Bush-era OMB chief Nussle named president of ethanol trade group

Nussle said in a statement that he’s looking forward to working full-time on the industry’s behalf.

“While representing the 1st district of Iowa for 16 years, I witnessed the positive impact that ethanol production had on rural America,” Nussle said. “Over the past few years as a Director at Growth Energy, I’ve seen the benefits of ethanol to the entire country. I’m looking forward to the opportunity to work full-time on behalf of America’s ethanol supporters, so that our nation can benefit even more from this clean, green, renewable fuel.”

Nussle has served on Growth Energy’s board since February 2009 and begins his new job with the group today. His arrival comes at a pivotal time for the industry, which faces expiring tax credits and other challenges.

The Obama administration last month announced its support for a “fiscally responsible short-term extension” of the industry’s main credits, while rolling out plans to boost federal support for installing biofuels pumps at service stations.

Nussle is also starting the new job as ethanol trade groups are seeking a more united front.