Polls Show Different Opinions on Renewable Fuel Standard

first_img Previous articleArysta Lifescience Introduces Tepera™ Brand FungicidesNext articleChina Plans to Cut Corn Acreage Gary Truitt Facebook Twitter Dinneen also said the API exaggerated claims that the RFS has raised food prices 25 percent.“Instead food prices have risen by an average of just 2.7 percent per year since 2005, the year RFS was adopted. In fact, only 17 cents of every dollar spent on food pays for the raw farm ingredients in the food item. The other 83 cents pay for processing, transportation, labor, packaging, advertising and other costs,” Dinneen said.The RFA poll, conducted by Morning Consult, included results from 2,004 registered voters. The data cited by API was pulled from a poll, conducted by Harris Poll, of 1,013 registered voters. SHARE Seventy-seven percent of voters are also concerned that automakers say they might not provide warranty coverage if owners fuel their vehicles with a higher ethanol blend levels. Seventy-six percent of voters worry that using corn for energy production instead of food could increase food costs as well.“The fact is, our new energy realities have made the RFS obsolete,” API Downstream Group Director Frank Macchiarola told reporters during a conference call on Wednesday. “It is a broken and outdated policy. Americans are not consuming as much gasoline as Congress estimated they would when the mandate was passed in 2007. That means current ethanol mandates push far more ethanol into gasoline than today’s vehicles can accommodate. ”Though Republicans were generally more concerned about increasing the RFS, with 85 percent of Republicans worried the gas prices would increase and the U.S. fuel supply would see losses, other parties showed only slightly lower levels of concern. Seventy-five percent of Democrats and 71 percent of Independents said breaching the blend wall could hurt consumers.“A vast majority of Americans are deeply concerned by the consequences of this broken RFS policy. In other words, the public gets it. Regardless of party affiliation, voters are concerned with mandates that force too much ethanol into our fuel supply,” Macchiarola said.However, a pushback poll released by the Renewable Fuels Association also released on Wednesday showed vastly different results. Fifty-seven percent of voters said they supported the RFS. Nineteen percent of voters said they opposed the mandate.“It’s no surprise that API, an organization which has made its top priority to get rid of the RFS, is trotting out a phony faux poll to support its antediluvian narrative about biofuels,” said RFA President and CEO Bob Dinneen in a statement. “This push poll, which uses opinionated statements to elicit a negative response to biofuels, is not reflective of reality.” SHARE According to data released Wednesday by the American Petroleum Institute, 77 percent of registered voters are concerned that increasing the ethanol blend level over 10 percent under the Renewable Fuel Standard could drive up gasoline prices for consumers. Facebook Twitter By Gary Truitt – Apr 7, 2016 Polls Show Different Opinions on Renewable Fuel Standard Home Energy Polls Show Different Opinions on Renewable Fuel Standardlast_img read more

Feedback awaited following local meetings with AIB

first_img“It will be very difficult to attract investment without a bank.”RESIDENTS groups from county towns affected by the pending closure of AIB branches are awaiting feedback following meetings with senior management in which cases for the retention of the banks were put forward.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up AIB took the decision to close eight branches in Limerick city and county by the end of next year, but locals have refused to lie down under the move.Following a public meeting, it was decided that five concerned Foynes residents would meet with the manager of the Newcastle West branch, James Stanton, and the regional manager, Gene McPolin.One of the representatives, Margaret O’Shaughnessy, Director of the Foynes Flying Boat Museum said:“The managers came to us in Foynes and we presented them with a 12 point argument as to why the closure of the local branch should be reconsidered.Speaking to the Limerick Post she added:“If the closures go ahead there will be only one branch on the N69 between Listowel and Limerick, a 63km stretch, while the N21 has one in every town.“Foynes is a major port town and there are huge plans to develop it through the port company but it will be very difficult to attract investment without a bank”.She said that the Foynes branch should have been profitable, with at least 60 local business accounts based there, as well as “countless employees’ personal accounts at the branch.“A mobile bank wouldn’t suffice for our needs and it will be a knock for tourism to not have a branch here.“There are also security issues related to the closure as businesses will have to travel long distances with cash in tow to lodge it.“We asked what savings would be made from closing the branch, as AIB own the building.“We also asked what facilities will be provided at the post office, because we have yet to hear of details of this arrangement”.Ms. O’Shaughnessy said that the group had been happy to have the initial meeting and to be listened to but understood that it would be some time before feedback would be received from the bank.Representatives of the Drumcollogher branch of the AIB also met with officials. Print Advertisement Facebook Email Linkedincenter_img WhatsApp Twitter NewsLocal NewsFeedback awaited following local meetings with AIBBy admin – August 29, 2012 735 Previous articleNo decision yet on the implementation of a property tax – NoonanNext articleManager makes new appointments adminlast_img read more