John McCain accused of creating jobs for OPEC

Sen. McCain is specifically seeking to bar federal investment in ethanol fueling infrastructure like blender pumps capable of offering a variety of ethanol blend levels.

With tens of millions of Americans still unemployed or underemployed, Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain is seeking a vote on an amendment to limit the increased use of domestically-produced ethanol and the job creation that goes with it.  Sen. McCain is specifically seeking to bar federal investment in ethanol fueling infrastructure like blender pumps capable of offering a variety of ethanol blend levels.

Sen. McCain offered this same amendment during the ethanol tax debate in June.  It was roundly defeated 41-59.

Responding to Sen. McCain’s latest attempt to protect oil’s monopoly over American transportation fuels, the Renewable Fuels Association issued the following statement:

“Sen. McCain’s amendment is little more than a jobs bill for OPEC nations and other oil interests dedicated to keeping Americans addicted to costly and dangerous imported oil [3].  American ethanol producers are providing the nation with a domestic renewable alternative, creating jobs here at home, and reducing America’s vulnerability to the whims of petro-dictators [4].

“Policies like this are a relic of a bygone era in which oil was the only game in town.  America’s ethanol [5] and biofuels industries [6] are rapidly evolving to include a wide range of feedstocks and developing groundbreaking technologies.  By specifically singling out the ethanol molecule for exclusion, this amendment is seeking to kill new technologies using algae [7], wood waste, garbage and other feedstocks that would produce ethanol in their infancy.  America needs jobs and domestic ethanol production is a proven method to create those opportunities.  We already know what we get by outsourcing our energy future.”