Attack on Ethanol: Consider the Source

WASHINGTON, DC – Growth Energy, the coalition of U.S. ethanol supporters released the following statement in response to an editorial by the National Petrochemical & Refiners Association criticizing efforts to increase the blend of ethanol in our nation’s fuel supply.

“Today’s editorial by the NPRA is just another attempt by vested interests to maintain the status quo of our addiction to foreign oil – an addiction which threatens this nation’s national security, economy and our environment,” said Growth Energy CEO Tom Buis.

“There have been extensive studies of E15 and they all show that it is compatible with existing autos. It is time to move forward but any time critics don’t want to see us succeed they start using scare tactics and baseless claims. It appears to me there has been more testing done on moving from E10 to E15 than there has been on preventing oil spills in the Gulf of Mexico.

“Furthermore, if NPRA really believes in some sort of twisted cause and effect logic that the ethanol industry should be responsible for engine failures, than I suppose they’d also have no trouble being required to reimburse the federal government the $50 billion it costs taxpayers each year to defend their industry’s access to the riches of Persian Gulf oil. After all, what’s fair is fair,” 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