The Executive Director of the National Corn-to-Ethanol Research Center (NCERC) in Illinois will be at the EPA hearing on the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) in Kansas City today to repeat the same comments he has made at the last several hearings on the subject.
“Ironically, they are very similar to the comments I presented in 2015, in 2014 and in December of 2013,” says John Caupert, who directs the NCERC at Southern Illinois University. “When you have policy unrest, it creates market unrest; when you have market unrest, you have investment unrest, and when there is uncertainty and unrest in the investment community, investment in research, development and new technology deployment stops. This is the impact these proposed rulings are having on the investment community.”
Caupert was heading to Kansas City for the hearing today after spending two days at the Corn Utilization and Technology Conference in St. Louis where there was a lot of focus on research in corn ethanol area, particularly the concept of biorefineries creating multiple products from corn. “This is the one conference that truly brings industry, academia, government and trade all together with the common goal of creating value added opportunity and new uses for corn,” he said.
Listen to an interview with Caupert here and stay tuned for coverage of the hearing today: Interview John Caupert, NCERC