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CFDC is supported through membership dues and program services. Services include the production and dissemination of educational publications, the creation of and participation in outreach events, and other education and awareness programs. This section of our website is intended to provide you with pertinent information on current issues, events, and other information pertaining to the development of clean fuels. CFDC supports these current events with testimony, speeches, educational outreach information distribution, promotion, and professional networking and information exchange at many of these public, industry, and private forums.

Ethanol Teams with Veterans to Highlight Energy Security on Memorial Day

CFDC, the Ethanol Across America education campaign, and the FlexFuel Vehicle (FFV) Club once again teamed with the Volunteers of Underage Military Service (VUMS) to form a procession of ethanol and hybrid vehicles in the national Memorial Day parade. “The projected highlighted the role ethanol can play in supporting the nation’s energy and national security and was part of our ongoing National FFV Awareness Campaign,” said Executive Director Douglas A. Durante.

Click here to view PDF…

CFDC's Durante Radio Interview

In a wide ranging interview at the recent Ethanol Emerging Issues Forum in Omaha, Nebraska, CFDC Executive Director Doug Durante spoke with the Brownfield Network in a radio broadcast covering a number of current issues facing the ethanol industry. Durante stressed the imprtance of continuing to develop strong markets to maintain ethanol demand and investment.

For an excerpt of that interview click here…

CFDC and Nebraska Ethanol Board Comment to
National Research Committee Biofuels Study

CFDC teamed with member organization the Nebraska Ethanol Board and submitted joint comments to the National Research Council’s (NRC) Committee on Economic and Environmental Impacts of Increasing Biofuels Production. The NRC is conducting an ongoing study which is the result of various requirements established by Congress in the Energy Security and Independence Act of 2007 and the Farm Bill of 2008.

In the prepared comments filed with the NRC, input was provided on several questions posed by the Council. Many of them dealt with costs and impacts on the economy and the environment of meeting the RFS mandate by 2022.

Among other things, the CFDC/NEB comments focused on the need to accelerate the first-of-a kind advanced cellulosic biofuels technologies and supplement the technology demonstrations with loan guarantees. In identifying barriers, they discussed the options to transform VEETC into a more flexible incentive and to utilize the purchasing power of the government to use more biofuels in the civilian and defense fleets. It was also suggested that Congress and DOE consider the possibility of establishing a strategic biofuels reserve and indicated it would be much more efficient than the current strategic petroleum reserve that purchases foreign oil with no domestic benefits, either in green jobs or avoided costs.

Click here to view all comments…

CFDC Sponsors RFS2 Webinar

The Clean Fuels Development Coalition sponsored a webinar with EPA on what the new RFS 2 rules released February 3rd will mean to the biofuels stakeholder community. The presentation was by Paul Argyropoulos, the senior policy advisor for the Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Transportation & Air Quality. Paul chaired the EPA's intra agency work group for the national renewable fuels standard.

To view the webinar click here.

New Issue Brief on Cellulosic Biofuels

According to a new report issued by the Ethanol Across America education campaign, there are more than two dozen different companies engaged in nearly 100 projects to produce cellulosic biofuels, with encouraging signs that federal requirements for these fuels can be met.

Converting Cellulose Into Ethanol and Other Biofuels is the latest in the highly successful Issue Brief series produced by the Ethanol Across America campaign and was released recently at the Infocast Cellulosic Biofuels Summit 2009. In this brief the different paths to commercialization of cellulose are examined as well as the companies employing them. The brief also looks at realistic feedstock availability based on studies from the Federal Biomass Technical Advisory Committee and the Sandia National Lab which both conclude that there are no insurmountable barriers to producing significant volumes of biofuels from cellulose.

In a welcome to readers, Ethanol Across America Advisory Committee members U.S. Senators Ben Nelson (D-NE), Richard Lugar (R-IN), and Tim Johnson (D-SD) said, ”The commercialization of cellulosic ethanol conversion technologies is a very important component of the policies we are crafting in Congress as we develop programs to reduce our use of petroleum. As we have seen with the corn ethanol and biodiesel industries, these domestic "energy factories" are in themselves stimulus packages, creating jobs and keeping dollars at home. The path to commercialization of cellulosic technologies will not be easy, cheap, or immediate. We still need to create and manage policies to attract private funding and encouragethe end use markets for these strategically important biofuels." (see full story, download report)

CFDC Supports Mid-Atlantic Bio Conference
Washington, DC, November 12, 2009: In a presentation to the 2009 Mid-Atlantic Bio Conference held in Washington, D.C., CFDC Executive Director Douglas Durante told attendees that the value of biofuels and bio products is the sum of its parts and that policy needs to reflect the balance of all the objectives of energy and climate. The Mid Atlantic Bio Conference is an annual gathering of more than 1,000 professionals in the energy, bioscience, and technology industries as well as government and academia.

Durante said, “The current Renewable Fuel Standard, lower tax rates for biofuels, and aggressive research and development programs have produced significant benefits, including the displacement of imported oil, job creation, and reduction of a wide range of pollutants. He cautioned, however, that what could be classified as the current “bio or green mania” has resulted in disproportionate requirements on biofuels to the point where these programs are under serious attack.

“Balancing the needs of agriculture, energy, climate change, job creation, and other factors is a challenge,” said Durante. “Biofuels and bio technology can be a key part of this effort if we do not let the perfect become the enemy of the good.”

Click here for more…

CFDC Sponsor of the Cellulosic Biofuels Summit
CFDC's Executive Director Douglas A. Durante will be presenting at the 4th Annual edition of the Summit. The Summit once again brings together the major players from across the entire biofuels value chain to report on their activities, determine the next steps forward and share their perspectives on the progress in reaching the commercial production of cellulosic biofuels. The Summit will be held in Washington, D.C. Nov. 16-19, 2009.
For more information or to register click here…

The need for constant consumer education is critical to hurdling the E10 wall. In spite of a law suit, a Federal Trade Commission investigation that uncovered 1,200 anti-ethanol internal oil company documents, and a resulting federal Anti-Gasohol Competition Act – the "No-Alcohol" signs are back in Tulsa, OK. Is this the 12th Anti-Ethanol Crusade?
Click to see pictures…

CFDC Member Raphael Katzen Honored in new Company Website

Washington, D.C. August 10, 2009: Longtime member of the Clean Fuels Development Coalition (CFDC) Dr. Raphael Katzen will be Honored in the new company website of KATZEN, International and also on the CFDC website, it was announced here today. Dr. Katzen passed away in July after a remarkable fifty year career in biofuel and ethanol process design and plant building around the world.

