- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 1, 2011

Yet again The Washington Times has chosen to snub the facts for the sake of disparaging America’s most commercially viable alternative fuel: ethanol (“Burning food,” Comment & Analysis, Nov. 25).

The Times claims that ethanol is an “unnecessary and sometimes harmful additive to gasoline.” First, the editorial ignores the fact that blending clean, biodegradable ethanol in our gasoline reduces life-cycle carbon dioxide and other ozone-forming pollutants entering our air, ultimately saving lives.

Second, the current 45-cent blenders tax credit does not go to the producer, it goes to the refiner - most often, Big Oil.

While the tax credit undoubtedly has helped the ethanol industry mature, the industry is ready to stand on its own and has for more than a year advocated for expiration of the credit. In fact, earlier this year, as our country struggled to reduce the federal debt, ethanol producers stepped forward and offered to divert the remaining tax credit toward deficit reduction in exchange for investment in next-generation ethanol.

To be sure, without congressional action, the ethanol tax credit will expire on Dec. 31. But the billions in permanent taxpayer dollars that are funneled annually to oil and gas companies will remain.



This means we will continue to prop up a fuel that continues to devastate our environment, empty the pockets of hardworking Americans and severely threaten our nation’s geopolitical standing.

The latest report from the Military Advisory Board (MAB) concludes that the policy of keeping oil as our primary transportation fuel poses a significant threat to our national security and economy. The MAB suggests an immediate and aggressive move toward alternative, domestically produced sources of energy, like ethanol, to secure our nation.

Unquestionably, an effort to undercut ethanol would be “unnecessary and harmful” to our future.

JIM NUSSLE

President and CEO

Growth Energy

Washington

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