Urban Air Initiative Says the Real Economic Harm in the Biofuels Debate is to Keep Using Gasoline

September 10, 2015

Devan Horning

Urban Air Initiative Says the Real Economic Harm in the Biofuels Debate is to Keep Using Gasoline

Washington, D.C. , September 10, 2015:  Officials from the Urban Air Initiative (UAI) called the recent effort by the American Petroleum Institute to discredit ethanol a smokescreen to hide the fact that the toxic components in gasoline are endangering the lives of millions of people.

UAI President David VanderGriend responded to a new study and a press blitz by the petroleum industry as “shameful”.  While the context of the study was to continue to derail the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), VanderGriend noted that this is really about the petroleum industry blocking competition in the fuel market and making toxic and dangerous fuels.  In a call with reporters yesterday API cited a study they commissioned as evidence of “severe economic harm”  if they meet the law requiring them to offer higher ethanol blends. Mr. VanderGriend said the real economic harm is the health impacts of the highly toxic gasoline they produce resulting in thousands of premature deaths annually.

“Replacing toxic compounds in gasoline used to increase octane can dramatically improve air quality in urban areas. Petroleum based aromatic hydrocarbons are the predominant source of particulates emitted from vehicles that directly enter the blood stream and have been linked to a range of respiratory and even neurological diseases,” said VanderGriend.  “We have amassed a data base of peer reviewed studies funded by the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Energy, and automakers that confirm higher ethanol blends could save billions of dollars per year for consumers at the pump, and for taxpayers and businesses in reduced health- and productivity-related costs.”

Mr. VanderGriend went on to say that the twisted logic of the oil industry in not meeting the requirements of the law is to threaten to raise prices and emit more pollution.  An API spokesperson recently was quoted as saying “Lowering aromatic content would require further processing of crude oil.

That would increase capital cost at refineries, thereby also increasing greenhouse gas emissions. ”

“We have good news for our friends in the petroleum industry,” said VanderGriend.  Ethanol is a finished, refined product requiring less, not more oil, lowering aromatic content,  and it will lower greenhouse gas emissions.   So, …………..problem solved.”


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About Urban Air Initiative: Urban Air Initiative Inc.  (UAI) is a not-for-profit, 501 (c)(4) corporation supported by concerned citizens, academia, non-profit organizations, agri-business, and other stakeholders determined to reduce the damaging human health effects posed by the domestic use of petroleum-based fuels.

The mission of UAI is to provide educational resources concerning the level and causes of urban air pollution from mobile sources, and to collaborate with others to provide practical solutions. The goals of Urban Air Initiative are to protect public health by focusing on U.S. urban areas that have documented  exposure to mobile source emissions at dangerous levels. By serving as an information clearinghouse, UAI is collaborating with others to find practical solutions, beginning with improving the quality of our transportation fuels. For more information, please visit www.urbanairinitiative.com and www.fixourfuel.com.