“As one of the founding members of CFDC more than 20 years ago, Ray was a visionary in the ethanol industry. We are very pleased to be able to help in some small way to share the story of his remarkable career by linking his story on our website,” said Douglas A. Durante, executive Director of the Coalition. “ People like Ray stepped forward in the late 1980s recognizing that we needed to keep the ethanol industry moving forward. He supported our efforts to develop the clean fuel programs that ultimately led to the Renewable Fuel Standard,” said Durante.

The new Katzen Company website, launched this week, contains sections devoted to the memory of Dr. Katzen who began his current company as Raphael Katzen Associates but now is KATZEN, International. Based in Cincinnati, Ohio, the company has completed nearly 140 ethanol and biofuel projects in 40 countries. For more information go tohttp://www.katzen.com/katzenmemorial.html

Click here for announcement.

CFDC Member Challenges Time Magazine

CFDC member David Hallberg, President of Prime BioSolutions, responded to a recent Time Magazine article dealing with food prices by chastising the magazine for neglecting to admit their error of a year ago when they blamed ethanol and biofuels for price increases. With grain prices plummeting while ethanol production increases, Hallberg notes the high energy costs and speculators that were really to blame. Click here for more…

Nebraska Ethanol Board Release: E85 Could Have Saved Nebraska Consumers $2.6 billion.

Press Release: CFDC Applauds Presidential Directive on Biofuels-Agency Coordination, Market Development, and Financing Emphasized

Washington, D.C. May 5, 2009: In a far reaching and pointed memorandum to the Secretary of Agriculture, President Obama today reaffirmed the Administration's support for the continued development of biofuels by outlining a number of specific initiatives to be taken immediately. Full Copy of The Press Release.

Ethanol's Negative Energy Balance Myth:
Case Closed
According to a new Net Energy Balance of Ethanol Production study released today by the Ethanol Across America (EAA) education campaign, the energy efficiency of ethanol plants is steadily improving, with modern ethanol plants using 20% less energy than just four years ago. "The facts speak for themselves in that today's ethanol plants are producing more energy in the form of domestic transportation fuels and using considerably less energy to do so. Energy audits, independent studies, and government research all confirm that ethanol is a net energy producer and that we are constantly improving technology." said EAA Advisory Board Member Senator Tim Johnson (D-SD).

Click here for copies of the Press Release & Net Energy Balance of Ethanol Production Study

Novozymes on track with new enzymes for cellulosic ethanol Novozymes has cut cellulosic ethanol enzyme costs by more than half and is on track to deliver the first commercially viable enzymes by 2010 – an important step on the way to enabling the commercial success of cellulosic ethanol.

Click here for announcement…

CFDC Applauds Governors Initiative on Biofuels

Click here for press release…

CFDC Member California Ethanol & Power's Sugarcane to Ethanol Project to be Responsible for 95.2% Less Greenhouse gas emissions when compared to Gasoline, and less that Brazilian Ethanol too.

Click here for the press release…

CFDC Sponsors Renewable Energy World Conference & Expo North America 2009.

Five expert members of the Clean Fuels Development Coalition were featured panelists at the Renewable Energy World Conference & Expo North America 2009, held in Las Vegas on March 9-11, 2009. CFDC members focused on a combination of technology, state and federal policy, regulatory programs and the fundamental need for energy that is driving ethanol’s development, the CFDC session discussed development opportunities for ethanol as well as some of the political and technical challenges to the fuel’s continued growth. Douglas Durante, CFDC’s Executive Director, Philip Madson of KATZEN International, Todd Sneller of the Nebraska Ethanol Board, Keith Cole of General Motors, and David Peebles of Odebrecht International addressed this range of issues.

The conference is annually one of the most widely attended events in the industry. For more information visit www.pennwell.com.

CFDC Executive Director Durante's Editorial in EthanolToday

Buckle Up For the Changing Biofuels Landscape

Click here to download a PDF…

CFDC Supports Flexible Fuel Vehicle Club of America Launch
CFDC supported the very successful launch of the Flexible Fuel Vehicle Club of America at the Sustainable Energy Expo in Washington DC on July 31, 2008. The mission of the “FlexFuel Vehicle Club” is to locate and educate existing and prospective FFV owners, then motivate them to use higher blends of ethanol. Are you tired of just complaining about gasoline prices and oil imports?

Flexible Fuel Vehicle Club

Join The Club!

New Issue Brief on Cellulosic Biofuels

According to a new report issued by the Ethanol Across America education campaign, there are more than two dozen different companies engaged in nearly 100 projects to produce cellulosic biofuels, with encouraging signs that federal requirements for these fuels can be met.

Converting Cellulose Into Ethanol and Other Biofuels is the latest in the highly successful Issue Brief series produced by the Ethanol Across America campaign and was released recently at the Infocast Cellulosic Biofuels Summit 2009. In this brief the different paths to commercialization of cellulose are examined as well as the companies employing them. The brief also looks at realistic feedstock availability based on studies from the Federal Biomass Technical Advisory Committee and the Sandia National Lab which both conclude that there are no insurmountable barriers to producing significant volumes of biofuels from cellulose.

In a welcome to readers, Ethanol Across America Advisory Committee members U.S. Senators Ben Nelson (D-NE), Richard Lugar (R-IN), and Tim Johnson (D-SD) said, ”The commercialization of cellulosic ethanol conversion technologies is a very important component of the policies we are crafting in Congress as we develop programs to reduce our use of petroleum. As we have seen with the corn ethanol and biodiesel industries, these domestic "energy factories" are in themselves stimulus packages, creating jobs and keeping dollars at home. The path to commercialization of cellulosic technologies will not be easy, cheap, or immediate. We still need to create and manage policies to attract private funding and encourage the end use markets for these strategically important biofuels."

In the 2009 Sandia report, referred to as the "90 billion gallon study," Sandia researchers determined that 21 billion gallons of cellulosic ethanol could be produced per year by 2022 without any displacement of current crops. This supports the earlier work by the Biomass Advisory Committee's "Billion Ton Study" that concluded the U.S. could meet a 30% petroleum displacement target with just agricultural and forest wastes. Both categories of biomass wastes could be gathered annually on a sustainable basis.

