WASHINGTON, DC – Growth Energy, the coalition of U.S. ethanol supporters, released the following statement after an announcement by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) that the Senate will move a limited energy bill next week.
“While the energy proposal that Leader Reid outlined yesterday seems to be limited to only a few items, we hope that the leader and the Senate takes this opportunity to add measures to reduce our nation’s addiction to foreign oil,” said Growth Energy CEO Tom Buis. “Just two years ago our economy was dealt another jolt with record gasoline prices. And this has happened time and time again over the past 40 years. We urge the Leader and his fellow Senators to include measures to build out the infrastructure for greater use of home-grown ethanol. Ethanol is America’s fuel, grown by America’s farmers and produced by American workers. And ethanol is not a someday fuel – it is the only viable alternative we have today to imported oil. Ethanol reduces our dependency on foreign oil, strengthens our national security, creates jobs that cannot be outsourced and improves our environment.”
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.