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The Debate is Heating Up

by Joel Velasco on Sep 17, 2010

Congress is back from summer recess and has returned to a very crowded agenda. The ethanol policy debate is expected to jockey for attention and may well continue through the midterm elections and into Congress’ lame duck session. At issue is the interlocking system of ethanol subsidies that costs taxpayers $6 billion per year (and a total of $45 billion since 1980), along with trade barriers that limits competition and contributes to fluctuating gas prices.

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Congress is back from summer recess and has returned to a very crowded agenda.  The ethanol policy debate is expected to jockey for attention and may well continue through the midterm elections and into Congress’ lame duck session.  At issue is the interlocking system of ethanol subsidies that costs taxpayers $6 billion per year (and a total of $45 billion since 1980), along with trade barriers that limits competition and contributes to fluctuating gas prices.

The public has had enough of these policies, and two recent developments signal that support for their renewal is plummeting:

  1. Thousands of Americans have written their member of Congress urging that they let the subsidy and tariff expire on December 31st.
  2. Recent editorials by leading newspapers, as seen in Sweeter Alternative’s new advertisement, made the case for opening America’s renewable fuels market to real competition that will benefit consumers across our country.

 

editorialmapdropshadow.pngIn the past few weeks alone, nearly 40 newspapers from coast to coast have called for U.S. ethanol policy reform. From The Wall Street Journal to the Juneau Empire, it is clear that America wants cleaner and more abundant energy with less price uncertainty.  Be sure to check out what newspapers in your hometown are saying on our new interactive map.

With Congressional debate heating up, we have also unveiled a new online media and policy center. The center features an issue overview and fast facts section along with FAQs and information on what experts from an array of backgrounds are saying.  You can also enjoy videos and multimedia features in addition to reading the latest headlines from across the country.

We look forward to hearing what you have to say and ensuring that your voice is heard, so take a few minutes to visit our Advocacy Center.  We will continue to keep you posted as the debate progresses on Capitol Hill, and look forward to continuing the conversation.

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