Douglas A. Durante, Director of the Ethanol Across America program, said the Issue Brief should open some eyes in terms of helping people understand the depth and breadth of the efforts to produce cellulosic fuels. "What the brief also makes clear," said Durante, "is that this is not a one size fits all strategy. We have the ability to make biofuels out of a tremendous range of materials and we can do it virtually anywhere in the country. Acid, enzymes, microbes, thermal conversions, and hybrids utilizing all of these paths will be part of the mix and they are all showing great progress."

While the 2010 Cellulosic fuel requirements of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) may be delayed, much of that is a result of the problems in the financial and credit markets. According to a survey by the US Environmental Protection Agency, there is sufficient production capacity under construction or in advanced stages of planning to meet requirements over the next several years. (Download report)

CFDC Supports Mid-Atlantic Bio Conference
Washington, DC, November 12, 2009: In a presentation to the 2009 Mid-Atlantic Bio Conference held in Washington, D.C., CFDC Executive Director Douglas Durante told attendees that the value of biofuels and bio products is the sum of its parts and that policy needs to reflect the balance of all the objectives of energy and climate. The Mid Atlantic Bio Conference is an annual gathering of more than 1,000 professionals in the energy, bioscience, and technology industries as well as government and academia.

Durante said, “The current Renewable Fuel Standard, lower tax rates for biofuels, and aggressive research and development programs have produced significant benefits, including the displacement of imported oil, job creation, and reduction of a wide range of pollutants. He cautioned, however, that what could be classified as the current “bio or green mania” has resulted in disproportionate requirements on biofuels to the point where these programs are under serious attack.

“Balancing the needs of agriculture, energy, climate change, job creation, and other factors is a challenge,” said Durante. “Biofuels and bio technology can be a key part of this effort if we do not let the perfect become the enemy of the good.”

Click here for more…

CFDC Sponsor of the Cellulosic Biofuels Summit
CFDC's Executive Director Douglas A. Durante will be presenting at the 4th Annual edition of the Summit. The Summit once again brings together the major players from across the entire biofuels value chain to report on their activities, determine the next steps forward and share their perspectives on the progress in reaching the commercial production of cellulosic biofuels. The Summit will be held in Washington, D.C. Nov. 16-19, 2009.
For more information or to register click here…

The need for constant consumer education is critical to hurdling the E10 wall. In spite of a law suit, a Federal Trade Commission investigation that uncovered 1,200 anti-ethanol internal oil company documents, and a resulting federal Anti-Gasohol Competition Act – the "No-Alcohol" signs are back in Tulsa, OK. Is this the 12th Anti-Ethanol Crusade?
Click to see pictures…

CFDC Member Raphael Katzen Honored in new Company Website

Washington, D.C. August 10, 2009: Longtime member of the Clean Fuels Development Coalition (CFDC) Dr. Raphael Katzen will be Honored in the new company website of KATZEN, International and also on the CFDC website, it was announced here today. Dr. Katzen passed away in July after a remarkable fifty year career in biofuel and ethanol process design and plant building around the world.

“As one of the founding members of CFDC more than 20 years ago, Ray was a visionary in the ethanol industry. We are very pleased to be able to help in some small way to share the story of his remarkable career by linking his story on our website,” said Douglas A. Durante, executive Director of the Coalition. “ People like Ray stepped forward in the late 1980s recognizing that we needed to keep the ethanol industry moving forward. He supported our efforts to develop the clean fuel programs that ultimately led to the Renewable Fuel Standard,” said Durante.

The new Katzen Company website, launched this week, contains sections devoted to the memory of Dr. Katzen who began his current company as Raphael Katzen Associates but now is KATZEN, International. Based in Cincinnati, Ohio, the company has completed nearly 140 ethanol and biofuel projects in 40 countries. For more information go tohttp://www.katzen.com/katzenmemorial.html

Click here for announcement.

CFDC Member Challenges Time Magazine

CFDC member David Hallberg, President of Prime BioSolutions, responded to a recent Time Magazine article dealing with food prices by chastising the magazine for neglecting to admit their error of a year ago when they blamed ethanol and biofuels for price increases. With grain prices plummeting while ethanol production increases, Hallberg notes the high energy costs and speculators that were really to blame. Click here for more…

Nebraska Ethanol Board Release: E85 Could Have Saved Nebraska Consumers $2.6 billion.

Press Release: CFDC Applauds Presidential Directive on Biofuels-Agency Coordination, Market Development, and Financing Emphasized

Washington, D.C. May 5, 2009: In a far reaching and pointed memorandum to the Secretary of Agriculture, President Obama today reaffirmed the Administration's support for the continued development of biofuels by outlining a number of specific initiatives to be taken immediately. Full Copy of The Press Release.

Ethanol's Negative Energy Balance Myth: Case Closed
According to a new Net Energy Balance of Ethanol Production study released today by the Ethanol Across America (EAA) education campaign, the energy efficiency of ethanol plants is steadily improving, with modern ethanol plants using 20% less energy than just four years ago. "The facts speak for themselves in that today's ethanol plants are producing more energy in the form of domestic transportation fuels and using considerably less energy to do so. Energy audits, independent studies, and government research all confirm that ethanol is a net energy producer and that we are constantly improving technology." said EAA Advisory Board Member Senator Tim Johnson (D-SD).

Click here for copies of the Press Release & Net Energy Balance of Ethanol Production Study

Novozymes on track with new enzymes for cellulosic ethanol Novozymes has cut cellulosic ethanol enzyme costs by more than half and is on track to deliver the first commercially viable enzymes by 2010 – an important step on the way to enabling the commercial success of cellulosic ethanol.

Click here for announcement…

CFDC Applauds Governors Initiative on Biofuels

Click here for press release…

CFDC Member California Ethanol & Power's Sugarcane to Ethanol Project to be Responsible for 95.2% Less Greenhouse gas emissions when compared to Gasoline, and less that Brazilian Ethanol too.

Click here for the press release…

CFDC Sponsors Renewable Energy World Conference & Expo North America 2009.

