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Your Views: Keep ethanol law in place for good of all

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January 29, 2014

Over the past 60 days, Wisconsin’s ethanol community has banded together with a unified voice through the Wisconsin Ethanol Coalition to write hundreds of letters to the EPA, asking it not to change the current law.

The Renewable Fuel Standard is one of the most successful energy policies ever enacted in the United States, helping to lay the foundation for billions of dollars of private investment in the domestic biofuels industry. The standard has helped generate jobs, revive rural economies, reduce oil imports, lower gasoline prices, reduce air pollution and cut greenhouse gas emissions.

This federal policy has helped the Wisconsin ethanol industry grow to include more than 500 million gallons of capacity, create more than 700 jobs and contribute more than $1 billion annually to Wisconsin’s corn industry alone.

Wisconsin’s nine ethanol plants can produce and sell a gallon of ethanol while no longer receiving subsidies from the federal government for more than $2 a gallon less than the big oil companies are selling you a gallon of gas at the pump.

Letters of support for the industry have come not only from our normal supporters in the agriculture community. We’ve seen a flood of support from everyday consumers. It’s really as simple as people realizing that ethanol helps keep gas prices down and wanting to make their own choices at the pump.

JOSHUA MORBY

Executive director

Wisconsin Bio Industry Alliance



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