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Wisconsin Ethanol Poll – Hosted by the WBIA

Recently, the WCGA released a poll showing Wisconsin citizens favor the use of ethanol in fuel by a 2 to 1 margin. 60% of individuals support blending ethanol into gasoline versus only 32% who oppose.

“Less than one third (32%) of participants were unsupportive of ethanol blends in their fuel,” said Joshua Morby Executive Director of the Wisconsin Bio Industry Alliance.

“Clearly the public understands what Big Oil is doing their best to cover up and ignore: Ethanol is cleaner-burning, efficient, and homegrown right here in Wisconsin.”

The Wisconsin Bio Industry Alliance will offer a detailed analysis of the responses from WBIA and WCGA representatives. The webinar will be available as a live YouTube stream through Google Hangouts on Tuesday, August 12th at 2:00pm CST. Viewers can post comments and ask questions before, during, and after the webinar.

The event details can be found on WBIA’s Google+ page. To view the live webinar on August 12th, interested parties can find the live stream below.

 

The poll surveyed 500 likely voters in Wisconsin and was conducted by Public Opinion Strategies for the Wisconsin Corn Growers Association.

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General Wesley Clark: Ethanol is the right choice

Wesley Clark

“This is about a cheaper fuel, it’s about a fuel that’s cleaner in the environment and it’s about reducing the $300 billion dollars a year the US sends abroad to purchase oil from foreign countries.” – General Wesley Clark, US Army, Retired

Via Chicago Tonight

 

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American Energy Independence – 2014

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As we celebrate this Fourth of July holiday in appreciation of American Independence it’s important to take a moment to consider the role ethanol plays in our state and in our nation’s quest for energy independence.

A mix of energy sources will certainly be necessary to continue fueling our Nation’s success and ethanol is a key part of that journey, especially in Wisconsin.

Our country has a dangerous addiction to petroleum. Last year we burned about 135 billion gallons of gasoline, releasing harmful pollution and sending hundreds of millions of dollars to other countries.

Our energy independence is more crucial now than ever and we’re well positioned to take advantage of the opportunity at hand. Wisconsin ranks in the top 10 producing states in the country for ethanol production with nine plants and overall capacity at close to 540 million gallons. On average each of these plants contribute more than $200 million to the local economy and directly employ about 40 people.

In the last five years Wisconsin ethanol producers made, and consumers in the state consumed, more than two billion gallons of ethanol. This locally made, cleaner burning fuel displaced the need to import more than by 10 million barrels foreign oil in the same period.

Ethanol has proven itself to be a reliable and safe. Over the past decade ethanol has become a major component of nearly every gallon of gas sold in America. But the big oil companies have said enough is enough and are working to limit higher-level blends of ethanol as a choice for consumers.

While nearly every car on the road today is designed to run on gasoline blended with 10 percent ethanol most of our cars (80 percent) could safely consume higher level blends of ethanol saving drivers money and increasing engine efficiency.

The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that 75-80 percent (http://www.epa.gov/otaq/regs/fuels/additive/e15/420f11003.pdf) of the cars on America’s roads could be using E15, a 15% ethanol 85% gasoline blend.

While I’m making no claims that ethanol is the silver bullet, it does play a key role in our energy independence. It is clean, domestically produced, reduces greenhouse gasses that cause climate change and helps strengthen Wisconsin communities both in rural areas and in our cities.

It will require an uphill climb to bring energy independence to America, but it is not an impossible task.We can make it easier for consumers to have access to new biofuels like E15. People want choices at the pump. They want cheaper gas that’s safe for their cars and won’t pollute the air.

This Independence Day, consider America’s energy independence and help us bring E15 to a wider market. Together we can create meaningful change and leave our children a better economy, stronger communities, and healthier air.

Expanding the number of locations in Wisconsin that offer E15 as a choice for consumers will create hundreds of millions of dollars in rural economic growth and in just five years could take an additional 15 million barrels of foreign oil off our roads by displacing 300 million gallons of gasoline in our state alone.

Tell your local retailer to put in an E15 pump and visit us online at WisconsinEthanol.com to learn more.

 

By Josh Morby
Executive Director, Wisconsin Bio Industry Alliance

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Wisconsin drivers save by choosing renewable fuels

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As the situation in Iraq comes home to motorists paying higher prices at the pump, the Fuels America coalition is urging greater reliance on less expensive, homegrown fuels as opposed to reliance on the volatile market for foreign oil.

In fact, an analysis of state data covering the past year from www.E85prices.com shows that drivers with Flex Fuel vehicles in Wisconsin can pay an average of $0.58 less per gallon by filling up with E85, which contains up to 85 percent American ethanol.

Ethanol is a higher octane fuel that improves engine performance. That is why it has been added to gasoline for decades and is now being blended at higher levels into the fuels used throughout professional auto racing.