Five expert members of the Clean Fuels Development Coalition were featured panelists at the Renewable Energy World Conference & Expo North America 2009, held in Las Vegas on March 9-11, 2009. CFDC members focused on a combination of technology, state and federal policy, regulatory programs and the fundamental need for energy that is driving ethanol’s development, the CFDC session discussed development opportunities for ethanol as well as some of the political and technical challenges to the fuel’s continued growth. Douglas Durante, CFDC’s Executive Director, Philip Madson of KATZEN International, Todd Sneller of the Nebraska Ethanol Board, Keith Cole of General Motors, and David Peebles of Odebrecht International addressed this range of issues.

The conference is annually one of the most widely attended events in the industry. For more information visit www.pennwell.com.

CFDC Executive Director Durante's Editorial in EthanolToday

Buckle Up For the Changing Biofuels Landscape

Click here to download a PDF…

CFDC Supports Flexible Fuel Vehicle Club of America Launch
CFDC supported the very successful launch of the Flexible Fuel Vehicle Club of America at the Sustainable Energy Expo in Washington DC on July 31, 2008. The mission of the “FlexFuel Vehicle Club” is to locate and educate existing and prospective FFV owners, then motivate them to use higher blends of ethanol. Are you tired of just complaining about gasoline prices and oil imports?

Flexible Fuel Vehicle Club

Join The Club!

Ethanol 3rd Largest Contributor to Nation’s
Gasoline Supply
The Clean Fuels Foundation’s The Ethanol Across America education campaign released part of an internal study that places the U.S. fuel ethanol industry as the third largest contributor to the U.S. gasoline supply – surpassing Iraq and several other OPEC countries. Click here for the Press Release

Listen to the CFDC Food, Feed and Fuel Webinar
Recent media reports have blamed the ethanol industry for the rising price of corn, animal feed, and food. In response, the Clean Fuels Foundation in June issued a report stating the increases in food and feed costs were primarily due to the rising cost of energy – “Statistics simply don't bear out the dire predictions of those who say we must choose between fueling our cars and feeding people.” As a follow up to the report, CFDC and the Ethanol Across America education campaign sponsored a BioFuels Journal Webinar titled “The Impact of Ethanol Production on Food, Feed and Fuel.” The Webinar included presentations from Terry Klopfenstein, animal sciences professor at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Roger Conway, Director of the USDA's Office of Energy Policy and New Uses, Todd Sneller, administrator of the Nebraska Ethanol Board and Chairman of the Clean Fuels Development Coalition.
To learn more and register click here.

New CFDC White Paper Predicts Stability and Efficiency for Agriculture, even with higher priced corn: What's a cattle guy from Nebraska doing advocating continued ethanol development? Jim Jenkins, a Nebraska Cattleman and Restaurant owner also is Chairman of the Nebraska Ethanol Board. Jim brings a new and fresh perspective to the debate of using grain for ethanol production and believes it will make both grain producers and users more efficient.
Read more in the latest Ethanol Across America White Paper.

Working Together: CFDC Sponsoring Cellulose Summit in Florida
In addition to being a Summit sponsor, CFDC will also be hosting a pre-briefing titled “Developing a Sustainable Cellulosic Ethanol Industry” the day before the conference. The Cellulosic Ethanol Summit 2008 will be held November 17-19, 2008 in Coral Gables, FL. Click here to review the complete brochure.

To register click here.

Congressmen Join Senators Nelson and Lugar on Ethanol Across America Advisory Board
The Ethanol Across America Education Campaign administered through CFDC’s Clean Fuels Foundation, is honored to have Congressman Lee Terry (R-NE), Congressman Jay Inslee (D-WA) and Congressman William Delahunt (D-MA) join co-chairs Senator Ben Nelson (D-NE) and Senator Richard Lugar (R-IN)  on the advisory board.
For more information click here.

Working Together: EPA Life Cycle Workshop A Success
CFDC worked with the Governors’ Ethanol Coalition to sponsor an industry/government workshop to discuss the development of EPA’s Greenhouse Gas Lifecycle model and learn more about the RFS program. A very diverse group of industry and government representatives gathered at the J.W. Marriott in Washington DC to provide direct input into the EPA process.
To learn more click here.

DOE Develops Biofuels Website
The U.S. Department of Energy’s Biomass Program recently updated its website with information on biofuels.  You can can get more information at www.biofuels.energy.gov.

CFDC supports the production and release of the newest in the Issue Brief series published by the Ethanol Across America campaign. The Summer 2008 edition of The Impact of Ethanol Production on Food, Fuel and Feed was designed to help combat the negative media campaign against ethanol by the Grocery Manufacturers Association.
Copy of the Press Release.

Download Copy of the Report here.

CFDC Members will once again be participating in F.O.Licht's World Ethanol Conference to be held in Paris, France November 3-6th, 2008. CFDC Executive Director Douglas Durante and Keith Cole of member company General Motors will engage in a unique one on one interview with Durante questioning Mr. Cole on a variety of issues relating to General Motors' positions on biofuels, alternative fuels infrastructure, and the move to low carbon fuels and many other issues. For more information click here.

CFDC Gets The Anti-Ethanol Stories Straight
In spite of the dangerous threats of oil imports, terrorism, climate change and the down trodden economy, ethanol and biofuels continue to be subjected to rumors and unfounded concerns that are based on outdated research and biased public relations campaigns played out in the media.  As a result, CFDC is consistently working with the media to get the stories straight with letters to the editors, publications, and other educational information (see publications). CFDC responses have recently been published in the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Detroit Free Press, Atlanta Journal, Christian Science Monitor and many others are pending. Learn more here…

Working Together: Nebraska E85 Workshops A Success
CFDC, the Clean Fuels Foundation, and the National Ethanol Vehicle Coalition teamed with the Nebraska Ethanol Board and conducted a series of workshops to assist ethanol producers and potential E85 distributors and marketers learn more about building new E85 refueling infrastructure in the state. The workshops were made possible by a grant from the Nebraska Department of Economic Development and the Nebraska Rural Development Commission.
For more information click here.
See Press Release

CFDC Hits the Hill With Response to Land Use Critics
Two articles published February 7 on ScienceXpress, the Web site of Science magazine, received significant media attention regarding the sustainability of ethanol and the future of biofuels as alternatives to petroleum. The attached overview document went to each Congressional office in an effort to set the story straight about land use, biofuel production, and the benefits of ethanol.

