On Friday, January 10th, the American Council On Renewable Energy announced that it had chosen a familiar face as its permanent President and CEO: Michael Brower. Michael had spent several months beforehand as ACORE’s Interim President and CEO. At the beginning of his tenure, he sat down with me to answer a few questions. Enjoy!
In a recent poll commissioned by the American Petroleum Institute, Harris Interactive found that 77% of Americans are “concerned” about putting ethanol - particularly E15 - in their vehicles. It’s sad to hear that, considering vehicles made beginning in 2001 have been approved by the EPA for E15 ethanol blends. These blends provide important benefits to American consumers and our environment. But here’s the thing about the API poll: outside the world of skewed polling, you will not find that 77% of Americans are concerned about putting E15 in their vehicles.
By Bill Holmberg and Contributing Authors 10/2/13
America has always been the vanguard for innovation in the automobile industry, particularly in regards to the development of high octane alcohol fuels. Unfortunately, the oil industry has been successfully able to suppress the wider implementation of many of these high octane blends including ethanol dating back to the 19th century.
By Todd Foley 8/06/2013
As we have witnessed over the past decade, the American energy landscape continues to transform. Not so long ago, energy scarcity was a significant concern, especially for transportation fuel as the petroleum supply decreased. As a result, in 2005 our nation wisely chose to diversify our fuel supply with strong bipartisan leadership from American policymakers. At that time, under George W. Bush, we created one of the most successful energy policies ever enacted– the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).
October 11 -- It is disappointing to read your editorial "The Ethanol Enforcers" (Oct. 8) attacking ethanol producers as well as Sens. Chuck Grassley and Amy Klobuchar. These champions aren't "bullying" oil refiners; they are standing up to the oil-refiner bullies. I support consumer choice. If you want to pay higher prices for gasoline without ethanol, so be it. But the oil industry works overtime to prevent consumers from having access to inexpensive ethanol blends, limiting choice at the pump. The ethanol price discount hasn't been mentioned once in a Journal editorial or article. Nor has the Journal mentioned that the petroleum industry is the recipient of 100 years of industry-specific tax breaks. >>View Article
October 2 -- The Tribune’s recent stories on new fueling stations for electric cars points to another popular option at the pump: ethanol fuel, which has grown thanks to the Renewable Fuel Standards. The RFS has decreased greenhouse gases, reduced our dependence on foreign oil and helped family farmers like me. But now, Big Oil and some members of Congress want to roll back the measure, which would have disastrous consequences on not just our environment, but on family-owned farms and local economies. >>View Article
August 21 -- The Aug. 15 commentary “Yes — reconsider that ethanol blend rate” was chock-full of misrepresentations and cherry-picked data to allow the authors to make a case against other American farmers and the ethanol industry. >>View Article
August 12 -- This week, the EPA announced that it was adjusting the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) in order to reflect market realities. As originally proposed earlier this year, the rule called for 14 million gallons of cellulosic ethanol, but the final rule sets a requirement for 6 million gallons of cellulosic ethanol this year. >>View Article
August 8 -- As two of Michigan’s more than 20,000 corn farmers, we are not surprised by the recent actions of the major oil companies or shocked by how they are portraying the “evils of ethanol.” We’ve been hearing the same, tired arguments for years that rely on scare tactics rather than facts. >>View Article
August 5 -- Biofuels are used in more than just everyday cars and trucks. NASCAR driver Austin Dillon stopped at POET Biorefining in Portland to talk about ethanol use in his car, one of the fastest on the road. As part of his American Ethanol Heartland Tour, Dillon visited the biorefinery, signed autographs and answered questions about his racing career and ethanol use in NASCAR vehicles. >>View Article