Facing continued pressure from environmental groups opposed to increased mandates for ethanol production, world ethanol leaders took the offensive today, issuing their first joint statement in conjunction with F. O. Licht's World Ethanol Conference being held in Amsterdam.
"As oil prices soar to $100 per barrel and declining petroleum reserves become ever more costly to extract, it is vital that we move quickly to expand the production and availability of biofuels such as ethanol," says the statement by Gordon Quaiattini, president of the Canadian Renewable Fuels Association; Robert Vierhout, secretary general of the European Bioethanol Fuel Association; Bob Dinneen, president of the Renewable Fuels Association; and Marcos Jank, president of the Sugar Cane Industry Association (Brazil). The statement comes amid a brawl in Congress over an increased mandate for ethanol production.
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