Growth Energy Submits Comments on Growing Climate Solutions Act
- Jun 25, 2020 12:00 pm GMT
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WASHINGTON, June 25 -- Growth Energy, a trade association that represents ethanol producers, issued the following statement by CEO Emily Skor:
Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor submitted comments to the record for U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry hearing on the Growing Climate Solutions Act, which aims to accelerate innovations in climate-friendly farming.
"With many states and localities increasingly exploring public policy options to lower carbon emissions, the use of biofuels can immediately contribute to lowering greenhouse gas emissions, reduce harmful air toxics, and provide affordable solutions to consumers and lawmakers alike.
"These benefits are significantly attributed to innovations in agricultural practices like reduced tillage, use of cover crops, and continued ethanol plant innovation."
Specifically, Skor pointed to the vast trove of public, private, and academic research illustrating how continuous innovation has elevated ethanol as the single most affordable and abundant low-carbon alterative to toxic additives in the fuel mix.
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To: U.S. Senator Pat Roberts U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairman Ranking Member, U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, 328A Russell Senate Office Building 328A Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510 Washington, DC 20510
Dear Chairman Roberts and Ranking Member Stabenow:
Thank you for holding today's important hearing to discuss key agriculture contributions to future discussions on climate policy. We appreciate this opportunity to submit comments.
Growth Energy is the leading biofuel trade association in the country and represents more than 100 ethanol producers and 96 associate members along the supply chain. Our ethanol producers work to bring consumers better choices at the fuel pump, grow America's economy, and improve the environment for future generations. Annually, our industry purchases more than 5 billion bushels of corn and sorghum to produce nearly 16 billion gallons of biofuel and more than 38 million tons of dried distiller grains. Accordingly, we have a strong interest in the future success of American agriculture.
Our producers and farmer suppliers provide significant benefits to our nation's environment. With many states and localities increasingly exploring public policy options to lower carbon emissions, the use of biofuels can immediately contribute to lowering greenhouse gas emissions, reduce harmful air toxics, and provide affordable solutions to consumers and lawmakers alike. These benefits are significantly attributed to innovations in agricultural practices like reduced tillage, use of cover crops, and continued ethanol plant innovation. There have also been multiple studies confirming these facts: - The U.S. Department of Agriculture1 found that ethanol reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 39% compared to traditional gasoline, and by 2022, the agency anticipates corn ethanol's relative carbon benefits could reach up to 70%.
A University of California-Riverside study2 found that ethanol blends reduce toxic emissions by up to 50%, including smog and ultra-fine particulates.
* A University of Illinois at Chicago study3 found replacing traditional gasoline with E10 reduces toxic emissions by 15%, while E20 could reduce toxins by 31.7%.
Programs such as the Renewable Fuel Standard as well as the continued expansion of higher biofuel blends like E15 and E85 can advance environmental progress and provide meaningful markets for American agriculture well into the future. We hope as your committee continues to explore agriculture's role in climate policy you will continue to recognize and promote the role of biofuels for our nation's farmers and consumers now and into the future. Thank you and we look forward to working with you on these important initiatives.
Emily Skor, CEO, Growth Energy