Addressing a gathering of thousands of leading ethanol industry pioneers at the Fuel Ethanol Workshop (FEW), Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) President and CEO Bob Dinneen made clear those “that are quite comfortable with our use of oil and want to see cheap corn” are mounting a full assault on the policies that have helped make ethanol 10 percent of the nation’s fuel supply, specifically focusing on the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and the march toward E15 ethanol blends. 

“The RFS is under attack in Washington, DC, today,” Dinneen said in an interview with DomesticFuel.com. “I don’t see for a moment that it will be unraveled this year. They will continue to next year and they will continue to fight in the courts. I think it’s really important for the industry to know that the wolves are at the door.”

Dinneen was referring to the reported efforts of Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Senator Christopher Coons (D-Del.) to “reform” the RFS. 

Speaking to the National Journal on this issue, Sen. Inhofe made his intentions clear stating, “’I’ve had problems with ethanol for as long as I can remember, and I’m going to be doing what I can to relieve that and do away with the mandate, actually.’”

In his keynote remarks, Dinneen noted that he was confident that ethanol could stand up to the scrutiny provided that oil and other fuels were given equal and honest examination as well. 

“If you are going to do a ‘seed-to-wheels’ analysis of ethanol, that is fair enough. How about the war-to-wheels analysis of oil? We need to put this debate back into perspective.”