USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack announced a financial assistance initiative for gas stations that install E85 pumps. The USDA is moving to meet a goal set by President Obama: 10,000 new blender pumps in five years.

"The (Vilsack) announcement will go a long way toward providing American drivers across the nation with more choice at the pump,” said Bob Dinneen, president of the Renewable Fuel Association. “Ethanol, whether E10 or mid-levels blends and E85 for flex-fuel vehicles, helps lower the cost of a gallon of gasoline, reduces this nation's dependence upon foreign oil, and supports American jobs with an American-made product.”

Dinneen added that the goals of installing blender pumps from coast-to-coast teamed up with incentives to invest and innovate the next generation of advanced ethanol send a powerful signal as to how strong President Obama's, Secretary Vilsack's and the American ethanol industry's commitment is to reducing by one-third this nation's dependency upon foreign oil by 2025. “Ethanol producers stand ready to work with Congress, auto manufacturers, gas station owners, and consumers to build a stronger, cleaner, more self-reliant energy future."

Source: Renewable Fuels Association