KANSAS CITY, MO.—Speaking to the press meeting at today’s convention of the National Association of Farm Broadcasters, Growth Energy CEO Tom Buis answered questions about news reports on a pending decision from EPA on the Growth Energy Green Jobs Waiver to increase the blend wall to E15:
“All the data has been provided in the Growth Energy Green Jobs Waiver to meet the requirements of the Clean Air Act and raise the blend wall to 15 percent. There has not been a formal decision yet by EPA, but they have until December 1 to make a decision. And we anticipate the EPA will make its decision by the statutory Dec. 1 deadline.
“Moving to E15 makes sense for the environment, the economy and for our national security. The data we submitted on the Green Jobs Waiver proves there is no impact on engine performance or durability that would prevent the EPA from deciding in favor of E15. And we should move the blend wall, because imported oil has had this nation over a barrel for too long. If we move to E15 we will replace the need to import as much as 7 billion gallons of fuel. We will create 136,000 new jobs in the United States—jobs that cannot be outsourced. And we will reinforce national security by reducing out dependence on foreign states like Venezuela and Hugo Chavez.
About Growth Energy
Growth Energy is a group committed to the promise of agriculture and growing America’s economy through cleaner, greener energy. Growth Energy members recognize America needs a new ethanol approach. Through smart policy reform and a proactive grassroots campaign, Growth energy promotes reducing greenhouse gas emissions, expanding the use of ethanol in gasoline, decreasing our dependence on foreign oil, and creating American jobs at home. More information can be found at GrowthEnergy.org