Former Army Captain: Ethanol Industry a ‘Natural Fit’ for Veterans
by Emily Druckman (Renewable Fuels Association) … What most Americans may not know, however, is that thousands of veterans have continued to make our nation stronger and more secure by choosing careers in the ethanol industry after leaving military service.
In fact, nearly one in five workers in the U.S. ethanol industry is a veteran of the U.S. armed services, according to a Department of Energy report issued earlier this year. The DOE report, which examined workforce demographics of various U.S. energy industries, found that a whopping 18.9 percent of ethanol industry workers are military veterans. By comparison, vets account for 10 percent of the oil and gas industry workforce, and just 7 percent of the entire U.S. labor force across all sectors of the economy. While the ethanol workforce’s unusually high rate of military veterans might come as a surprise to many, it doesn’t surprise the veterans working in the industry.
However, true energy independence remains elusive and the United States continues to import large of volumes of crude oil, with 40% coming from the OPEC cartel. That’s why scores of military veterans working in the ethanol industry sent a letter to President Trump earlier this year, asking him to ensure ethanol and the RFS continue to play a prominent role in our nation’s energy policy. READ MORE
Energy groups tout high percentages of veterans working in their industries (Washington Examiner)