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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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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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Media Release – Study highlights ethanol’s impact on Wisconsin

 

Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Contact: Joshua Morby 414.791.9120

Ethanol Industry helps employ 6,000 people and indirectly generates $980 million in wages for the renewable fuel sector

 

MILWAUKEE – A new study has shown that the renewable fuels industry in Wisconsin, including conventional and cellulosic ethanol, biodiesel, and advanced biofuels, generates $4.2B of total economic output annually.

“In addition to protecting our environment, producing a clean, renewable motor fuel for our cars, ethanol is big business for Wisconsin,” said Joshua Morby Executive Director of the Wisconsin Bio Industry Alliance’s. “For too long the oil industry has spewed lies and misinformation about our industry. In partnership with other ethanol producers from across the country, we’re taking a stand.”

The ethanol industry in Wisconsin is part of a national effort that includes paid advertising and legislative outreach aimed at protecting federal policy.

“The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) was responsible for millions of dollars of private investment that laid the groundwork for the kind of returns this study highlights,” said Morby.

For more information about the study and to find additional specifics about the impact it has on Wisconsin click 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 Josh Morby’s quotes, click here.

 

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Oil Rigged – Big Oil is misleading America

 

“Ethanol is the lowest cost transportation fuel in the world.”

 

Bold words this morning from the President and CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association, Bob Dinneen. But, it’s true! Ethanol has proven to be one of our best options for powering our Nation and moving America forward – which is exactly why Big Oil has been stacking the deck against ethanol blends for years.

Today, the national ethanol advocacy group, Fuels America is launching a nationwide campaign to draw attention to the many ways Big Oil is using misinformation to skew public opinion and convince our lawmakers that oil is the way to go.

In fact, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, the oil industry has spent $885 million on lobbyists and campaign contributions to our legislators in the past five years…

That’s more than $1 million for each and every single member of Congress.

Big Oil has been rigging the system for far too long. Help us stop the misinformation! Take a look at OilRigged.com and together we can keep moving America forward.

 

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Media Release – Ethanol Producers Target Big Oil with Ads

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Contact: Joshua Morby 414.791.9120

Ethanol Producers Target Big Oil with Ads

Oilrigged.com highlights how Big Oil rigs the system

 

MILWAUKEE – In the last five years, the oil industry has spent over $885 million on lobbyists and campaign contributions to buy influence on Capitol Hill. That’s more than $1 million for every member of Congress.

“This is all about big oil trying to protect market share by killing the Renewable Fuel Standard,” said Joshua Morby executive director of the Wisconsin Bio Industry Alliance. “The RFS is a commonsense, bipartisan law that calls for the use of Wisconsin renewable fuels in our transportation fuel supply.”

It’s worked – growth in the renewable fuel sector under the RFS has driven a $500 billion increase in the value of America’s farm assets since 2007 — and encouraged investment in rural communities across Wisconsin.

“We’re ready to change the debate and move past the same tired, old, misleading arguments the oil industry has used for years,” said Morby. “Oilrigged.com will change the debate and hopefully get reporters and politicians asking more questions.”

In addition to the website, the campaign features a 30 second TV spot that will appear in a number of targeted markets across the country. The ad can be seen 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.

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The Wisconsin Energy Institute and Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center

Our most recent member meeting of the WBIA was hosted by the Great Lakes Bio Energy Research Center located in the brand new Wisconsin Energy Institute on the UW-Madison campus.

Hosted by the WEI’s Associate Director, Mary Blanchard, we received an overview on the GLBRC’s mission and projects from their Scientific Programs Manager, Steve Slater. Finally, Leith Nye, the GLBRC’s Education and Outreach Coordinator led us on a tour of the facility.

 

The GLBRC is a Department of Energy funded project that seeks to “perform the basic research that generates technology to convert cellulosic biomass to ethanol and other advanced biofuels.” In a nutshell, they are at the forefront of finding ways to advance renewable energy from cellulosic biomass. If you can think of it, they’re probably doing it.

 

While we were only able to glimpse into a handful of their most promising work, the GLBRC’s location at the WEI building is not by accident. The WEI has brought together researchers from diverse disciplines to better understand the larger picture of our energy issues. The Wisconsin Energy Institute is the only bioenergy research facility located on an academic campus and takes full advantage of that, bridging the gaps between the many fields in which scientists and students are working on the future of energy, from biofuels to batteries.

The presentation from Dr. Slater was focused on three projects the GLBRC’s is most excited about, which we’ll cover in our next blog post. Stay tuned!

We were also able to walk through the factors involved in bringing cellulosic ethanol to market. Dr. Slater broke down which aspects in the four stages of refinement play most into economic viability, and offered some insight onto the technology they are developing which can reduce their impact on the bottom line.

 

If you’d like to know more, contact the Wisconsin Energy Institute and the Great Lakes Bio Energy Research Center. Both of these organizations are doing truly astonishing work, and we’re proud to have them in the state of Wisconsin. We’d also like to thank their communications/event staff for providing us with the opportunity and helping us make the most of our visit.

 

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