Ethanol Industry Rebuts AP Claims

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The renewable fuels industry is rebutting an Associated Press  report that says ethanol has a negative impact on the environment. The AP report is embargoed until noon tomorrow, but is widely available on the Internet. Bob Dinneen, president and CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association, says one of the AP’s claims is more than a million acres of CRP and  “virgin land” has been plowed up and planted to corn. Dinneen says he has asked for a copy of the analysis and satellite imaging AP used for the report, but has not yet received either. He says some CRP has been converted to cropland, but there is no evidence that farmers have plowed up any “pristine prairie.” Dinneen says another false claim in the report is that more corn is now used for ethanol than for animal feed. He says the AP failed to take into account that one-third of every bushel of corn used for ethanol IS fed to livestock in the form of distillers’ grain, corn gluten and other ethanol byproducts. He says animal feed is still the number one use of ethanol. Dinneen views the AP article as “another attack on ethanol that ignores the facts.”