1992 Nebraska Governor Ben Nelson
1993 Illinois Governor Jim Edgar
1994 Nebraska Governor Ben Nelson
1995 Wisconsin Governor Tommy Thompson
1996 Missouri Governor Mel Carnahan
1997 Iowa Governor Terry Branstad
1998 Indiana Governor Frank O’Bannon
1999 Kansas Governor Bill Graves
2000 Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack
2001 Nebraska Governor Mike Johanns
2002 Missouri Governor Bob Holden
2003 North Dakota Governor John Hoeven
2004 Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich
2005 Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty
2006 Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius
2007 Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman
2008 Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich
2009 North Dakota Governor John Hoeven
2010 Iowa Governor Chet Culver
2011 Kansas Governor Sam Brownback
2012 Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton
For environmental and health concerns, the nation has decided to clean-up the fuels which have powered America for nearly a century. The Clean Air Act identified numerous areas of the country which must reduce or eliminate their pollution levels. ethanol bus Those areas must change the gasoline and diesel fuels used, either year-round or seasonally. Now and through the next several years, cleaner and cleaner fuels such as ethanol, natural gas and propane will be used in cars, trucks and buses. Today’s key issue is to determine which alternatives will replace — or be added to — gasoline and diesel fuel to reduce pollution. The Governors’ Ethanol Coalition wants to make certain that as the decisions on America’s fuels are being made, ethanol and ethyl tertiary butyl ether, or ETBE as its commonly known, have a role in the nation’s transportation fuels market.
In just a few years, the Coalition has:
- Embarked on an international initiative and now includes representatives from Brazil, Canada, Mexico, Sweden and Thailand. These new alliances will help the Coalition share research and development information, explore import and export joint ventures and create an international climate to expand ethanol’s production and worldwide use.
- Increased the awareness by local and national policy makers of ethanol’s environmental and economic benefits, including global warming benefits.
- Cooperated on the development of marketing activities, including siting 85 percent ethanol pumps through the National Ethanol Vehicle Coalition.
- Participated in the creation of the National Ethanol Vehicle Challenge that gives engineering students design experience in converting vehicles to operate on 85 percent ethanol.
- Provided authoritative testimony or information to Congress, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and other policy-making forums as well as the public.
- Provided a public forum for key ethanol issues including a roundtable discussion for environmental groups and policy makers.
- Developed a comprehensive report of ethanol’s economic benefits.
- Championed the extension of the federal tax exemption for ethanol to 2007.
- Supported the expanded use of ethanol and renewable ether derivatives such as ethyl tertiary butyl ether or ETBE.
- Coordinated the purchase of flexible fuel vehicles, capable of operating on up to 85 percent ethanol, for use in member states.