Harkin, Herseth Sandlin to speak at ACE conference

By American Coalition for Ethanol | August 09, 2011

Congressional ethanol supporters will give an insiders’ view of ethanol's standing in Washington at the American Coalition for Ethanol’s national conference being held Aug. 22-24 at the Marriott Hotel in downtown Des Moines, Iowa. Former S.D. Congresswoman Stephanie Herseth Sandlin will speak Aug. 23 and Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin will be speaking Wednesday, Aug. 24.

“The ethanol industry is making history by challenging the decades-old dominance of petroleum-based fuels in our transportation systems. Supplying 10 percent of our gasoline demand is a huge accomplishment, but the byproduct of this success is critical market infrastructure needs,” said Sen. Harkin. “We need actions to enable ethanol and other biofuels to increase that to 20 percent, and then to 30 percent and beyond. Those levels of domestic biofuel supplies, coupled with increasing vehicle efficiencies, truly can eliminate our need for oil imports as well as the insecurities that come with those imports.”

"I am excited for the opportunity to address the ACE Conference," said Herseth Sandlin.  "I view this as a great way to share experiences and ideas related to what the industry needs to do in Washington and across the country to develop new and supportive relationships.  Strengthening the coalition of support for all biofuels is essential to maintaining public policy progress and capitalizing on new opportunities, especially in a world of budget pressures and challenges to economic growth.  I hope to continue working with ethanol advocates in a way that can help move this industry forward and sustain it for the next generation of investors, stakeholders and advocates," Herseth Sandlin said. The former S.D. congresswoman served from 2004-’11. She currently works for a law firm based in Washington DC.

Other key topics to be covered at the ACE conference include exporting ethanol, the implementation of E15 fuels, how to make blender pumps a reality, the health and clean air benefits of using biofuels, and more. Visit  www.ethanol.org to view the full agenda and register for the event.