As the Renewable Fuels Association's National Ethanol Conference concludes in Orlando, Fla., RFA President and Chief Executive Officer Bob Dinneen recognized the recent difficulties experienced by the industry, but also reflected on the tremendous gains the ethanol industry has achieved in the past decade and the bright future the industry can achieve.
During his State of the Industry Address, Dinneen said, "I can say with confidence and conviction that the state of the U.S. ethanol industry is strong. We are rebounding from the recession. We are responding to every attack that our adversaries are making against us. And we are ready to take another giant step towards energy, economic and environmental security for all Americans."
Despite the troubled economy, the lack of ethanol tax incentives, the discussion on food vs. fuel, and other issues important to the ethanol industry, Dinneen says there is growing support for domestic renewable energy, and the ethanol naysayers, while no less determined, are increasingly losing credibility.