This photo was taken March 4, 2009 of part of the group that traveled to Capitol Hill for the American Coalition for Ethanol's first-annual "Biofuels Beltway March." These folks are the real ethanol experts -- the best and most effective lobbyists.
In their day jobs they are farmers, small business owners, ethanol producers, bankers, educators, and accountants. Last March these ethanol advocates became ethanol lobbyists and met personally with more than 70 Members of Congress or their staff, and with Lisa Jackson, Administrator of the U.S. EPA.
The word "lobbyist" so often has a negative connotation, but here that's not the case. These people each had real-life experience with ethanol and a personal message to bring to Congress. They were able to share first-hand stories and answer questions in a way that a paid lobbyist can't.
I was part of a small group that visited the office of U.S. Senator John Thune, as seen below. Two members of the group were farmers from South Dakota, both members of the board at one of the state's ethanol plants. They had the incredible opportunity to sit down across the table from a person in DC who makes decisions that directly impact their business -- both farming and ethanol production. They told about the current difficult financial situation and offered suggestions for ways federal programs could be altered to be of much better service to ethanol producers. This face-to-face interaction with Members of Congress is simply the most effective way to get our message across about ethanol.
Will you join us in sharing the ethanol message in DC? Please consider taking part in ACE's second annual fly-in, set for March 22 and 23. More details and registration information can be found at www.ethanol.org under the "Get Involved" tab on the right. An article recapping last year's event can be read at www.ethanoltoday.com in the April 2009 issue located in the Archives.
ACE needs your help to tell Congress to extend the ethanol tax credit, approve E15 for all vehicles, and push for more flex-fuel vehicles and ethanol blender pumps. Thank you!
Posted by: Kristin Brekke