Growth Energy

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Growth Energy is a lobbying group for the ethanol industry.

Ethanol is produced from the sugars contained in corn and other crops, and is used as an additive to displace petroleum-based gasoline fuels. It is cheaper per gallon than pure gasoline, but gets 30-40% lower mileage. Growth Energy seeks to counteract the idea that massive ethanol production will cause a shortage of corn available for food, and that massive production of crops for ethanol will destroy habitat.[1] Some scientists also report that ethanol production is bad for the climate, as natural growth is increasingly destroyed to produce crops to produce ethanol.[2]

In April, 2010, Growth Energy began running a $2.5 million, 6-month television ad campaign aimed at improving the image of ethanol by linking it to patriotism, energy independence and economic growth. Growth Energy seeks to increase the market for ethanol and claims on its Web site that it is carrying out "a proactive grassroots campaign" to expand the use of ethanol in the United States. The group's co-chairman is retired general Wesley Clark.[3]

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Growth Energy
Washington, DC Lobbying Office
777 N. Capitol Street, NE, Suite 805
Washington, DC 20002
Tel: 202.545.4000
Fax: 202.545.4001

Jefferson City Office
3216 Emerald Lane, Ste. C
Jefferson City, MO 65109
Tel: 573.635.8445
Fax: 573.635.5466


  1. Rick Newman Corn Ethanol, U.S. News and World Report. January 11, 2008
  2. Douglas Fischer and the Daily Climate Is Ethanol from Corn Bad the for Climate? Scientific American, February 12, 2010
  3. Growth Energy About Growth Energy/Intro, Web site, accessed April 13, 2010