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ACE CEO questions California governor’s push for ’emissions-free’ vehicles

Brian Jennings, CEO of the American Coalition for Ethanol

An ethanol industry leader says there is no such thing as a “zero-emissions” vehicle.

American Coalition for Ethanol CEO Brian Jennings was reacting to news that California Governor Gavin Newsom wants to ban sales of new gas-fueled vehicles and require all new vehicles to be “zero-emission”, by the year 2035.

“There’s really no such thing as an emissions-free or zero-emission vehicle. It just doesn’t exist in reality,” Jennings says. “We all know a very substantial number of electric vehicles that are plugged in overnight are powered by burning coal.”

Jennings says while he appreciates Newsom’s concerns about climate change, he has a more realistic option.

“I think instead of putting a target on the back of internal combustion engines, the governor would be much better suited to focus on ways to power those internal combustion engines with something other than gasoline—something like higher blends of ethanol.”

Jennings says California is currently a big market for ethanol but could use a lot more if it would approve the use of E15.  

AUDIO: Brian Jennings

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