saw this topic in a commercial on my local news channel, a CBS affiliate. I heard it on WJR radio on the way to Cleveland, too. The commercial is full of falsehoods like E-15 will damage your engine, the standard will make food prices go up and blah, blah blah. It mentions the support of AAA and I am a member. I don't like that reference.
What's the truth? "Oil companies don’t like biofuels very much. The reason why is pretty clear.
Right now, 10 percent of what would have been gasoline sales is now being
diverted to biofuels, primarily ethanol. Oilmen particularly don’t like the
renewable fuel standard (RFS), which legally requires that gasoline producers
include a minimum percentage of ethanol in every gallon sold, an amount that
could grow to 15 percent in the near future, and eventually might go as high as
30 percent. By 2022, that means that 36 billion gallons will come from bio-based
sources, though a maximum of 15 billion gallons can come from corn, a move
intended to limit interference with the food supply.
That is why, both the American Petroleum Institute and the American Fuel and
Petrochemical Manufacturers group are pushing hard for a complete
repeal of the RFS.
Two oil companies, BP and Shell, however, have broken ranks with these
trade groups, saying that they, “generally support” the legislation. Those are
the words of John Reese, Shell’s downstream policy and advocacy manager. He does
feel that the mandate could use some revision. Likewise, according to spokesman
Matt Hartwig, “BP supports the goals of the RFS program to stimulate the
development and deployment of biofuels technologies. There are challenges with
the standard that must be addressed, and we continue to work with regulatory agencies to address these issues."
As a corn grower, I haven't seen ethanol damage an engine or make my food bill go up. Fuel costs and other inputs drive the price of food, not ethanol. You stand on one side of the issue or the other or you just don't care. I care. I support the idea of burning corn ethanol. I burn lots of it. I like the jobs it creates and the lack of dependence on foreign oil. Still, we are now a major export of gasoline because of the fracking industry.
I admit farming was more stable at $2 corn but it made sense to distill a crop we can grow so much of.
You either agree or you don't or you just don't care.