Ethanol Plants Add Millions to State and Federal Revenue
A new report, sponsored by CFDC and released by the Ethanol Across America Education Campaign, illustrates how U.S. ethanol production facilities are generating hundreds of millions of dollars to local, state, and federal governments through direct and indirect economic generation. "When indirect and induced jobs are considered, along with capital spending and investment, the ethanol industry is adding more than $40 billion of gross output to the U.S. economy," said U.S. Senator Ben Nelson (D-NE) Co-Chairman of the Ethanol Across America campaign. Download a PDF copy of the report and press release. For more information see www.ethanolacrossamerica.net.

CFDC member companies Chrysler, Ford and General Motors have been working with CFDC for 17 years to develop cleaner fuels and expand the biofuels/ethanol market and E85 refueling infrastructure. They have also pledged that by 2012 50% of their vehicles would be Flexible Fuel Vehicles (FFVs), capable of operating on ethanol blends of up to 85%.

CFDC Awarded E85 Workshop Funding
CFDC, the Clean Fuels Foundation, and the National Ethanol Vehicle Coalition teamed with the Nebraska Ethanol Board and received a grant from the Nebraska Department of Economic Development and the Nebraska Rural Development Commission. The Award will help CFDC and NEVC conduct a series of E85 workshops to assist ethanol producers and potential E85 distributors and marketers.
See Press Release…

CFDC Applauds Passage of Energy Bill
Following overwhelming votes for passage in the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives, President Bush signed The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 into law on December 19, 2007. The legislation establishes a 36 billion gallon Renewable Fuels Standard and increases fuel economy requirements for the first time in nearly 30 years.  These two measures could eliminate crude oil imports by 2030.
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Happy "New Energy" Year
What do you think about the new RFS? We are excited to announce the new Clean Fuels Development blog.  We hope you will take the time to share your insights, analysis and opinions about ethanol, energy and other related topics.
http://blog.cleanfuelsdc.org/2008/01/happy-new-energ.html

CFDC Supports Success of WIREC
CFDC was on the organizing committee that developed and launched the Washington International Renewable Energy Conference held March 1-8, 2008 in Washington, D.C. WIREC was the third global ministerial level event on renewable energy. The U.S. Department of State hosted the event, assisted by other relevant agencies including DOE, USDA, EPA, USAID, and the Departments of Interior and Commerce.
Click here for more details.

New CFDC Ethanol Fact Book Highlights Benefits of U.S. Ethanol Program
5th Edition of the Ethanol Fact Book Underscores 25 Years of Bipartisan Support

CFDC marked the release of the 5th Edition of the Ethanol Fact Book with a press conference in the US Senate last month, featuring Ethanol Across America Advisory Committee Chairs Senators Ben Nelson and Richard Lugar. Also addressing the media were fact book sponsors Keith Cole of General Motors, Tom Buis of the National Farmers Union, Keith Collins, Chief Economist at the USDA, and Steven Chalk, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Renewable Energy, US DOE.

Click here for press release…
Click here for Executive Summary…
Click here for a PDF copy of the Ethanol Fact Book…

CFDC Member Range Fuels Breaks Ground on Nation's First Commercial Cellulosic Ethanol Plant; New 20-MMGY Plant Located in Soperton, GA.
See the Range Fuels press release.

CFDC Releases New Harris Poll Results
The majority of Americans want more cleaner burning domestic fuels and they think the government should help. The poll also shows that Americans also understand that the rising price of energy has more of an impact on food than ethanol production. For more details click here…

CFDC Member To Produce Ethanol From Sugar Cane in Hawaii
The new partnership between Gay & Robinson Inc. and Pacific West will invest $80 million to develop America’s first fuel ethanol plant to generate renewable power from sugarcane. The partners’ long term vision is for an “energy plantation” on Kauai that also produces biodiesel, hydro and solar power. The operation includes a 7,500 acre sugar plantation, giving the owners control over their supply of feedstock.  This new investment will help lower the cost of energy in Hawaii and help the state meet its renewable energy goals. It will also ensure that approximately 230 people retain their jobs at the facility and that a large area of West Kauai will be maintained in sustainable agriculture.
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Travels with Sammy
On the road with the Live Green, Go Yellow campaign. CFDC is participating in longtime member company General Motors’ FlexFuel education and outreach program to promote Flexible Fuel Vehicles and advance the development of E85 refueling infrastructure. Over 30 members of the Governors’ Ethanol Coalition are also participating in the program along with several other industry partners. CFDC staff have named the 2009 Avalanche Sammy, after the national Icon, Uncle Sam. “We Want You to Support Clean Fuels!” The CFDC FFFV car has participated in numerous education and outreach efforts at the national, regional and local levels...

Click Here for Other Sammy (GM FlexFuel Avalanche) photos.

CFDC Announces New Strategic Partners
As part of its 20 year anniversary, CFDC is proud to announce the addition of several strategic partners for 2008.  The Strategic Partner team provides CFDC with added depth and breath in the areas of communication and marketing, training and development, information technology, web technologies, on-line services, and technical engineering.
Learn More…

CFDC Booth

CFDC unveiled its new booth at the Biomass 2008 conference sponsored by
the U.S. Department of Energy.

CFDC is supported through membership dues and program services. Services include the production and dissemination of educational publications, the creation of and participation in outreach events, and other education and awareness programs. This section of our website is intended to provide you with pertinent information on current issues, events, and other information pertaining to the development of clean fuels. CFDC supports these current events with testimony, speeches, educational outreach information distribution, promotion, and professional networking and information exchange at many of these public, industry, and private forums.

CFDC partnered with its member The Nebraska Ethanol Board to present the 2008 Ethanol Emerging Issues Forum March 13-14, 2008 in Omaha, Nebraska. Industry leaders were provided with information and insights on critical issues facing the ethanol industry. To receive more information about NEB or the event go to www.ne-ethanol.org. For more information about becoming a CFDC member contact us at 301-718-0077 or write to burl.haigwood@cleanfuelsdc.org

CFDC Executive Director Speaking at Power Gen
Doug Durante joined CFDC member company representatives from KATZEN International, General Motors, and others on a Biofuels Panel at the Annual Power Gen Renewable Energy Conference in Las Vegas February 19-21, 2008. Durante reviewed developments in Washington on the Energy Bill, the Farm Bill, and Climate Change Legislation.


CFDC is supporting General Motors'
Governors' Ethanol Coalition E-85 Program.

