Out with the Old, In With the New?

By | January 03, 2009
For many, a new year brings pledges to lose weight, travel more, get that promotion, go back to school, and many other self-improvement efforts. To be sure, the ethanol industry has a number of goals it has resolved to achieve: increased use of higher level blends, accelerated development of next-generation technology, and the protection of the Renewable Fuel Standard from scurrilous attacks, to name a few.

While tradition suggests that our resolutions should be the focus on the first column of a new year, we at the Renewable Fuels Association are taking a little different approach. Last month we attempted to wax poetic, relating the Chinese astrological symbols to the challenges facing America's ethanol producers. This month, we just plain want to have some fun.
So, with our tongue firmly in cheek, we say out with the old and in with the new.

RFA's 2009 Out/In List

Out

President George W. Bush
E10
Red Cavaney
Food versus fuel
EPIC
9 billion gallon RFS
E85 pumps
Gov. Sarah Palin
Hydrogen vehicles
No tanks Iraq
Atlanta lawsuit
Chairman Dingell
Food before fuel
Virtual pipeline
Duty drawback
Sen. Tom Daschle
5 percent denaturant
Corporate greening
Criteria pollutants
Drill baby, drill

In

President Barack Obama
E?? (>10 percent)
Jack Gerard
Indirect land use changes
Growth Energy
11 billion gallon RFS
Blender pumps
Gov. Tim Pawlenty
Flexible-fuel hybrids
Pirate protected
Tesoro lawsuit
Chairman Waxman
Food Price Truth.com
Midwest ethanol pipeline
Ethanol exports
Secretary Tom Daschle
2 percent denaturant
Green jobs
Carbon emissions
Grow baby, grow

2008 was a challenging year in many respects. 2009 will be better. We at the RFA are looking forward to working with everyone in the ethanol industry to pave the way for a brighter tomorrow. Happy New Year!

Bob Dinneen
President and CEO
Renewable Fuels Association