Group Petitions EPA to Boost Ethanol Blend Percentage

March 5, 2009 06:00 PM

Pro Farmer Editors

A petition to increase the percentage of ethanol to be blended into the nation's fuel supply to as much as 15% has been delivered to the Environmental Protection Agency by the group Growth Energy.

The group this week unveiled a study which said raising the ethanol blend percentage would provide a big boost to the U.S. economy, creating up to 124,000 jobs and injecting $24.4 billion into the U.S. economy annually.

"If the EPA acts swiftly, a higher blend of ethanol will help us jump-start the economy while further reducing our dependence on foreign oil," General Wesley Clark, co-chairman of Growth Energy, said in a statement. "I hope the EPA will approve this request expeditiously."

Jim Wiesemeyer explores this issue in depth in his Inside Washington Today column found on the Pro Farmer page.

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