A biofuel trade association based in Washington, D.C. has taken out a full-page newspaper advertisement in Minnesota that thanks Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Rep. Angie Craig for “lowering gas prices.”
The ad produced by Growth Energy ran in Tuesday’s print edition of the Star Tribune, and also expresses gratitude for President Joe Biden and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator Michael Regan.
Headshots of Biden, Regan, Klobuchar, and Craig appeared in the ad thanking them for “lowering gas prices and bolstering our energy security with more biofuels.”
The appearance of Growth Energy’s ad comes two weeks after Rep. Craig, who represents Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District and serves on the U.S. House Biofuels Caucus, said she supports the efforts of multiple state governors to implement the year-round sale of E15 fuel, a mixture of 15% ethanol and 85% gasoline that is said to reduce carbon emissions.
Craig has claimed E15 fuel can save consumers money at the pump because it’s ostensibly cheaper to produce than traditional fuel.
“However it gets done, great. Obviously I think ethanol, and biodiesel for that matter, are just critical tools in the toolbox to be able to reduce carbon emissions and to be able to meet our carbon reduction standards across the country,” she told agricultural news outlet Brownfield.
Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor made a similar claim about E15 saving citizens nearly 60 cents per gallon.
“As gas prices ticked up week after week, consumers were saving as much as 60 cents per gallon with E15,” she said Tuesday during her keynote address at the International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo. “Not only do biofuels help the family pocketbook, we offer a sustainable supply chain that starts and stops on U.S. soil.”
“To get where we need to go as an industry, we need strong policy signals, and it’s up to us to show the world what we already know — that when it comes to competing on carbon, we win,” Skor added.
Minnesota Republicans have placed under the microscope Democratic efforts to fight “climate change” through significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions over the next couple decades. They claim Democratic proposals increase prices at a time when summer energy shortages are predicted to occur.
“[President Biden and Gov. Tim Walz’s] disastrous policies are making life more difficult for consumers. From rising gas prices and inflation to coming energy supply shortages, [they] and the Democrats are doing everything they can to destroy American energy and make life more difficult for families and businesses,” Minnesota GOP Chairman David Hann said in a recent statement.
“This is further proof that we need to elect Republican leaders in November that will fight for commonsense energy policies that will bring relief for families and businesses,” he added.