Growth Energy today responded to two proposed amendments to the House Continuing Resolution by Reps. John Sullivan (R-OK) and Jeff Flake (R-AZ) that would perpetuate our nation’s addiction to foreign oil. The Sullivan amendment would eliminate funding for the EPA to implement the move to E15 ethanol blends, and the Flake amendment would bar USDA funds from helping to install blender pumps.
“The ultimate outcome of both of these amendments will be to perpetuate our nation’s dependence on foreign oil. The Sullivan amendment injects politics where it doesn’t belong – in regulatory affairs that are decided by sound science rather than politics. A full and immediate move to E15 would create more than 136,000 new jobs in the U.S., reduce our dependence on foreign oil by 7 billion gallons, reduce harmful emissions equivalent to removing 1.35 million cars from the road, and revitalize our rural communities,” said Growth Energy CEO Tom Buis. “At the same time, preventing the Administration from implementing policies that will develop our nation’s renewable fuel infrastructure will only limit consumer choice at the pump and maintain the status quo.”