Big Oil Keeps Criticizing E15 Ethanol and Renewable Fuel Standard

Big Oil Keeps Criticizing E15 Ethanol and Renewable Fuel Standard

Big Oil's attacks on RFS and E15, the 15% blend of ethanol, are outright lies and distortions of facts, says IRFA's Monte Shaw.

The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association, or IRFA, the American Coalition for Ethanol, or ACE and The Auto Channel last week held a briefing at the Capitol Visitors Center in Washington, D.C. to examine the so-called blend wall and highlight how E15 and the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) are key parts of an "all of the above" American energy solution.

BLEND WALL IS BOGUS: Iowa Renewable Fuels Association leader Monte Shaw says "Big Oil's" attacks on Renewable Fuel Standard are rooted in the "Bogus Blend Wall" and E15 scare tactics being promoted by petroleum industry. IRFA and other ethanol groups sponsored an event in Washington D.C. last week to help deliver the facts on renewable fuels to congressional staff people who work on Capitol Hill.

"Exposing the so-called blend wall for what it is -- a Big Oil bluff -- highlights how important E15 and the RFS are to achieving a more secure energy future for America," said IRFA executive director Monte Shaw. "Big Oil uses scare tactics like the so-called blend wall and bogus E15 studies to protect the petroleum monopoly at the expense of the American consumer. Meanwhile, renewable fuels benefit the American consumer by lowering gas prices, creating American jobs and decreasing dependence on foreign oil."

Fuel retailer has been selling higher ethanol blends for five years now; says "we haven't had to pay a single repair bill"

Fuel retailer and owner of Midway Service in Sioux Falls, S.D. Bruce Vollan said, "We have been offering blends of ethanol from zero to E85 at our station for nearly five years, and year after year, my customers buy an average of 20% to 25% ethanol. Despite what the so-called 'experts' say, we haven't had to pay a single repair bill during that time."~~~PAGE_BREAK_HERE~~~

Vollan added, "I think we've shown that, given the choice, customers are smart enough to know what works in their engines, and given the choice, they will buy more ethanol. Being able to offer my customers all of the different fuels they want is just one of the reasons I've been an independent retailer for nearly 10 years. I couldn't sell these blends if my station was branded."

It's time to look at facts and put E15 ethanol to serious use across the U.S.

When discussing Big Oil's efforts to smear E15, ACE senior vice president Ron Lamberty stated, "Ethanol's opponents have dramatically misrepresented the findings of studies about E15. We want to make sure that Congress is looking at the actual science and not just Big Oil's distorted representations of that science."

Auto Channel executive vice president Marc Rauch added, "For 180 years, the world's top scientists and automotive engineers have known that ethanol is the best and safest engine fuel. It's time to put this great domestic resource to serious use, and that means embracing E15 today. I'd much rather have my fuel money go to American farmers than to foreign terrorists."

IRFA, ACE, Auto Channel deliver truth on E15 and the so-called blend wall

Iowa is the leader in renewable fuels production. Iowa has 41 ethanol refineries capable of producing over 3.7 billion gallons annually, with one wet mill and two cellulosic ethanol facilities currently under construction. In addition, Iowa has 12 biodiesel facilities with the capacity to produce 315 million gallons annually. The IRFA was formed in 2002 to represent the state's liquid renewable fuels industry. The trade group fosters development and growth of the renewable fuels industry in Iowa through education, promotion, legislation and infrastructure development.

For more information, visit the IRFA website.

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