CFDC is participating in General Motors' program to promote the use of E-85. GM has lent vehicles like the E-85 powered Avalanche to more than 30 members of the Governors’ Ethanol Coalition. In addition, GM’s key support organizations, like CFDC, have also received an Avalanche. CFDC has brought the vehicle to various events in and around Washington, DC over recent months.

CFDC and Member Companies Present to the Financial Community
CFDC provides member companies with opportunities to interact with the financial community.  CFDC hosted a pre-conference technical briefing at the Biomass Finance & Investment Summit January 23-25, 2008 in Miami Beach, Florida. CFDC Member companies involved in conventional ethanol technologies as well as cellulosic ethanol technologies such as acid hydrolysis, gasification, microbial and enzymatic processes also presented information on the status of these technologies to members of the financial community. "We think it is important to make sure investors understand just how far we have come with respect to many of the these technologies" said CFDC's Director of Program Development Burl Haigwood. "We have had great success working with Infocast at the Cellulose Summit and other events and this provided an excellent forum to convey current and useful information". Click Here To Download A Complete Conference Brochure

CFDC Executive Director Doug Durante was one of the key speakers at the World Ethanol’s 10th Anniversary Conference held in Amsterdam November 5-8, 2007, which included an Ethanol Production Workshop and Ethanol Risk Management Seminar. For further details go to www.agra-net.com/worldethanol. CFDC has been involved in the World Conference since its inception and Mr. Durante presented an overview of the U.S. Ethanol program and the challenge of meeting a 36 Billion gallon renewable fuels standard.
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EPA Cellulose Technology Workshop a Success

CFDC recently coordinated an invitation only workshop for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in support of EPA’s responsibilities under the Energy Policy Act of 2005. EPA is directed to demonstrate several paths to biofuel production and CFDC is advising the agency on candidate technologies.
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CFDC was pleased to once again be involved in the Future Fuels Conference from Dec.5-8, 2007 held Washington, D.C.

Building on the successful launch of the conference in 2006, the 2007 program shaped up to be an informative and unique event. CFDC Executive Director Doug Durante Chaired the program along with International Energy Association President Herman Franksen. A number of CFDC member companies participated in the event.
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CFDC Sponsors Cellulosic Ethanol Summit in DC

As part of its education and outreach efforts CFDC helps sponsor industry conferences. CFDC provides support by developing discussion topics, giving presentations, and getting other recognized experts to enlighten conference participants. We hope you can join us in DC !
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Nation’s First Commercial Cellulosic Ethanol Plant
CFDC member Range Fuels announced it will break ground and build the nation’s first cellulosic fuel ethanol plant.  “This is truly a historic moment for the ethanol industry. By expanding and diversifying its feedstock base, the next generation of cellulose-based ethanol plants will build upon the success created by the first generation of corn-to-ethanol plants.  The addition of cellulose-based ethanol will continue to make fuel ethanol the most significant contributor to the nation’s alterative fuel program.  The construction of the Range Fuel plant will also help the nation meet many of the oil import and greenhouse gas reduction goals the Bush Administration and Congress are trying to achieve by passing the current Energy Bill,” said Doug Durante, Executive Director of the Clean Fuels Development Coalition.
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CFDC Celebrates 20 Year Anniversary in 2007.
CFDC celebrates 20 years of driving demand for renewable, domestic clean fuels. During those two decades, CFDC played instrumental roles in defending and modifying the federal ethanol tax exemption, provided leadership in establishing the oxygenated fuel and RFG gasoline programs, and supported the Congressional effort to create the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

Burl Haigwood Returns for 2nd Tour of Duty at CFDC
CFDC is please to announce the return of Burl Haigwood to our organization. Mr. Haigwood served as a consultant to CFDC from 1986-1999. Prior to his return Mr. Haigwood served as the Director of Business Development for one of the fastest growing information technology firms in the Washington area and as a Consulting Manger for Oracle. Mr. Haigwood will serve as CFDC’s Director of Program Development.

CFDC Chairman Honored for 30 Years of Ethanol Industry Service.
CFDC Chairman Todd Sneller, Administrator of the Nebraska Ethanol Board, was recently honored by many of his colleagues for his contribution to a successful and growing fuel ethanol industry. The Nebraska Journal Star also paid tribute to Mr. Sneller's accomplishments.

CFDC Meets with GM Biofuels Team at the Detroit Auto Show
CFDC recently met with the General Motors’ Biofuel team in Detroit to exchange information and discuss CFDC’s strategic plan to help support the increased production of FFVs and the upcoming plans for the 110th Congress.

Annual CFDC Marketing Summit & Strategic Planning Slated for Omaha

CFDC held its Annual Ethanol Marketing Summit in Omaha, Nebraska March 28-29, 2007. The invitation only event brought together over 200 leaders in ethanol marketing to exchange ideas and address innovative ways to address the issues facing the renewable fuels industry and the nation.

CFDC also sponsored the Biomass and Biorefinery Deals 2007 held in Washington DC, March 26th – 28th to present information on the latest developments on Capitol Hill.

Renewable Energy in America: Phase II Policy Forum
November 28 - 29th, 2007
Capitol Hill Club & Cannon Caucus Room, Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC
www.acore.org

ACORE’s 6th annual national renewable energy policy forum on Capitol Hill. For more information visit www.acore.org.


Washington International Renewable Energy Conference (WIREC 2008)
March 1-8, 2008
Washington Convention Center
Washington, DC
www.wirec2008.org

WIREC 2008 is the third global ministerial level event on renewable energy. The U.S. Department of State will host this event, assisted by other relevant Departments and agencies including; the: U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Agency for International Development, U.S. Department of Interior, and the U.S. Department of Commerce. For more information about the Washington International Renewable Energy Conference 2008, please contact William Armbruster at 202 647-1247.

110th Congress Starts with a Flurry

The 110th Congress started with a flurry of activity around ethanol including bills to create a renewable fuel fund for research and development, and an expanded RFS and incentives for the use of E85. CFDC has already been in discussions with key members of Congress on potential legislative strategies for protecting the excise tax exemption and increasing ethanol demand. For more information please contact CFDC about becoming a member.

Investing in Ethanol: As the domestic ethanol industry continues to expand, one pressing need is to increase the pool of lenders so that capital is affordable and available for building new plants. For that to happen, a new generation of financiers needs to be educated on ethanol plants and the opportunity they represent for a solid investment.

CFDC is actively participating in a number of conferences and forums across the country to help spread the positive message and assist in bringing new investment into the industry.

