CCAC board member pens op-ed dispelling myths surrounding ethanol and the Renewable Fuel Standard
Colorado Corn Administrative Committee (CCAC) Vice President Mike Lefever recently wrote an op-ed to be submitted to publications across the state, explaining the truth behind the myths surrounding ethanol and the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). He concludes there’s a place at the pump for ethanol, petroleum and other fuel sources, but stressed that “ethanol doesn’t want to lose its place due to misinformation and false perceptions.”
Mike, a Longmont farmer and retired firefighter, explains that — in contrast to comments from the media and lawmakers — the RFS is not a “subsidy,” there’s no “ethanol mandate,” and there’s no “ethanol production subsidy.” He notes his frustrations in hearing ethanol demonized as “overly subsidized,” when it’s not (meanwhile, the oil industry receives $4-5 billion annually in tax breaks) and when ethanol is doing so much good.
He explains that ethanol, because of its clean-burning qualities, is regarded as the best additive to oxygenate gasoline, and in 2015 was credited with lowering CO2-equivalent greenhouse gas emissions from transportation by 41.2 million metric tons — akin to removing 8.7 million cars from the road. Additionally, the 14.8 billion gallons of ethanol domestically produced in 2015 lowered net U.S. import petroleum dependence to 25 percent, which otherwise would have been 32 percent, and ethanol supported 85,967 direct jobs, added $44 billion to our GDP, and increased household income by $24 billion.
He further explains that the increase in overall fuel supplies with domestically produced ethanol being blended with gasoline helps lower fuel prices at the pump; food prices haven’t skyrocketed with corn going to ethanol; ethanol production has a positive energy balance, not negative, as is often portrayed; and ethanol isn’t destroying your engine.
Read the full letter here.
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The Colorado Corn Administrative Committee (CCAC) oversees how Colorado’s corn check-off dollars (one penny per bushel of corn produced in Colorado) are spent on research, market development, outreach, education and other various endeavors.
The Colorado Corn Growers Association (CCGA) is comprised of dues-paying members who are politically active, focusing on policy that impacts corn producers and ag in general.
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