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    Coalition of 90 Organizations Opposes Subsidies for Corn Ethanol

    Letter urges Congress to discontinue subsidizing gasoline refiners
     

    A diverse coalition of 90 business associations, taxpayer advocates, hunger and development organizations, agricultural groups, free-market groups, religious organizations, environmental groups, budget hawks, and public interest organizations sent a letter to Congressional leadership this week urging to let the refundable Volumetric Ethanol Excise Tax Credit (VEETC) expire and to resist calls for spending on infrastructure for conventional biofuels.

    In the letter, the coalition, whose member names appear below, said:

    “The undersigned diverse group of business associations, taxpayer advocates, hunger and development organizations, agricultural groups, free-market groups, religious organizations, environmental groups, budget hawks, and public interest organizations urge you to allow the refundable Volumetric Ethanol Excise Tax Credit (VEETC) to sunset this year and to resist calls for spending on infrastructure for conventional biofuels.

    “In particular, Congress has the opportunity to end the $6 billion a year subsidy to gasoline refiners who blend corn ethanol into gasoline. At a time of spiraling deficits, we do not believe Congress should continue subsidizing gasoline refiners for something that they are already required to do by the Renewable Fuels Standard.

    “Experts like the Congressional Budget Office and the Government Accountability Office have concluded that the subsidy is unnecessary, and leading economists agree that ending it would have little impact on ethanol production, prices or jobs.

    “We urge you to let VEETC expire and resist calls for spending on infrastructure for conventional biofuels.”

    The following organizations signed the coalition letter:

    ActionAid US
    Africa Action
    Africa Faith and Justice
    Alabama Poultry and Egg Association
    Alliance of Western Milk Producers
    American Bakers Association
    American Conservative Union
    American Frozen Food Institute
    Americans for Limited Government
    Americans for Prosperity
    American Jewish World Service
    American Meat Institute
    Beyond Pesticides
    California Dairies, Inc.
    California Poultry Federation
    California Safe Schools
    Center for Auto Safety
    Center for Biological Diversity
    Center for Food Safety
    Clean Air Task Force
    Clean Water Action
    Citizens for Tax Justice
    Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach
    Competitive Enterprise Institute
    Council for Citizens Against Government Waste
    Dairy Producers of New Mexico
    Dairy Producers of Utah
    Environment America
    Environmental Working Group
    Foreign Policy in Focus
    Freedom Action
    FreedomWorks
    Friends of the Earth
    Heartland Institute
    Georgia Poultry Federation
    Greenpeace USA
    Grocery Manufacturers Association
    Idaho Dairymen’s Association
    Indiana State Poultry Association
    International Center for Technology Assessment
    International Dairy Foods Association
    John Locke Foundation
    KyotoUSA
    Leadership Conference of Women Religious
    League of Conservation Voters
    Marynoll Office of Global Concern
    Milk Producers Council
    Mississippi Poultry Association
    MoveOn.org
    National Audubon Society
    National Catholic Rural Life Conference
    National Council of Chain Restaurants
    National Chicken Council
    National Meat Association
    National Restaurant Association
    National Retail Federation
    National Taxpayers Union
    National Turkey Federation
    National Wildlife Federation
    Natural Resources Defense Council
    NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby
    North Carolina Poultry Federation
    Northeast Organic Dairy Producers Alliance
    Northeast Organic Farming Association -- Interstate Council (NOFA-IC)
    Northwest Environmental Defense Center
    Northwest Dairy Association
    Oil Change International
    Oxfam America
    Partners for the Land & Agricultural Needs of Traditional Peoples (PLANT)
    The Poultry Federation
    Public Citizen
    Public Interest Research Group (PIRG)
    Safe Climate Campaign
    The SafeLawns Foundation
    Sierra Club
    Snack Food Association
    Southeast Milk Inc.
    Southern Alliance for Clean Energy
    Southern Horticulture
    Taxpayers for Common Sense
    Tennessee Poultry Association
    Texas Poultry Federation
    U.S. Poultry and Egg Association
    Union of Concerned Scientists
    Unitarian Universalist Ministry for Earth
    Virginia Poultry Federation
    Washington Cattle Feeders Association
    Washington State Dairy Federation
    The Watershed Partnership
    World Wildlife Fund
     

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