As Congress discusses possible changes to ethanol tax incentives in the days ahead, NCGA and its allies in the ethanol industry are stressing the common-sense approach of their five-step Ethanol Roadmap as a concrete pathway for the future, especially the importance of the need for market access and infrastructure and consumer choice.
“Americans love being offered choices but when it comes to what fuels their cars and trucks can use, they often have no choice,” NCGA President Bart Schott said. “Expanding flex-fuel vehicles can offer drivers a much wider selection so they can make decisions that are right for their particular uses, for the environment, and for the national economy.”
The Ethanol Roadmap, released this spring by NCGA, the American Coalition for Ethanol, Growth Energy, and the Renewable Fuels Association, lays out these five broad steps forward:
1. Reform the current ethanol tax incentive program.
2. Expand consumer fuel choice by increasing the number of flex-fuel vehicles.
3. Empower consumer choice by investing in biofuels infrastructure, including blender pumps and pipelines.
4. Base greenhouse-gas accounting on sound science.
5. Ensure feedstock neutrality in developing advanced biofuels.
“Corn growers and the ethanol industry are always looking to the future, and we take nothing for granted,” Schott said. “Just as we are committed to continuous improvement in what we do on the farm or in the mill, we also are committed to taking a fresh look at what can help stabilize the industry and allow it to grow in an atmosphere where the competition – foreign oil – has dominated for so long.”
For more information on these five steps, and to download the Roadmap and its appendix, visit www.ncga.com/roadmap.