Prices for American-grown renewable fuels like ethanol and advanced biofuels have grown increasingly competitive thanks to America’s Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), which ensures that homegrown renewable fuels are available as an option to American consumers.

The analysis of data from E85 Prices also revealed that drivers have saved as much as $0.80 per gallon at the pump over the past year by filling up on E85. And because ethanol increases the available fuel supply, it helps to drive down the price of gasoline for all drivers regardless of whether they choose a higher blend fuel like E15 or E85.

In addition to saving American drivers money, the RFS has helped to support 852,000 jobs and $184.5 billion in economic output in the U.S. The renewable fuels industry supports 19,080 jobs and $982.6 million in wages in Wisconsin alone, as well as $4.2 billion in economic output.

Meanwhile, violence in Iraq is driving high gas prices even higher than predicted. Mere worries about oil supply issues have already helped drive world and U.S. prices to their highest levels since September. Americans could see prices for regular gasoline jump more than $0.20 per gallon over the next couple weeks as violence in Iraq continues.

Fuels America’s announcement coincides with a paid advertising campaign to highlight the consumer savings the RFS and the renewable fuels industry deliver for Americans.

The coalition is running digital ads that ask Americans why we should let Big Oil pump us dry and call on our leaders to invest in affordable, homegrown renewable fuels by protecting America’s Renewable Fuel Standard.

 

Taken from www.agriview.com

Written by:
Aaron Wells

320-247-7616, aaron@smoottewes.com.

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WBIA 2014 Candidate Questionnaires

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FOR INCUMBENTS:

WBIA – Candidate Questionnaire – 2014

 

1) What is your position on supporting ethanol and its co-products?

 

 

 

2) What specific state initiatives would you propose to support the ethanol industry in Wisconsin?

 

 

 

3) In your most recent term of elected office, what positions have you taken to support the ethanol industry in Wisconsin?

 

 

 

4) Would you support efforts to bring additional choices at the pump for Wisconsin consumers by increasing the number of locations offering E15?

 

 

FOR CANDIDATES:

 

WBIA – Candidate Questionnaire – 2014

 

1) What is your position on supporting ethanol and its co-products?

 

 

 

2) What specific state initiatives would you propose to support the ethanol industry in Wisconsin?

 

 

 

3) In what manner is your position different than the current elected official in your district regarding bio fuels?

 

 

 

4) Would you support efforts to bring additional choices at the pump for Wisconsin consumers by increasing the number of locations offering E15?

 

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URGENT : Contact Your Representative to Vote No on the Goodlatte Amendment

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Rep. Goodlatte (R-VA) has filed an amendment to the Ag appropriations bill that would prohibit USDA funds for blender pumps.  The text and some counterpoints are below.

The amendment could come up for consideration as early as this evening.  We would greatly appreciate your assistance contacting your representative in the House to oppose the Goodlatte blender pump amendment.

 

GOODLATTE AMENDMENT COUNTERPOINTS:

*       This amendment is absolutely unnecessary.

*       The 2014 Farm Bill already includes the prohibition Rep. Goodlatte seeks to add.

*       This amendment seeks to prohibit what is already illegal, and we don’t need to prohibit something that the authorizing committee already prohibits.

*       Rep. Goodlatte will use this vote as a justification of his other efforts to either gut or repeal the Renewable Fuel Standard.

*       A debate on the merits of the RFS belongs in regular order process in the Energy and Commerce Committee, not the Appropriations process.

 

GOODLATTE AMENDMENT TEXT

At the end of the bill insert the following new section:

1 SEC. ll. None of the funds made available by this

2 Act may be used to construct, fund, install, or operate an

3 ethanol blender pump or to pay the salaries and expenses

4 of personnel of the Department of Agriculture to award

5 a grant for the installation of an ethanol blender pump.

 

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Click here to find your Representative.

 

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Media Release – Walker says national energy policy should include ethanol

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Tuesday June 3, 2014
Contact: Joshua Morby 414.791.9120

Governor Walker says national energy policy should include ethanol

Wisconsin producers call on leader to support RFS

 

MADISON – During a recent discussion with Wisconsin’s agriculture media Governor Walker expressed concern about our national policy on energy.

“Wind, solar, clean-burning coal, natural gas, ethanol — we should be exploring as many of those options as possible,” Walker said. “We don’t have a clear national policy on energy.”

“When it comes to transportation fuel we do have a clear national policy that not only supports ethanol it supports Wisconsin,” said Joshua Morby, executive director of the Wisconsin Bio Industry Alliance (WBIA).

“US Congressmen Ron Kind and Mark Pocan and US Senator Tammy Baldwin all signed onto letters of support asking the EPA to preserve the Renewable Fuel Standard, protecting Wisconsin’s multi-billion ethanol industry and the famers and manufacturers it supports,” said Robert Sather, president of the WBIA and investor in two Wisconsin ethanol plants.

