Vets Join Counteroffensive Against Big Oil’s Scheme to Repeal the RFS

first_img SHARE American jobs, American innovation, and America’s energy security are under siege by the oil industry that has made a top priority of repealing of the Renewable Fuel Standard.  Despite raking in record profits and tens of billions of dollars in taxpayer subsides, Big Oil always wants more and they’re willing to do more than just price gouge at the pump to bolster their bottom line. One of the dirtiest industries is now trying to pollute the public discourse on biofuels including ethanol because they hate having to compete with cheaper, cleaner burning renewable fuels that saves consumers tens of millions of dollars a day that would otherwise be sent overseas.  By Gary Truitt – Nov 19, 2013 SHARE Big Oil’s misinformation campaign against the RFS is not just a threat to our economy, but a threat to our national security and our environment.  That is why VoteVets.org, the 360,000+ supporter veterans group, and Americans United for Change announced today that they’ve joined the counteroffensive against Big Oil’s lies about the renewable fuel industry’s job-growing, money-saving, environmentally-friendly record and plan to use every tactic at the groups’ combined disposal from paid, digital, and earned media; to events with grass tops renewable energy leaders and veterans in key states; to call programs designed to harness grassroots energy in support of an EPA RFS rule that puts the interests of our environment, our economy, our national security, and American consumers ahead of the greedy interests of Big Oil. Jon Soltz, Co-Founder and Chairman, VoteVets.org: “For those who served, this is a really simple issue.   It’s imperative that we, as a nation, move off of oil.  The more oil we use, the more the world prices go up, and the more those oil-rich nations who target us, our troops, and our allies benefit.  Ethanol is an important part of reducing our oil consumption, and that is good for our troops and our security.  We will do everything we can to ensure that decision makers in Washington hear that message loud and clear, from our over 360,000 supporters.”Brad Woodhouse, President, Americans United for Change: “The Renewable Fuels Standard – which was signed into law with wide, bipartisan support by President George W. Bush – has helped cut America’s dangerous dependence on foreign oil.  Because of this commonsense law, we now get almost 10 percent of our fuel from clean and renewable sources.  And talk about a value-added policy, from creating 400,000 American jobs that can’t be outsourced, to revitalizing rural communities, to innovating cheaper, cleaner renewable energy sources of tomorrow, to cutting down air pollution and carbon emissions, to making us safer by reducing reliance on oil from unstable foreign regions and regimes that hate us.  It’s because of the RFS’s record of success that the Oil Industry has been waging such an aggressive, self-serving scare campaign against it. The oil industry will say anything to eliminate the cheaper, cleaner competition.  Makes sense, since ethanol costs 60 to 80 cents less whole sale less than regular gasoline and saves consumers about $1 billion every week that would otherwise be sent overseas — money that is being invested here at home, making our economy stronger and our country more secure.  But if the oil company lobbyists think their attempts to bury these facts in the sand will go answered in the coming weeks, they must be huffing gas.”  FACT: Ethanol Benefits, Not Hurts the EnvironmentRFA: Using ethanol in place of gasoline helps to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by up 30-50% given today’s technology. Because ethanol is made from renewable, plant-based feedstocks, the CO2 released during a vehicle’s fuel combustion is “recycled” during the growth of ethanol feedstocks. Independent analyses comparing ethanol and gasoline show ethanol reduces GHG emissions from 30-50%. A study published by Yale University’s Journal of Industrial Ecology found that GHG emissions from ethanol produced at modern dry-mill facilities are “… equivalent to a 48 percent to 59 percent reduction compared to gasoline, a twofold to threefold greater reduction than reported in previous studies.”  New technologies, additional feedstocks, and higher blends of ethanol including E85 all promise greater C02 reductions.RFA:  In 2012, the 13.2 billion gallons of ethanol produced reduced greenhouse gas emissions from on-road vehicles by 33.4 million tons.  That’s equivalent to removing 5.2 million cars and pickups (comparable to the number of registered vehicles in the state of Michigan) from the road for one year.    Home Energy Vets Join Counteroffensive Against Big Oil’s Scheme to Repeal the RFScenter_img Myrna Heddinger, Mayor of Emmetsburg, IA, home of a corn ethanol plant and a future cellulosic ethanol plant on the same site that will begin production next year:  “We live in Northwest Iowa in a small rural community of less than 4,000 people.  We’re so excited to see growth of the cellulosic ethanol plant here and what it’s given to our community.  It means so much for our local farmers. It lets them utilize every aspect of the corn or crops that they grow.  The building of this plant has had a huge impact on our town.  About 300 men employed out there on the building, looking for places to eat and live, and it has been a financial boon for the whole county.  It also means future employment for the young people that we continue to try to draw back to the area.   It’s also good for the truckers, because more semis and others kind of equipment will be needed for transport.  We couldn’t be happier to have it here and hope that everybody will continue to support the RFS.” Don’t Believe Big Oil’s Lies About Renewable Fuels: They’ll Say Anything to Eliminate the Cheaper, Cleaner Competition FACT: Ethanol Creates Hundreds of Thousands More Jobs, Means Less Pinch at the PumpAccording to research conducted by economics professors at the University of Wisconsin and Iowa State University: In 2011, ethanol reduced wholesale gasoline prices by an average of $1.09 per gallon. Regular grade gasoline prices averaged $3.52 per gallon in 2011, but would have been closer to $4.60 per gallon without the inclusion of more than 13 billion gallons of lower-priced ethanol.  Since 2000, ethanol has kept gasoline prices an average of $0.29 per gallon cheaper than they otherwise would have been.  Based on the $0.29-per-gallon average annual savings, ethanol has helped save American drivers and the economy more than $477 billion in gasoline expenditures since 2000 – an average of $39.8 billion a year.Growth Energy: “The U.S. Department of Energy estimates for every one billion gallons of ethanol produced, 10,000 to 20,000 jobs are added to our domestic economy.  According to the most recent available data by the DOE, ethanol saves American consumers more than $35 billion per year at the pump.  In 2011 alone, the ethanol industry created and supported more than 400,000 new jobs across the country that cannot be exported or outsourced. In addition, ethanol production contributed $42.4 billion to the nation’s GDP and generated $4.3 billion in federal tax revenues. Ethanol production also plays a critical role in revitalizing America’s rural areas — some of the hardest hit by the economic downturn — by stimulating economic growth.”FACT: Ethanol Has Almost No Impact on Food PricesRFA: “A recent study commissioned by the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) examined the impacts of ethanol policies, including the RFS and now-defunct blender’s tax credit, on world crop prices in the 2005-2010 timeframe. Using a partial equilibrium economic model, the study found corn prices in 2009/10 wouldn’t have been any different at all with or without the RFS in place. Corn prices would have been just 3.3% lower, on average, in the entire five-year study period without the RFS and ethanol blender’s tax credit, the study found. The effect of the RFS and other ethanol-related policies on other crops is even less…The Center for Agricultural and Rural Development (CARD), Food and Agriculture Policy Research Institute (FAPRI), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Michigan State University, Oak Ridge National Laboratory and U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) are among the many other organizations that have similarly concluded the RFS has had only modest impacts on crop prices and no meaningful impact on retail-level food prices.” Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter Vets Join Counteroffensive Against Big Oil’s Scheme to Repeal the RFS Previous articleEPA Proposes Lower RFS Level for 2014Next articleIndiana Farmers and FFA Support Trees for Troops Effort Gary Truittlast_img read more

