About 1100 ethanol industry members attended the event, despite the challenging times facing them. “There’s a lot of enthusiasm here and there’s a lot of optimism,” said RFA CEO Bob Dinneen. “They are realistic about the fights coming forth but they are ready to fight and ready to make sure that Congress does not mess with the RFS.”
“I’m excited, I’m pumped,” Dinneen added.
Dinneen was pleased that Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack was able to address the conference again this year and appreciated his message that the industry is under attack because it’s winning, not because it’s losing. “We are really challenging oil companies,” said Dinneen, noting that the ethanol industry is winning the “battle for barrel” and “we are going to win it for our children.”
Dinneen also commented on the “Phantom Fuels Act” introduced today by members of Congress from oil producing states. “These members should have been out here, they would have seen the phantom fuels and would have learned there is cellulosic development going on today,” he said.