Grassroots Voice: Grassroots Ethanol Supporters to Assemble in DC
by Brian Jennings
ACE’s strength is its grassroots membership, and we want to mobilize these supporters to bring the month of March “in like a lion” for ethanol through the “Biofuels Beltway March” in Washington, DC on March 2-3, 2009. This event in the nation’s capital will include meetings with key Members of Congress and their advisors, and discussions with top Obama Administration officials and other biofuel advocates.
There has never been a more urgent time to make a unified ethanol voice heard on Capitol Hill. As the 111th Congress begins and Barack Obama becomes the nation’s 44th president, consider the many critical policy issues facing the ethanol industry:
Congress and the Obama Administration are developing an economic stimulus package to support green-collar jobs and renewable energy.
An arbitrary regulation limits ethanol use in gasoline to just 10 percent, and the looming E10 blend wall threatens not only the prosperity of corn ethanol but also promises to bring investment in cellulosic biofuel to a grinding halt.
“Low carbon” is the new catchphrase in DC, and some ethanol opponents’ computer-generated models predict obscure “indirect land use changes” which accuse corn ethanol of being anything but low carbon.
The 45 cent per gallon blender’s credit expires in 2010 and will need to be extended.
Brazil is lobbying to kill the ethanol import duty.
Big Food continues to spread misinformation about ethanol and food prices.
Your grassroots voice and presence in DC puts a real-life face on these issues that matter most to our industry. Moreover, the diversity of ACE members – ethanol producers, farmers, bankers, electric cooperatives, and equipment suppliers – demonstrates that support for ethanol is far-reaching and that ethanol policies provide a meaningful return on investment.
Because policy issues have profound influence over the success and growth of ethanol, we need you to turn out in force to stand up and fight for ethanol policies. Ethanol opponents are working the halls of Congress to distort our industry’s reputation – your participation in the Biofuels Beltway March is essential to set the record straight.