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September 8, 2003

U.S. Lawmakers Confident Ethanol Bill Will Be Passed This Month

U.S. lawmakers in the Senate and House have expressed confidence that a renewable fuels standard mandating that billions of gallons of corn-based ethanol be blended into U.S. gasoline will be approved by Congress in September.

Sen. Tim Johnson, D-S.D., a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee and the Senate-House conference committee to form a unified national energy policy, said, "I am very encouraged because this year the House also included arenewable fuels standard as opposed to last year when there was none (in the House version)."

Congress attempted to pass energy policy legislation in 2002 but failed to do so because of stark disagreements between Republicans and Democrats on issuessuch as drilling for oil in Alaska.

Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., said that due to the massive blackout in New York and other states, public pressure is growing for Congress to "come up with a comprehensive package that addresses the whole issue of energy availability" including legislation to boost ethanol production and availability.

The renewable fuels standard would require an increasing amount of ethanol be blended into gasoline each year until it reaches five billion gallons by 2012 in the Senate version and by 2015 in the House version. The legislation would also gradually eliminate the use of methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE), a competing fuel additive for gasoline.

The National Corn Growers Association believes that a renewable fuels standard requiring a 4 percent ethanol oxygenate in "total gasoline and diesel use phased in

over 15 years would reduce oil imports by an average of 302 million barrels annually. Plus, it says, the decrease in oil imports would reduce the U.S. trade deficit by $63.5 billion, create 300,000 new jobs, boost household income by $71 billion, boost farm income by $6.6 billion and could add more than $10 billion to rural economic investment."


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