Growth Energy, RFA respond to latest API attack

By Erin Voegele | July 16, 2013

The ethanol industry has been quick to criticize the new anti-renewable fuels standard (RFS) advertising campaign launched by the American Petroleum Institute this week. The message of the API’s “Fuel for Thought,” campaign is that the RFS is “broken beyond repair.”  

The campaign features television, radio, print  and online advertisements aimed at American citizens and member of Congress. According to Bob Greco, API Downstream Group director, the ads urge Congress to repeal the RFS and drive people to the API new website that describes how the RFS can harm vehicles and disrupt the nation’s fuel supply.

Bob Dinneen, president and CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association, called the campaign an “oil slick of misleading scare tactics.”

“API is intentionally confusing a debate about E15 with the renewable fuel standard, an important policy that is reducing our dependence on imported oil while saving consumers money at the pump. E15 is not mandated. E15 is a cost-saving, environment-protecting, oil addiction-breaking fuel alternative. E15 is a choice and American consumers are in the driver’s seat. Give them an option and let them decide. That’s the way competitive markets work,” Dinneen said.

“Here is another fact API won’t tell you: E15 was tested in over 80 vehicles, amassing more than six million miles before EPA concluded that the E15 blend is safe for cars 2001 and newer. And now, as E15 approaches its one year anniversary, over 40 million miles have been driven on it, and there have been no reports of engine trouble. Real life fact vs. Oil horror myths,” he continued.

Growth Energy has also spoken out to criticize the campaign, calling it another unfounded, unscientific campaign to attack the RFS and E15. “This is just more of the same from Big Oil. They will stop at nothing to maintain their near monopoly on the liquid fuels market, even if it means saddling consumers with ever increasing prices at the pump,” said Tom Buis, CEO of Growth Energy.

“This is nothing more than a diversion from what is really on motorist’s minds. Notice how this ‘new campaign’ comes on the heels of a gas price increase of 3.2 cents last Friday, the largest one day spike in five months, and predictions from AAA of another expected increase of 10 to 15 cents in the coming days,” he continued. “While it may be a ‘new’ campaign, it will just be more of API’s same misinformation and rhetoric devoid of any facts or reality. The RFS is the most successful energy policy enacted in the last forty years – it is reducing our dependence of foreign oil, creating jobs at home and improving our environment.