The Coalition is one of the supporting organizations for the Renewable Energy Finance Summit to be held in Phoenix Arizona March 8-10. For more information on this conference please click here. CFDC recently supported similar finance events in Chicago, New York, and Washington, DC.

Members of the Ethanol Committee of the Maryland Grain Producers and Utilization Board admire the E85 Avalanche at the Annual State Commodity Classic.

CFDC is supporting General Motors' Governors' Ethanol Coalition E-85 Program.

The Clean Fuels Development Coalition (CFDC) was pleased to receive a General Motors Avalanche E-85 vehicle as part of GM’s continuing commitment to develop the use of E-85 in the United States. GM prepared a special batch of Avalanche and Tahoe SUVs to promote the fact that these vehicles operate on E-85. Most of the vehicles were provided to members of the Governors’ Ethanol Coalition through a no cost, one-year loan program. GM has been a member of the Clean Fuels Development Coalition for the past 17 years and provided CFDC with one of these vehicles as well. In just a short period with the vehicle, CFDC has been able to create some significant exposure for E-85. The vehicle was displayed over the 4th of July weekend in Ocean City, Maryland and has since participated in events in Virginia, Pennsylvania, and the District of Columbia. CFDC’s headquarters in Bethesda, Maryland is close to several E-85 refueling facilities, including a government operated refueling site that is available to the public at the Montgomery County government headquarters just minutes from the CFDC offices. In addition, refueling sites in Annapolis and Fort Meade, Maryland make it easy to keep the Avalanche running on E-895.

“Talk about the right message at the right time. With oil prices going through the roof and the energy bill passing this summer, interest in ethanol has never been greater. We appreciate the opportunity to work with GM, which has been such a key member of our Coalition for so many years, to promote ethanol and alternative fuels,” said Doug Durante, CFDC’s Executive Director.

 

 

 

CFDC Tells International Ethanol Audience the U.S. Will Easily Meet and Exceed RFS Requirements
Amsterdam, Holland -- November 3, 2005.  Clean Fuels Development Coalition Executive Director Douglas Durante was one of the keynote presenters at the F.O. Licht 2005 World Ethanol Conference held here this week.

Durante's presentation was part of the "big three" of ethanol programs, covering the U.S., Brazil, and European Union.  He shared with the audience of more than 450 delegates details of the recently passed Renewable Fuels Standard in the United States, and factors driving the rapid development of the industry.

"For the first time ever, a course has been charted that ensures sustained ethanol development.  Not goals, not targets, but mandated, required levels of ethanol use," Durante said.  "Days of low prices, lost market share to MTBE, and uncertainty from the investment community are gone.  The support structure is in place for ethanol to do in the next 7 years what we have accomplished in the first 20."

Durante told the conference delegates that the U.S. ethanol program was not without challenges but will meet and exceed the level of ethanol use called for in the recently passed National Energy Policy Act of 2005.

More than 40 countries were represented at the conference, now in its 8th year.  Key speakers included Luiz Carlos Carvahlo of Brazil and Patrick Woodyatt of Copersucar of Brazil, Robert Vierhout of the European Union, and additional speakers from emerging ethanol programs in India, Germany, the Philippines, and other countries.

CFDC hails passage of Energy Policy Act of 2005. The bill includes a provision establishing a renewable fuels standard that would increase the market for ethanol, biodiesel, and other renewable fuels by more than 4 billion gallons over current production.

Speaking before the Wisconsin legislature, Gary Herwick testified on behalf of the Clean Fuels Development Coalition (CFDC), and told the badger state lawmakers that properly blended ethanol can be beneficial to a wide range of criteria pollutants without any conclusive link to ozone formation.

CFDC's Executive Director Doug Durante before the National Press Club
Download Doug Durante's speech at the National Press Club before the National Association of State Energy Official's 2005 Summer Fuels Outlook Conference.

Energy Bill Needs Recharge
See Doug Durante's commentary on the last Energy Bill in the Washington Times.

Ethanol – Fueling Corn Demand
Read CFDC Durante's interview in World Grain, July 2003.

CFDC in cooperation with the Ethanol Across America program recently released the latest in their series of Issue Briefs. The Energy Security Issue Brief examines the implications of the U.S.’s growing dependence on imported oil, particularly in terms of its negative economic impact on the American economy. The Issue Brief contains an introduction by Ethanol Across America Board member Senator Richard Lugar who points out that increasing the development and production of renewable fuels such as ethanol will help ensure our national and economic security. Look for future Issue Briefs, including the Economic Impact of Ethanol Plants, in the Publications section of our web site

CFDC Releases Ethanol & Energy White Paper. CFDC “White Papers” feature guest writers, policy discussion, and coverage of topical and current events. These informative papers will feature experts from government, academia, and industry. The first in this CFDC family of publications is by CFDC Board member Gary Herwick, formerly Director of Mobile Emissions and Fuel Efficiency for General Motors. Produced in cooperation with the National Ethanol Vehicle Coalition, the White Paper makes a compelling argument for accelerated use of ethanol in E85.

CFDC and Ethanol Across America produce a new E10 brochure. When it comes to consumer information the need for quality, consistent information is constant. Despite decades of trouble free use, ethanol blends continue to be subjected to rumors or unfounded concerns. To counter the many myths associated with ethanol CFDC and Ethanol Across America recently produced a new E10 brochure that is available to the public.

CFDC sponsors the first coast-to-coast journey of an automobile operating on E85 the entire way. The trip was the project of Washington area entrepreneur Dr. Chris Lapp who converted his classic 1957 Cadillac to operate on E85. The trip was featured on CNN and generated nationwide press coverage. And he finished!

CFDC is proud to participate again in POWER-GEN Renewable Energy 2006, the all-renewable energy trade show to be held in Las Vegas on April 10-12, 2006. CFDC will have a panel featuring Chairman Todd Sneller, Philip Madson of Katzen International, Gary Herwick of General Motors, and other member companies.

Environmental & Clean Energy Inaugural Ball A Huge Hit
The 5th Environmental & Clean Energy Inaugural Ball sponsored by CFDC was a huge success as key figures from the Administration representing environment, energy, and agriculture joined dozens of members of Congress at this unique event.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Mike Leavitt, U.S. Department of Energy Assistant Secretary David Garman, and U.S. Department of Agriculture Deputy Secretary Jim Moseley were among those attending. They joined Interior Secretary Gale Norton, White House Council on Environmental Quality Chairman James Connaughton, and others.

