Signed by AMI and 14 other trade associations, the first letter urges support for an amendment introduced by Rep. John Sullivan (R-Okla.) that would prevent the Environmental Protection Agency from using appropriated funds to increase the amount of allowable ethanol content in gasoline to 15% (E15).
“Protection of the environment and the nation’s motorists must take precedence over the politics of biofuels,” the groups wrote. “Simply stated, this amendment will call a halt to EPA’s headlong rush to introduce E15 at least until unbiased and independent testing on the impact.”
The second letter, signed by a diverse group of business associations, hunger and development organizations, agricultural groups, environmental groups, budget hawks and free marketers, urges support for a measure introduced by Rep. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), which would protect taxpayers from being forced to pay for ethanol pumps and storage facilities.
“We believe that taxpayers should not foot the bill for ethanol infrastructure; instead, this cost should be borne on the fuel providing (ethanol and oil) industries themselves,” the letter states.
Both letters, sent to House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), with copies to all House members, can be read athttp://bit.ly/ec8HQQ.