(Posted Fri. Jul 29th, 2011)
July 29: Working with a coalition of renewable energy and agriculture advocates, the National Corn Growers Association signed a letter sent to all members of the House of Representatives this week, urging opposition to amendments that would weaken efforts to reduce our nation’s dependence on foreign oil and cost U.S. jobs.
In addition to NCGA, the letter was signed by Growth Energy, Advanced Ethanol Council, American Coalition for Ethanol, National Farmers Union, National Sorghum Producers and the Renewable Fuels Association. It directly addresses a series of amendments offered by Reps. John Sullivan, R-Okla., Gary Peters, D-Mich., and Michael Burgess, R-Texas, that would block the legal implementation of the Green Jobs Waiver for E15 approved after more than a year of extensive laboratory testing.
“These amendments would inhibit new innovation to provide alternatives to foreign oil,” the groups wrote. “The Sullivan/Peters and Burgess amendments would solidify the status quo – a 90 percent mandate of our fuel supply from oil and would prevent American-made ethanol – a more affordable vehicle fuel than regular gasoline – from getting to consumers.”