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VIDEO: Ethanol Mandates = 'Inertia and Maybe a Little Greed'

Bob Greco

Bob Greco
Posted October 24, 2013

In a recent video op-ed in USA Today, forum editor David Mastio explains why we use ethanol in gasoline. Don’t worry, it’s not a technical presentation. There’s no scientific or technical rationale given for adding ethanol to gasoline. Ethanol isn’t added to improve engine performance, it doesn’t improve fuel efficiency and, according to Mastio, it increases some kinds of pollution while decreasing others. Check out the video:

Worth repeating from Mastio:

“The origins go back decades, to when we thought we were going to run out of oil. Obviously, that was wrong. … What we’re left with is inertia and maybe a little bit of greed. … Decades of subsidies and mandates by the federal government have created an entire industry across a broad swath of the United States that makes billions of dollars every year turning corn into ethanol.”

Now, he says, the ethanol lobby is “a large part of keeping ethanol in place.”

Today, the ethanol industry wants to force more ethanol into the fuel supply than vehicles were designed to handle. Luckily, a number of groups are standing up to the ethanol lobby. Automakers, consumer advocacy groups, grocery manufacturers, environmental non-profits and anti-hunger groups are all critical of RFS mandates and the ethanol industry’s attempts to force consumers to use more of their product. Using facts and logic, these groups have explained the reasons to question ever-increasing ethanol mandates under the RFS. Congress should listen to logic and facts, not the ethanol lobby, and repeal the RFS.


Bob Greco is group director of downstream and industry operations at the American Petroleum Institute. With 21 years of experience, Bob directs activities related to refining, pipeline, marketing, and fuels issues. He has managed exploration and production activities, policy analysis, climate change issues, marine transportation, refining, gasoline and jet fuel production issues and Clean Air Act implementation efforts. Before coming to API, Bob was an environmental engineer with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, with expertise in automotive emission control technologies. He has a M.S. degree in environmental engineering from Cornell University and a B.A. in biology from Colgate University.