Ethanol Is a Step to More Biofuels

(Via Wall Street Journal)

Your editorial “The Ethanol Bailout” (Oct. 18) challenging the ethanol industry and the Environmental Protection Agency sidesteps the critical role the “blend wall” decision will play in building a sustainable green economy in America.

The EPA’s decision to allow the increased use of ethanol in some automobiles is scientifically sound and follows a comprehensive review of extensive testing and other available data on E15’s impact on engine durability and emissions. What’s more, it will help ensure that the existing corn ethanol market acts as a successful stepping stone to a national biofuels industry that is creating jobs in every corner of the country using regionally appropriate feedstocks grown by American producers.

Biofuels present an extraordinary opportunity to move away from our dangerous dependence on foreign oil and to reduce risks to our environment. Why not create it every single year from the hard work of farmers, ranchers and other rural Americans?

This week, I am outlining the Department of Agriculture’s strategy to assist in developing a biofuel industry powered by feedstocks produced in every corner of the country. We are coordinating the best science, technology and infrastructure solutions to help advance profitable biofuels produced from a diverse range of feedstocks. That includes addressing some of the issues raised in your editorial.

Don’t forget, the petroleum industry receives billions of dollars in tax breaks each year from the federal government.

Tom Vilsack

Agriculture Secretary

Washington

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