Washington, DC, August 29, 2003 — The American Petroleum Institute will be featured this week speaking about the role of ethanol in legislation on the nationally broadcast radio program, The Ethanol Minute.

Dr. Edward Murphy of API said ethanol is part of a mix of fuels for the United States that includes both petroleum and renewable ethanol that can work for U.S. consumers.

As part of a national education and outreach campaign called Ethanol Across America, the Ethanol Minute is a weekly radio broadcast airing on more than 400 stations nationwide featuring various experts and authorities on ethanol blended fuels.

Dr. Murphy noted that National Energy legislation passed by both the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives "will protect and enhance environmental benefits already achieved from reformulated gasoline, and it will ensure an important, expanded role for ethanol in the nation’s fuel mix."

He further noted that "It will make government regulation of gasoline content a lot more efficient and help avoid tight supplies and price spikes. It will also increase the use of renewable fuels like ethanol to 5 billion gallons over several years nationally and make sure these fuels are used where they are most feasible and cost-effective."

The Ethanol Minute provides brief informational messages on various aspects of ethanol use such as benefits to national security, rural development, emissions reductions, economic stimulation, biobased products related to ethanol production, and performance. The series to date has featured U.S. Senators Ben Nelson and Conrad Burns, co-chairs of the Ethanol Across America campaign; Indy Race Driver Paul Dana; American Lung Association of Minnesota representative Tim Gerlach; and several others. Future broadcast subjects include ethanol in aviation; ethanol from biomass and waste resources; and the role of ethanol in reducing national defense costs.

"It may surprise a lot of people to hear the petroleum industry supporting ethanol" said Douglas Durante, Director of the Ethanol Across America campaign. "However, they have been instrumental in positioning ethanol for future growth. We want to show consumers that ethanol can help solve some of our fuel problems, and it increases the overall fuel supply."

Ethanol Across America is a non-profit, non-partisan education campaign of the Clean Fuels Foundation and is sponsored by industry, government, and private interests. For more information, log on to

4641 Montgomery Avenue, Suite 350 Bethesda, MD 20814  *  p : 301.718.0077  *  f : 301.718.0606