How “Green” Corporate Welfare Advocates Justify Themselves: Blame “Big Oil”

Yesterday, the American Coalition for Ethanol, announced their sixth annual “fly in” to Washington, DC—otherwise known as “the Biofuels Beltway March.” Their announcement appeared on the website for Ethanol Producer Magazine:

Ethanol advocates and supporters will meet with key administration officials and members of Congress on March 25-26 this year.

“The most effective lobbyists aren’t lobbyists at all, but rather farmers, ethanol producers, main street business leaders, retailers selling higher ethanol blends, and other grassroots individuals whose daily lives benefit from ethanol,” said Brian Jennings, ACE executive vice president.  “ACE’s fly-in will once again feature these real people to deliver ethanol’s message to the top decision makers inside the Beltway.”

“While we successfully countered Big Oil attempts to repeal the renewable fuel standard in Congress last year, this year we must encourage EPA officials not to cave in to Big Oil demands to reduce the RFS and maintain bipartisan support in Congress,” said Jennings.  “We encourage people from all walks of life who support ethanol to sign-up now for this important opportunity to show and tell the success story of the U.S. ethanol industry.”

Of course, “Big Oil” is a convenient fiction in this car. People who “support ethanol” are people who hope to be supported by ethanol. They openly admit this! They appeal to “farmers, ethanol producers, main street business leaders, retailers selling higher ethanol blends, and other grassroots individuals whose daily lives benefit from ethanol.” Who is missing from this list? What about the person who simply drives a car with fuel in it that has some ethanol mixed with the gasoline. If ethanol is so valuable, shouldn’t the ordinary driver experience reduce costs when his car’s fuel has ethanol added to it.

But that is not what is happening. As Bob Allen wrote,

I now struggle to achieve 25 mpg when I used to get 30 mpg and more with pure gas (the stations nearest to me formerly sold non-ethanol gas at a 7.5% higher cost than ethanol-polluted garbage, which was a no-brainer, but now it’s up to 33% more—a deal-killer that was no doubt caused by government meddling).

Also, even mainstream sources are now admitting that ethanol production is damaging to the environment.

So remember the date in March and mark your calendar to call your senator and representatives. Let them know you want the government to stop pushing biofuels on us.