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AMI Joins Groups Opposing Increase in Ethanol in Gasoline to Launch Campaign Advocating More Scientific Testing

Thursday, July 22, 2010

(American Meat Institute)

As part of an effort to persuade Congress to reject calls by some to mandate an increase in the amount of ethanol in gasoline by 50 percent, AMI and 14 other industry and environmental groups have joined forces to sponsor an ad with the tagline, “Say NO to untested E15.”

Most gasoline sold in the United States contains 10 percent ethanol (E10).  Some advocates of corn-based ethanol are seeking to boost that to 15 percent (E15), or to compromise with a boost to 12 percent (E12).

“Increasing the consumption of corn-based ethanol by 50 percent will increase food and feed prices, driving up costs for meat and poultry producers and ultimately consumers,” said American Meat Institute President and CEO J. Patrick Boyle. “This controversial decision certainly warrants careful and thoughtful examination considering the many negative consequences increasing the blend will have.”

The ad, which ran today in Politico and Roll Call, is part of a broader campaign calling on Congress to require thorough and objective scientific testing before allowing an increase in the amount of ethanol in gasoline.

The ad (http://bit.ly/aWJcH1) is illustrated by four color photos of people next to stalled vehicles and equipment – a snowmobile, a car, a riding lawnmower and a boat – under the headline: “Don’t let the ethanol industry leave you stranded.”

“Congress shouldn’t rush to judgment based on politics,” the ad says. “It should wait for the completion of thorough and objective scientific tests and act to protect your safety and our environment.”

For more information, visit http://www.followthescience.org/.

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