Decision will strengthen America’s National Security, Create Jobs
Annawan, IL – Patriot Renewable Fuels, LLC applauded a decision announced today by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to raise the amount of ethanol from E10 to E15 for all vehicles built in the last decade. Gene Griffith, President/CEO said, “the move will help to create U.S. jobs, reduce carbon emissions and strengthen our national security”.
The decision today to permit E15 for 2001-to-2006 model year vehicles follows an October decision by EPA to permit blends up to E15 in vehicles 2007 model year and newer. The EPA was responding to a regulatory petition, the Green Jobs Waiver, filed in March 2009 by Growth Energy, America’s leading coalition of ethanol supporters. Patriot Renewable Fuels, LLC is a Growth Energy member.
This move to E15 creates a bigger market for American ethanol that could help create as many as 136,000 new jobs in the United States and eliminate as much as 8 million metric tons of GHG emissions from the air in a year — the equivalent of taking 1.35 million vehicles off the road. Increasing the domestic, renewable fuel supply would also displace some of the 7 billion gallons of oil that is imported every day into the United States from countries such as Venezuela, Saudi Arabia and Nigeria, at a cost of more than $300 billion annually to our economy.
“Today’s decision positions American to capitalize on the potential of ethanol to change our country’s energy future for the better,” said Gene Griffith. “When we make and use more ethanol in the United States, we create U.S. jobs, and improve the environment by displacing conventional gasoline with a low-carbon fuel. And it’s time we start creating jobs in our country instead of sending all our money overseas.”
The previous E10 standard – which permits up to 10 percent ethanol blended into fuel – was set in the 1970s to help spur the growth of a domestic, renewable fuels industry in answer to America’s first major oil crisis, engineered by OPEC. Since then, the United States has remained addicted to foreign oil; two-thirds of the oil used in this country comes from overseas.
In March 2009, Growth Energy filed a petition with EPA to permit the raising of that regulatory cap on the ethanol blend from 10 percent to 15 percent to displace more foreign oil.
Patriot Renewable Fuels, LLC is one of the largest locally owned and operated dry grind ethanol plants in Illinois. Many Midwestern and local citizens, farmers and businesses, primarily from Annawan, Kewanee, Geneseo and the surrounding communities in Henry, Bureau and Rock Island counties invested in the ethanol plant. Ethanol is a renewable fuel that can improve air quality and the environment, adds value to the local farming community and contributes to the reduction of our nation’s dependence on foreign oil.