Volume 6, Issue 2
Published: March 5, 2012
Giving biofuels sex appeal

Last month, at the annual conference of the US Renewable Fuels Association, Bob Dinneen repeated a claim that has become the de rigeur pronouncement at every gathering of the biofuels industry far and wide.

‘We need to educate political leaders,’ he told the some 1,200 bioethanol leaders in attendance at the conference in Orlando, Florida .‘We have a great story to tell – we just need to tell it.

’With reams of studies proving the environmental and economic benefits of bioethanol and other biofuels, you would think he has a point. Dinneen, who is president of the RFA, has built an organisation that lobbies the US congress and produces all kinds of detailed, well designed educational media supporting bioethanol in the US founded on that data. In a political and cultural environment consistently hostile to the benefits of this renewable fuel, it is important work. Besides, Dinneen is right: there is a great story.

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