US ethanol image hurt by poor media coverage - RFA

29 June 2011 15:37  [Source: ICIS news]

INDIANAPOLIS (ICIS)--The image of the US ethanol industry continues to suffer as a result of uninformed media coverage, a US ethanol group said on Wednesday.

Ethanol has become a “piñata” of public opinion because of misinformation in the media, including the notion that ethanol drives up food prices, said Bob Dinneen, president of the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA).

Dinneen also cited the claim that corn-based ethanol has a negative energy output as one of the inaccuracies propagated by newspapers around the country.

Ethanol was the “cat’s meow” in 2006, but times have changed and the industry has become the target of well-funded opponents, he said during a presentation at the International Fuel Ethanol Workshop (FEW) in Indianapolis.

The RFA usually lists the food and oil industries as the top opponents of ethanol.

Dinneen urged ethanol makers to call their newspapers and protest what he deemed misleading coverage of their industry.

The FEW conference opened on Monday. The four-day event has attracted some 2,000 delegates.

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By: William Lemos
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