Successful lobbyist, Craig Schoenfeld, explains the need for corn production and ethanol in America.
In America, ethanol has steadily remained a popular energy source for automobiles, engine fuel, and fuel additive. The use of ethanol produces lower carbon dioxide emissions and roughly the same levels of other oxides of nitrogen emissions and hydrocarbon.
Craig Schoenfeld understands the value of ethanol production and is currently a successful lobbyist for Valero, a Fortune 500 international manufacturer of petrochemical products including ethanol.
Craig Schoenfeld is also the president of CR3 Connect, one of Iowa’s leading strategic advisory lobby firms. CR3 Connect specializes in designing and implementing strategies that build support, inform the public and public officials, educate and mobilize key constituencies.
Ethanol has fewer volatile components than gasoline. Because of this, fewer emissions are released from evaporation. Typically, ethanol will be blended with gasoline to improve fuel octane and reduce carbon monoxide emissions. E85 is a blend of 15 percent gasoline and 85 percent ethanol. E85 fuel capable cars are becoming more widely available.
Most major auto manufacturers produce many different styles of automobiles that accept E85. As more automakers become E85 friendly, E85 is becoming more readily available at gas stations in the United States.
Craig Schoenfeld Discusses Ethanol
Ethanol is mostly a product produced from processed corn. In Iowa, corn farmers are essential to the local economy. As ethanol consumption increases, corn production continues to steadily rise, supporting Iowa farmers and creating domestic job opportunities.
The production of ethanol from domestic corn reduces the United States dependence on oil from foreign nations and increases the country’s energy independence.
Because ethanol production does not require drilling, the economic pressures to tap into natural resources are reduced. Environmentally-sensitive locations such as the Gulf of Mexico and the Arctic Ocean could ultimately have less drilling activity and oil spill disasters. It also reduces fracking, which lowers the risk of oil spills in Iowa that harm farmers and their land.
Ultimately, oil pulled using invasive, destructive methods can be reduced, also resulting in a decrease in the construction of oil pipelines.
The main disadvantage of Ethanol is the need for a large amount of farmland to be used for industrial corn production. This can result in fewer crops grown for food.
However, this disadvantage can be mitigated if farmland crop production is effectively balanced to minimize the loss of food crops.
Craig Schoenfeld uses his 20 plus years of political experience to lobby for ethanol manufacturers to help ethanol reach its full potential in Iowa. Craig Schoenfeld also serves as the executive director for Iowa Growth Project.
In this role, Craig Schoenfeld is educating the electorate of Iowa on issues regarding energy efficient fuels such as Ethanol.