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Deconstructed: Renewable Fuels Survey.


According to a new national poll released today by the Renewable Fuels Now Coalition, 74 percent of Americans believe we should increase our use of domestically produced renewable fuels like ethanol.

In addition, 87 percent of Americans maintain the federal government should actively support the development of a renewable fuels industry in this country, and 77 percent think Congress should encourage oil refiners to blend more ethanol into their gasoline products.

“By overwhelming margins, Americans want renewable fuels like ethanol to play a larger role in our nation’s energy future,” said Renewable Fuels Association President Bob Dinneen, a member of the Renewable Fuels Now Coalition. “The consequences of continuing our dependence on foreign oil are unacceptable. Renewable fuels like ethanol offer our nation an opportunity to go in a new, more sustainable energy direction.”

I am always dubious about surveys issued by organizations. Also, as a former ad executive, I have seen research used and misused. Especially misused.

About the 74 percent of Americans believe we should increase our use of domestically produced renewable fuels like ethanol? I’d venture a guess that the 26% who answered the other way are people who read about how hard corn growing is on the environment and know that ethanol gets worse fuel economy than gasoline. Most of America doesn’t pay attention to the nuances of ethanol or the ethanol debate. The way the survey was phrased made it easy for people to side with ethanol.

This survey appears to me to be useless. But it comes at a time when Congress is getting ready to vote on the Farm Bill, which is jammed with corn subsidy.

Now this part: "In addition, 87 percent of Americans maintain the federal government should actively support the development of a renewable fuels industry in this country, and 77 percent think Congress should encourage oil refiners to blend more ethanol into their gasoline products."

Do the survey respondents really have enough knowledge to agree or disagree with this? I don't think so.


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