Iowa House Delegation Call on Speaker Ryan to Support the RFS
December 15, 2015 - Issue #214View Full Issue
The entire Iowa delegation of the U.S. House recently sent a letter to U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan urging him to uphold Congress‘ promise to the renewable fuels industry by opposing any efforts to undermine the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) on must-pass appropriations bills.
In the letter, the members wrote, “Congress established the RFS in 2005 to reduce the United States’ growing dependency on foreign oil, promote cleaner air, create good-paying jobs, and foster rural economic growth. As with any new industry, it takes time to become self-sustaining. Yet, RFS is working as intended and the renewable fuels industry is continuing to develop. In 2014, Iowa produced nearly 3.9 billion of ethanol and 227 million gallons of biodiesel. Additionally, Iowa has three cellulosic ethanol facilities producing the next generation of renewable fuels. Altogether, the industry has contributed over $19 billion annually to the Iowa economy and supported over 70,000 high-paying jobs.
“Unfortunately, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is creating uncertainty in the renewable fuels sector by releasing Renewable Volume Obligations lower than the Congressional requirement contained in law. This constrains investment in renewable fuels, reduces consumer choice at the pump, and hurts farmers in rural America. Congress should not contribute to this uncertainty or depress an industry which diversifies the employment opportunities in states like Iowa. Instead, we should bolster this viable, domestic industry by keeping the promises made in the Energy Policy Act of 2005 and the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007.”
Representatives David Young, Dave Loebsack, Rod Blum and Steve King all signed the letter.
A copy of the letter can be found here.