The House Committee on Science, Space and Technology Subcommittee on the Environment will hold a hearing tomorrow on mid-level ethanol blends, but without any input from the ethanol industry. Witnesses scheduled to testify include representatives from AAA, motorcyclists and a research council that works for the petroleum industry and auto makers.
Growth Energy CEO Tom Buis CEO of Growth Energy says the committee regularly holds biased hearings on ethanol. “It seems to me that if the Science Committee continues to hold these one-sided, sham hearings, they out to change their name to the Science Fiction Committee – because that is exactly how their treatment of ethanol and biofuels have been,” said Buis. “By only inviting vocal critics to discuss mid-level ethanol blends and refusing to invite a single producer or stakeholder in the ethanol industry to testify exemplifies a colossal waste of time and taxpayer money.”
“It both saddens and angers me that in this day and age such a lopsided, stacked hearing could actually happen,” said Renewable Fuels Association president and CEO Bob Dinneen, who submitted a letter to protest the one-sided nature of the witness list as well as note the extensive testing of E15 and the benefits of the blend.