Sens. Boxer, Markey Urge Obama to Maintain Strong RFS to Combat Climate Change

Senators Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and Ed Markey (D-Mass.) recently sent a letter to President Barack Obama urging him to maintain a strong and growing Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) in order to combat climate change.

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Sens. Ed Markey and Barbara Boxer

In the letter, the Senators state, “The RFS is a critical piece of our nation’s climate mitigation policies. It is helping to break the oil sector’s monopoly over our nation’s liquid fuel supply by opening the market to competition from America’s growing renewable fuel industry, bringing low carbon cellulosic, advanced biofuels and biomass-based diesel to market. Just this month, two new cellulosic biorefineries came online producing the lowest carbon motor fuel in the world.”

They added, “A recent analysis shows that the proposed rule would increase net carbon pollution by 28.2 million metric tons in 2014 alone compared to what could be achieved using the methodology that EPA has previously used to set annual [Renewable Volume Obligations]. This amount of pollution is equivalent to the emissions of almost 6 million additional vehicles. Carrying the EPA’s proposed approach forward in future years would trigger even larger increases in heat-trapping emissions. By the year 2022, we could miss out on nearly 1 billion metric tons of cumulative pollution reductions.”

In conclusion they noted, “…the country cannot afford to address these challenges by imposing unreasonable cuts to the program and adopting a new administrative approach that would send investment overseas by providing loopholes for oil companies to escape obligations under the Clean Air Act. As champions of your efforts to combat climate change and develop new innovation markets in the United States, we would look forward to the opportunity to discuss our concerns about the RFS with you in more detail.”

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