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Page touches lives with artistic strokes

first_img The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day That was more than eight years ago. Today, Page is in the place where God has put her. It’s not a place where she would have imagined herself but it’s the place where she needs and wants to be.“God hears your thoughts,” she said. “He has put me in a place where I can be of help to others and I’m so thankful that He gave me a talent and the desire to pass on what I have learned to others.”Page teachers the painting classes at the Colley Senior Complex in Troy. But, her first association with the senior center was as an exhibitor. Print Article Book Nook to reopen Latest Stories Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson By Jaine Treadwell Published 11:12 pm Tuesday, October 7, 2008 “Someone had seen my paintings and told Mary Ann Casey, who was the Center director at that time,” Page said. “She called and invited me to do a show. After that, I was asked to teach painting part time and later that worked into fulltime.”Page laughingly said she has not painted all of her life.“Just the last 24 years,” she said. “When I was a kid, I liked to draw but it wasn’t until 1984 that I got seriously interested in painting. I was at an auction and saw several paintings. It struck me that painting was something I wanted to do. So, I bought the supplies and started painting.”Page took four painting classes but almost everything that she knows about painting and drawing she learned from trial and error. Mary Page began having rather “weird” thoughts.She couldn’t get them out of her head.“All I could think about was that I needed to find a way to help people,” she said. “I knew that I didn’t have the money to help people that way. I just knew that I had this strong desire to do something for others.”center_img Email the author Page touches lives with artistic strokes “My husband, Harry, was driving a truck so I had plenty of time to experiment,” she said. “I’d try this and I’d try that until I found something that worked.”Page’s first paintings were of still-lifes, landscapes and flowers. Within three months of her first full-fledged attempt, Page had sold her first painting.Before long, she had “developed” into an aircraft artist.Her daughter was working at an area airport and Page was asked by the pilots to paint their airplanes.“I would paint a resemblance of the pilots in the cockpit,” Page said. “I painted many, many planes and pilots.”For 16 years, Page painted commissioned pieces and pieces to sell and some to keep.She changed mediums from oil to acrylics and found that she liked working with acrylics much better.As much as Page enjoyed painting “commercially,” she felt she needed something more in her life.“God moved me to a place near a church and, when I found God, He led me to where I am today,” she said. “God has given me the ability to draw and to paint. He has given me the desire to use my talent to help others and He has provided the way and the place.”The place is the Colley Senior Complex and, through Page’s painting classes, many seniors have either found a new interest in life or renewed a dormant interest.“It’s good to see so many people get so much satisfaction from painting,” Page said. “Through art they get a lot of self-satisfaction and gain self-worth and self-confidence. It makes them feel better to do something that they didn’t know they could do. And, many of them make gifts of their paintings. They are proud to give them and their family members and friends are glad to receive them.”The contributions that Page has made to those who frequent the Colley Senior Complex have not gone unnoticed nor unappreciated.At 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 11, the Colley Senior Complex Art Guild will host a reception in honor of Page and to open the Mary Page Art Exhibition at Studio 713 (Colley Complex annex). 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