EWG To Ethanol Lobby: Tell the Truth on the Renewable Fuel Standard

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For Immediate Release: 
Thursday, May 29, 2014

Washington, D.C. --  Bob Dinneen, president of the Renewable Fuels Association, has issued a statement calling EWG’s new report, Ethanol’s Broken Promise: Using Less Corn Ethanol Reduces Greenhouse Gas Emissions,“simply preposterous” and misrepresenting studies conducted by the U.S. Department of Energy.

Scott Faber, EWG senior vice president of government affairs, responds:

“As usual, ethanol industry lobbyists like Bob Dinneen are cherry-picking the facts to support a dead-end fuel that is polluting our environment by increasing greenhouse gas emissions. As EWG’s study clearly demonstrates, the badly flawed model cited by Dinneen assumes that corn has magical properties and that there are forests that are never cut down. In fact, the developers of the model recently admitted serious flaws with their analysis. It’s time for Bob Dinneen and the rest of the ethanol lobby to admit that ethanol is worse for the climate than gasoline.  The Environmental Protection Agency and the Obama administration should stand up to bullies like the Renewable Fuels Association on behalf of a cleaner environment."

EWG’s research shows that reducing the amount of corn ethanol blended into gasoline to produce vehicle fuel could lower greenhouse gas emissions by 3 million metric tons, the equivalent of taking 580,000 cars and trucks off the road.


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