WASHINGTON, DC — Following today’s public statements to reporters by Lisa Jackson, Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, that grain ethanol would qualify as a low-carbon fuel for the entire 36 billion gallon benchmark under the newly-expanded Renewable Fuels Standard, Growth Energy CEO Tom Buis issued the following statement:
“This is great news for our country, because what Administrator Jackson is saying is that ethanol has a significant opportunity to make our nation more energy independent, invigorate our economy and clean our skies. As Administrator Jackson said herself, the best science proves that corn ethanol is a low-carbon fuel. She is to be commended with her conclusion in the Renewable Fuels Standard that ethanol plays an important role in securing our nation’s energy future and creating jobs.”
Buis singled out Jackson’s public comment on a conference call with reporters that full implementation of RFS would mean an additional $13 billion in farm income by 2022.
“I also want to commend Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack for his leadership in helping to write the newly-expanded rule. We have no greater opportunity to invigorate the economy of rural America than with renewable fuels like ethanol,” Buis said.
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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.