Ethanol Groups Not Surprised by Attack on RFS

Cindy Zimmerman

The ethanol industry is categorizing the latest attack on the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) by the American Petroleum Institute (API) as more of the same.

In response to API’s call this morning to eliminate the RFS “because it is not working well and because it will force higher concentrations of ethanol in gasoline that could harm vehicles,” Growth Energy CEO Tom Buis said, “This is a classic example of the fox guarding the chicken coop. Really? Special interests will stop at nothing to discredit the success of renewable fuels created right here at home to ensure their lock on the fuels market goes unchecked.”

Bob Dinneen, President and CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association, referred to the API position as the classic “dog bites man” journalism example. “API wants to repeal a highly successful program that has reduced gasoline imports and stimulated investment in renewable energy resources. API doesn’t like the RFS because it has taken ten percent of their barrel and reduced consumer costs. Americans like and support the RFS for exactly those reasons.”

Iowa Renewable Fuels Association Executive Director Monte Shaw was equally blunt. “The reason API is so concerned now is that E15 is poised to become widely available. Without the RFS, Big Oil can continue to hide behind its Century of Subsidies and the federal petroleum mandate to ignore lower cost ethanol blends like E15.”

Brent Erickson, executive vice president of the Biotechnology Industry Organization’s Industrial & Environmental Section, says the oil industry continues its efforts to undermine the success of the RFS. “Since the inception of the RFS, API has used every regulatory and legal ploy available to delay and block implementation of the law. Since these efforts appear to have failed, they are now mounting a public relations effort to convince lawmakers to repeal the RFS. Congress should see right through this effort.”

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