As the July 4th weekend kicks off, the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) is reminding everyone that energy independence can be achieved through choice at the pump.
To reinforce this message, ACE has confirmed that Anne Korin, author of “Turning Oil Into Salt: Independence Through Fuel Choice,” chair of the Set America Free Coalition and nationally sought after expert, will provide a keynote address on consumer choice at the pump, August 4th, during their national conference August 3-5 in Kansas City.
“We are so pleased that Anne Korin will be joining us for our national ethanol conference next month to share her expertise on how America can achieve energy independence,” said Brian Jennings, Executive Vice President of ACE. “A key tactic outlined in her book is to break oil’s monopoly at the pump, thus breaking its status as a strategic commodity. Fuel choice is the answer, which is why we are fighting hard for the consumer’s right to access flexible fuel vehicles and blender pumps.”
According to ACE, the type of choice at the pump that would benefit consumers are blender pumps. These pumps offer consumers the choice to fill up with E10 or E85 or various mid-level blends such as E30 or E40. However, to use mid-level or higher blends of ethanol today, a consumer must own a flexible fuel vehicle (FFV) and there is currently pending legislation that would require all vehicles sold in the U.S. to be FFVs.
“Our nation’s fuel system is built around petroleum, and if there’s any hope of achieving energy independence, we must start building some flexibility into the fuel system,” Jennings said. “Flexible fuel vehicles and blender pumps will open up the fuel system to competition and allow the consumer to choose, instead of living under the decades-old mandate for 90 percent petroleum in every gallon of gasoline.”