In arguing that U.S. ethanol producers are upset by the recent decision by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to lower the number of gallons of biofuels refiners are required to use in 2016, William O’Keefe and Jane Van Ryan completely miss the point in their Dec. 14 blog post “Ethanol producers and politics, looking for trouble.”
The industry’s objection to the EPA’s final rule has little to do with the numbers. Rather, U.S. ethanol producers have objected to the methodology the EPA used in straying away from the statutorily imposed blending requirements.
The oil industry has proven time and again it will not make the investments needed to make renewable fuels more accessible to consumers. The RFS was designed to compel those investments and break the oil industry’s vice grip on the market. The EPA’s decision assures that vice grip will remain, denying consumers a choice at the pump and stalling the growth and evolution of biofuel technology. It’s a shame.
Of course, Mr. O’Keefe (who served as executive vice president and chief operating officer for the American Petroleum Institute) and Ms. Van Ryan (who served as a communications professional for API) are quite satisfied with the EPA’s decision to leave the nation’s renewable energy policy in the hands of the oil industry. But that does not give them license to further pollute the debate with misinformation and flawed analysis paid for by oil companies and designed to undermine public support for biofuels.
For example, the Coordinating Research Council study they cite suggesting vehicles can’t use higher blends of ethanol has been widely criticized for its biased design. And the notion that ethanol yields higher greenhouse gas emissions than gasoline is founded upon a 2008 paper suggesting significant international land use change affects that have simply not materialized. All of the recent independent scientific analyses conducted on ethanol have rightly concluded that ethanol produced today is 30 percent to 40 percent better than gasoline when it comes to greenhouse gas emissions — and if allowed to develop, advanced biofuels promise to be 90 percent better than gasoline.
The real threat to the oil industry, and by extension Mr. O’Keefe and Ms. Van Ryan, is that the RFS would deliver on its promise of replacing nearly a third of the nation’s gasoline with a domestically produced renewable fuel that both lowers carbon emissions and lowers costs for consumers.
From Bob Dinneen, President and CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association, Washington, D.C.
Drone strikes on Muslim civilians worse than banning immigration
White House press secretary Josh Earnest said that Donald TrumpDonald TrumpSeven key players for Trump on immigration Spicer: Media coverage of Trump has not been fair Kasich finds it hard to rule out 2020 MORE’s plan to ban innocent Muslims from entering the U.S. should disqualify him from the presidency. Earnest is right, but President Barack ObamaBarack ObamaReport: Trump tweeted 470 times in first 99 days Biden schedule sets off 2020 speculation Obama makes 0K for speech at A&E event: report MORE’s drone strikes killing thousands of innocent Muslims should disqualify Obama from the presidency too. Why don’t Democrats raise as much of an uproar over Obama’s drone strikes as they are over Trump’s immigration ban? The latter is bad, but the former is even worse.
From Ashu M.G. Solo, Wilmington, Del.