Several organizations recently expressed opposition to House of Representatives amendments that would eradicate several green jobs and reduce the use of a fuel alternative — E15.
The amendments would stifle the legal implementation of the Green Jobs Waiver for E15, which was approved following 12 months of scientific research. The purpose of the Green Jobs Waiver, which the organization Growth Energy filed to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, was to allow the blending of up to 15 percent ethanol in gasoline. The intent of this E15 waiver was to boost the use of renewable fuels and thus create green jobs in the United States. The waiver was fully granted in early 2011.
The organizations opposing the House of Representatives amendments regarding E15 include the National Corn Growers Association, the Renewable Fuels Association, the National Sorghum Producers and the National Farmers Union. In addition, the American Coalition for Ethanol, the Advanced Ethanol Council and Growth Energy signed the opposition letter to the House of Representatives.
“Extensive testing has been done on E15 and it has been found to be a safe and effective fuel for use in the vehicles approved in the waiver,” the organizations said. “There has been no evidence to the contrary that would indicate problems in any vehicle regardless of vintage.”
Letter stresses the independence renewable fuels give
The organizations also stressed that the House of Representatives amendments would cripple the United States’ efforts to become less reliant on foreign oil by making it less reliant on renewable fuels.
Efforts are in place to introduce new ethanol feedstocks such as switchgrass, wood chips and plant wastes. The Renewable Fuels Association and other organizations said American-made ethanol is more affordable than gasoline. Renewable fuels such as ethanol make the United States more independent in the global market, they said.
“Preventing the EPA from implementing the use of E15 for cars, pickups and SUVs made in model year 2001 and newer, further contributes to our nation’s reliance on petroleum sourced fuels,” the organizations said.
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