The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) is calling claims made by an advertising campaign against ethanol by a coalition food and oil company groups “half-baked.”
“If the products sold to consumers by Big Food are as half-baked as their ethanol claims, we have a life-threatening food safety crisis in America,” stated Brian Jennings, Executive Vice President of ACE. “Never before has more corn been used to make more ethanol, and yet retail food prices have fallen sharply this year.”
Jennings issued the statement in response to an anti-ethanol ad last week in the Capitol Hill publication Roll Call, that was funded by the American Meat Institute, Grocery Manufacturers Association, National Petrochemical and Refiners Association, Environmental Working Group and others. The ad claimed that moving from 10 percent ethanol in gasoline up to E15 would be bad for consumers, the environment, and rural communities.
“This coalition of strange bedfellows is both desperate and naïve,” Jennings said. “Oil and food companies are desperate and will resort to anything to protect the status quo of cheap corn and expensive oil. Some environmental groups naively believe getting rid of corn ethanol today, in hopes that some other potentially promising but not yet commercialized technology will be available tomorrow, will somehow reduce air pollution.”
EPA is currently considering a petition that would increase the amount of ethanol allowed in regular gasoline to 15 percent from the current 10 percent.