“We were pleased to see support for this event come from the public, industry, and government at all levels,” said Douglas Durante of the Clean Fuels Development Coalition and Co-Chair of the Environmental Ball.

“Our message of working together on the environment, and to produce clean energy as a means of protecting the environment, will keep these issues at the forefront of the public policy agenda,” said Durante. He also noted that in addition to current Administration officials, a former EPA Administrator and three former Deputy Administrators were in attendance.

There were 50 Members of Congress on the Honorary Ball Committee, and more than 100 organizations and companies on the supporting committee. Held at the Sequioa Restaurant in Georgetown Harbor, more than 700 people were in attendance.

Through a certified process, the ball is deemed to be CO2 neutral, as the carbon credits necessary to offset energy expended in traveling to and from the event, as well as the event itself, were donated by Boston Carbon Corporation, a firm that purchases and redistributes CO2 reductions.

For photos from the Environmental Ball click here.

CFDC Talks to Wall Street
CFDC Member Dave Vander Griend, President of ICM Corporation, was one of the speakers at the recent Renewable Energy Finance Forum—Wall Street held in New York city on June 23-24.

CFDC Executive Director Doug Durante Chaired a panel that included Vander Griend and several representatives of major financial institutions that have funded ethanol projects and are looking for more. CFDC Counsel Mark Riedy of the law firm Andrews Kurth also was involved in the conference and several other member companies attended.

Held at the Waldorf Astoria in New York’s financial district, the conference was organized by the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) and drew 500 attendees. Mr. Vander Griend told the audience that ethanol projects in the U.S. have matured to the point where there is virtually no risk in technology and with the market constantly growing, they envision continuing to design and develop ethanol projects through out the U.S.

"Farmers are innovators", he told the audience. "Farmers are creative". With feedstocks, technology, and markets no longer an issue, we can put ethanol in every gallon of gasoline in the U.S."

CFDC has collaborated with ACORE on a number of Conferences and events and Doug Durante noted that focusing on the financial community is a critical need that ACORE is addressing. "We appreciate being involved in this conference and jumped at the opportunity to get our message out of the positive business opportunity ethanol represents. We are seeing a developing comfort level from Wall Street with ethanol. With that kind of investment power, the sky is the limit as to what we can produce from not just agriculture, but new biomass technologies as well."

CFDC co-sponsors ACORE’s Annual Power Gen Conference in Las Vegas in March.

CFDC to State Energy Officials, "We Need Your Help"
The National Press Club, Washington, DC, April 7, 2005. In remarks before the National Association of State Energy Officials’ 2005 Summer Fuels Conference held here today, CFDC Executive Director Douglas Durante told the audience, "We need your help to pass the Renewable Fuels Standard."

Durante said the bipartisan legislation recently introduced in the Senate by Richard Lugar (R-IN), Tom Harkin (D-IA), and 20 original cosponsors could set the path for a phenomenal period of ethanol growth over the next decade. The legislation calls for an annual renewable fuel use program that would create demand for 700 million gallons per year for the next 7 years.

"We have been working on this legislation for 5 years and during that time the ethanol industry has shown it can meet the challenge of reducing imported oil while revitalizing rural America. But, the right programs need to be in place and the RFS is just that," Durante said. "The market certainty provided by an RFS is the key element in increasing production. Furthermore," he said, "the incentives for celluosic ethanol and a flexible credits and trading system will be key to moving biofuel production beyond the grain belt and utilizing the wide range of feedstocks in the different regions of the country."

"If you want the jobs, if you want the economic development and returns to the states, and if you want the increase in fuel supplies that ethanol plants provide, we need you to work with us to get this legislation passed," he told the State Energy Officials. "Without the RFS expansion beyond our current period is uncertain. With it, the sky is the limit. "

CFDC participates in USDA’s Agricultural Outlook Forum 2005
CFDC Executive Director Douglas Durante and Vice Chairman Todd Sneller were presenters at the annual USDA conference held in Washington, DC February 24-25.

The 2-day event drew a record 1,400 attendees and covered a wide range of issues affecting agriculture, with a strong focus on energy. Secretary of Agriculture Mike Johanns noted the extraordinary progress of the ethanol industry and predicted continued growth in concert with a predicted record corn crop in 2005-2006.

The presentations by Durante and Sneller focused on the specifics of that ethanol growth, and the impact on state and rural economies. Sneller discussed a recent study in Nebraska that identified an economic impact of $83 million from a new plant, with a return of 10 to 1 or more on investment.

Durante told the audience that the pressing need for domestic fuel will result in ethanol and biofuels continuing to be at the heart of energy legislation in the current Congress.

MARCH 22-23, 2005
CFDC Participates in Southern Bio-Products Conference

The Clean Fuels Development Coalition in cooperation with the Bioenergy Coordinating Council participated in the Southern Bio-Products Conference held in Jackson, Mississippi on March 22-23, 2005. Bill Holmberg, a long time consultant and advisor to CFDC and the Director of the Bioenergy Coordinating Council, gave a briefing on behalf of the two organizations to attendees at the annual event. "For regions like the southeast, we simply have to expand beyond traditional grains and work to include a wider range of feedstocks," said Holmberg. "Ethanol, biodiesel, and other fuels and combinations are critical to our efforts to reduce imported oil and revitalize rural America,” said Holmberg.

February 4th, 2005
President Bush Mentions Ethanol at State of the Union Address

As many people have noted, President Bush specifically mentioned ethanol last night in the State of the Union Address. That is always a good sign. The President continues to say that in order to keep the economy strong the United States must find reliable supplies of affordable, environmentally responsible energy. He stated that his budget provides strong funding for leading-edge technology -- from hydrogen-fueled cars, to clean coal, to renewable sources such as ethanol.

December 28th, 2004
CFDC Endorses Governor Mike Johanns as Secretary of Agriculture

CFDC Executive Director Doug Durante sent a letter to President Bush expressing CFDC’s support for Governor Mike Johanns as Secretary of Agriculture. Durante noted that CFDC had the pleasure of working with Governor Johanns throughout his tenure as Governor of Nebraska. He said there is no greater advocate for American agriculture, ethanol, and rural development than Johanns.

To view the letter sent to President Bush click here.