Growth Energy Statement on Nelson Amendment

WASHINGTON, DC — Growth Energy, the leading voice for U.S. ethanol supporters and producers, released the following statement in response to an amendment from Sen. Nelson D-Neb., that would strip amendments by Reps. John Sullivan, R-Okla., and Jeff Flake R-Ariz., from the House-approved Continuing Resolution now before the U.S. Senate.

“The Sullivan and Flake amendments would deprive America of an opportunity to break its addiction to foreign oil. Sullivan and Flake would harm our economy by erecting new artificial market barriers to ethanol, and blocking support for construction of blender pumps and ethanol storage facilities,” said Growth Energy CEO Tom Buis. “Sen. Nelson is standing up for our nation’s national and economic security by opposing the Sullivan and Flake amendments, which were a triumph for OPEC and a loss for America. It’s time we fought as a nation to lessen our dependence on foreign oil.”

“This amendment puts aside politics and lets the science speak for itself. EPA’s consideration of E15 was based on a more exhaustive study and collection of data than any of the 11 previously-approved petitions. No other fuel mix has been tested more,” Buis added.

“Oil is predicted to stay above $100 a barrel, threatening the United States’ economic recovery and taking hundreds of millions of dollars out of Americans’ pockets each and every day. I applaud Sen. Nelson for opposing these job-killing amendments and supporting the only fuel alternative that is cleaner and more cost-efficient than gasoline derived from foreign oil.”