“As the incoming chairman of the Midwest Governors Association we would certainly welcome Governor Walker’s public support of the RFS and our industry here in Wisconsin.”

“The RFS is not only important to the people of Wisconsin it’s important to entire country,” said Morby. “The RFS was put in place after careful consideration and it’s working.”

The Wisconsin Bio Industry Alliance is a diverse group of businesses, environmental groups and statewide and local organizations that have come together to build both public and legislative awareness of the Bio Industry in Wisconsin.

For more information about the Alliance, or to find out how to join, please visit our website: http://www.wisconsinbioindustry.com.

 

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Media Release – Wisconsin adds more E-15 pumps

Monday, May 5, 2014
Contact: Joshua Morby 414.791.9120

Grassroots effort to gather signatures gains momentum

MILWAUKEE – Almost a year ago today, as gas prices continue to rise, the Wisconsin Bio Industry Alliance is excited to announce even more fuel choices for consumers.

Beaver Dam based United Cooperative is now offering E15 at 10 stations throughout Wisconsin. The addition of these Wisconsin convenience stores bumps the total number of E15 stations to 75 in 12 states. United Cooperative now has blender pumps at their Cenex convenience stores in Beaver Dam, Baraboo, Hustisford, Iron Ridge, Pickett, Poynette, Reedsburg, Watertown, and Wyocena.

E15 made up of 15% ethanol and 85% gasoline. The fuel has been approved for use in model year 2001 and newer cars, light-duty trucks, SUVs, and flex-fuel vehicles since January 2011.

“It’s important for consumers to know that E15 is not for all engines, but it can be used by more than 75% of light duty vehicles on the road today, representing more than 85% of the unleaded fuel sold,” said Joshua Morby of the Wisconsin Bio Industry Alliance.

E15 was first made available to consumers in Wisconsin one year ago at the SmartStation in Platteville, a wholly owned subsidiary of Badger State Ethanol.

“The expansion of E15 in Wisconsin is only the beginning as retailers continue to see the economic benefits of installing blender pumps and offering higher-level ethanol blends to their customers,”

 said Morby. “As an industry we’ve been working with small engine manufactures, trade groups and retailers to educate them about E15. At the end of the day when consumers start to see cheaper options that don’t harm their engines and burn cleaner that oil, we’re going to see more E15 sold in Wisconsin. It’s just a matter of time.”

The Wisconsin Bio Industry Alliance is a diverse group of businesses, environmental groups and statewide and local organizations that have come together to build both public and legislative awareness of the Bio Industry in Wisconsin.

For more information about the Alliance, or to find out how to join, please visit our website: http://www.wisconsinbioindustry.com.

You can find audio clips of the quotes  from WBIA Executive Director Josh Morby here.

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Media Release – Saudi oil company funds anti-ethanol campaign

Tuesday, May 1, 2014

Contact: Joshua Morby 414.791.9120

Wisconsin producers participate in aid campaign to highlight facts

 

MILWAUKEE –Recent records obtained by Americans United for Change connect the American Petroleum Institute, and it’s past campaigns, to Saudi companies and individuals (click here for details).

“The oil industry has long used misinformation to convince American consumers that ethanol is an inferior fuel when the reality is that it is the most-tested fuel in history, and has been proven to be efficient,” said Joshua Morby Executive Director of the Wisconsin Bio Industry Alliance. “In Wisconsin, ethanol contributes to rural prosperity, helps secure our energy independence, and supports over 19,000 jobs.”

The campaign points out the close ties between the American Petroleum Institute’s board and funding and the Saudi state oil company, Saudi Aramco.

The 30-second TV spot accompanying the campaign can be found here.

The Wisconsin Bio Industry Alliance is a diverse group of businesses, environmental groups and statewide and local organizations that have come together to build both public and legislative awareness of the Bio Industry in Wisconsin.

For more information about the Alliance, or to find out how to join, please visit our website: http://www.wisconsinbioindustry.com.

For audio files of the above quotes click here.

 

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Video – Saudi oil company funds anti-ethanol campaign

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“Saudi Oil Money Helps Finance Attacks on American Ethanol, IRS Records Show”

 

From Americans United for Change -

The “American” Petroleum Institute (API) has launched a massive TV campaign and lobbying blitz to convince
the U.S. EPA and/or Congress to reduce the amount of clean, renewable fuel in gasoline while increasing the
percentage of oil-based fuel at the pump. If successful, it would result in a significant increase in foreign oil
imports, forcing Americans to spend an addition $2.5 billion on foreign oil this year alone.1

API is funded by its member companies – including Saudi Arabia’s state owned national oil company, Saudi
Aramco.

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