Advocating for America’s Success Story

Growth Energy's mission will not be limited to advocacy in D.C. or consumer outreach. A holistic approach will work on educating Americans and expanding ethanol's visibility.
By Emily Skor | June 13, 2016

As the new chief executive officer of Growth Energy, I am thrilled and humbled to join such a great team of passionate individuals to advance one of America’s most dynamic and forward-looking industries. And I am excited to work closely with our membership who are thoroughly invested in the effort.

As people in the industry already know, ethanol is truly a great American success story. To continue that progress, it is vital that we help our neighbors and policymakers better understand and believe in the value of American biofuels and to act upon those beliefs.

Our message isn’t a hard one; we have so many great examples to highlight in communities around the country. Every single day, ethanol is working to slash greenhouse gas emissions, so we can all breathe a little easier. It replaces toxic additives that have been linked to cancer and smog. It powers our cars and keeps our engines running smoothly. And it reduces America’s reliance on oil from hostile nations in the Middle East. My top goal will be to amplify that message with consumers, retailers, industry allies and, of course, policymakers by every means available.

These are the type of consumer-focused public relations battles I have spent decades fighting. Before joining Growth Energy, I served as Consumer Healthcare Products Association vice president for communications and CHPA Educational Foundation executive director. Day-in and day-out, we leveraged smart, strategic communications and a broad base of stakeholders to make our voices heard in major regulatory and legislative debates. By harnessing these assets, I have worked to defeat more than 100 state proposals aimed at limiting consumer access to over-the-counter medications.

At Growth Energy, the challenge is similar, though greater in scale, and I’ll use every tool in our arsenal to expand our base of supporters, amplify voices of American consumers and evangelize the immense benefits of ethanol. We will continue to fight for commonsense polices like the renewable fuel standard (RFS) and market access for E15, including the Reid vapor pressure waiver. We will build upon programs like Prime the Pump, which promotes domestic ethanol consumption by facilitating the construction of new blending infrastructure.

I also hope to expand the reach of our world-class industry into new markets at home and across the globe. Like you, I know that consumers will choose ethanol if given the choice. We will continue to engage with the international community to open new export markets for ethanol and its coproducts.

Growth Energy’s mission will not be limited, however, to advocacy in Washington or outreach to consumers. As part of a holistic approach, we will work to educate Americans about the benefits of a strong domestic ethanol industry, expanding the visibility of our contributions beyond the D.C. Beltway and the Corn Belt. With the public on our side, there’s no limit to what our industry can achieve.

Of course, none of this would be possible without the strong base of support that Growth Energy has built during the course of several years. I am inspired and awed by all Tom Buis accomplished during his tenure as CEO. We will carry forward his passion and unwavering commitment to doing right by the people in this industry and always advancing the cause. We are fortunate he will serve as co-chair of the board of directors so we will continue to benefit from his wisdom and experience.

It may take a little time, but I look forward to meeting all Growth Energy members, hearing their stories and sharing in their ambitions. Together, along with all stakeholders in the industry, we will ensure that ethanol remains the model against which all energy technologies are judged, by policymakers, business leaders, environmentalists, consumers and loving parents everywhere working to build a brighter future.

We will change the terms of the debate and the result will be more gallons of ethanol produced, a larger marketplace, a cleaner environment and greater energy security. The industry already has made great strides, and I look forward to working with everyone to build on that success and take it to new heights.

Author: Emily Skor
CEO, Growth Energy