Growth Energy is giving poor reviews to a report released by the Environmental Working Group calling the report a compilation of mistruths about the green jobs waiver that has been submitted by Growth Energy. Growth Energy says the EWG report ignores the half dozen studies from government agencies and academic institutions that show an ethanol blend of 15% meets all standards of the Clean Air Act and has no negative impact on human health.
Meanwhile, the Environmental Protection Agency says it has extended the comment period by 60 days on Growth Energy's Green Jobs waiver application. "We are pleased the EPA is allowing additional time for more Americans who are in favor of creating new green-collar jobs, increased energy independence, and decreased green house gas emissions to have their voice heard," said Growth Energy CEO Tom Buis.
According to Growth Energy, moving to an ethanol blend of 15% ethanol, 85% gasoline will create more than 136,000 green-collar jobs, inject $24.4 billion into the U.S. economy, displace seven billion gallons of imported gasoline per year and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 20 million tons per year. That's the equivalent of removing 3.5 million vehicles from the road.