Ethanol advocates are on Capitol Hill today and tomorrow for the “Biofuels Beltway March” annual fly-in. They have 196 meetings with Members of Congress or their staff in the course of two days, bringing ethanol information to lawmakers representing 47 states.
Their priorities include highlighting the effectiveness of the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS), emphasizing how ethanol helps lower prices at the pump, the safety and affordability of E15 ethanol blends, and other issues such as oil subsidies and the clean octane value of ethanol.
“With gasoline prices and energy issues taking center stage in the national discussion recently, I can’t think of a better time our grassroots members to make the case for how ethanol is part of the solution to moderating pump prices and reducing our dependence on foreign oil,” said Brian Jennings, Executive Vice President of American Coalition for Ethanol.
Among information given to lawmakers during the fly-in is a letter ACE wrote with other national biofuels groups and the National Corn Growers Association urging Congress to continue supporting the RFS.
The group was addressed by special guests U.S. Senators Ben Nelson (D-NE) and John Thune (R-SD) on March 27.
For members who are not able to be a part of the DC fly-in, ACE has for the second year organized a “Virtual Fly-In,” which makes it possible for ethanol supporters to send email messages to Members of Congress to coincide with the group’s face-to-face meeting. The messages urge Congress to continue to keep the Renewable Fuels Standard intact.