Dinneen offers to work with the subcommittee on a more balanced approach to E15 reviews in the future.

Source: NAFB News Service

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