Wisconsin group calls for Congressional support for ethanol

By WBIA | May 14, 2012

The Wisconsin Bio Industry Alliance is reaching out to representatives in Washington, D.C., this week to remind them of the importance of the ethanol industry and the jobs it provides for workers.

“We, as an industry, are making sure our representatives in Washington are hearing the positive truth about ethanol,” says Josh Morby, executive director of the Wisconsin Bio Industry Alliance. “Wisconsin ethanol industry provides solid jobs for Wisconsin workers and provides a product that provides relief at the pump for all Wisconsin residents.”

The WBIA distributed fact sheets to the Wisconsin delegation this week, citing the many benefits of the ethanol industry, both in Wisconsin and nationwide. Wisconsin’s ethanol industry relies on corn grown in Wisconsin, which supports our state’s farmers. Wisconsin’s ethanol industry then employs local workers to produce a renewable fuel that reduces our overall dependence on foreign oil.

The fact sheet also reminds Wisconsin’s delegation about a key April 2011 joint study conducted by UW-Madison and Iowa State University.

“This study confirmed the presence of ethanol in our fuel supply reduced gasoline prices by 89 cents per gallon,” says Morby. “And a study by Iowa State University showed that if ethanol production came to an immediate halt, the estimated gasoline price increase would be of historic proportions, ranging from 41 percent to 92 percent.”

The Wisconsin Bio Industry Alliance is a diverse group of businesses, environmental groups, and statewide and local organizations that have come together to build both public and legislative awareness of the Bio Industry in Wisconsin.