For the record

Source: BY MATTHEW CHOI, Politico • Posted: Wednesday, March 16, 2022

Biofuels trade group Growth Energy is calling on Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm to “correct the record” on a recent peer-reviewed study from the University of Wisconsin-Madisonthat said the carbon intensity of corn-based ethanol is likely at least 24 percent higher than gasoline. Proponents of ethanol have pushed back against the study, but critics of the Renewable Fuel Standard program have pointed to it as evidence that ethanol has worsened the climate crisis.

In its letter to Granholm, Growth Energy said the study contains “significant and misleading errors” in its assumptions and conclusions. Specifically, the group called on the department to make clear whether the research is inconsistent with and subordinate to DOE’s own model that has shown corn ethanol has lower carbon emissions than traditional gasoline. Growth Energy also called on DOE to clarify whether it funded the study and to evaluate if the work violated a $115 million award provided by DOE to run from 2017-2022. DOE did not respond to a request for comment on the letter.