Ethanol Report on the Climate in Washington

Cindy Zimmerman

It’s August in the nation’s capitol and the climate is hazy, hot and humid with a chance of afternoon thundershowers, which Renewable Fuels Association president and CEO Bob Dinneen says kind of describes what is happening on Capitol Hill these days as well – especially the hazy and stormy part.

In this edition of “The Ethanol Report,” Dinneen discusses the situation with regard to the ethanol industry’s priority issues – tax incentives and E15.

Ethanol Report PodcastDespite the few legislative days left on the Congressional calendar, Dinneen says he remains hopeful that the blenders tax credit for ethanol will be extended in some form for some length of time before it expires at the end of the year. However, he remains very frustrated with delays in getting E15 or at least E12 approved in the interim by EPA. “EPA continues to be one of the most dysfunctional agencies in the federal government,” Dinneen says. “One wishes that the agency had been as diligent in studying the blow out preventers that BP was using in the Gulf of Mexico.”

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