As Deadline Looms, Support for 15 Percent Ethanol Blend Builds

With one week remaining in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) public comment period on Growth Energy’s Green Jobs Waiver asking the EPA to allow gasoline blended with as much as 15 percent ethanol (E15), the support for higher blends of ethanol continues to build.   Since February, President Obama, Administration officials, governors, Members of Congress, state and local elected officials and groups across the country have all come out in support of increasing the blend to E15.

Earlier this month President Barack Obama said, “We want to be able to compete with countries like Brazil that now are running basically their entire automobile fleet on biofuels.  If Brazil can do it, there’s no reason why America can’t do it.”

Sec. of Agriculture Tom Vilsack

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said, “We can, we believe, move fairly quickly to move the blend rate to 12 or 13 percent in the interim.” He went on to add that it could eventually be boosted to 15 percent to 20 percent.

“I don’t want to prejudge what they’re going to find, but if the existing automobile fleet can handle 15 percent, I would say let’s make that a target and go to 15 percent.”
Energy Secretary Steven Chu

“Lifting that intermediate blends is what we have to do to maximize domestic biofuels undercutting our addiction to oil…Our national labs have been testing for immediate blends in our cars for more than a year and the intermediate results are already out and this is a commercial issue, not a technical issue.”
Former Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of Energy Andy Karsner

SD Governor Michael Rounds

“This is a practical move in the right direction. E15 will create thousands of new jobs and increase our tax base while decreasing our dependence for foreign oil. If we are serious about energy independence, EPA needs to act quickly and rule E15 viable for use.”
Governor Michael Rounds (R-SD)

“As the Governor of Indiana, I strongly support the initiative to increase the base fuel blend for ethanol from 10 percent to 15 percent … I support an increase of the base fuel blend cap as a measure to open markets to biofuels, allow attainment of renewable fuel standard and decrease our dependency on foreign energy sources.”
Governor Mitch Daniels (R-IN)

Sen. Tom Harkin

Sen. Tom Harkin

“I commend the ethanol companies for submitting this waiver request and hope EPA will move forward expeditiously with a positive ruling. This waiver is necessary to open ethanol markets and enable us to stay on a path towards decreasing the use of petroleum-based fuels and increasing the use of alternative biofuels produced from domestic resources.”
Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA)

“Higher blends of ethanol can help solve two of the challenges facing our nation: our overdependence on imported oil and the need to expand the use of renewable fuels. Renewable fuels production continues to be an important economic engine for rural America, and moving to higher blends of ethanol is absolutely necessary to keep this industry growing and moving toward advanced biofuels such as cellulosic ethanol.”
Senator John Thune (R-SD)


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