Barn Media 10-14-10: Arguments For & Against the EPA’s E15 Waiver Decision from the NCBA & Growth Energy | TheFencePost.com

Barn Media 10-14-10: Arguments For & Against the EPA’s E15 Waiver Decision from the NCBA & Growth Energy

Brian Allmer

Brian Allmer, Barn Media Podcast Producer

Reaction to the EPA decision to approve gasoline blends containing up to 15-percent ethanol for 2007 and newer vehicles has been mixed. Some have called it an important first step – while others have called it a miss opportunity and believe the EPA should have gone further. Then there are those disappointed the EPA took a step at all. The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association questions the Obama Administration’s commitment to U.S. livestock producers’ quest to sustain their family operations. The concerns issued by NCBA come subsequent to today’s announcement made by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to introduce ethanol-gasoline blends of up to 15 percent by volume, commonly known as E15. According to NCBA, EPA’s approval of Growth Energy’s petition to allow the use of E15 in vehicles made since 2007 is yet another example of adding financial burdens to all users of corn. Permitting E15 represents a 50 percent increase from the currently permitted level of 10 percent ethanol. On the other side is POET CEO Jeff Broin, who is Co-Chairman of Growth Energy – one of the groups calling the decision a step in the right direction. From an ethanol producer’s standpoint – Broin says the EPA announcement sends the signal that the government is serious about increasing renewable fuel use and continuing to develop cellulosic ethanol…

Reaction to the EPA decision to approve gasoline blends containing up to 15-percent ethanol for 2007 and newer vehicles has been mixed. Some have called it an important first step – while others have called it a miss opportunity and believe the EPA should have gone further. Then there are those disappointed the EPA took a step at all. The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association questions the Obama Administration’s commitment to U.S. livestock producers’ quest to sustain their family operations. The concerns issued by NCBA come subsequent to today’s announcement made by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to introduce ethanol-gasoline blends of up to 15 percent by volume, commonly known as E15. According to NCBA, EPA’s approval of Growth Energy’s petition to allow the use of E15 in vehicles made since 2007 is yet another example of adding financial burdens to all users of corn. Permitting E15 represents a 50 percent increase from the currently permitted level of 10 percent ethanol. On the other side is POET CEO Jeff Broin, who is Co-Chairman of Growth Energy – one of the groups calling the decision a step in the right direction. From an ethanol producer’s standpoint – Broin says the EPA announcement sends the signal that the government is serious about increasing renewable fuel use and continuing to develop cellulosic ethanol…