In late August the Environmental Protection Agency’s Science Advisory Board released a report which downplayed the climate benefits of corn ethanol. The ethanol industry immediately responded with vocal disagreement to the report.
Geoff Cooper is president & CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association and he tells the Iowa Agribusiness Radio Network that the recent report from the EPA’s Science Advisory Board was a surprise and led to direct disagreement from the ethanol industry.
After decades of wide-ranging research promoting the benefits of corn ethanol with regards to carbon reduction, Cooper says this statement from the EPA’s SAB runs completely counter to that work.
Cooper says the SAB featured no scientists with biofuel expertise. He says the EPA’s omission of a voice with another viewpoint led the RFA to respond officially to the report.
Now, the ball is in the court of the EPA to make an official statement regarding ethanol says Cooper.
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