Industry encouraged to turn out for Perdue town hall in Iowa

By American Coalition for Ethanol | May 04, 2017

The American Coalition for Ethanol encourages the ethanol industry to join the Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue in a town hall meeting to be held at the farm of Bill Couser of Couser Cattle Company near Nevada, Iowa,  Friday, May 5. 

Given the sluggish state of the farm economy, Sec. Perdue’s town hall is a timely opportunity to encourage the Trump administration to take steps to help increase demand for renewable fuels like ethanol in the U.S. 

Following are some points that ACE finds important to restore badly needed economic security to rural America, and we encourage our members to bring these to the attention of Secretary Perdue during the upcoming town hall meeting.

- Most importantly, thank him for USDA’s support of Biofuel Infrastructure Partnership (BIP) grant funds which will help install nearly 5,000 new pumps for E15 and higher blends of ethanol at nearly 1,500 stations nationwide. 
- Urge Sec. Perdue to help convince EPA Administrator Pruitt to provide regulatory relief (Reid vapor pressure) for E15 and flex fuels and to keep the Renewable Fuel Standard on track by issuing timely annual blending targets based on congressional intent. 
- Tell the secretary that the federal government needs to cut the red tape holding back high octane fuels, such as E25 to E40, from being certified and registered by EPA.   
- Thank Perdue for USDA’s January report indicating corn ethanol greenhouse gas emissions are already 43 percent below gasoline emissions and ask him to help EPA understand the need to rely upon the latest science when determining the life-cycle GHG impact of corn ethanol.   
- Ask the secretary to prioritize ethanol and coproducts when negotiating and renegotiating trade agreements with other countries.
- Encourage Sec. Perdue to be a vocal advocate for renewable fuels in the Trump administration.  While USDA doesn’t have jurisdiction over our priority issues, he can speak up as a persuasive national figure for the benefits of homegrown biofuels.