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Congress Needs to Hear from Clean Energy Advocates

by Joel Velasco on Nov 15, 2010

With just a few days left on the legislative calendar, clean energy history is on the horizon. The 30 year-old ethanol tariff and subsidies are finally set to expire on December 31st – but they won’t go softly. The corn ethanol lobby is desperately seeking an under-the-radar renewal during the lame-duck session with “a stroke of the pen, a little bit of Whiteout.” And as if lawmakers needed another reason to support reform, news surfaced today that current ethanol policy even subsidizes U.S. exports – meaning American taxpayers are helping lower prices at the pump for Europeans and other drivers around the world.

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With just a few days left on the legislative calendar, clean energy history is on the horizon. The 30 year-old ethanol tariff and subsidies are finally set to expire on December 31st – but they won’t go softly. The corn ethanol lobby is desperately seeking an under-the-radar renewal during the lame-duck session with “a stroke of the pen, a little bit of Whiteout.”

So it’s vitally important for members of Congress hear from you that the time has come to end the $6 billion annual taxpayer handouts and lower fuel prices with access to cleaner, more affordable alternatives like sugarcane ethanol. And as if lawmakers needed another reason to support reform, news surfaced today that current ethanol policy even subsidizes U.S. exports – meaning American taxpayers are helping lower prices at the pump for Europeans and other drivers around the world.

Throughout the year, calls for ethanol policy reform have come from across the country, the political aisle, in leading newspapers and on the grassroots level. Our supporters have sent more than 50,000 letters to Congress and hundreds of letters to their local papers. They’ve shared the importance of competition in the renewable fuels sector far and wide with friends and family. Now we’re asking that they focus their advocacy on a renewed push during the next 24 hours and tell Congress once and for all to stop blocking clean energy.

When the clock runs out, Americans will finally enjoy the economic, environmental and energy security benefits of sugarcane ethanol. We hope you’ll come along and raise a little cane! It only takes a few clicks – and every single action helps improve America’s access to cleaner, more affordable energy.

copyright 2010 Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association