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 . 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 .
“Policies like this are a relic of a bygone era in which oil was the only game in town. America’s ethanol  and biofuels industries  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 , 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.”